East Palestine festivalaccepting reservations
EAST PALESTINE -- Organizers of the 18th annual East Palestine Park Festival are accepting reservations from food vendors, craft or antique dealers and car show participants. The festival will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 27 at the city park. For more information call Shirley Gorby at (330) 426-9501.
Kids writing workshop
EAST PALESTINE -- The East Palestine Memorial Public Library staff is accepting writing samples through Friday from children 17 and younger who wish to participate in the library's writing workshop. Participants will receive advice and suggestions about their writing samples at the workshop set for 1 p.m. July 26 at the library. For more information, call the library at (330) 426-3778.
Columbiana Co. suits
LISBON -- Attorneys representing Columbiana County commissioners in two lawsuits are seeking to have the cases combined before the Ohio Supreme Court. Commissioners are being sued in the Ohio Supreme Court by county judges and in 7th District Court of Appeals by the county veterans agency. Both lawsuits complain that commissioners provided inadequate funding in the 2002 budget. Commissioners' attorneys say consolidating the cases makes sense because of their similarities. They're asking the 7th District Court of Appeals to transfer the veterans case to the state's high court.
2 face assault charges
GOSHEN -- Two Salem men were to appear today in Mahoning County Court in Sebring after being charged with felonious assault early Sunday at Ponderosa Park. They are accused of beating Michael A. Scanlon, no age available, of Carnegie, Pa. A report by the Goshen Township Police Department said Scanlon was seriously injured but did not say if he required medical treatment. Police said they responded to a report of a man being beaten with shovels, bats and pipes at the campground and discovered a group of people around Scanlon, who had been hit many times in the face and head. Police said Scanlon was riding a golf cart through the area when at least three people assaulted him. The Mahoning County Sheriff's Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, North Jackson and Canfield police were called out to prevent people from leaving the park while the investigation was under way.
Church expansionin Hermitage OK'd
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Faith United Presbyterian Church will be allowed to put a 5,540-square-foot addition on its building at 2370 N. Hermitage Road. The church is in a single-family residential zoning district and needed the approval of the Hermitage Zoning Hearing Board to build the addition. That approval was granted Monday. The expansion will house a new worship sanctuary. The old sanctuary will be converted to office space.
New Castle schoolsstill trimming deficit
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The New Castle Area School District is still reducing its deficit for the 2002-03 school year. School board members say that deficit is down to just over $1 million thanks to an increase in the state subsidy that was recently passed by state lawmakers. The board had passed an unbalanced budget in late June that had about $1.77 million of unfunded expenses. At that time they thought state legislators were giving the district only a 1 percent increase in state subsidy, but the subsidy increase turned out to be 3 percent. Board members held a special meeting Monday to acknowledge the change and amend the school district's budget. Over the past few years state lawmakers have been giving districts 3 percent and 4 percent annual increases.