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The Endurance has arrived

LORDSTOWN — Lordstown Motors Corp. debuted a running prototype of its all-electric pickup truck, the Endurance, production of which has been driven back until at least mid-2021 due to work stoppages brought on the by viral outbreak. “I even have to put an asterisk on that, assuming COVID ...

Shutting down

The sign outside signals the impending end of the Gordmans store in the Salem Plaza. The store had been closed due to COVID-19 but reopened recently with store closing deals. Stage Stores, which operates Gordmans across the country, filed for bankruptcy in March and indicated the plan was to ...

Salem schools plan return to classrooms

SALEM — A majority of students and teachers may end up back in the physical classroom this fall at Salem City Schools. “We plan on opening up schools as normal and as safely as we possibly can for our kids,” Superintendent Sean Kirkland said Monday. Kirkland talked about the intent ...

Junior Fair set Aug. 6-9

LISBON — The Columbiana County Agricultural Society on Wednesday set the dates for this year’s junior fair. After a discussion began with an emergency meeting on June 10, the county fair board decided to rescind its complete cancellation of the 2020 county fair at last week’s meeting. ...

Salem has most COVID cases with 99

LISBON — Salem area residents have led the county with nearly a third of the COVID-19 cases not linked to either a long-term care facility or the FCI-Elkton prison. Additionally, nearly all the long-term care facility cases also came from the 44460 zip code. The county health department ...

DeWine, Husted get early look at Endurance

LORDSTOWN — “These are going to be trucks that when people see them, they are going to want to buy them.” That’s what Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said after seeing the Endurance, Lordstown Motors Corp.’s all-electric full-size pickup truck at the startup automaker’s plant a day ahead of ...

South Field water line nearly complete

WELLSVILLE — The raw water discharge line from the South Field Energy plant being built north of town is nearly complete following action taken this week by the Buckeye Water District. The BWD board voted to pay Rudzik Excavating of Struthers $718,000, which represents what the contractor ...

Lisbon sees revenues fall, spending cut

LISBON — Village operating income is down despite an increase in the municipal income tax, but that has been offset by efforts to curtail spending in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Village fiscal officer Tracey Wonner reported at this week’s council meeting all departments have ...

East Palestine FD picks up newer fire engine in Maryland

EAST PALESTINE — Over the past few weeks, Fire Chief Josh Brown has been looking into the overall costs of short-term and long-term repair options for Fire Engine 123, which was under repair for intake pump damage and a blow-out on one of the discharge lines. After Brown explored options ...

Lisbon cemetery board looking for help with weeds

LISBON — The village cemetery’s board request for help in getting the cemetery back in shape was such a success they are asking for volunteers to help again this Saturday. Board president Barry James told village council at this week’s council meeting he is asking anyone with a ...

Waterworth Park restrooms complete

SALEM — The restroom renovation at Waterworth Memorial Park near the concession stand is complete and Parks Director Shane Franks said one recent user’s reaction was simply “wow.” “Great upgrade. I’m pleased with it all and happy to see that it’s done,” Franks said. The bill ...

Salem health board revises pay, duties for nurse position

SALEM — The city health board during a special session Wednesday approved a revised job description and increased pay for the public health nurse position. The board accepted the resignation of nurse Karlyn Cast at the regular meeting last week and was preparing to advertise for a new nurse ...

On The Calendar

THU/25 BELOIT West Branch Athletic Boosters’ bingo scheduled tonight has been canceled due to orders from the Columbiana County health department. COLUMBIANA Free drive-thru community meal from 4:30-6 p.m. (or gone) at St. Jude. Oasis food distribution, 4-6 p.m., First Christian ...

Memories

Salem resident Bob Davison, 85, sits on a new bench at Waterworth Memorial Park in Salem that he donated in memory of his late wife, Betty. The Davisons were married 62 years. The bench is part of the new pollination garden designed to attrack butterflies and features a brick entrance ...

Smooth opening at Firestone Park

COLUMBIANA — The weeks leading into the opening of the pool at Firestone Park were stressful ones for the city and park board. With so many guidelines to follow from the CDC, Gov. Mike DeWine and the county health department, city park board president Ron Detwiler admitted that it was unclear ...

State reports another COVID death in county

LISBON – While new cases continue to rise mostly due to increased testing at the FCI-Elkton prison, the state reported Columbiana County had another resident die from complications of COVID-19. The Ohio Department of Health lists Columbiana County with 59 deaths, but no additional ...

COVID testing site planned Monday

The Community Action Agency of Columbiana County’s Lisbon Health Center will become a testing site for COVID-19 on Monday. As part of Gov. Mike DeWine’s plan to expand Coronavirus testing access to portions of the Buckeye State, officials with CAACC’s Health, Behavioral Health and ...

DeWine to check out all-electric pickup today, skip Thursday debut

LORDSTOWN — Gov. Mike DeWine said he’s purposely avoiding attending Thursday’s public introduction of the Endurance, the all-electric pickup truck by Lordstown Motors Corp., because of the viral outbreak. Instead, the Republican and Lt. Gov. John Husted will get their first look today ...

Jobless rate begins to come down

LISBON — After reaching a level in April likely not seen since the Great Depression, Columbiana County’s unemployment declined last month. After skyrocketing from 6 percent in March to 20.4 percent in April because of the economic fallout from the coronavirus, the county’s estimated ...

DeWine not in favor of removing Columbus statue

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that while he’s not in favor of the removal of statues of Christopher Columbus, he’s open to discussions that arise about people’s place in history. DeWine addressed last week’s removal by Columbus State Community College of its ...