Railroad funds freed
SALEM -- A federal panel is freeing about $375,000 from the Columbiana County Port Authority's January purchase of the former Youngstown & amp; Southern Railway. The money was part of the $1.1 million purchase price and would have gone to the railroad's former owner, Railroad Ventures Inc. of Boardman. But the federal Surface Transportation Board ordered the $375,000 set aside to make repairs on the recently reopened line, which stretches from Darlington, Pa., to Youngstown, passing through Columbiana County. RVI had contested the set-aside before the board but was overruled last week.
Salvation Army's needs
SALEM -- The Salem Salvation Army is preparing for holiday distribution of food, clothing and toys for needy families. Capt. Tom Hinzman said 360 frozen turkeys are needed for food baskets. Anyone wishing to donate should delivery the turkeys to the Salem Corps at 1249 N. Ellsworth Ave. For more information, call (330) 332-5624.
EAST PALESTINE -- A program on adopting retired racing greyhounds will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the East Palestine Memorial Public Library, 309 N. Market St. For more information call the library at (330) 426-3778.
Toys on Tour station
GREENVILLE, Pa. -- Anderson Coach & amp; Travel, 1 Anderson Plaza, will again serve as a collection station for Toys on Tour, the National Tour Association's partnership with the Toys for Tots Foundation, a Marine Corps Reserve project. Collections begin today and end Dec. 12. The company is encouraging its customers and others to donate a brand new toy or cash to the program. Anyone donating a toy will be entered in two drawings for a $30 gift certificate.
FARRELL, Pa. -- The Endorsed Resistance of All Substance Abuse Everywhere (ERASE) anti-drug coalition will conduct a fund-raising Chinese auction from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday in the Farrell city building at the corner of Spearman Avenue and Roemer Boulevard.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Police are looking for a man who snatched a purse from a 75-year-old woman. Police said she was walking on North Jefferson Street about 2 p.m. Saturday when the theft occurred. The man is described being in his 20s and wearing a gray jacket and hat.
Fallen trooper buried
ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. (AP) -- More than 200 police and state troopers from across the country attended the funeral of a fallen Pennsylvania state trooper. Trooper Tod Kelly, 43, was buried in his home town of Ellwood City on Sunday. The 16-year veteran was removing a heavy piece of debris from Interstate 79 last week when he was struck by a sport utility vehicle. Police from as far away as California attended the funeral. "It is ironic that everything Trooper Kelly stood for in preventing crashes and saving lives on our highways, that he died as a result of that," said Paul Evanko, state police commissioner. The accident is still under investigation. The 17-year-old driver of the vehicle, whose name hasn't been released, is cooperating with police.