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Fire claims 5 children in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN — Residents of the 400 block of Parkcliffe Avenue in Youngstown said they’re still in shock after a house fire there late Sunday claimed the lives of five children. Aaron Baldwin, who lives across the street from the home, witnessed the fire. “It was the worst feeling ever, ...

Does Ohio bill quash protest rights or increase penalties for terrorists?

A bill the Ohio Senate passed looks like attempts in other states to quash the right to protest power plants and gas lines after the high-profile and long-lasting Dakota Access Pipeline project protest, said the chief lobbyist for the Ohio American Civil Liberties Union. But state Sen. Sean ...

Glenn Holmes co-sponsors bill making some ballot initiatives harder to pass

WARREN — A House Joint Resolution would make it harder for citizen-driven changes to the Ohio Constitution to become law and the Republican-sponsored measure is co-sponsored by a local Democratic lawmaker. The bill would cut the time frame for collecting signatures by four months, ...

Slayer to play Covelli Centre on final tour

Thrash metal icons Slayer will play the Covelli Centre on what is being billed as its final world tour. The two-time Grammy Award winners are considered one of “The Big Four” (along with Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax) who created and defined the thrash metal genre. The group ...

Hubbard trustees consider speed cameras

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP — Township trustees predict that with the failure of the police levy in November, the department will run out of money by the end of January. The Board of Trustees met Monday to discuss plans on how to go forward, including installing speed cameras on Interstate 80 as ...

City of Girard seeks grant

GIRARD — Wanting to clean up the former Ohio Leatherworks property off U.S. Route 422, city council on Monday took the first step toward seeking funding to remove any environmental hazards. Councilman at-Large William Ryser, chairman of the building and grounds committee, said federal and ...

Brookfield schools plan to try again for levy

BROOKFIELD — The Brookfield Board of Education on Monday took the initial step toward placing a 1.9-mill, five-year permanent improvement levy back on the ballot in May. The district ran the same levy on the general election ballot in November, but 59 percent of voters said ...

Girard woman pleads in child endangering case

WARREN — A woman pleaded guilty Monday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to a charge of child endangering. Barbara Wilson, 32, 1706 Keefer Road, Girard, was arrested by Liberty police in July after they said her three children were found alone outside. When police got inside her ...

Brookfield teachers net raises in contract

BROOKFIELD — The Brookfield Board of Education on Monday approved a three-year contract with the Brookfield Federation of Teachers, granting pay increases in each of the three years. Treasurer Craig Yaniglos said the 69 teachers represented by the union will receive 0.5 percent increases ...

Record 5 Ridge exchange students learn small-town Ohio life

WEATHERSFIELD — Forget culture shock. Flying eight to 14 hours away from home to enroll at Mineral Ridge High School comes with climate shock. “How do you guys live here?” Eduardo Silveira, 16, a sophomore, said with a shiver. “(At home in Brazil,) it was never lower than ...

Old Avalon audit hasn’t been done

WARREN — A City Council-ordered audit of Avalon South Management Co.’s operations of the city golf course has not been done because its owner, Larry Petrozzi, has not responded to a request by City Auditor Vince Flask to make an appointment to audit its financial records. An audit was ...

GM fights to retain key tax credit amid plant closing plans

WASHINGTON — General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation’s largest automaker tries to deal with the political fallout triggered by its plans to shutter several U.S. factories and shed thousands of workers. Preserving the $7,500 tax ...

Interchange project receives funding

HOWLAND — A project that would upgrade the interchange at state Routes 46 and 82 into a diverging diamond interchange is now fully funded. The Eastgate Regional Council of Governments announced the final $7.5 million needed for the project was received from the Ohio Department of ...

Survey gauges health needs

WARREN — The Trumbull and Mahoning county health districts and Mercy Health Hospital have joined forces to compile the health needs of area residents. Some 3,600 surveys were mailed in October to a random selection of residents in both counties, and the entities now are encouraging those ...

Toys for Tots donations increase locally

WARREN — Marine Corps Master Sgt. Antonio Valle said he was pleased with the amount of donations the Youngstown Air Reserve Station has received this holiday season as part of the annual “Toys for Tots” program. “So far, from what I’ve seen, we’re doing better than last ...

1898 Treaty of Paris is signed

Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series marking the 120th anniversary of Niles native William McKinley’s U.S. presidency. The Spanish American War officially ended when the Treaty of Paris was signed 120 years ago today, Dec. 10, 1898. The treaty agreement involved Spain ...

Warren Township fire Chief Ken Shick to retire in April

WARREN TOWNSHIP  — Township trustees are working with the Warren Township Fire Association in seeking a new fire chief, as Chief Ken Shick has submitted his resignation for retirement purposes, effective April 2019. Trustee Chairwoman Kay Anderson said Shick has 30 years in ...

Fire crews respond to truck crash near Vienna airport

VIENNA — Fire and rescue crews responded Sunday evening to a two-vehicle accident near the Youngstown Regional Airport that closed a section of state Route 193. A 911 spokesperson said calls reported two trucks collided around 8:30 p.m. along Route 193 with reports of debris scattered on ...

‘Enterprise Park’ benefits debated against wetlands

HOWLAND — Opponents of a proposed new medical park’s location just north of Eastwood Mall say they aren’t against the proposed facility — just the location that includes some wetlands. But developers say it is that very location, being called “Enterprise Park,” that is key to the ...

Museum gets 1901 Packard Model C

WARREN — The National Packard Museum now is home to two of the five oldest surviving Packard automobiles. A 1901 Model C, restored by Leavittsburg collector Terry Martin, is on indefinite loan at the museum and joins the 1900 Model B, the second-oldest Packard still in existence. Mary ...