Niles Times

Group does mission work in Ky.

NILES — Teens and adults from First Christian Church of Niles spent part of the summer doing mission work in Covington, Ky., an effort that was organized by Group Mission Teams. Stacy Gaugler, leader of the church’s Christian Youth Fellowship, said six people, including herself, Don ...

Collections will make a difference Oct. 28

NILES — Every year for nearly a decade, Niles Community Services has held a community-wide food drive as its Make A Difference Day project. And every year, the community responds generously to the cause, said director Jean Williams. Make A Difference Day, sponsored by the Tribune ...

MVSD to keep consulting firm during transition

MINERAL RIDGE — A consulting firm will stay on at the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District during the transition to a new chief engineer, who begins Oct. 1, according to a member of the board overseeing the water treatment plant. “We don’t want to pull the plug on MS Consultants just yet, ...

Niles fire chief warns of scam

NILES — Residents have been receiving calls from someone claiming to be from the Niles Fire Department, asking for money in exchange for smoke detectors. But it’s a scam, said fire Chief David Danielson. The department is not selling detectors and does not have any ongoing fundraisers, ...

Reunion set for Class of 1955

NILES — The Niles McKinley High School Class of 1955 will hold its 62nd reunion 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at Leo’s Ristorante in Howland. Those attending can pick from the menu and everyone pays for their own meal. There will be a discussion about the regularity and timing of future ...

Tribune Chronicle / Renee Fox
Donovan Brown, 9, and A.J. Jenyk, 9, helped their parents clean up a lawn Saturday on Ann Avenue in Niles.

Family reaches out to residents shamed online

NILES — When someone started posting pictures of lawns and houses online and shaming the residents for high grass, weeds and other things over the last few weeks, one married couple decided it made more sense to offer a helping hand than to complain from behind a screen. Adam Jenyk and ...

Tribune Chronicle / Andy Gray
Mariann O'Halloran, fiscal officer for the McKinley Memorial Library, hangs entries for the McKinley Art Contest Show, which opens Friday at the Art Outreach Gallery at Eastwood Mall in Niles.

Gallery displays McKinley-inspired art

NILES — Art inspired by President William McKinley is on display at the Art Outreach Gallery. About 30 works were created by artists ranging from preschoolers to senior citizens. The exhibit is part of a yearlong celebration of the centennial of the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial in ...

Tribune Chronicle / R. Michael Semple
Mason St. Clair, 15, of Niles holds a bust of President Richard Nixon, which is part of his presidential memorabilia collection.

Niles teenager collects presidential memorabilia

NILES — Despite being a student at Niles McKinley High School, Mason St. Clair’s favorite president is not the school’s namesake, William McKinley. That honor belongs to Jimmy Carter, who Mason recently met in Georgia. Mason, 15, a sophomore, has amassed a collection of 4,500 to ...

President McKinley returns to Ohio in 1897

Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series marking the 120th anniversary of Niles native William McKinley’s U.S. presidency. President William McKinley, looking fit and well-rested, according to newspaper accounts, boarded a train Aug. 22, 1897, in upstate New York near Lake Champlain ...

State auditor has reservations about MVSD refunds

WARREN — The Auditor of State has reservations about some $5 million in refunds the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District is scheduled to give to the cities of Youngstown and Niles and the village of McDonald. In a letter dated Aug. 25 to the two judges charged with overseeing the MVSD, state ...

Officers cleared in fatal shooting of suspect

WARREN — The two Howland police officers involved in a February fatal shooting in the Howland Giant Eagle parking lot have been cleared of any wrongdoing after an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins said no charges will be ...

Friendly Squares celebrate 7th anniversary with dance

NILES — The Niles Friendly Squares celebrate its seventh anniversary at its monthly square dance 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Niles SCOPE Center, 14 E. State St. Dress is casual and there is a $6 per person donation at the door. Gene Hammond will be the caller. A new year of weekly ...

Auditorium project moves ahead

GIRARD — The Board of Education has been interviewing architects for the planned auditorium complex at the Girard junior / senior high school building off Shannon Road and will likely name the chosen firm later this month. Board President Mark Zuppo said at the Aug. 30 meeting the board has ...

Italian voices block KKK’s arrival

NILES — Talk to almost any Italian-American living in Niles and they have a story about one of their relatives who participated in the effort to stop the Ku Klux Klan from entering the city and holding a parade on Nov. 1, 1924. Even the curator of the National McKinley Birthplace Museum, ...

Ku Klux Klan lecture draws large crowd

NILES — Rocky Soriano was 4 and living with his family in Niles when he noticed the town seemed to vibrate with activity and the newspapers came with photos of “clowns” he thought were part of the Halloween parade. Soriano was too young and “too nosy,” his mother told him in 1924. ...

Police blotters

Weathersfield Police activity reported Aug.15-23: Aug. 22, 3:17 a.m. — Aggravated burglary and assault reported at 1984 Warren Ave. after the resident reported an ex-boyfriend broke in and assaulted her. The man also broke into a garage. Jonathan Dill was arrested on charges of aggravated ...

McKinley first president to ride in automobile

Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series marking the 120th anniversary of Niles native William McKinley’s U.S. presidency. Early U.S. presidents traveled in carriages. The first president to ride in a train was Andrew Jackson, while Theodore Roosevelt was the first to ride in an ...

McDonald Scouts honored for community service

McDONALD — Members of Girl Scout Troop 80172 were recognized with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for their various service projects in the village and in Trumbull County. The award recognized their volunteer service for work done in 2016. As a result of the award from former ...

Weathersfield honors area leader

WEATHERSFIELD — John Scheckelhoff has been presented the 2017 Community Leadership Award from township trustees noting his service to the area. The award is given annually to individuals who, in the opinion of the township trustees, have demonstrated ‘‘outstanding leadership and ...

GOP looks to liven up race in 1st Ward

NILES — The Trumbull County GOP is looking for a candidate to run in the 1st Ward in Niles after questionable social media posts from the unopposed Democratic candidate surfaced. Some posts from political newcomer Patrick “PJ” Kearney II contain strong, sometimes violent and sometimes ...