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Brookfield officials look at addition, fixes to cemetery

BROOKFIELD — Township officials are looking to add a columbarium to the Brookfield Cemetery, but they also are seeing what can be done to make needed improvements to markers and headstones damaged by a June tornado. Trustees and road supervisor Jamie Fredenburg met over the summer to review ...

Housing survey OK’d by council

NEWTON FALLS — Village council on Monday approved having Youngstown State University conduct a required housing survey in order for the village to create a community reinvestment area. First Ward Councilman Zachary Svette said the survey is required by the Ohio Revised Code as the precursor ...

Council tables measure on taxes

LORDSTOWN — Mayor Arno Hill and council members Robert Bond and Karen Jones continued to disagree Monday about limiting tax abatements in the village but tabled a vote for now. Council has proposed real estate tax abatements be limited to 10 years, and the amount of any tax abatement shall ...

15 years added to rape sentence

YOUNGSTOWN — Keion Stella, 37, of Dunstan Drive in Warren, will be 87 years old before he can be released from prison after getting another 15 years added to his sentence Monday for raping an ex-girlfriend in Youngstown. He received a 35-year prison sentence last November in Trumbull County ...

Man pleads not guilty in stabbing case

WARREN — A not-guilty plea was entered Monday in Warren Municipal Court for Taquoy R. White, 20, of Elm Court Northeast, on felonious assault in a Saturday night stabbing of his mother’s boyfriend. Bond was set at $5,000. Police were called to Elm Court at 6:30 p.m., where they found a ...

Police search for missing Howland teen

HOWLAND — Police are asking for help finding a teen girl who has not been seen since Aug. 30. Anita Torres, 14, of Howland was last seen at the Canfield Fair and is described as 5-foot-1 and 120 pounds. She may travel to Warren, Canfield or Cleveland, according to information on a Howland ...

Newton Township bridge to be closed

NEWTON FALLS — The bridge on Pritchard Ohltown Road in Newton Township, directly west of South Canal Street, will be closed for repair work today through Oct. 4. The Trumbull County Engineer’s office is recommending motorists travel east on Pritchard Ohltown Road, south on state Route ...

Niles partnership offers preschool

NILES — The school district announced Monday that it has partnered with the Trumbull County Educational Service Center to offer preschool services at Niles Primary School. Preschool class meets 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Spaces are available for the 2019-20 school year. ...

Newton Falls Library to discuss renovations

NEWTON FALLS — The Newton Falls Library Board of Trustees will have a public presentation on the planned library renovation project 6 p.m. Wednesday in the library meeting room. Library director Kerry Reed said this will be the first public presentation regarding the project. She said K2M ...

UAW strikes

LORDSTOWN — It was a few minutes after the stroke of midnight Sunday when upward of 200 former General Motors Lordstown workers set up picket lines outside the idled plant, joining 49,000 other United Auto Workers who walked off the job as contract talks with the automaker stalled. The ...

Celebration is golden at Eastwood Mall

NILES — William M. Cafaro and Edward J. DeBartolo were two visionaries who shared a dream to succeed and also pioneered an industry that changed the way people shop today. That dream and hard work was celebrated Sunday evening as more than 2,000 people gathered to mark the 50th anniversary ...

Bazetta man built landing strips during Korean War

BAZETTA — Roger F. Yost was a recent graduate of Newton Falls High School in 1951 when he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. He thought because he had one bad eye, he wouldn’t be drafted right away, so he got married to his girlfriend, Eleanor. But just after they returned ...

Local farmers denied federal funds

The United States Department of Agriculture has issued disaster relief funds for farmers in a number of counties across the state, but Ashtabula and Trumbull county farmers aren’t eligible to apply. The USDA made disaster relief funds available Wednesday for Ohio farmers hit by natural ...

Cemetery, roads are hot topics in Bazetta

BAZETTA — Township residents have expressed concern about the condition of roads in the community, but township officials say funds are limited and their focus is on repairs at Hillside Cemetery, which was hit by a tornado in early January. Several residents addressed trustees at their ...

McKinley makes 94 speeches during fall of 1899

Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series marking the 120th anniversary of Niles native William McKinley’s U.S. presidency. As I study McKinley’s presidency as well as his speeches, I have learned during his first term that in the fall of each year, he would travel the most times ...

Assassination of McKinley marked

NILES — It was 118 years ago on Saturday when Niles native President William McKinley died from injuries received when he was shot eight days earlier in Buffalo, N.Y. The Republican president was just six months into his second term when Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen while ...

Lordstown teacher stable at hospital

LORDSTOWN — A Lordstown High School teacher who was hit by a van last week while riding her bike to school on Salt Springs Road is stable and recovering at the hospital, a family member said. Daniel Bloomberg, a spokesman for the family of Jenna Barvitski, said his sister-in-law, who is ...

Girard investigates 711 rollover crash

GIRARD — Girard police are investigating an early Sunday morning rollover crash on state Route 711. Reports state police received a call just after 2:30 a.m. of an SUV heading south on Route 711 near the Gypsy Lane exit when the driver lost control and the vehicle flipped over. Only ...

Warren crews battle Sunday house blaze

WARREN — The Warren Fire Department is investigating an early Sunday morning house fire at 387 First St. SW. Reports state crews received a call around midnight Sunday to the one-family dwelling with smoke showing from the back of the building. Crews were able to quickly get the fire ...

On the record: Brookfield

WHAT: Trustees met Sept. 9. PRESENT: Gary Lees, Dan Suttles, Ron Haun Trustees: • Heard from Suttles the township has received a $5,000 grant to be used along with available funds in the van account for a new senior citizens van. The current van has 140,000 miles on it so they will ...