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‘Government girl’ thankful

HOWLAND — Mary Barson has come a long way from her small hometown in Georgia in her 94 years of life. “I had a lot of wonderful things in my life that I thought would never happen to me, and so that’s what I’m thankful for,” Barson said. Now a resident of Shepherd of the Valley ...

Randy Smith out as sanitary engineer

WARREN — Trumbull County commissioners on Wednesday canceled the agreement that placed the county engineer in charge of the Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer Department. Engineer Randy Smith was elected to the position of engineer and oversees the county’s highway department in that role. ...

Volunteers step up to help with Family Mission’s Thanksgiving

WARREN — Volunteers from around the community, including some from Hiram College, came together Wednesday to give the Warren Family Mission a hand in preparing 2,166 turkey dinners. More than 1,300 of the dinners were delivered to local senior citizens and homebound residents for the ...

Trumbull County joins purple watchlist

Trumbull County joined 10 other counties on the watchlist to move to the most severe category in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Counties have to remain on the Level 4 watchlist for two weeks before officially moving to ...

Featured twirler defeats cancer

NILES — Having overcome cancer and loss of her hearing as a young child, 16-year-old Mariah Leskovac is excelling as the featured twirler at McDonald High School — the first one in 14 years. Mariah, a sophomore, was this school year’s featured twirler with the majorettes performing ...

6 feet from North Pole

Santa Claus is coming to the mall — just don’t try to sit on his lap. Despite the pandemic — and the fact that Santa’s age and weight put him at high risk for severe illness from the coronavirus — mall owners are going ahead with plans to bring him back this year. But they are ...

Game brings joy, preserves memory

CORTLAND — In many communities, Santa Claus visits homes on Dec. 24. In one Trumbull County city, however, Santa comes two months earlier. Last year, some Cortland residents had a surprise visitor on their lawns. A traveling Santa Claus was spotted in yards around the city and in Bazetta ...

Centerpiece of the day should be fire safety

COLUMBUS — A table full of food may be the center of attention on Thanksgiving, but state fire officials urge Ohioans to make safety the real centerpiece of today’s festivities. The state fire marshal’s office hopes Ohioans can stay alert and practice patience in the ...

Accolades for firefighter

WARREN — Warren Fire Lt. Don Beauchene was a servant. He was a humble man who gratefully served his wife, family, city and, really, anyone needing a helping hand. Beauchene, 54, a born-again Christian, found that serving others made his life more fulfilling and taught a greater ...

Valley health officials plead with public to stay home

A health advisory approved Tuesday by the Trumbull County Combined Health District is leading to the voluntary closure of all in-person instruction in K-12 schools. Athletics also are postponed, at least until Dec. 22. The COVID-19 advisory asks people to stay home except in essential ...

Valley joblessness falls but remains highest in state

Jobless numbers in Trumbull and Mahoning counties fell sharply in October, marking the second consecutive month unemployment in the region shrank, yet they remain in a four-way tie for the highest rate in the state. It’s a similar situation for jobless rates in Warren and in Youngstown ...

Vaccines may be available to Ohioans by mid-December

COLUMBUS — Ohio could see its first batch of up to 30,000 doses of a coronavirus vaccine by Dec. 15, with fresh supplies arriving every few days, Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday, citing calls his office had with the White House. The first batch would come from a Pfizer-produced vaccine, ...

Feeding young minds, hearts

CORTLAND — Despite the ongoing pandemic, Cortland Playroom Pre-School still held its annual Thanksgiving feast for its children. Susette Zickefoose, director and administrator for the school, said they wanted to keep the 32-year tradition going even though it meant changes because the ...

Newton Falls board reviewing options on elementary building

NEWTON FALLS — The Newton Falls Board of Education and school officials are reviewing options for the nearly 50-year-old former elementary building, which has not been used since the 2017-18 school year. The board members held a walk-through work session Monday where they and Superintendent ...

Hubbard man guilty of assault

WARREN — A Hubbard man pleaded guilty Tuesday to an amended indictment linked to the Sept. 22 assault on a Hubbard police officer. David A. Seiple, 63, of 504 Grace St., Hubbard, appeared before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew D. Logan, who ordered a background investigation be ...

Tenn. woman faces local charges

NORTH BLOOMFIELD — A Sneedville, Tenn., woman faces a host of charges after Trumbull County sheriff deputies reported a high-speed chase Friday morning through Bloomfield Township. Wendy Johnson, 26, is charged with fleeing and eluding, possession of criminal tools, receiving stolen ...

Chase ends at police station; man arrested

WARREN — A chase involving two vehicles that ended in the parking lot of the Warren police station late Monday resulted in the arrest of a Newton Falls man on a gun charge. Michael A. Karpenko, 36, of 1125 Warren Road, will be arraigned at 9:30 a.m. today in Warren Municipal Court on a ...

Warren man gets jail term in probation violation

WARREN — A Warren man who faces felony charges, stemming from an Aug. 9 beating at a Liberty motel room, was given a six-month jail sentence Tuesday by a Trumbull County judge who presided over the man’s probation violation hearing. Paul J. Brock, 36, of Oriole Place, Warren, appeared ...

On the record: Southington

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Thursday PRESENT: Besty Dunn, Cory Freeman, Steve Gilanyi, Terry Kelly and Megan Gibbs The board: • Heard from Superintendent Rocco Nero of a recent bus accident where a bumper was damaged and bent totaling $4,000, which will be covered by the ...

On the record: Champion

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Nov. 16 PRESENT: John Pitts, David Mahan, Kelly Boyle, Patricia Fisher and James Scher The board: • Took the first step to place renewal of a five-year permanent improvement levy on the May 4 primary ballot. Treasurer Laurena Rouan said the levy will ...