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Tribune staffers up for awards

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WARREN — Tribune Chronicle newsroom staff members will receive seven awards in the annual Associated Press Media Editors’ 2017 newspaper contest, the AP announced Monday. First-, second- and third-place finishes will be revealed during an awards banquet March 24 in Columbus. Sports ...

At a glance

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Fake $100 bill tried at drug store WARREN — A man tried to use a fake $100 bill to pay for a Western Union transaction at the Walgreens on West Market Street, according to a police report. The report filed Saturday states the man tried to use the counterfeit currency on Feb. 4, but an ...

Treasurer in Niles resigns

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NILES — Less than two months into a new four-year term as treasurer of Niles, Janet M. Jones stepped down from the position Monday. In a brief letter to Mayor Tom Scarnecchia that is dated Friday, Jones announced her resignation to “further my career in other areas.” Officials said ...

Girard to get near $2 million

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GIRARD — The city will have nearly $2 million in new gas pipelines by spring in the southern U.S. Route 422 area as part of replacement project planned by Dominion Energy Ohio. Mayor James Melfi told city council Monday the $1.96 million project, which will be done in two parts, is what ...

Local and state at a glance

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Girard to name bridge after Leo GIRARD — Girard City Council on approved naming the Girard-McDonald viaduct in memory of fallen police officer Justin Leo. Leo was killed Oct. 21 in the line of duty while responding to a domestic violence call. Mayor James Melfi said a dedication ceremony ...

On the record – Leavittsburg

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Leavittsburg WHAT: LaBrae Board of Education meeting Monday PRESENT: Russell Sewell, Virginia Blaney, Tim Gibson and Gary Morton ABSENT: Diane Duncan The board: • Adopted the district’s open enrollment policy for students from any district and for all grade levels; • Approved ...

Crews battle fire at Greenville, Pa. vacant building

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GREENVILLE, Pa. — Fire crews were called out Monday evening to a fire at a vacant building off Main Street in downtown Greenville. Tribune Chronicle newspartner WKBN-TV 27 reported fire crews received calls of smoke and flames at 7:30 p.m. Fire crews quickly extinguished the fire. Two ...

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Lincoln third-grade teacher Mary Jo Altobelli, center, works with Ben Hurt, 8, right and Christian Sowers, 8, left, on their reading skills. The percentage of Warren’s third-grade students whose reading levels are high enough to promote them to fourth grade has been increasing.

Warren’s 3rd-grade scores improve

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WARREN — The percentage of Warren’s third-grade students whose reading levels are high enough to be promoted when they take the first fall assessment tests has been increasing. About 42 percent of third graders taking reading assessments in the fall of 2015-2016 already were at minimum ...

Someplace Safe to change name

Community News

HOWLAND — As Someplace Safe is in the process of moving this year into the former Beatitude House off Tod Avenue, it will be given a new name to honor a local woman whose work has helped changed the lives of local residents. The “Sister Stella Shelter for Domestic Violence” was ...

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Jacob LaRosa, left, goes on trial this week in the Trumbull County courtroom of Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay. LaRosa, 18, faces felony charges connected to the March 31, 2015, slaying of Marie Belcastro, 94, of Niles.

Murder trial to commence today

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WARREN — Nearly three years after Marie Belcastro was killed inside her Niles home, the man accused of the grisly crime will stand trial in the death of the 94-year-old. Jury selection will get under way today in the case against Jacob LaRosa, 18, who faces charges of aggravated murder, ...

Historical talk set for Thursday at Tyler Center

Community News

BITES AND BITS: The Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s next Bites and Bits of History lunch program is noon Thursday at the Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St., Youngstown. MVHS Executive Director Bill Lawson will lead an interactive program on Mahoning Valley trivia. Lawson will pose ...

Bike trail nearing completion

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WARREN — The final leg of 30 miles of bike trail in Trumbull County connecting Lake Erie in Ashtabula County, and trails in Mahoning and Columbiana counties, is likely to begin construction in 2020, as long as the state approves about $460,000 in capital improvement money. Trumbull ...

Agenda

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• McKINLEY MEMORIAL LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES will meet at 4:15 p.m. today at the McKinley Birthplace Home and Research Center, Niles. • CHAMPION TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES will hold special meeting 4:30 p.m. today at the township hall for an executive session on fiscal officer position. • ...

Brookfield group wants new sports complex

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BROOKFIELD — A local seven-member committee of parents and citizens has approached the Brookfield Board of Education about building a multi-sports complex on the high school campus. Currently football games are played at a cramped and aged stadium located off Addison Road in Masury, while ...

MVSD study to examine water quality and distribution

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WEATHERSFIELD — A study is underway at the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District that aims to identify whether water treatment methods require adjustment to deter water line corrosion and red water. Red water, or water with high levels of iron from old pipes, is an issue in parts of Youngstown, ...

McKinley faces decision about war with Spain

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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 inherits a situation of mounting tension when he takes office in the spring of 1897. McKinley, his cabinet and many in Congress ...

On the record – Brookfield

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WHAT: Township trustee special meeting Thursday PRESENT: Ron Haun, Gary Lees and Dan Suttles Trustees: • Met with the fire department union over an agreement with the volunteer firefighters on hall rental guidelines at the fire station located off state Route 7. The hall is used by ...

On the record – Brookfield

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WHAT: Board of Education Jan. 17 regular and Jan. 3 organizational meetings PRESENT: Ronda Bonekovic, Kelly Carrier, George Economides and Tim Filipovich ABSENT: Ronald Brennan The board: • Named Carrier as president and Bonekovic as vice president for 2018; • Named Bonekovic as ...

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David and Fran Sohayda of Hartford hold the Seraphim Classics Angel on which David offered an engagement ring to Fran 17 years ago. It capped what she said was a perfect Valentine’s Day.

‘She said yes!’ Trumbull couples share proposal stories

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An angel with a ring in her outstretched hand. A Caribbean beach surprise. A sleep-deprived father sputtering a wisecrack. All figured into wedding proposals. For Valentine’s Day, we asked Trumbull County couples to share the stories of their proposals. Here are three tales of romance and ...