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Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer

JAF parade

There were 91 units in the 2017 Johnny Appleseed Festival parade to kick off the 50th anniversary of the festival. Here, outgoing queen Hayley McElroy (right) and her first attendant, Eva DeRuyter, take their last parade ride as JAF royalty.

Morning Journal/Katie White

JAF pet parade

Sonic, one of the two hedgehogs to participate in the Pet Parade on Sunday won first place for Johnny Appleseed Lookalike. The 4-year-old hedgehog is owned by Brooke Caddell.

Legislative proposals target distracted driving

DAYTON — The Ohio Legislature is considering two bills aimed at curbing distracted driving after records found that talking, texting and web surfing contributed to nearly 14,000 crashes in the state last year. House Bill 95 would make distracted driving a secondary offense with a maximum ...

Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer

Here they come!

Three-year-old Joshua Gardner of Lisbon jumps for joy when he sees the Johnny Appleseed Festival parade progressing down East Lincoln Way on Saturday. Joshua is shown with his dad, Randy.

Stars will shine

LISBON — A Hollywood production crew filming a movie in the Mahoning Valley is looking for possible filming locations in Columbiana County. Lisbon Mayor Joseph Morenz confirmed Thursday he was contacted by Fred D’Amico from the Youngstown Regional Film Commission about possible locations ...

Lisbon to send out reminders concerning maintenance code

LISBON — Property owners in the downtown business district will soon be receiving a friendly letter advising them the village intends to begin enforcing its maintenance code, but failure to keep your property looking good could result in a $100 fine per citation. The letters are expected to ...

Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer

JAF royalty

Samantha Moschgat (far right) of Hanoverton was crowned queen of the Johnny Appleseed Festival on Saturday. The other royal honors went to Miss Apple Blossom Delaney Davidson and Mr. Apple Buds Ryder and Xander Stevenson.

This Aug. 12, 2009 composite image made available by NASA shows Saturn in equinox seen by the approaching Cassini spacecraft. Saturn's equinox occurs only once in about 15 Earth years.
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Cassini’s Fate

Until Cassini’s arrival at Saturn in 2004, humanity had never viewed Saturn up close and personal. In all, Cassini provided more than 453,000 pictures of the planet, its rings and moons. The final snapshots came down hours before the spacecraft’s fiery finish on Friday. Cassini burned up ...

In this Sept. 5, 2017, photo, Don Maloney shows a prawn on his rural property in Fairfield County near Lancaster, Ohio with a fresh water prawn. The Ohio man's "novelty thing" has turned into a lucrative part-time job growing freshwater prawns on his central Ohio farm. (Tom Dodge/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Man set to harvest crop of freshwater prawns

LANCASTER (AP) — On a 40-acre patch of Fairfield County, surrounded by rolling fields of soybeans and corn, Don Maloney is about to harvest a crop that’s unusual in these parts. In three ponds out behind a big white barn, more than 40,000 freshwater prawns, or shrimp, have fattened up all ...

EP schools join suicide prevention effort

EAST PALESTINE —High school staff here are being trained on what to do if a student presents them with a yellow card. The card is part of a nationwide suicide prevention program being implemented at East Palestine High School next month. Known as the Yellow Ribbon Program, high school ...