School lunch prices rise
LORDSTOWN -- The board of education voted to raise lunch prices for the 2001-02 school year.
Lunches for pupils in kindergarten through sixth grade will increase to $2, from $1.75 last year. The price for seventh- through 12th-grade pupils increases from $2 to $2.25. School officials expect the changes to bring in an additional $800 monthly.
They said lunch prices had not increased for eight years.
NILES -- City council's four ward councilmen will meet next week to determine whether to redraw ward boundaries.
Council President Fremont Camerino told council members that the Trumbull County Board of Elections wants to known by next month if the wards will change. Camerino said the boundaries have remained the same for about 20 years.
Council members will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the conference room in city hall.
WARREN -- Trumbull County Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance will hold its annual summer fund-raiser at 6 p.m. Friday at DiVieste Banquet Center on North River Road. The alliance is made up of clergy from area churches who work together to help solve problems in the community.
Donations in the amount of $50 will be accepted. Proceeds will go to the Alliance Community Outreach Program Inc. ACOP, on Niles Road, is a literacy and computer training program for adults and children.
Advance reservations are required as tickets will not be sold at the door. Reservations can be made by calling ACOP at (330) 369-1441.
Guest speaker will be The Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Clarke of Columbus. He is senior pastor at First Church of God in Columbus and formerly served as pastor of York Avenue Church of God in Warren.
Zoning request OK'd
NILES -- The city's board of zoning appeals approved a request from Everflow Eastern Inc. of Canfield to drill a gas well off of West Street.
Approval came at a Wednesday meeting after public hearings in the morning and evening that were sparsely attended.
Levy renewal sought
SOUTHINGTON -- The board of education is asking voters to approve renewal of a 4.3-mill, three-year school levy in November.
This would generate $200,133 annually, school officials said, providing for district emergency requirements and avoiding any operating deficit. Voters last approved the levy in 1998.
The board also approved a participation fee, the same as last year, of $20 per pupil per sport and cheerleading activity for the 2001-02 school year. Also, there will again be a maximum fee of $75 per family per sport season.
In addition, the board approved a contract with Forum Health for sports medicine coverage beginning Aug. 6 through June 6, 2002, at a cost of $20 per pupil.
Recovering from illness
SHARON, Pa. -- The superintendent of the Sharon City School District is a patient at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, where he is recovering from a heart attack. Richard Rossi, 52, became ill Friday while out of town and was admitted to a hospital that evening, school officials said. He is undergoing treatment and could be released by the end of the week, officials said.
SHARON, Pa. -- Melissa Kaschak of Sharon has been hired as the new secondary music teacher/band director at Sharon High School. The Sharon City School board made the appointment Wednesday. Kaschak replaces Jason Cheskawich, who resigned. Kaschak taught in the Ravenna City schools last year as choir director and assistant band director. School officials would not say what she will be paid.
Cause of driver's death
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Mercer County Coroner J. Bradley McGonigle said a New Wilmington man whose pickup crashed Wednesday on Pa. Route 18 died of a heart attack he suffered moments before the crash. Police said Jerald King, 68, of R.D. 1, New Wilmington, was southbound around 2:45 p.m. when his truck veered across the road, ran through yards and then went back across the road before coming to rest in a clump of small trees. He was pronounced dead a short time later at UPMC Horizon, Farrell.