County Briefing

Morning Journal/Tom Giambroni A wooden statue of Johnny Appleseed stands like a sentinel in the Lisbon town square to welcome visitors as the village prepares for this weekend’s Johnny Appleseed Festival, which runs Saturday and Sunday. The statue was made several years ago by local chainsaw artist Fred Gromley.

Celebs will serve as JAF judges

WKBN meteorologist Rich Morgan and Hot 101’s Kelly Stevens and A.C. McCullough will be in Lisbon Saturday for the Johnny Appleseed Festival. Morgan will be judging the apple pie baking contest at 4 p.m. at the gazebo, while Stevens and McCullough will serve as judges for the JAF parade in the morning.

HCS pledges help for homeless

Heartland Christian School students will experience a night of homelessness Friday in Columbiana to raise funds for the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley’s Capital Campaign to “Move Our Mission.” About 225 students, parents and staff of Heartland Christian School will be sleeping on the school’s playground in cardboard boxes, tents and cars to get a better understanding of the need for a new homeless shelter in Youngstown. The students have named the project Mission 125 after participants were challenged last school year to raise at least $125 to celebrate the 125 years of service that the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley has given in our community.

Home repair money available

Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) program funding is available to assist homeowners in Columbiana with home repairs or rehabilitation. To qualify, the homeowner must reside in the unit, meet income requirements, be current on property taxes and have an active homeowners insurance policy. Funding is limited and provided on a first come, first serve basis. Call the Community Action Agency, 424-4013.