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Joe Biden unveils economic plan

DUNMORE, Pa. — Democrat Joe Biden turned his campaign against President Donald Trump toward the economy Thursday, introducing a New Deal-like economic agenda while drawing a sharp contrast with an incumbent he said has abandoned working-class Americans amid cascading crises. The former ...

State officials seeking $300M for schools

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and other state officials plan to ask the Controlling Board on Monday to allocate $300 million in coronavirus relief funds to help colleges, universities and K-12 schools as they plan to reopen for the 2020-21 year. During Thursday’s news conference, DeWine said the ...

District to replace Willard school roof

WARREN — Willard PK-8 School is expected to have a new roof by the time school opens, according to John Lacy, Warren City Schools director of business operations. The district has awarded Boak & Sons Inc. of Youngstown a $707,714 contract to install a new roof on the 12-year-old ...

Man charged with making false report

CORTLAND — A man was charged with falsification Wednesday after he claimed he was robbed and assaulted by two men, but surveillance footage proved otherwise. David Gregory Burchett Jr., 22, of Cortland, claimed men in masks jumped him and demanded his belongings late Sunday night near the ...

Trumbull County remains under mask order

The Ohio Department of Health reported a one-day increase of 1,150 COVID-19 cases statewide on Thursday, bringing the total to 61,331 since the coronavirus pandemic began. The state also added 15 deaths and 81 hospitalizations, bringing those totals to 3,006 and 8,570, respectively. At his ...

City council revisits virtual meetings

WARREN — City council members again are discussing whether to have their meetings via the city’s YouTube channel or some other virtual means after Gov. Mike DeWine ordered residents of Trumbull and 10 other counties to wear masks indoors. “It really hit home for me during Wednesday’s ...

County seeks public input on $1.29M road project

Public comments are being sought for the planned resurfacing of 4.05 miles of Niles Vienna Road next year. Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith said plans for the summer 2021 project costing $1.289 million are to improve Niles Vienna Road by milling and resurfacing from Warren Sharon Road to ...

Liberty school officials to try again for levy

LIBERTY — Liberty school officials will try again to get voter support for a 2.5-mill additional levy for permanent improvements in the district. The board of education at its June meeting took the first step to place the five-year levy on the Nov. 3 general election ballot and have ...

18-year-old gets probation in federal officer threat case

BOARDMAN — A Boardman man charged with threatening to assault a federal law enforcement officer was sentenced to three years probation with standard and special conditions and a $100 special assessment fee Thursday afternoon. Eighteen-year-old Justin Olsen appeared by Zoom video conference ...

Cortland man found with Youngstown teen runaway

CORTLAND — Nicholas Hedrick, 20, of Cortland, was booked into the Trumbull County jail Wednesday afternoon after being found with a 15-year-old runaway girl from Youngstown earlier that day. Cortland police got a tip that Hedrick was with the girl and they found the pair on Greenbriar ...

Strong winds topple trees in area

NILES — Several trees and power lines were reported knocked down late Thursday afternoon in parts of Niles and Weathersfield following a brief isolated thunderstorm, A Trumbull County 911 spokeswoman said they received several calls between 4:30 and 6 p.m. of trees knocked over and uprooted ...

Two sought for transit board seats

WARREN — Trumbull County commissioners are looking for one Democrat and one Republican to replace two people on the Trumbull County Transit Board. The terms of Robert Faulkner and John Fowler are expiring. Trumbull County residents can send in a letter of interest and a resume by July 24 ...

Board OKS Fairhaven projects

NILES — The Trumbull County Board of Developmental Disabilities at a recent special meeting approved two projects to be done this summer at district buildings. The board approved Prout Boiler, Heating and Welding Inc. at $789,900 for renovations at Fairhaven School in Niles, which includes ...

Liberty officials look at touch-free facilities

LIBERTY — Township officials are looking at using the $160,000 in CARES Act funds the township has received to have “touch-free” entrance doors and restrooms at the township administration building. Trustee Chairman Arnold Clebone said at Thursday’s special meeting the money needs to ...

Metroparks places first-ever levy on November ballot

WARREN — The Trumbull County MetroParks for the first time has placed an operating levy on the ballot to raise funds for projects and operations of the six parks and the Western Reserve Greenway Bike Trail. The park board on Wednesday approved a 0.6-mill, 10-year operating levy on the Nov. ...

The need to know on DeWine’s health order

With Gov. Mike DeWine having the Ohio Department of Health issue an order requiring those in counties, such as Trumbull, designated as Level 3 (red) high-risk areas for COVID-19 to wear face masks, here are some key questions and answers to help those understand what it all means: Q. How did ...

GM urged to invest in truck firm

LORDSTOWN — U.S. Sen. Rob Portman wants General Motors to invest in Lordstown Motors Corp. and its manufacturing plant, GM’s former Lordstown assembly facility, where the startup will build its all-electric Endurance pickup truck. “I think it makes all the sense in the world because ...

COVID spike not slowing in Ohio

The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t slowing down in Ohio with 1,277 new cases reported Wednesday — the fourth-most ever. During the last eight days, the number of reported cases has eclipsed 926 each day except for Monday when it was 805. In that time, more than 1,000 cases were reported on ...

Niki Frenchko calls letter ‘dirty politics’

WARREN — A candidate for county commissioner said she believes a letter sent Wednesday to the Trumbull County Board of Elections is a political stunt motivated by “dirty politics.” Thomas Cool, a bail bondsman in Warren, sent the letter asking the board of elections to investigate ...

Community theaters review protection policies

In 2017, Selena Phillips appeared in Youngstown Playhouse’s production of “August: Osage County,” playing a teenager who is sexually assaulted by her aunt’s fiance. Two months later, during a production of “Young Frankenstein,” Phillips, a Youngstown native who now lives in ...