Niles Times

McDonald’s Gray comparing favorably to Blue Devil greats

COLUMBUS — Zach Gray admitted he’s nervous when he steps inside the discus ring. A couple of turns, flick of the wrist and there goes the metal disc. The McDonald junior thinks of his school’s legends like Christian Smith and Matthias Tayala. It’s hard not to do. They are Blue Devil ...

Poem from Vietnam soldier finds family

Niles native Dominic Fennell was sorting through his father’s belongings recently when he found a letter addressed to his father, Larry Fennell, from a longtime neighborhood friend. When he opened the envelope, a folded letter containing a now yellow and faded clipping was found. The ...

Niles Middle students present rover project to NASA

NILES — Four Niles Middle School students were among a small group of students from 20 districts throughout the state to present their findings on rovers moving on different surfaces to officials at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. The seventh-graders — Zoey Rawlings, Harper ...

Niles church names new senior pastor

NILES — Niles Christian Assembly, 672 North Road has voted Pastor Aaron Newell to become their new senior pastor. Newell, who originally lived and ministered in Youngstown, has been a minister in Baltimore for the past nine years. He holds a degree from Southeastern University and will ...

Niles Historical group sets June events

NILES — The Niles Historical Society’s monthly open house of the Ward-Thomas House at 503 Brown St. will be 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday with the last tour beginning at 4 p.m. The membership meeting will be 10 a.m. Saturday. Plans for participation in Harry Stephens Hot Dog Day on July 1 will ...

Niles schools receive ODE literacy grant

NILES — The Niles City School District has received a $600,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Education that will allow the district to improve language and literacy development for students in grades 6-12. Niles City Schools is the only school district in Trumbull, Mahoning and ...

Red Dragons’ season comes to an end

AUSTINTOWN — Kyle Lough was one of the last Red Dragons standing. The Niles senior sprinter finished eighth in Saturday’s Division II Austintown Regional track and field 100-meter final. The top four advanced to state. He walked the Austintown Fitch football field and felt his high ...

McDonald girls finish 2nd

MASSILLON — Sometimes they’re running along, happy with what they’ve already earned. That was the McDonald girls. They just won the 4x400-meter relay, seeing Jessica Stamp cross the finish line on Friday. Then, some reporter comes up to senior Malina Mitchell, who was part of that ...

Niles sends athletes to regionals

The Niles Red Dragons have a couple of representatives heading to this week’s Division I Austintown Regional track and field tournaments — one step away from the state meet in Columbus. The Red Dragons girls had a tough road at last week’s Division I Austintown District and only had one ...

Rams send some to regional

NEW MIDDLETOWN — The tandem of senior Antionio Tedesco and junior Nathan Chiclowe took third and fourth, respectively, at last week’s Division III Springfield District track and field meet. Tedesco threw 141 feet, while Chiclowe went 134-4. Chiclowe took fourth in the boys shot put ...

All alone in first

NEW MIDDLETOWN — The moms could be heard standing on the Springfield High School track. One takes charge. Others either have phones or cameras in their hands, waiting for the McDonald boys track and field team to come together as a group, surrounding yet another district track and field ...

Former Red Dragons face each other in Presidents Athletic Conference battle

Jaret Johnson and Tyler Srbinovich, have played baseball together in Niles since they were 4 or 5 years old. They were both part of some very successful seasons for the Red Dragons during their high school careers. Johnson graduated in 2016 and enrolled at Westminster College. Srbinovich ...

Triple play

NILES — This was supposed to be the year Niles baseball succumbed to the losses of graduation. The Red Dragons’ two-year reign as All-American Conference, White Tier champions was going to end. Their run of success would falter as they attempted to integrate young, unproven players into ...

Ridge survives Heartland Christian

MINERAL RIDGE — The Mineral Ridge Rams advanced to a Division IV Struthers District sectional bracket final. However, the first-round baseball game wasn’t easy at all. Heartland Christian gave the Rams everything they could handle and then some as Mineral Ridge got by on Thursday, ...

Kings of the county

CORTLAND — Vincent Mauri looked around as he finished each lap, some races being shorter than others for the Howland standout. The Tigers junior distance runner couldn’t help but smile each time he passed the finish line. He raised up one finger as he won the 1,600-meter run, two for the ...

Witness recounts paying Infante for jobs

WARREN — Two key prosecution witnesses testified Wednesday in the corruption trial of former Niles Mayor Ralph Infante as one city worker detailed a jobs-for-cash scheme, while the lead state audit investigator detailed a bundle of cash stashed in closets during a 2016 raid of Infante’s ...

Niles considers building options

NILES — City council approved two ordinances Wednesday seeking requests for proposals for projects involving city buildings. The first ordinance seeks requests for proposals from architectural firms and engineers to analyze the water department building and what repairs are needed and how ...

State witness supports Infante

WARREN — A state witness who gave embattled former Niles mayor Ralph Infante $1,000 in cash every December worked to make sure she did not say anything negative against her friend without providing a full explanation. Karen DeChristofaro testified that from 2009 through 2014, she went to ...

McKinley asks for war declaration

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 requested a declaration of war with Spain from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on April 25, 1898. The text is ...

Red Dragon baseball team shows improvement

When it happened, Marco DeFalco felt like everyone gave up on the Niles baseball team. Things were already going to be tough for the the Red Dragons coming into this year. Niles lost six regular starters from a senior class that helped claim back-to-back conference titles. Then came another ...