COLUMBIANA CORNER Finally, there's a room well worth the weights
A new $350,000 weight room is seeing a lot of use at Crestview High School.
Superintendent John Dilling said the facility attached to the gymnasium and adjacent to the football field was funded by school equity money, donations from booster groups and the Coca Cola Bottling Company. Much of the labor and materials was also donated, he said.
Physical education pupils, athletes and the public now use the weight room, which includes weight machines, free weights and an exercise area, he said.
Dilling said the building is a welcome improvement over its predecessor, which students were less than enthusiastic about using. The former weight room was a converted storage shed next to the school's sewage treatment plant.
Irish pride: Columbiana Schools Superintendent Dr. Joseph Rottenborn and his wife, Cindy, who was elected to the Salem Schools Board of Education last week, tout their affection for the University of Notre Dame on their Ohio license plates. Daughter Mary, now a third-grade teacher at Canfield's Hilltop Elementary, is a graduate of Notre Dame, where she majored in elementary education and psychology. Son Bo is a Notre Dame junior, majoring in history and government. The Rottenborns' license plate reads TWO 2 ND.
Columbiana County elections board workers had to do without deputy director Janet Mollenkopf during last week's election night. Mollenkopf was ill and missed working her first election in more than 30 years.
Animal pragmatism: It usually takes a murder trial to pack a Columbiana County Common Pleas courtroom with interested spectators.
But last week, Judge C. Ashley Pike's courtroom was jammed with onlookers, and no one was even on trial.
Earning the unusual interest was a hearing that will play a major role in deciding which of two competing humane society's will receive funds from a $1 million trust to run an animal shelter.
Besides spectators, plenty of lawyers also were on hand, two for one side and three for the other.
During a sequence of complicated testimony about money matters, one wag among the spectators whispered, "I thought this was supposed to be about the animals."
XCONTRIBUTORS: Norman Leigh and Nancy Tullis of The Vindicator Salem Bureau.