Niles School District asks for sale of house
WARREN -- Niles School District wants a judge to order a Brown Street couple's property sold to the district to make way for a new middle school.
The school board last month authorized school officials to begin eminent domain proceedings for the property at 333 Brown St. The district says it needs the property to build and maintain the school.
The house is owned by Donald L. and Sofia B. Bartell Froom.
The district, through Atty. Christopher J. Newman, filed documents Tuesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court asking a judge to determine the price and to allow the district to take the property.
"I don't intend to move," Mrs. Froom said, declining further comment until she and her husband have retained an attorney.
SERB hearing set for Lordstown Board
COLUMBUS -- The State Employment Relations Board has ordered a hearing to determine if the Lordstown Board of Education committed an unfair labor practice.
Lordstown Teachers Association filed an unfair labor practice complaint with SERB in February, contending the school board unilaterally implemented a contract without negotiating.
On May 24, SERB found probable cause to believe a violation occurred and ordered a hearing. No date has been set.
Superintendent Ray Getz told members of a state oversight commission SERB also referred the case to mediation.
Families can become true CHAMPS together
LIBERTY -- Family members can communicate better and learn more about one another by having fun and working together. That's the theme of a Challenge and Mutual Problem Solving Day set for 9 a.m. Saturday in Church Hill Park.
The CHAMPS Family Day event, sponsored by The Center for Behavioral Medicine, will give participants an opportunity to experience a 21-element ropes and initiatives course. Families will learn ways to build communication skills, trust, problem-solving and decision-making.
For more information, call Ilona Roth-Cohn at (330) 740-3923.
Special meeting Thurs.
HOWLAND -- The Newton Falls school board will have a special meeting and work session with members of the Ohio School Facilities Commission at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Avalon Inn, 9519 E. Market St.
Fire damages store sign
NILES -- A few birds lost their homes, but nobody was injured in an electrical fire Tuesday evening that caused about $15,000 damage to a Sally Beauty Supply sign, fire officials said. The sign fire broke out around 9 p.m. at the store's Great East Plaza location.
Mecca trustees meeting
MECCA -- Township trustees will be have a special meeting at 7 tonight to discuss 2001 road projects.
Preliminary hearing set
AUSTINTOWN -- Charles D. Trader faces a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Mahoning County Court here. Trader, 47, of Newton Falls, is charged with breaking and entering and criminal damaging. He is accused of breaking into and ransacking a Lake Milton church and stealing a collection box. Bond on those charges was set Monday at $50,000. Trader is being held in Trumbull County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond while awaiting sentencing on 15 sex-related cases from Newton Falls.