Howland Community News

Hamad trial caps a violent saga

WARREN — At the beginning of 2017, Nasser Hamad was a Howland businessman who one associate said “can dig the best trench around.” As the year came to a close, Hamad is sitting in a prison cell after narrowly avoiding a trip to death row. On Nov. 9, 2017, Hamad was sentenced to ...

Howland native engaged to Paris Hilton

Howland native Chris Zylka is engaged to heiress Paris Hilton. Hilton posted a photo on Twitter on Tuesday of Zylka proposing with the message, “I said Yas! So happy & excited to be engaged to the love of my life.” Zylka, whose name was Chris Settlemire growing up, played ...

Answers requested by my readers

After all these years writing columns for the Howland Bandwagon and the Howland Community News, nothing satisfies me more than to learn someone who reads my articles tells me so by e-mail, a phone call or on the street. My November article titled “Pondering Thoughts” contained questions ...

Police blotter

Howland Police activity reported Nov. 21-Dec. 12: Dec. 12, 5:37 p.m. — Criminal trespassing reported in the 1200 block of Patchen Avenue. 5:13 p.m. — Accident reported on East Market Street. 3:20 p.m. — Accident reported on East Market Street at state Route 82. 2:32 p.m. — ...

Property transfers

Property transfers filed in Howland Dec. 6 to Jan. 3: Preston Builders LLC to Pamela Minotti, 1627 North, $45,000 Joseph and Erin Cameneti to Zachary Richmond, 7687 Micawber, $143,000 Howland Development Company to Skyline Developers LLC, Howland Springs, $225,000 Marc A. Dunbar and ...

Error leads to high electric bill in Howland

NILES — The Howland Local School District was overcharged $40,000 for electricity by Niles City Utilities because of a faulty spreadsheet formula. The error was caught and rectified and Niles City Council recently approved refunding the money to the school district. Howland Local Schools ...

Historical society plans for museum

HOWLAND — The Howland Historical Society is working to get a museum opened in several months at a township-owned house off North River Road. Mary Jane Vennitti, society president, said the museum can showcase Howland’s history and include a permanent display and a changing display in the ...

Howland senior performs at Disney

HOWLAND — As a curious 8-year-old, Jessica Spore, of Howland, was rummaging around her family’s basement when she stumbled upon a clarinet in her father’s instrument collection. Taken with the instrument, she said she begged her father for lessons. “I was really curious,” Spore ...

Boy Scout brings holidays from home to troops

HOWLAND — A Lakeview High School freshman is making sure the service members overseas this holiday season are not forgtten with his ‘‘Operation Closer to Home’’ effort, which is also his Eagle Scout project. A group of 25 volunteers gathered Nov. 28 at the USO distribution ...

Howland man lived full life of adventure

Ralph McIntyre, 93, of Howland, an officer in the Merchant Marines during World War II, was aboard a vessel bound for Durban, on the east coast of South Africa. He was suddenly awakened by the sounding of the general alarm. He jumped up, opened his porthole and was shocked by what he saw. ...

Church hosts Operation Christmas Child

HOWLAND — Volunteers spent a week in mid-November filling shoe boxes with gifts and other items for children overseas as part of Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child will deliver collected shoe box gifts to children affected by war, disease, ...

Golden Triangle project in works

HOWLAND — Work in Howland that should allow businesses in Trumbull County’s Golden Triangle to grow is underway. J.S. Bova Excavating LLC of Struthers in mid-November worked to install an 8-inch water line along Mill Street NE in Howland, a part of a $198,000 improvement project along ...

Triangle’s upgrades help with expansion

HOWLAND — Dale Gebhardt Sr. was looking to expand the business he operates in the area of Trumbull County known as the Golden Triangle. But the president / general manager of Flex-Strut Inc., which makes slot metal framing, realized the necessity of improving the infrastructure in the ...

Howland sculptor gives shape to life and art

HOWLAND — Sculptor Hoda Rouweyha of Howland was born with a sense of style and creativity. “If you meet Hoda, she is someone who expresses herself in her appearance, in her dresses, in her jewelry, hairdos, in her manner,” said Marianne Nissen of Warren, an art historian and local art ...

A building, yes, but not yet a museum

Naivete seems to be my shortfall. It began with an announcement in a July 2017 Tribune Chronicle newspaper article that the Howland Township trustees were donating the Sloas farm to the Howland Historical Society, provided they wanted it for a museum. The property consists of a house, a ...

Police blotter – Howland

Police activity reported Nov. 1-20: Nov. 20, 11:30 p.m.— Domestic dispute reported in the 8800 block of East Market Street. 5:46 p.m. — Accident reported on East Market Street. 1:15 a.m. — Criminal damaging reported in the 300 block of Henn Hyde Road. Nov. 19, 9:25 p.m. — ...

Port authority agrees to host Wings-n-Wheels

WARREN — The Western Reserve Port Authority has agreed to host the next Wings-n-Wheels aviation and car show at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. The board, which runs the airport, voted on the matter last month after receiving a recommendation for the move from the port ...

Tribune Chronicle / Bob Coupland
Howland School Supertintendent Kevin Spicher stands inside a new vestibule at Howland Middle School. Each of the district's six school buildings has a new vestibule.

Schools make improvements

HOWLAND — Chromebooks for each student in fifth and ninth grades, new filtered water drinking fountains and safety entrance vestibules at each school are all changes and improvements for the 2017-18 school year, which kicked off Tuesday. Howland Superintendent Kevin Spicher said this year, ...

Officials defend proposed group homes

HOWLAND — Two group homes for the developmentally disabled planned for the township have raised questions about their location in a residential area and why neighbors weren’t told. Gateways to Better Living Inc. in Austintown was given building permits June 13 for the single-family style ...

Officers cleared in fatal shooting

WARREN — The two Howland police officers involved in a February fatal shooting in the Howland Giant Eagle parking lot have been cleared of any wrongdoing after an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins said no charges will be ...