Niles Times

HOPE nearing completion on home

NILES — When interior work is completed this spring on a two-story home on Cedar Street, The Avenue and Main Inc. will have finished the first of four planned home renovations and upgrades in the city as part of Project HOPE (Home Ownership Provides Everyone HOPE). Jeff Crowley, a member of ...

Community Stars can let their lights shine

The time has come again for the Tribune Chronicle and Trumbull 100 to pay tribute to the very best examples of community service and the people who perform those outstanding acts. Now in its 17th year, the Community Stars program celebrates volunteers who go above and beyond to make a ...

Man motivated to run

NILES — People most likely have seen him running somewhere in the area during the past 20 years because he hasn’t missed a day. Bo Marchionte, 45, who lives in Niles, where he also works as a wastewater operator, started running on Jan. 4, 1998, after he and his wife, Wendy, traded barbs ...

Gander store to reopen in Niles

NILES — The shuttered Gander Mountain store will reopen this spring as Gander Outdoors, according to an announcement made Jan. 3 by the company’s CEO, Marcus Lemonis, who also serves as CEO of Camping World Holdings, Inc. Lemonis posted a video to social media in which he named nearly 70 ...

Police blotter: Niles

Police activity reported Dec. 19- Jan. 3: Jan. 2, 9:57 p.m. — A man, 43, reportedly hurt his foot kicking shelves during a fight with his girlfriend at 631 1/2 Fenton St. 7:09 p.m. — Welfare check at 729 Mason St. 6:49 p.m. — Welfare check at Marc’s, 6024 Youngstown Warren ...

Niles to seek smaller levy in May

NILES — The Niles City School District will seek a smaller levy in May and look to cut jobs as a way to address looming budget deficits and state-designated fiscal caution status. The board on Dec. 19 approved a fiscal caution plan that will be submitted to the state by the end of the ...

Board approves Weathersfield land transfer

WEATHERSFIELD — The Weathersfield Board of Education approved Dec. 20 the transfer of a piece of district property to the township. The township, which is seeking funds from the 2018 state capital budget for a proposed $500,000 community center, already has made a number of improvements to ...

Girard approves contracts for leaders

GIRARD — The Board of Education has approved new five-year contracts for the school superintendent and treasurer that include a 2.5 percent pay increase each year. The board at their meeting Dec. 20 granted the new contracts, which are effective Aug. 1, 2018 to July 31, ...

Councilman retiring after 38 years

NILES — At-Large Councilman Stephen Papalas has kept a meticulous record of his nearly 38 years on Niles City Council, with file folders containing newspaper clippings and various paperwork for every election year dating back to 1979, when he was first elected. Earlier this month, Papalas ...

Niles finances looking positive

NILES — City finances are in the black with a projected general fund balance of more than $2 million heading into 2018. That was the highlight of a Financial Planning and Supervision Commission meeting Dec. 19. Timothy Lintner, a project manager with the state auditor’s office, said ...

Schools get new treasurer

NILES — The Niles City School District will have a new treasurer in the new year. The Board of Education approved hiring Lori Hudzik, 51, of Niles. She is a former Board of Education member who owns an insurance company and also has a background in education, human resources and accounting, ...

Bank robbery suspect arrested

NILES — After a bank in Liberty was robbed Friday afternoon, police from several agencies quickly found the suspect hiding in a house on John Street. The PNC Bank on Belmont Avenue at Churchill Road was robbed around 3:30 p.m. by a white man in his 30s with blond hair, a brown jacket and a ...

Niles adds to fire dept.

NILES — With the recent swearing-in of a firefighter, the Niles Fire Department is up to authorized staffing levels. Dave Blados, 25, of Chardon, was sworn in last week and fire Chief David Danielson said the hiring of Blados brings the department up to a temporary authorized strength of ...

Shaker absorbs 6-figure costs from the campaign trail

WARREN — Chris Shaker, the soon-to-be sworn in judge of Niles Municipal Court, is absorbing the six-digit loan he gave himself for the campaign. Shaker spent $112,500 of his own money on the successful campaign for the judgeship after Judge Thomas Townley announced his retirement at the ...

Police lieutenant helps save life

NILES — Police on Dec. 11 saved the life of a man who was threatening to jump from a radio tower near Stevens Park. Police were called just after 7 a.m. to the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District property, where a suicidal man had climbed the tower. Police Chief Jay Holland said Lt. Dan ...

Local students enjoy experience in Macy’s parade

Niles McKinley High School senior Mindy McGann, 18, had the experience of a lifetime Thursday when she rode on a float in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. McGann, along with family friend Lee Harrison, rode on the ‘‘Cheer America Float’’ at the parade. ‘‘It was ...

Pastor grateful for ALICE training

WEATHERSFIELD — When Pastor Ron Blakeman of Mineral Ridge Church of Christ was approached about the possibility of receiving ALICE training through the police department, he welcomed the opportunity. Blakeman, 57, is one of several church leaders in Weathersfield who will participate ...

Fairhaven artists celebrated

NILES — More than 50 artists were celebrated at Fairhaven Foundation’s 19th annual Calendar Art Show Nov. 1 at Ciminero’s Banquet Center. Artwork from 13 of those were chosen to be displayed in the foundation’s 2018 calendar, said Linda Tiihonen, director of Fairhaven Foundation. ...

Communities get $1M for home repairs

A consortium of Niles, Girard and Hubbard will receive $1 million to give to local homeowners for home repairs in 2018. To be eligible for the Community Housing Improvement and Preservation Program, residents must own and occupy their home, and meet income eligibility requirements set by the ...

McDonald council OKs 2018 budget

McDONALD — Village Council approved the 2018 budget last week during its regular meeting. Mayor Glen Puckett said the approximately $3 million budget had no major changes from the previous year and all departments are within budget with no deficit spending. “We are keeping with the ...