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Defendant takes stand, acquitted by jurors

LISBON — A Salem man Tuesday was found not guilty of assaulting his on again, off again girlfriend last fall following a two-day jury trial in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court. Robert E. Burge, 54, South Union Avenue, was charged with felonious assault for allegedly causing serious ...

Social media allegation shelves teacher

BELOIT — A West Branch high school teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave following an allegation of sexual misconduct with a former student. Superintendent Timothy Saxton said the teacher has been placed on leave effective immediately due to an accusation of misconduct posted ...

Water won’t flow into Frederick Heights soon

WELLSVILLE — The Buckeye Water District will open bids on May 23 for the Frederick Heights waterline project, but secondary lines will not be run into the subdivision likely until next summer. The BWD on Tuesday voted to seek formal bids on the project, with the bids to be opened at 10:30 ...

Citizens of Honor

From left, Judi Allio of the Salem Historical Society, stands with this year’s honorees Karen Lehwald Carter and Donald Weingart along with Judith “Jay” Wootten, wife of honoree Richard “Dick” Wootten, who passed away in 2016. As Citizens of Honor in Salem, all three were recognized ...

COUNTY BRIEFING

Library marks a week for kids Children’s Book Week is being celebrated this week at the Lepper Library in Lisbon. A special story time for kids grades K-2 will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at which the five Children’s Choice Book Award nominees will be read and voted on. Can’t make it ...

“Annie Jr.” cast to walk red carpet

Submitted photo The “Annie Jr.” special needs cast will walk the red carpet at Main Street Theater in Columbiana at 1 p.m. Saturday. The opening of the play will have two special guests: state Rep. Tim Ginter, who will be the emcee for the red carpet walk, and preshow artist musician Tim ...

Nuns on stage

Submitted photo “The Sisters of Perpetual Sewing in Drinking Habits — a comedy about mistaken identities, bad romances and a group of nuns trying to save their convent from being shut down — will be stage three more times at the Salem Community Theatre: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday ...

Fire contained to utility room at Salem hospital

SALEM — No injuries were reported after an electric motor for the condensation system in the endoscopy prep area caught fire Tuesday morning at Salem Regional Medical Center. Salem fire Lt. Ken Vernon said the cause was undetermined, but likely mechanical, noting the fire was confined to ...

Palestine has many needs for tax money

EAST PALESTINE — With the public safety forces slated to receive half of the revenue generated from a potential .5 percent income tax increase, the other half would go toward other village operations. East Palestine residents are asked to vote on the increase during the primary election on ...

2 dead, 4 injured at college

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A man armed with a pistol opened fire on students in a classroom building at a North Carolina university during the last day of classes Tuesday, killing two people and wounding four others. Officers who had gathered ahead of a campus concert raced over and disarmed the ...