Niles Times

McKinley one of many tree-planting presidents

Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series marking the 120th anniversary of Niles native William McKinley’s U.S. presidency. On March 19, 1898, The Washington Post reported President William McKinley planted a tree the day before, “a sapling of the scarlet leaf oak variety, and the ...

McDonald’s Poole, Smith to be part of Frank Bubba Classic on March 27

The Frank Bubba Classic sponsored by Farmers National Bank will be held March 27 at Warren G. Harding High School. McDonald senior Braedon Poole, a first-team Division IV Northeast Inland District player is slated to be on the Trumbull County team. McDonald senior Britney Smith scored 8 ...

Mahoning Valley names new manager for upcoming 2018 season

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers, in conjunction with the Cleveland Indians Player Development Staff, are pleased to announce that Jim Pankovits has been named manager of the Scrappers for the 2018 season. Pankovits, who spent the last 7 seasons in the Seattle Mariners Development system, will ...

Niles officials upset building repairs are taking so long

NILES — Some city officials are upset with the amount of time it has taken to put a new roof on the Safety Service building, but the law director said the company doing the work has honored the contract in its job performance. Campopiano Roofing was awarded a $341,000 roofing bid to replace ...

Actions sought against Niles board president

WARREN — The plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against Niles City Schools have asked the court to order a psychological evaluation and issue an emergency protection order against school board president Susan Giannetti Longacre, according to a motion filed in the suit. Christopher Chieffo, 45, ...

Niles schools, library plan reading night

READING FAMILY NIGHT: The Niles City School District will collaborate with the McKinley Memorial Library to host Reading Family Night 5 to 7:15 p.m. today at Niles Primary School, 960 Frederick St. Students in grades K-3 and their families will take part in activities that center around William ...

Western Reserve upsets McDonald

STRUTHERS — With six seconds left, Western Reserve senior Kade Hillis’ lay-up ended the Blue Devils’ 13-year losing drought to McDonald, winning, 54-52, in the Division IV Struthers District semifinals at the Struthers Field House Monday night. “It was the best feeling in my life,” ...

Niles taking steps to demolish ex-school

NILES — City officials are trying to move forward with demolition of the south side’s biggest example of neighborhood blight. The former Garfield Elementary School was closed in 2003 and sold to a private investor at auction in 2005. That investor eventually walked away from plans to make ...

Niles policing for exorbitant profit is wrong

It always has been inconvenient and costly to get your car impounded, but new moves by the city of Niles and private tow companies have increased the fees residents pay and made a business out of impounding cars. Niles collected nearly $220,000 since creation of its impound lot in April 2016. ...

State auditor sends help to Niles

NILES — State Auditor Dave Yost has dispatched a member of the Local Government Services team to reconcile Niles’ books. Since 2015, project managers from the state auditor’s office have been reconciling the books, but the treasurer’s office was supposed to start doing it this year. ...

Active shooter training set for Niles

NILES — Niles City Schools will host A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training for staff on Monday at the high school. Weathersfield police will lead the training for the 300 staff members on training protocols for response to an active shooter.

Motion in lawsuit claims evidence tampering

WARREN — Niles City Schools officials are accused of tampering with a key piece of evidence in the case of fired teacher Christopher Chieffo, according to a motion filed Feb. 14 in a lawsuit Chieffo filed against the district. Chieffo, 45, was terminated Jan. 18 by the Board of Education ...

Treasurer’s resignation left Niles in the lurch

NILES — The resignation of City Treasurer Janet Jones had an impact on the city’s financial recovery process. Quentin Potter, who chairs the Financial Planning and Supervision Commission, said during a Feb. 15 meeting that the city must train someone to reconcile city books, as well as a ...

LaRosa pleads no contest

WARREN — The 18-year-old accused in the March 31, 2015, beating death and attempted rape of a 94-year-old Niles woman averted his jury trial and pleaded no contest Tuesday to four felony charges. Jacob LaRosa stood with his lawyers before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay ...

Niles fires teacher accused of misusing sick time

NILES — A teacher was fired from Niles City Schools after being accused of using sick time while he coached golf for another district. Christopher Chieffo, 45, who earned a base salary of $50,857 as a high school teacher, was terminated Jan. 18 by the Board of Education after being accused ...

Area students pursue education, service at US military academies

WARREN — Tracey Ryser graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1995. Her husband, William, is an Army veteran, and their son, Jacob, is in his second year at West Point. Their daughter, Sarah, hopes to continues the family’s tradition of military service at the U.S. Naval Academy. ...

Officials seek advocacy under new contract

NILES — With a new yearlong contract approved between the city and the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber, city officials plan to continue focusing on economic development in Niles and lobbying efforts at the state level. The city first contracted with the Regional Chamber in February 2017 ...

Nonprofit plans kickoff fundraiser

NILES — Playing it Forward of Niles is a new nonprofit organization made up of volunteers and is working to achieve 501(c)3 charitable organization status. Their mission is to provide new sports equipment, such as soccer balls, shin guards and spikes, to children in need in the Niles ...

Historical society sets open house

NILES — The Niles Historical Society’s monthly meeting will be 10 a.m. Saturday in the Westenfield Room. The society will hold an open house 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Ward Thomas House, 503 Brown St., with the last tour beginning at 4 p.m. There will be a collection of vintage and ...

High school hosts talent show Saturday

NILES — Niles McKinley High School Drama Club will present ‘‘Niles Got Talent’’ 7 p.m. Saturday at the high school auditorium. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Cost is $5 with the ticket being used as a way people can vote for their favorite talent.