Popio to be sworn in
YOUNGSTOWN -- Atty. Loren A. Popio of Canfield will be sworn in at 2 p.m. Thursday as Mahoning County's newest county court judge. The ceremony will be in the county courthouse rotunda and the oath will be administered by Judge Mary DeGenaro of the 7th District Court of Appeals.
Popio was recently appointed to fill the vacancy created when Judge Theresa Dellick left the county court bench to preside over juvenile court. He will be assigned to the county court in Sebring.
AUSTINTOWN -- The board of education will ask voters to allow it to borrow $42 million to pay for the construction of a junior high school and the renovation of Frank Ohl Middle School. At a special meeting Monday, the board gave its first reading to a resolution to put a 3.9-mill, 26-year bond issue on the ballot this November.
The second reading will be during the board's regular meeting Aug. 21. A meeting also will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Fitch High School to organize the committees to run the bond issue campaign. The board members said all local residents are invited to attend.
Group pays swim fees
YOUNGSTOWN -- Youths went swimming for free Saturday and Sunday at North Side Pool, a day longer than planned, courtesy of a black fraternity.
The Psi Omicron chapter of Omega Psi Phi paid the city $100 to cover the 50-cent per swimmer fee for the first 200 children. Saturday attendance was short of the 200 mark, so free swimming carried into Sunday until the donation was tapped out.
This is the second year the fraternity's local chapter made the donation as part of its social action mission.
Spitting leads to fight
CAMPBELL --Police said a 21-year-old Youngstown woman and her 7-year-old son were swimming at a man's Third Street home Monday when the adults began arguing and the man, 23, spit on her son.
The woman wiped her son off with the man's shirt, which police said prompted the man to urinate on her automobile's driver side seat.
The suspect fled before police arrived. The Youngstown woman said the man returned and struck her face with a football after police left.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A free fireworks display will be at Bicentennial Park near the Spring Common bridge in the city's downtown at 9:45 tonight.
The fireworks are in celebration of the Youngstown Park Department's Playground Program, which ends today for the summer.
Civil service meeting
BOARDMAN -- The township civil service commission will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the conference room of the government center, 8299 Market St.
Blue jay testing
NEWTON FALLS -- The Trumbull County Health Department will send a dead blue jay to Columbus for testing.
A resident took the bird to the health department, which froze it for shipping to a lab at Ohio State University, said George Buccella, deputy county health commissioner.
Tests will be conducted to determine if the bird carried the West Nile Virus.
Last week, a bird found in Lake County tested positive for the disease, making it the first in the state.
Buccella said it takes at least 10 days to get test results. This is the first bird from the county sent in for testing.
The department has gotten calls about other dead birds, but birds must be reported within 48 hours of their deaths so they may be frozen to preserve them for testing, Buccella said.
Road closing in Hanover
SALEM -- State Route 9 between state Route 172 and U.S. Route 30 in Hanover Township will be closed during the daytime Aug. 13-14. Ohio Department of Transportation crews will close the road from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on those days to replace a culvert.
During periods when state Route 9 is closed, motorists will be detoured onto state Route 172 and U.S. 30.