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Warren Schools’ tax territory grew by $7.5M

99 years ago in 1921:

Warren Schools benefitted greatly by annexations to the city school district.

Through an action by the boards of education of Warren City, Howland and Warren townships, additional territory was taken into the Warren City School District that was to add approximately $7.5 million in valuation to the school tax duplicate. That meant the additional taxes brought to the city for school purposes was to be between $60,000 and $70,000 yearly.

The adding of this territory to the city school district meant much to the schools and the taxpayers. While it took a large amount from the Howland Township tax district, it still left that township with an evaluation that would amply provide it with funds for all purposes without a large tax rate.

Since taking office in March, L. O. Wurtemberger who was the business manager for the public schools, had been working hard to get the additional territory on the school tax duplicate in time for the city to benefit that year.

He succeeded within a narrow margin.

The territory involved included the entire plant of the Trumbull Steel mill, a part of the open hearth furnaces and the Western Reserve plant of the Brier Hill Steel Co.

The resolution covering the transfer was adopted by unanimous vote.

In the transfer, the Warren Board of Education assumed one third of the indebtedness of the two other boards, which was of great benefit to the Warren schools when the transfer was completed.

70 years ago in 1950:

Two persons were killed and two injured when their car crashed into a fast freight train near Lordstown.

The second double traffic fatality in 45 hours in Trumbull County occurred when the auto smashed into the middle of the diesel train on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad tracks on Route 45, three-and-a-half miles south of Warren.

Occupants in the car were enroute to Girard to attend the funeral of a Girard man, killed the previous afternoon in a ditch cave-in in Sharon, Pa.

Killed in the car-train crash were Webster Goddard, 49, Beechbottom, W.Va., and Miss or Mrs. Autus Cox, 26, Moundsvlle, W.Va.

Both were pronounced dead of fractured skulls and multiple body fractures on arrival at St. Joseph Hospital, seven minutes after the smash-up.

Injured were: Mrs. Sarah K. Reid, 49, Beechbottom, who earlier in the day had received word her son, Edward Habbert, 27, Girard, had been killed in Sharon. She was listed in critical condition in Trumbull Memorial Hospital suffering from fractures of the pelvis, ribs, possible skull fracture, brain concussion and lacerations.

Edward L. Murray, 46, Beechbottom, suffered multiple bruises to the face and back. He was in good condition in the same hospital.

All four occupants in the car were thrown out of the car operated by Goddard.

The 1937 sedan ended up as a piece of junk as the train carried it 90 feet down the right of way after the impact.

25 years ago in 1995:

A Hubbard Township trustees appeal on a liquor permit application for Hubbard Conservation Club was officially recorded by the state and was to further delay plans to sell alcohol at the Wick-Campbell Road outdoor enthusiasts’ club.

The State Liquor Control Commission was to set a second permit hearing — much like one held in March on the matter — to hear objections from township trustees, agency spokeswoman Patty Haskins said.

State officials ruled in May that the club could continue the liquor application process. At the time, the commission did not go along with objections from trustees and some local residents, who said a liquor permit would not bode well with club members’ guns.

Conservation Club members had applied for a D-4 liquor permit, which would allow them to sell alcohol only to club members and their guests. There would be no carry-out sales. Club members had applied for the permit a year prior and had hoped to serve drinks by St. Patrick’s Day.

Although the commission did not side with the township trustees during the initial hearing on the liquor permit, the opposition was allowed one appeal to the commission. The date of a new hearing had not been set, but the procedures were similar to one held in March that produced the March decision in favor of the Conservation Club.

If trustees weren’t happy with the decision from the appeal, the next step would be to go to common pleas court and the case could be appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court if contested.

The trustees said they planned to keep fighting the permit, while the Conservation Club president said the club members planned to keep pursuing the permit.

10 years ago in 2010:

For the second time in a month, tornado warnings shortened Relay For Life in Trumbull County.

A tornado warning was issued about 2:35 p.m. on Saturday after funnel clouds were spotted near Windham in Portage County and headed east.

American Cancer Society Relay For Life participants walking laps behind Lakeview High School in Cortland were evacuated into the school’s gymnasium.

The warning expired about 3:15 p.m., but organizers decided to cut the rain-soaked 24-hour relay short.

The chairs of the event reported the 20 teams were evacuated to safety in about 5 minutes and the event’s goal to add to the nearly $1 million total raised in the 12 years of the fundraiser was not affected.

A month prior, on May 7, hundreds were evacuated from Courthouse Square in downtown Warren from its Relay For Life after tornado warnings were issued about 9:45 p.m. Walkers had returned after midnight, but persistent rain and winds caused organizers to end the event at 4 p.m. May 8 instead of 6 p.m. That event also reported exceeding its goal, topping $6 million total dollars since its inception in 1993.

— Compiled from the archives of the Tribune Chronicle by Emily Earnhart

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