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Five additional COVID-19 deaths reported in county

The Columbiana County Health District is reporting five additional COVID-19 deaths as of 9:30 a.m. this morning. The total count in the county is 49 including 25 long-term care residents and nine who were inmates in the Elkton Federal Prison. Two of the deaths reported today were not recent but ...

Streets to close for EuroGyro repair

Permanent repairs to the EuroGyro building will begin Friday, with portions of West State Street and North Ellsworth Avenue to be closed beginning May 26, which is next Tuesday. Salem City Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst announced the street closings during the city council meeting via Zoom ...

EP school tax hike survives final count

LISBON — The provisional votes and late-arriving votes added to those counted on April 28 failed to change the outcome of any of the close ballot issues. The Columbiana County Board of Elections met Tuesday to certify the results from the April 28 primary election after adding the 679 ...

Judge orders prison to step up inmate release

LISBON — The judge who ordered the Elkton federal prison to begin releasing or transferring at-risk inmates to protect them from the spread of the COVID-19 virus at the facility has ordered officials there to pick up the pace. Displeased with the progress since his April 22 order, U.S. ...

Woman killed in SR 39 crash

Staff Reports SALINEVILLE — The highway patrol is investigating a one-vehicle fatal traffic crash on state Route 39 near Oak Grove Road in Washington Township at 12:14 a.m. Tuesday. Paula Elliott, 54, of Lisbon, died at the East Liverpool Hospital following the crash. According to the ...

GM gets site approval for Lordstown plant

By RON SELAK JR. Special to the News LORDSTOWN — Now possessing the last permit General Motors needed to start building its next-generation battery-cell manufacturing plant, pouring concrete for the massive complex is expected to begin next month. Site plan approval from Lordtown’s ...

United BOE approves 5-year forecast

HANOVERTON – The United school board Tuesday morning approved five-year financial forecast that shows positive cash balance until the final year, although there is deficit spending oin all five. Submitted by school Treasurer Melissa Baker, the forecast projects a positive cash balance ...

Leetonia superintendent search narrows to final 3

LEETONIA – The Leetonia school board has narrowed its search for a new superintendent to a final three. The finalists include Michael Chaffee, Newbury Local Jr./Sr. High School Principal; Dennis Dunham, who is retiring from the same position at South Range schools this summer; and Terri ...

Board eyes opening Firestone pool

COLUMBIANA — As municipalities around the county have made difficult decisions about opening up events in their communities, the city park board has continued to follow the guidelines set by the health departments and Gov. Mike DeWine with a sit-and-wait approach. By not canceling events ...

Sending prayers

These signs near the parking lot of the Salem First United Methodist Church offer prayers and thanks to first responders, healthcare workers, police, fire, postal workers, farmers, Walmart workers, and God’s helpers during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)

School officials offer plan to face $1.3M state cut

City school officials projecting a possible $1.3 million loss in state funding between this year and next said they have a plan that involves no job loss. “This plan is proactive. It doesn’t affect too many programs and nobody’s losing a job,” Superintendent Sean Kirkland said ...

County goes 3 days with no COVID deaths listed

LISBON — For the third day in a row, Columbiana County had no reported deaths from the coronavirus. This marks the first time since April 9-13 that Columbiana County has gone more than two days without a death reported in connection with the disease. However, the Ohio Department of ...

Court action on equestrian center delayed

LISBON — An injunction and restraining order requested by the Columbiana County Board of Health preventing Treharne’s Training Center from holding equestrian events remained in effect on Monday following a brief telephone conference with Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam. Following ...

ROC Youth Center plans virtual lockout on Zoom

SALEM — Teens locked out of the ROC of Salem Youth Center on South Lundy since March can get locked in virtually Friday night via Zoom. “We can all be together that way,” ROC Director Eric Hamilton said. Kids in grades 5 through 12 who want to take part need to register by Wednesday via ...

South Range adopts pass/fail grades

CANFIELD – The South Range school board Monday night approved the use of pass/fail grading at the high school level for the final nine weeks of this school year. The board approved a modification of the grading scale for the fourth nine weeks of the 2019-2020 school year due to the COVID-19 ...

Columbiana brew pub allowed additional outdoor seating

COLUMBIANA — At the end of March, Birdfish Brewing Co. owners Josh Dunn and Greg Snyder had to make the difficult decision to permanently close the Main Street location due to the repercussions of the COVID-19 virus. Since the Main Street location did not can beer and the order didn’t ...

Port lands grant for upgrades in Leetonia

LISBON — The Columbiana County Port Authority received some good news and bad news at Monday’s board meeting. Port Authority Director Penny Traina announced their application for a $77,000 federal grant has been approved to upgrade lighting and the HVAC system at its manufacturing complex ...

2 groups of protestors rally in village square

LISBON — For the second consecutive Saturday, the local Free Ohio Now group held a rally to protest the restrictions enacted by Gov. Mike DeWine and state health director Dr. Amy Acton. Unlike the May 9 rally in the village square, which drew an estimated 100 peaceful protesters, about 20 ...

West Township remembers those we lost

The West Township Memorial Association will not host its annual Memorial Day program as it does every Memorial Day due to the outbreak of COVID19. However, according to association president Shirley Whiteleather Fox, “by no means will the observance of such an important day go unnoticed by ...

Communities wanting more than is available

LISBON — Seven communities are seeking a combined $951,808 for projects from Columbiana County commissioners. The problem is commissioners only have $392,000 to distribute. The money represents the commissioners’ federal Community Development Block Grant allocation for 2021-22. ...