One-time SBC fee
LISBON -- SBC customers in Columbiana County will have a one-time $2.50 charge on their August bill, county Commissioner Gary Williams said today.
SBC failed to collect a 50-cent fee for April, May, June and July to finance the county's 911 service. Those fees will be added to August's bill, Williams said.
The fee will revert to 50 cents in September. Commissioners expect the fee on line phones will generate about $268,000 a year.
Cell phones are currently exempt from the fee.
SALINEVILLE -- Southern School District will begin registering new pupils next Wednesday.
Parents and guardians are asked to bring a copy of the pupil's birth certificate, Social Security card and custody papers, if applicable.
To make an appointment with the guidance directors, parents registering new pupils in grades 7-12 should call (330) 679-2305.
Parents registering new pupils in grades K-6 should call (330) 679-2343 to schedule an appointment.
Voter registration probe
WARREN -- The Trumbull County Board of Elections has issued subpoenas to three men associated with the Mahoning County branch of America Coming Together Ohio to appear at a hearing at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 24.
The group's regional field director, assistant regional field director and an ACT employee will be asked under oath to explain two voter registration cards submitted to the board of elections with apparently fraudulent signatures, board director Norma Williams said.
The left-leaning organization has registered about 10,000 potential voters in Trumbull and Mahoning counties, primarily by going door to door.
At an informal hearing last month, regional field director Bill Padisak said that an employee registering voters door to door in Newton Falls was deceived by a practical joker who claimed to be someone else.
The joker signed the card in the other person's name, he said.
The organization has not yet explained the second apparently fraudulent card, filed on behalf of a Niles woman who said a signature on the bottom was not hers.
Grant Center program
YOUNGSTOWN -- Reservations are being taken for a Grant Center orientation program at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County's Main Library Meeting Room, 305 Wick Avenue, on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. "Grantseeking Basics: An Orientation to the Funding Research Process" is a basic orientation to the Grant Center collection. Grant writing is not included.
The program is intended for representatives of nonprofit organizations new to the process or for previous participants who would like a refresher.
The orientation is free and open to representatives from nonprofits. Grant information applies to nonprofits only; no information is available for individuals seeking funds.
Reservations can be placed by calling Main Library, (330) 744-8636, and pressing "2" at the phone prompt for "reference information."
Jury awards $1M in crash
WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) -- A family was awarded more than $1 million in damages from General Motors by a jury that found the automaker liable for a 1995 wreck that the family said was triggered by the malfunction of a sport-utility vehicle's anti-lock braking system.
A Washington County jury deliberated for about an hour Monday before giving the $1 million award to Christina Shaffer, 40, of Scenery Hill, who was injured in a Dec. 16, 1995, crash between her minivan and a 1994 Chevrolet Blazer in North Strabane Township.
According to her family's lawsuit, the antilock braking system on the Blazer malfunctioned and its driver couldn't stop the sport-utility vehicle before it rolled through an intersection and hit a minivan carrying Shaffer, her husband and two daughters.
"There was no apparent reason it should not have been able to stop, except we learned later its ABS system had malfunctioned," said the family's attorney, Victor Pribanic.
In addition to the $1 million award to Christina Shaffer, Harry Shaffer, 42, was awarded $100,000 and the couple's teenage daughters were awarded $50,000 and $25,000.
Daniel McLane, a Pittsburgh attorney representing General Motors, did not return a phone call seeking comment after business hours Tuesday evening, nor did General Motors spokeswoman Brenda Rios.