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Niles man dedicates life to helping fellow veterans

NILES — Although he served in the military for 38 years, Robert Marino Sr. said he believes his greatest contribution to service came after his time in the armed forces. Marino enlisted in the Army in 1963 and from then on, a large portion of his life was dedicated to the military. From the ...

State representative looking to retain his seat

Former municipal court prosecutor and Weathersfield trustee Gil Blair, a Democrat, who was appointed to serve in Ohio’s 63rd House District is asking voters to elect him to a full two-year term in the General Assembly. U.S. Air Force veteran and small business owner, Mike Loychik, a ...

Congressional candidates spend big in October

The campaign of Christina Hagan, the Republican challenger in the 13th Congressional District race, spent more money during the first 14 days of October than it did between July and September. Hagan’s pre-general election campaign finance report shows spending of $222,286.34 between Oct. 1 ...

Ohio COVID-19 cases inch toward 200,000

Ohio reported 2,309 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, including 54 locally, but no new deaths were reported locally or statewide. The Ohio Department of Health stated the cases Sunday follows a record-high number of cases reported Saturday — 2,858 — the largest single-day increase of ...

Group takes care of neighbors

NEWTON FALLS — A newly formed charitable group is dedicating its time and funds to help families who live in the 44444 zip code facing challenging times because of the coronavirus pandemic. The nonprofit group known as 44444 the Citizens held an Okotoberfest-themed fundraiser with a ...

Society hosts cemetery tours

HOWLAND — Mineral Ridge resident Marci Buchanan said she often visits other area historical societies to see what they are doing to promote the history of their community. Buchanan and Linda Ference, both of the Mineral Ridge Historical Society, were among the guests to take tours of ...

Media, uncertainty swamp Ohioans

Every time Jinnifer Trubey checks her phone, another news story pops up about President Donald Trump. “It’s something about Trump, something he tweeted ... or how (Nancy) Pelosi wants to impeach him,” Trubey said. “I don’t mind it because I like to stay in the know, but it ...

Letter showed theme to McKinley’s 1900 presidential campaign

Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series marking the 120th anniversary of Niles native William McKinley’s U.S. presidency. One hundred twenty years ago, President William McKinley sent a letter to the Republican notification committee thanking them for their work in his renomination ...

Lincoln school goes remote for two days

WARREN — The Lincoln PK-8 School in Warren will have all students in Cohort A on remote learning today and Tuesday after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. Superintendent Steve Chiaro said Sunday the building was sanitized over the weekend and will be cleaned today and Tuesday, ...

Culvert work starts today in Champion

CHAMPION — The bridge on Shaffer Road between Bristol Champion Townline Road and Airport Road will be closed starting today through Nov. 25 for a culvert replacement. The Trumbull County Engineer’s Office recommends traveling west on Bristol Champion Townline Road, south on state Route ...

Trio accused in Walmart transfer fraud scheme

YOUNGSTOWN — A federal grand jury in Cleveland has returned a 20-count indictment charging three people with defrauding banks and using Valley Walmart stores in their scheme. U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman announced the indictment that charges John Lee Watkins, 31, of Stow; Valerie Marie ...

New cases

Cases filed in Trumbull County Sept. 28-Oct. 2: NOTICE OF APPEAL-11TH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS CALDWELL, TAMI vs. NILES CITY SCHOOLS et al E-COMPLAINT SAM LAMANCUSA, TRUMBULL COUNTY TREASURER vs. LETSON GUARDIAN, DANIEL B. et al SAM LAMANCUSA, TRUMBULL COUNTY TREASURER vs. ...

‘Second family’ still fans

CHAMPION — With the World Series underway, a Champion family has a personal tie to one of the teams competing to be champions. One of the Tampa Bay Rays’ key players, Joey Wendle, started his big league career in the Valley in 2012 with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, a Class A ...

City keeps renewal campaign low key

WARREN — Supporters of Warren’s 0.5 percent income tax renewal have been running a very low-key campaign to get voters to support its continuation over the next five years. Warren Mayor Doug Franklin said the campaign of Citizens for a Safe Warren have had a social media presence and will ...

Bazetta man challenges commissioner

WARREN — Mauro Cantalamessa and Denny Malloy do not agree on much. Malloy doesn’t think Cantalamessa has done enough to continue on as a county commissioner, and Cantalamessa doesn’t think Malloy has the knowledge or background to do the $90,000-per-year job. But one of the two men who ...

Twenty Under 20 Class of 2020 chosen

WARREN — Twenty of the most impressive young leaders in Trumbull County have been selected for the 2020 Class of Twenty Under 20. Now in its eighth year, the program, co-sponsored by the Tribune Chronicle, Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley and Kent State University at Trumbull, ...

October already sets record for most cases

Through only the first 24 days, October is already the month with the most reported COVID-19 cases in Ohio. As of Saturday, the state had 41,819 reported COVID-19 cases for October with daily record-breaking numbers four days in a row. The previous highest month for cases was July with ...

Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Valley grows amid pandemic

GIRARD — Despite the stay-at-home orders in mid-March, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mahoning Valley adapted and continues to help kids. Locally, the organization has seen an increase in volunteers and mentors as the pandemic continues — particularly more male participants. Big ...

Details released on Donald Trump Jr.’s Valley rally Monday

YOUNGSTOWN — Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, will headline a rally Monday in Youngstown for his father’s re-election campaign. The Trump campaign Saturday made official what was reported a few days ago that Trump Jr. would be at the Maronite Center at 1555 S. Meridian ...

Your Voice Ohio | COVID-19 consumes NE Ohio voters

It was just a little more than 24 hours after President Donald Trump left Walter Reed hospital after falling ill with COVID-19. Trump — who received experimental drugs not available to other Americans infected with the disease — continued to downplay the pandemic, telling Americans ...