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One last lap in Champion

Champion Middle School eighth-grader Tyler Rupe, 14, and other eighth-graders take their final lap around the school Tuesday and are congratulated by other students at the school. Tuesday was the last day students will attend the middle school and Central Elementary, which will be demolished ...

Court ruling clears way for Auto Parkit

YOUNGSTOWN — The road is being cleared for Warren native Christopher Alan to purchase the former Delphi Packard Electric building from a bankruptcy court trustee for an estimated $455,000. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Kay Woods approved a request by trustee Richard Zellers to begin a direct ...

Goldsteins Furniture closing its doors

After serving the Valley for more than a century, Goldsteins Furniture is closing its stores in Niles, Boardman and Hermitage. The stores will be re-branded Levin Furniture stores in the fall. Steve Goldstone, president and CEO of Goldsteins Furniture, said market conditions played a big ...

HVAC repair bids sought in Niles

NILES — City council took emergency action Tuesday during a special meeting to seek bids for replacement of the heating and air conditioning system at the Safety Services building. Funding for the repairs will come from a $1.6 million bond council approved last year for critical repairs ...

Recycling bins ousted in Bazetta

BAZETTA — Because of continued problems with people dumping garbage and non-recyclable items at the recycling containers, township trustees voted Tuesday to have them permanently removed, effective June 4. The bins, located near the township hall off state Route 5, are provided by the ...

Specific plans to save township park revealed

BAZETTA — Members of the Bazetta Park Board and local sporting and athletic groups will be working together this summer seeking donations, holding fundraisers and distributing information on keeping the township park open. A 0.25-mill, five-year additional levy for parks and recreation ...

Shooting accident sends one to hospital

NILES — A man was accidentally shot Sunday by his friend on Roberts Street. Steven Pence, 24, of Warren, was shot by friend William Stefan, 24, of Roberts Street, a police report states. Stefan told police he was showing Pence, who was seated in a van, the 40 caliber Smith & Wesson when ...

Orange barrels, tires caught fire in Warren

WARREN — The cause of an orange construction barrel and tire fire Monday at an industrial property remains under investigation. Firefighters were initially called just before 9:30 p.m. about what was thought to be a brush fire on Niles Road that turned out to be a fire behind Shelley and ...

Patrol investigates two-vehicle accident

FOWLER — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a two-car crash over the weekend on state Route 305 that sent both drivers to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. Reports state Arlene Hofius, 77, of Fowler, was backing out of a private residence 10:45 p.m. Sunday and became disabled ...

Congressman Ryan to hold town hall

YOUNGSTOWN — U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, D-Howland, will hold a town hall 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 29 in Room 132 of DeBartolo Hall at Youngstown State University. The event will be moderated by Derek Steyer.

Austintown Fitch given ‘purple star’

AUSTINTOWN — Fitch High School has been named a “purple star” school by the Ohio Department of Education. The award is given as recognition of a major commitment to students and families connected to the armed forces. The school has had lunch with a veteran, veteran appreciation ...

Woman rescues family from fire

WARREN — A woman awakened by the sound of a smoke detector at about 2:30 a.m. Monday was able to wake her teen boys and her brother as flames snaked up the front porch of the house. Deborah Croff first thought she was having a bad dream when she heard the the piercing noise of the smoke ...

TJX seeks 75 percent tax abatement

LORDSTOWN — The same day TJX HomeGoods was awarded a tax credit from the Ohio Tax Credit Authority, it was announced the company will be seeking a local tax incentive package to abate 75 percent of its property taxes. Also Monday, a member of Lordstown Local School District school board ...

Dem gubernatorial candidate stumps in Vienna

VIENNA — Democratic candidate for Ohio governor Richard Cordray said his campaign leading to November will focus on “kitchen-table issues” that matter most to Ohioans, including improved education and economic opportunity. Cordray, who won the party nod in a six-way race May 8, spoke ...

Manager non-renewed

NEWTON FALLS — Village council Monday in a 3-1 vote agreed to let go of longtime Manager Jack Haney when his contract expires on Nov. 30. Second Ward Councilman John Baryak added to the motion to advertise to fill the position. “It is time for a change and to move in a new ...

Liberty board OKs retirement incentive

LIBERTY — Teachers and classified employees at Liberty Local Schools are being offered a one-time retirement incentive in a move to help the district that’s projected to have a deficit of $2.2 million in 2022 save money. Superintendent Joseph Nohra said Monday the board is offering the ...

Memorial projects underway

CORTLAND — Two memorial projects underway in Cortand are scheduled to be completed by late summer. Derek Sandor, a freshman at Lakeview High School and member of Boy Scout Troop 4050, told city council Monday of plans for a six-foot tall 9/11 memorial marker lit with blue LED lights to ...

Former executive editor Svihlik dies at 71

Former Tribune Chronicle Executive Editor Susan Svihlik died Sunday in Chicago after a five-year battle with cancer. She was 71. “When they told her, they said she only had two years, but mom being mom, she made it to five,” her daughter, Sarah Svihlik, said. Svihlik was hired as ...

I-80 tickets generate money for Liberty

LIBERTY — In the week that Liberty police ran radar on Interstate 80 using a speed camera, $11,678 was generated in fines, according to the township’s police chief. Chief Richard Tisone said Monday the cameras were first used last week on I-80 after trustees gave their approval after ...

Alice Cooper returns to Packard for Halloween

WARREN — Alice Cooper is spending Halloween weekend in Warren. The 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will play Packard Music Hall on Oct. 27. Cooper sold out the venue in 2016. Cooper and the band had plenty of hits in the 1970s, including “Billion Dollar Babies,” ...