Niles man charged with drug trafficking
NILES - A Niles man pleaded not guilty to 11 felony counts of trafficking in drugs and marijuana on Wednesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.
Kingsley Barzley, 44, was picked up as part of an ongoing investigation by the Trumbull Ashtabula Group Drug Task Force. He was picked up Wednesday on a secret indictment handed up from a Trumbull County grand jury.
Investigators claim that Barzley was selling prescription pills and marijuana in the Niles area in November of last year.
Bond was set at $7,500.
Howland recycling events are under way
HOWLAND - Howland's "thinkGREEN, actGREEN, goGREEN" recycling initiatives are under way for 2014.
Residents are invited to bring up to five large garbage bags of paper to be shredded for the township's Protect-N-Shred Day at the gazebo parking lot from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
On May 15-17, there will be community wide garage sales that will be advertised in the newspaper for those who signed up earlier this week.
Finally, on May 31, an electronic recycling day will be held at Richard E. Orwig Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Computers, keyboards, printers, all small appliances, TVs and mixed electronics will be gathered for reuse and recycling of the parts for free to residents. Tri-City Recycling will also provide certified destruction of computer hard drives.
YSU panel to discuss Ohio's shale boom
A panel to be held at Youngstown State University will feature a discussion on Ohio's shale boom.
The first MBA Professional Development and Networking Reception will be held May 21 with the panel discussion beginning at 6 p.m. in Williamson Hall. A reception will follow at 7:15 p.m.
Discussed will be the economic opportunities created by the exploration of shale resources in Ohio as well as job opportunities.
The panelists include Mike Chadsey, director of public relations for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association; Shawn Bennett, director of energy for In Depth Ohio; and Sarah Boyarko, vice president of economic development, North America, for the Youngstown / Warren Regional Chamber.
Reservations can be made online at www.ysu.edu/wcba by Friday. The cost is $10.
Vienna fifth-graders graduate DARE
VIENNA - About 50 fifth-graders will be graduating from the DARE Program at a ceremony at 6 p.m. today in the Mathews High School gymnasium.
"I think it helped a lot. The whole curriculum has been changed to teach kids to make good choices using the DARE decision making model," Drug Abuse Resistance Education Officer Mike Sheey said.
Sheey leads second-, third-, fifth- and seventh-graders through the program courses that address how to handle peer pressure and confrontations involving drugs. Instead of just teaching students to say "no," Sheey said they learn how to break down the situation to have a positive outcome.
Some tickets remain for gospel concert
WARREN - Artist Circle tickets are sold out, but reserved seats remain for a gospel concert double bill featuring Gold City Quartet and The Keelings, beginning at 7 p.m. May 19 at the Packard Music Hall in Warren.
Alabama-based Gold City Quartet earned number one songs in each of the last four decades. The Keelings, from Hadley, Pa., have been performing for more than 20 years, and played Packard Music Hall audience in 2012.
Tribune Chronicle humor columnist Burton Cole will be in the lobby signing his novels for children.
Reserved seats are $12.50 and may be purchased through the Tribune Chronicle by calling Shafer at 330-841-1696, by stopping into the newspaper office located at 240 Franklin St. S.E., Warren, or online by visiting the Tribune Chronicle website, www.tribtoday.com.