Niles Times

New children’s librarian starts

NILES — The McKinley Memorial Library recently named Marietta native Olivia Jones its new children’s librarian. Jones, who officially started in January, will oversee both youth and children’s services and programs at the library. She said she decided to become a children’s ...

Lessening OT should be the top ‘priority’

NILES — Lessening overtime, which cost the city nearly $200,000 more last year than in 2015, should be the “number one priority” of department heads, said Councilman Barry Steffey, D-4th Ward, at the Feb. 6 finance committee meeting. The city paid its employees $746,000 in overtime in ...

Briefs

New traffic lights on way in Niles NILES — Traffic lights and street lamps in Niles all will be replaced as a part of the light department’s capital improvements budget over the next few years. Replacing the incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs in traffic lights and in street lamps will ...

Agenda

• GIRARD BOARD OF EDUCATION meets 4 p.m. Feb. 22 in high school media center. • GIRARD CITY COUNCIL meets 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at the municipal building. • McDONALD BOARD OF EDUCATION meets 7 p.m. Feb. 22 in the high school media center. • McDONALD VILLAGE COUNCIL meets 6:30 ...

TAG announces PSA contest

Students at schools in Trumbull and Ashtabula counties can win $1,000 and use their creativity to help prevent drug addiction in their communities. Applications for the fourth annual Trumbull-Ashtabula Group Law Enforcement Task Force public service announcement contest are available now. ...

At a glance

Kindergarten enrollment starts McDONALD — McDonald Local School District is accepting kindergarten open enrollment student applications at Roosevelt Elementary School, 410 W. Seventh St. The school district will accept applications for residents and open enrollment 9 to 11 a.m. March 7 ...

On the record

Niles WHAT: Board of Control meeting Feb. 1 PRESENT: Mayor Tom Scarnecchia and Safety Service Director Jim DePasquale The board allocated: l $839 to Rhiel Supply Co. for janitorial and cleaning supplies at the Wellness Center; l $1,000 to T and U Service Station Maintenance Inc. ...

Niles to get new bank, hoping to save money

NILES — The city paid more than $180,000 in bank service charges in 2016 and officials are in the process of switching banks in the hopes of saving some money. In 2015, the city paid a little more than $73,000 in service charges, according to data provided by the city’s fiscal ...

Police blotters

Girard Police activity reported in Girard Jan. 29-Feb. 7: Feb. 7, 9:28 a.m. — A 724 Beaver St. man reported a fraudulent Sprint account was opened in his name in Illinois. Feb. 6, 7:19 p.m. — Telephone harassment was reported by a 50 Mohwak Drive resident. 10 a.m. — Officers ...

Five join fire ranks in Niles

NILES — Five new firefighters have joined the ranks of the Niles Fire Department, with their salaries paid with a grant set to expire at the end of 2018. The newest additions are Justin Ross of Howland, Adam Kashien of Niles, Abigail Cline of Warren, Ryan Fowler of Chesterland and Thomas ...

Officer recognized for saving woman from fire

NILES — A Niles police officer was recognized Feb. 1 for what the mayor described as “heroic actions” when he helped a woman out of a burning apartment a couple of weeks ago. Patrolman Kevin Helmick was praised by Mayor Tom Scarnecchia, members of council, police Chief Jay Holland and ...

Briefs

Schedule online for teacher conferences NILES — Niles City School District is using online software to schedule parent-teacher conferences. Visit www.ptcfast.com/schools/Niles_Middle_School_2 to schedule a conference with the school staff. The online scheduling window is open to Monday. ...

Agenda

• GIRARD FREE LIBRARY BOARD meets 7 p.m Monday in library meeting room. • GIRARD CITY COUNCIL meets 7 p.m. Monday at the municipal building. • McKINLEY MEMORIAL LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES meets 3 p.m. Monday at McKinley Birthplace Home in Niles. • McDONALD PLANNING ...

Niles Historical Society names 2017 officers

NILES — The Niles Historical Society recently began planning events for the new year and also selected its board of officers. Ann Marie Beagle was named president; David Martin, vice president; Mary Ann McMahon, recording secretary; Patty Fisher, treasurer; and Ruth VanHuffel, corresponding ...

At a glance

‘Homeless to Holiness’ speaker set WARREN — Warren Women’s Connection, an affiliate of Stonecroft Ministries, will host a luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at DiLucia’s Banquet Center. 2610 Elm Road NE, Warren. Nancy Montagna, a Warren resident who spent 16 years in the ...

Police blotters

Niles Police activity reported in Niles Dec. 13-19: Dec. 19, 7:49 p.m. — Macy’s reported an employee was stealing from the Eastwood Mall store. 7:05 p.m. — Shoplifting was reported at Macy’s. 4:48 p.m. — Identity theft was reported at 5 Olive St. 2:04 p.m. — Theft ...

No takers on wellness center lease

NILES — The good news is that finances are looking up in Niles. The bad news is that no one submitted bids to lease the city-owned wellness center. That means the administration will have to come up with a plan to balance the loss of the $160,000 it expected to save by leasing the facility. ...

Scholarship helps music students

NILES — Parents of a senior Niles McKinley High School band or choir member will receive in the mail a letter and application for the William D. Bauman Memorial Music Scholarship. The $5,000 scholarship was established in the memory of William D. Bauman, a 1947 Niles graduate. Bauman grew ...

On the record

Niles WHAT: City Council meeting Feb. 1 PRESENT: Robert Marino, Michael Lastic, Stephen Papalas, Ryan McNaughton, Barry Steffey Jr., Linda Marchese, Steven Mientkiewicz, Frank Pezzano and Mayor Thomas Scarnecchia Council: l Adopted an ordinance raising the pay rate of the water and ...

McKinley’s birthday celebrated

NILES — President William McKinley was born in a little house in Niles 174 years ago and in a replica of the home, people gathered Saturday to learn about him and his political beliefs. While McKinley only lived in Niles until the age of 9, long before becoming the last veteran of the ...