Niles Times

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. ...

McKinley traveled by train to vacation in New York

Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series marking the 120th anniversary of Niles native William McKinley’s U.S. presidency. By late July 1897, the arrangements for President William McKinley and his travelling party to vacation at Lake Champlain in New York had been completed. ...

High school introduces Freshman Dragon Academy

NILES — Freshman starting this school year at Niles McKinley High School will have their own section of the school for their core classes as a new Freshman Dragon Academy has been established. Niles McKinley High School Principal Tracie Parry said the freshman year is a “make it or ...

Specialty Pipe VP Granato retires

The Niles Times MINERAL RIDGE — Specialty Pipe & Tube Inc. which has a local plant, has announced the retirement of longtime employee and vice president Ron Granato. Specialty Pipe is the nation’s leading distributor of large-diameter, heavy-wall carbon steel pipe and mechanical ...

No competency hearing for LaRosa

The Niles Times WARREN — Defense attorneys for a Niles teenager charged with the aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and attempted rape of an elderly neighbor withdrew a motion requesting a competency hearing. A pre-trial for defendant Jacob LaRosa, who just turned ...

BBC looks at Niles, hot dog

B NILES — If you’ve ever been to a baseball game, or any sporting event for that matter, you may have enjoyed a hot dog or two while watching the game. Or, you might just enjoy the occasional hot dog. The creation of the hot dog is credited to Harry Stevens, inventor, concessionaire and ...

Fiscal plan passes; tensions flare

NILES — The city is operating under a new fiscal plan and its finances have seen “significant improvement,” and a promising five-year forecast, said the chair of the Niles Financial Planning and Supervision Committee during a Thursday meeting. “There is an increase in balance each ...