Plan honors 9/11 victim
SHARON, Pa. -- City council wants to honor former city resident Rebecca Koborie, a victim of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, by naming a street and a park after her.
Councilman Lou Rotunno proposed the idea at Thursday's council meeting, introducing ordinances to do both.
He said the street where she grew up, Trumbull Drive, should be renamed Becky Koborie Lane, and Sharon's Bicentennial Park along the Shenango River should be renamed Becky Koborie Bicentennial Park.
Rotunno said he's spoken with Koborie's father, who still lives on Trumbull Drive with his wife, and he favors the idea.
Council President Fred Hoffman said the renaming will require two readings of each ordinance. Hoffman said the city will check with the other Trumbull Drive residents to see if anyone objects to the new name before final passage.
Raider Regatta set
NORTH LIMA -- The fifth annual Raider Regatta, slated for 12:45 p.m. Monday, will be at Wildwood Lake Park, 3008 W. South Range Road.
The event features a race of cardboard boats constructed by teams of sophomore students who incorporate science, math, art, English and teamwork skills to build the watercraft and write detailed instruction manuals illustrating step-by-step construction and operation.
Cardboard and duct tape are the only building materials allowed, and each boat must accommodate at least two passengers. Teams consist of two to seven students. Admission is free.
West Nile case found
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Lawrence County has its first human case of West Nile virus.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health said a 62-year-old county woman was diagnosed Wednesday, just two days after a 46-year-old Mercer County man was diagnosed with the disease. Both are undergoing medical treatment.
The number of human cases in the state has risen to 24 and three of the victims have died.
Professor found guilty
GIRARD -- Gary Fry, a Youngstown State University anthropology professor, was found guilty of two charges in Girard Municipal Court.
Judge Michael A. Bernard fined Fry to a total $400 and costs, placed him on one year's probation, suspended a 180-day jail sentence and ordered him to undergo drug and/or alcohol assessment. He also had to surrender his firearms.
Detective Mike Begeot of Hubbard Township Police Department said Fry, 62, of Mount Everett Road, Hubbard Township, borrowed a car and failed to return it.
He was originally charged Sept. 9 with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a felony. The charged was reduced to attempted unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was also found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of having a weapon while intoxicated.
More branch students
SALEM -- Enrollment is up this year at Kent State University-Salem.
Right now, 1,220 students are enrolled at the campus. Last year at this time, there were 1,144, Dean Dr. Jeffrey Nolte reported.
That's an increase of about 6.5 percent.
Nolte attributed the boost to new degree programs being offered by the regional campus. He also said classes at the Salem campus are reasonably priced and that the location is convenient for many in the area.
LISBON -- An East Liverpool man dismissed a lawsuit he filed in March against Columbiana County commissioners.
Donald Cox claimed in county common pleas court that commissioners violated Ohio law in passing measures in 2000 and 2001 granting tax breaks to a North Carolina company wanting to build a power plant in the county.
The suit alleged that commissioners did not have a state-required meetings notification rule in place when the tax breaks were approved. Commissioners later discovered the rule had been enacted in 1975 and sought the suit's dismissal.
Meanwhile, plans for the power plant are on hold as the result of a weak power market and struggling economy.