Boardman policeto step up patrols
BOARDMAN -- Township police will step up traffic patrols from 10 a.m. Saturday through Sept. 2. Officers will focus on speed-limit violations, seat-belt usage and child-restraint laws.
Mahoning County has one of the lowest seat-belt use rates in the state, police said.
The added enforcement is part of the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program funded by the state. Township police plan various speed-enforcement blitzes on highways that approach and go through heavily populated residential and commercial areas.
This phase of the program coincides with the state's "What's Holding You Back?" seat-belt campaign.
SALEM -- The National Taxpayers Union Campaign Fund, the political action arm of the 335,000-member National Taxpayers Union, is endorsing Mike Halleck of Salem, the Republican candidate in the 6th Congressional District race.
The association tends to support Republican candidates. U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland of Lucasville is the Democratic candidate in the 6th District race. The 12-county 6th District will include, beginning next year, Columbiana County and a portion of Mahoning County.
SHARON, Pa. -- North Water Avenue will be closed through Friday between Bridge Place and Silver Street for replacement of a railroad crossing. Police said a detour route has been posted.
West Nile tracking
SHARON, Pa. -- A third dead bird has been found to have the West Nile virus in Mercer County. The state Department of Health said a blue jay found in East Lackawannock Township near Mercer tested positive for the virus Wednesday. The other two birds were crows found in the Greenville area last week. In Lawrence County, three blue jays and two crows have tested positive so far. The virus has been found in 37 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties. That's up 16 from Friday.
Civil War re-enactmentset for this weekend
LISBON -- Columbiana County Park District's fifth annual Civil War re-enactment will be Saturday and Sunday at Scenic Vista Park. The event opens to the public at 10 a.m. each day, with battle demonstrations at 2 p.m. both days.
On Saturday there will be a period style show and ladies tea at 12:30 p.m., a North-South tug of war at 6:30 p.m., and an open-air concert and dress ball at 7 p.m.
On Sunday there will be church services at 10 a.m. and a rolling-pin toss at 11:30 a.m. Visitors may also watch soap-making and blacksmith demonstrations both days and visit Union and Confederate camps. Admission is $5, with children 10 and younger admitted free.
Board OKs expansion
WARREN -- The Trumbull County Board of Health has given the go-ahead for a Lordstown landfill to expand into construction and demolition debris.
Lafarge Corp. plans to add the 26-acre demolition debris landfill next to its facility for dumping slag at 6205 Newton Falls-Bailey Road. The expansion has not yet been approved by Lordstown zoning officials, said Frank Migliozzi, director of environmental health. He said state law requires boards of health to approve landfill applications after a 90-day review period if the applications are complete.
The application from Lafarge was complete and included more monitoring and safety features than required by law, Migliozzi said. The landfill is expected to receive most debris by rail, he said.
Interim official hired
WARREN -- The Trumbull County Health Department has hired Dr. James Enyeart, Girard health commissioner, to serve as interim county health commissioner until a replacement for Vincent Catuogno is found. Catuogno resigned Aug. 14.
Enyeart will not work out of the county health department offices but will sign documents and step in if needed, officials say. The health board is reviewing candidates for the commissioner's job and has extended the deadline for applications to Wednesday.