City firefighters busy with morning blazes
WARREN - City crews were called to extinguish two fires early Monday morning - one residential and the other commercial.
No injuries were reported in either case. Warren fire Chief Ken Nussle said both blazes were contained quickly.
The first one started about 2 a.m. at a home at 1628 Hamilton St. S.W. Nussle said the two-story structure is occupied, but no one was home when the fire started. He said the fire, reported by a neighbor, originated in a second-floor bedroom. The cause is under investigation. Nussle said early estimates indicate $12,000 in damage. The house is owned by Renee Wilson. It was not clear whether Wilson lives there or if someone rents the property.
The second fire at the business Current Inc., 455 North River Road N.W. near Sferra Boulevard, was reported at 3:30 a.m. Nussle said the fire started when a piece of equipment overheated. He said the fire was contained to that piece of equipment, worth about $250,000, and that the sprinkler system was activated.
A man who answered the phone at the business later in the day Monday said business would not be affected by the fire.
Head Start program announces cuts
Approximately 57,000 children have been cut from this year's Head Start Program nationwide as a result of Congress' budgetary sequestration, the program announced Monday.
"The decision to take away funding for high-quality early learning for tens of thousands of young Americans is indefensible morally and economically," wrote Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Cuts to Head Start were the largest in its history with a 5.1 percent reduction announced by the National Head Start Association in January. Of the 57,000 children, more than 51,000 are between the ages of 3 and 5, while 6,000 are part of the Early Head Start program for pregnant women and children up to 3 years old.
There will also be cuts of 1.3 million days of service, 18,000 fewer hours of service through shortened school days and the termination or reduction in hours of 18,000 employees.
Flooding meeting planned for Newton
NEWTON FALLS - Officials will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the community center to discuss recent flooding in the area.
Village manager Jack Haney invited residents to the meeting where he said there will be topographical and utility maps of the area. Those with property damage are encouraged to attend the meeting and bring photos.
Village officials are hoping to gather more information on the widespread damage so they can bring it to the attention of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Residents unable to attend may email photos and reports to the village clerk at