Niles Times

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 ...

TNT vets gather for anniversary

NILES — David Brown made his stage debut at age 4 in “The Seven Year Itch,” the very first production Trumbull New Theatre staged at its theater in Niles in 1957. He only had one line but, “I discovered I liked applause,” Brown said. He ended up leading the audience in its ...

Talk on KKK set at McKinley museum

NILES — “A History of the Ku Klux Klan in Niles, Ohio” will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday at the McKinley Memorial Auditorium, 40 N. Main St. The lecture will be presented by Sandra Bilovesky and Ralph Tolbert of the Niles Historical Society. The talk is part of the 100th ...

Valsi Cleaners to close Aug. 31

NILES — Valsi Cleaners in Niles will close its doors Aug. 31 after more than 70 years in the community. Pickup of items only will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday until the final day.

Niles man gets two years in break-in

WARREN — A Niles man received a two-year prison sentence Aug. 17 after he was convicted of a felony linked to an April break-in at a Howland home. Carmen J. Renna, 27, 404 W. Federal St., pleaded guilty before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Ronald J. Rice to a second-degree ...

Flag to be retired at Sept. 11 ceremony

MINERAL RIDGE — A community flag retirement ceremony will be 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Weathersfield Community Park, 1388 Stewart St. The event is being hosted by Boy Scout Troop 83 of Mineral Ridge. The scouts will honorably retire unserviceable flags. For information, call 330-883-8921.

Niles plans campaign to promote school levy

NILES — The students who will be Niles McKinley High School seniors this year were in kindergarten the last time the school district passed a new operating levy, School Superintendent Ann Marie Thigpen said during Thursday’s levy committee and Board of Education meeting. Thigpen told a ...

Basketball courts closed

McDONALD — Village officials have decided to close the park’s basketball courts indefinitely after a series of problems in recent weeks, including littering and drug paraphernalia being found at the courts. Mayor Glen Puckett said at the Aug. 9 council meeting the courts, which are ...

Volunteers improve McDonald ballfields

MCDONALD — Members of a local contractors union donated their time and service to improve the village ballfields, which are used by the McDonald High School baseball teams. Will Lewis, president of the Youngstown Chapter of the Ohio Contractors Association, said the association wanted to ...

‘Journey’ includes stop in Niles

NILES — The Journey of Hope bicycling team made a visit to Fairhaven School in Niles Aug. 8 as part of their effort to raise awareness and encourage inclusion for individuals with developmental disabilities. The Pi Kappa Phi fraternity brothers, who make up the team, made their 16th visit ...

Briefs

Art contest entries accepted Monday NILES — To celebrate the centennial of the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial, Chemical Bank and the McKinley Memorial Library are sponsoring a McKinley Art Show Sept. 1 to 23. Entry forms and contest rules and details are available at the library, ...

Niles man says Subway incident violated civil rights

YOUNGSTOWN — A man who filed a federal lawsuit against Subway said he left the restaurant without eating when a woman went on a racially slanted tirade against him in a Niles restaurant and store employees did not intervene, the complaint states. Curtis Paschal, East State Street, Niles, ...

Girard dance hall back under new ownership

By VIRGINIA SHANK The Niles Times GIRARD — The former Kuzman’s dance hall opened Thursday with a new name and under new ownership. Rand Fusselman, who purchased the establishment at 1025 S. State St. in Girard earlier this year, said he chose the name Rolling Mills in honor of the ...

Former auditor added to case

WARREN — Prosecutors dropped charges but added new ones in connection to the political corruption and illegal gambling case surrounding the former mayor of Niles — a case that was widened Aug. 1 to include the city’s former auditor, who is accused of running his tax preparation ...

Niles visitors explore heritage

By ANDY GRAY The Niles Times NILES — Moving the event from Sunday brought out a large crowd for the Niles Historical Society’s annual Niles Heritage Day on Saturday. Visitors toured the Ward-Thomas House, a 14-room Victorian mansion at 503 Brown St., and other displays on the grounds. ...