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Auditor closes office as county posts 2 more deaths

LISBON — The county auditor announced Wednesday it would be closing again to the public due to increasing number of residents testing positive for COVID-19. Meanwhile, the county health department reported Wednesday two more people died from the virus — a 43-year-old man and a ...

Columbiana eyes need for more remote learning

COLUMBIANA — Schools have continued to make difficult decisions regarding in-person learning during COVID-19. On one hand, most educators agree that in-person learning is far superior to any other strategy. However, during COVID-19 remote learning can provide a safer environment to eliminate ...

Commissioners award 32 grants with COVID funding

LISBON — Thirty more small businesses and two community organizations were awarded grants funded by county commissioners with a portion of their federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security aid. Commissioners approved the 32 grants totaling $272,862 as part of $1.88 million in ...

Leetonia light up night now drive-thru

LEETONIA — The Leetonia light up night on Saturday has been altered due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event will be held as a drive-thru from 5 to 7 p.m. along Main Street in downtown from Chestnut to Walnut streets. The tree will be lit up and Santa available at the new pocket park. ...

7 of Ohio’s biggest counties urge residents to stay home

COLUMBUS (AP) — Seven of Ohio’s biggest counties on Wednesday urged residents to stay home and follow guidelines on social gatherings and wearing masks. The counties said in a joint statement they want people to only leave home for work, school, medical appointments, or buying essential ...

Franklin Ave. apartment complex likely total loss; no injuries reported

SALEM — A Tuesday morning fire at an apartment complex on the south side of town has left several residents without a home. The fire department responded to the building at 565 Franklin Ave. shortly after 6 a.m. and remained on scene until noon. The building contained six apartments, three ...

Residents urged to stay safe for holiday

LISBON — Health commissioners from Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties joined together online Tuesday to urge residents in the Mahoning Valley to consider canceling plans involving groups outside their immediate households for Thanksgiving. All three counties are currently at level ...

Wellsville man charged with 2019 murder of girlfriend

LISBON — A Wellsville man accused in the shooting death of his 26-year-old girlfriend while her small children were in the home has been charged with the murder more than a year after her death. Terrance Haywood, 27, Chester Avenue, Wellsville, was served a secret indictment on Monday, ...

County unemployment rate drops to pre-pandemic levels

LISBON —It may be hard to believe, but Columbiana County’s unemployment rate has returned to pre-pandemic levels. The county’s jobless rate for October was 5.6 percent in October, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The unemployment ...

Salem urged to change street name to honor WWII flyer

SALEM — The Committee of the Whole will soon be considering a name change of West Second Street to honor a native son whose family dates back several generations. Philip A. Tibbs Tuesday requested the Streets, Alleys and Sidewalks Committee to consider changing the name of West Second ...

Leetonia students go to remote learning

LEETONIA — All Leetonia students are on remote learning through at least Dec. 4. The school went remote on Monday after a student and staff member tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend which required enough students to be quarantined to make the remote learning necessary, ...

Palestine Christmas parade called off

EAST PALESTINE— On the same day that the village had to cancel the in-person Turkey Trot, village council unanimously decided to cancel the Christmas parade due to the coronavirus during Monday’s meeting. After councilman Doug Simpson proposed that the village cancel the event, there ...

DeWine: 1st vaccine batch to reach Ohio by Dec. 15

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio could see its first batch of up to 30,000 doses of a coronavirus vaccine by Dec. 15, with fresh supplies arriving every few days, Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday, citing calls his office had with the White House. The first batch would come from a Pfizer-produced vaccine, ...

WB to resume public meetings

BELOIT – The West Branch school board will begin allowing the public to attend meetings again next month. The board agreed last week to move their meetings to the high school auditorium to allow community members to attend in-person while practicing social distancing. The meetings will also ...

West Branch BOE: Back off on projects

BELOIT — The West Branch school board approved a five-year financial forecast, but asked that the amount of capital improvements be reduced. The board Thursday approved the five-year financial forecast presented by Treasurer Julia Rozsnyai that shows a positive cash balance through the ...

Structure fire in Salem

The structure fire occurred at 565 Franklin St., which is a garage with apartments above it, just off of South Lincoln, behind the big house at the southwest corner of Lincoln and Franklin, between 6 and 6:15 a.m. today. (Submitted photo)

Lisbon joins remote class movement

LISBON — Only a few days after announcing plans to remain in school as long as possible, Lisbon schools will take a break for a week from in person classes. Superintendent Joe Siefke said Monday that after having three more test positive for COVID-19 — one at the high school, one at the ...

Prison time for dad kicking in door where kids live

LISBON — Cody S. Wilt, the Wellsville man who kicked in the door of the East Liverpool home where his children lived and threatened to burn the house down, was sentenced to serve between three and a half and five years in prison. Wilt, 29, Aten Avenue, Wellsville, had hearings on Monday in ...

Turkey Trot goes to a virtual race

EAST PALESTINE — After weeks and weeks of planning for its 14th annual Turkey Trot, the village received some disheartening news this week. Whereas the event was originally planned to take place in person up until Monday, the county health department aired on the side of caution when it ...

Helping families in need

Youth in Philanthropy students from Salem High School granted $500 in educational toys and $250 in winter hats, gloves and scarves to this year’s Stuff A Cruiser event which has been changed to a contact-free drop-off event due to COVID-19. People can still donate new toys and clothing by ...