Second person dies
as result of fire
HOWLAND - A fire early Wednesday morning has claimed the life of a 52-year-old township man a day after his mother died at the scene of the blaze.
Richard "Ricky" Noble died Thursday morning in the burn unit of Akron Children's Hospital, where he had been flown by helicopter.
A cause of death has not been officially released, but reports indicate Noble was suffering from severe smoke inhalation.
Fire crews were called about 5 a.m. Wednesday to the one-story duplex at 7582 Pegotty Drive N.E.
Naomi Jean Smith, 80, was pronounced dead at the residence before being transported to Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
Howland fire Chief James Pantalone said the blaze originated in a central area of the home where the dining room, kitchen and garage are located.
As of Thursday afternoon, the cause of the fire remained under investigation by the state fire marshal.
Tressel on short list for YSU president
YOUNGSTOWN - The Youngstown State University Presidential Search Advisory Committee has announced its top six candidates for the university's next president. Former football coach Jim Tressel is among those being interviewed for the job, along with Mary Cullinan, Gary L. Miller, Gayle L. Ormiston, D. Marshall Porterfield and Steven M. Rothstein.
Interviews will be conducted in closed executive sessions via Skype at 1 p.m. today and 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Williamson Hall on the YSU campus. The committee anticipates developing a short list of final candidates who will then come to campus for interviews and meetings.
SOUP gets grant toward projects
WARREN - Warren SOUP, a group that helps fund projects through money raised at quarterly dinners, has been given $3,000 from PNC Bank to further its efforts.
The SOUP is a public dinner of soup, salad and bread. Tickets are $5 and provide those attending a vote on projects being done by local groups that are seeking funding. Presentations are made at each dinner, and the winner will be announced that night.
The grant money, which will be presented to the group at its May 2 meeting, will be used to match the award amount raised at the door, doubling the award to winning projects in 2014.
The next dinner is 5:30 p.m. May 2 at the Mahoning Valley Hope Center, 3127 Surrey Road S.E.
Trumbull Democrats want your best pizza
WARREN - The Trumbull County Democratic Party, in connection to a ''14 for 14'' meet-and-greet it is hosting on May 1, will hold a pizza contest the same day.
Any restaurant or individual wanting to enter their best pie can call 330-501-3628 or 330-233-2024, which are also the telephone numbers to call for tickets.
The event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the party headquarters in the Mall View Plaza, 5580 Youngstown Road, Suite 1. Tickets cost $14. There will be party officers, Democratic elected officials, candidates, Central Committee members and activists at the event.