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Leetonia to reopen section of High

LEETONIA— Village Council Wednesday night changed course and will now reopen a section of High Street that has been closed to traffic for nearly two years. Council unanimously agreed to open up the street at a cost of $6,038 for a new guardrail, which will be moved in several feet away from ...

Branch stays with post-Labor Day start

BELOIT — West Branch Local Schools will start after Labor Day for at least another year. The school board Thursday night approved a school calendar for 2018-2019 with the first day for students scheduled Sept. 5, the Wednesday following Labor Day. The last day for students is June 5 with ...

Part-time workers in Salem could get raises

SALEM — The Finance Committee of city council voted this week to recommend wage increases of 2.5 percent in each of the next three years for the city’s part-time employees. “They’ve been left behind,” Mayor John Berlin said. Berlin presented the committee with a chart showing the ...

Senator seeks review of medical pot program

COLUMBUS — A state lawmaker moved Thursday to force a thorough review of Ohio’s medical marijuana program as questions rack up over its process for selecting grower applicants. Republican Sen. Bill Coley, of Cincinnati, proposed legislation that would require State Auditor Dave Yost to ...

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St. Pat’s at dawn

Birds sit on the cross of St. Patrick's Church in Leetonia singing of an impending rain storm.

Salem taking threat seriously

SALEM — Salem police and school officials don’t believe a threat spread all over social media Wednesday night about an unknown source bringing a gun to school and referring to SHS is credible, but they’re taking it seriously. “We will have officers in all Salem city schools today,” ...

Intruder walks in, held until cops arrive

LISBON —When a stranger walked into an East Washington Street home on Saturday afternoon, the occupant took matters into his own hands by holding the intruder at gunpoint until police arrived. Dale and Roxanne Hood were home when a man walked into their unlocked house at 1:51 p.m. and was ...

Man pleads guilty to ramming FBI gate

PITTSBURGH — An Ohio man accused of ramming a dump truck through the security gate of the FBI’s Pittsburgh field office has pleaded guilty to one charge in the case. Forty-nine-year-old Thomas Ross of New Waterford entered the plea Wednesday to willfully injuring or committing depredation ...

Commissioners give blessing to reverse 911 plan

LISBON — Columbiana County commissioners have signed off on a plan to bring reverse 911 to residents. Acting on the recommendation of the county 911 advisory committee, commissioners on Wednesday approved entering into an agreement with Inspiron Logistics to incorporate the Wireless ...

County charts continuing effects of flu, opioid epidemic

LISBON — The Columbiana County General Health District Board of Health heard more about the health department’s role in the opioid epidemic and the current flu affecting the area during the board’s meeting on Wednesday. Nurse Jennifer Davis said the area continues to be in the middle of ...