At a glance

Nominees sought for Community Star

WARREN — The Tribune Chronicle and Trumbull 100 are seeking nominations for the annual Community Star award.

Now in its 17th year, the Community Star program celebrates volunteers who go above and beyond to make a significant impact in the lives of others.

The Tribune Chronicle is accepting nominations through Jan. 22. The winners will be honored at a dinner in March and will be featured in a special section of the Tribune Chronicle.

Nominations can be made by filling out the form that will run periodically in the Tribune Chronicle and mailing it to Tribune Chronicle, c / o Sue Shafer, 240 Franklin St. SE, Warren, OH 44483. Submissions can also be emailed to Shafer at or by logging on to and clicking on the Submit News button.

There is a category for Community Stars.

Developer buys basket-shaped edifice

NEWARK — A developer with a specialty of renovating historic structures has bought the basket-shaped Ohio building formerly used by employees of The Longaberger Co.

Canton-based developer Steve Coon and his partner, Bobby George, of Cleveland, closed on the building in central Ohio Friday.

The iconic basket structure had stood empty for more than a year.

Coon said he has a “big vision in mind” for the building with details to come.

Licking County Treasurer Olivia Parkinson says a large amount of back taxes owed on the building are expected to be paid this week.

Longaberger opened the $32 million building in 1997 but later suffered financial problems as sales dropped off.

Coon hopes to place the structure on the National Register of Historic Places.

Low-clearance bridge hit by truck again

DELAWARE — For the second time in a month, a truck drove into a low-clearance overpass in Ohio and failed to heed warnings about the oncoming low clearance.

The railroad bridge near the city of Delaware has a clearance of 12 feet and 5 inches. The Columbus Dispatch reports the bridge was struck Dec. 18 and again Dec. 28.

Some call this bridge and others like it “can openers” due to the ease with which they shear the metal from the tops of trailers whose drivers don’t heed clearance warnings.

Delaware and the Ohio Department of Transportation plan to install a laser-guided alert system for trucks to be activated by April.

Violators who hit a bridge face a $1,000 fine, plus court fees.

Staff, wire reports