Civic center ads
YOUNGSTOWN -- The board overseeing the proposed downtown civic center agreed Thursday to advertise in trade journals and local newspapers for a management director -- an independent contractor who would serve as a consultant on feasibility, development, management, utilization and marketing of the center. The board has received 13 applications for office manager to run its soon-to-open headquarters on the second floor of the city-owned Wick Building, four or five of whom likely will be interviewed, said William Binning, chairman of the board's personnel committee.
CLEVELAND -- Two Youngstown men have been indicted by a federal grand jury on crack cocaine distribution charges, the U.S. attorney said. Eric Wright, 28, of East Indianola Avenue, is charged with nine counts of knowingly and intentionally distributing crack cocaine on nine occasions between February and May of this year and one count of possessing it on April 12 with intent to distribute it. James D. Monroe, 46, of Browning Street, is charged with four counts of cocaine and crack cocaine distribution and one count of unlawful possession of three firearms.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A representative of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration commended the contractors and workers on the downtown federal courthouse construction site Thursday for an accident-free first 74 days of construction. Representatives of three parties, OSHA, Dick Corp. of Pittsburgh, which is the general contractor, and the Western Reserve Building and Construction Trades Council, signed a pledge to continue the safety record, and the contractor and workers agreed to attend safety training seminars, according to Claire Maluso, an aide to U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., D-17th. The project is on schedule, Maluso said.
Boys admit arson
YOUNGSTOWN -- With their clothes smelling of smoke, two East Lucius Avenue boys, ages 10 and 12, admitted to police that they set fire to a garage in the 200 block of their street Thursday evening. A neighbor who saw thick smoke and the boys run from the garage was able to put out the fire before the fire department arrived. A lighter was confiscated and the boys were taken to the juvenile justice center. No motive for the arson was provided.
Man destroys flags
WARREN -- A 53-year-old Hazelwood man was to appear in court today to face charges that he destroyed flags and markers around the Vietnam Memorial Wall and the World War II Memorial.
Keith A. Ross was being held in the Trumbull County jail pending arraignment, court officials said.
Police reported arresting Ross on the misdemeanor charges around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
Giant garage sale
WARREN -- The 15th annual Garage Sale Extravaganza to benefit the Easter Seals of Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties runs today through Wednesday in Ridgeview Plaza at Ridge and Youngstown (U.S. Route 422) roads.
The event was organized by Jim and Pam Pierce of Liberty, their daughter, Tami Dykens, and her husband, Tom.
WARREN -- The Warren Italian American Heritage Festival is accepting applications until July 29 for the Tiny King and Queen pageant.
The pageant will be at 2 p.m. Aug. 10 on Courthouse Square. The festival runs Aug. 10-12.
The contest is open to children 3 through 5 living in Trumbull or abutting counties.
For more information or to get an application, call Dina Sharp at (330) 847-0916 or the festival office at (330) 393-3444.
Car show and breakfast
CORTLAND -- Dust off your hot rod, and get ready to roll to the Lions Club's ninth annual Cortland Car Show, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Jeff Payne, second vice president of the club, expects 130 to 150 cars. "We'll have any kind of car from pre-1939 up to 2001," he said.
Twenty-two trophies are up for grabs.
Show registration, which costs $8, will be from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Lions Club building on Main Street, where the club is also serving a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. A plate of sausage and eggs or pancakes and sausage will cost $3.
All proceeds from the show and the breakfast support the Lions Club's work with the blind and the less fortunate of the community, Payne said.
Local band Five Wheel Drive will perform from 1:30 to 3 p.m.