Tentative pact reached
WARREN -- Negotiators for the 535-member Warren Education Association and the city board of education have reached a tentative agreement in contract talks, WEA officials announced Friday. The WEA is the union representing teachers in the school district. The tentative agreement was reached after 11 negotiating sessions that began Feb. 11, they said. The current collective bargaining agreement expires June 29. Both union and management negotiators praised the work of Federal Mediation and Conciliation Commissioner Doug Corwon, who assisted them in reaching the agreement. No details on the contract will be released until after union members and the board of education ratify the agreement. Teachers will meet to vote on the tentative agreement within the next two weeks, and the board of education will vote after the WEA has ratified the agreement, they said.
Police seek robber
YOUNGSTOWN -- Police are looking for a man who robbed the Sparkle Market on Mahoning Avenue. Police said a man got behind a 17-year-old female employee at a checkout line about 8:50 p.m. Thursday. The man pushed a sharp object at her and demanded the money in the register, police said. The employee couldn't tell what the object was, police said. The man took $776 from the register, got into a four-door white Honda Civic and drove south on Belle Vista. Sparkle employees wrote down his license plate number and gave it to police. It came back to a man who fits the description of the robber, police said.
Block watch speaker
YOUNGSTOWN -- Mike McNair, candidate for Youngstown City Council president, will be the guest speaker at the North Side Eagle Eye Block Watch meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at New Grace Missionary Baptist Church, 909 Fairgreen Ave. The group will be making plans for its neighborhood cleanup day.
Warren cops cleared
WARREN -- The U.S. Department of Justice cleared city police officers of any wrongdoing in the June 2003 arrest of Lyndal L. Kimble. Police Chief John Mandopoulos has said numerous times his officers were cleared but city officials released the Feb. 3, 2004, letter this week. Mandopoulos could not be reached to comment. Kimble was arrested on drug charges. A videotape of his arrest was broadcast nationally.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Youngstown Area Urban League and the New Bethel Baptist Church will host a series of workshops for first-time home buyers. Find out how to qualify for a home loan and down payment assistance. Enroll now; class dates will be announced later. Classes will be held at L.A. Simon Hall, across the church at 1507 Hillman St. To enroll, or for more information, call (330) 744-4111 or (330) 743-1384.
Crypts for sale in Girard
GIRARD -- The city has made arrangements with a financial institution offering financing for people interested in buying a crypt in the new mausoleum at Girard City Cemetery. Companion crypts, single and side-by-side crypts are available. Also, there are a limited number of grave sites available for sale. Once these graves are sold, crypts will be the only option for anyone interested in burial at the cemetery in the future.
Pancake breakfast set
HARTFORD -- The Hartford Fire Association will hold its monthly pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the fire department, state Routes 305 and 7. Donations for the breakfast are: adults, $5; seniors $3; children 5 to 12, $3; and children under 5, free. The breakfast includes pancakes or french toast, eggs and sausage, milk, orange juice, coffee and tea. To-go orders are also available.
Meet the candidates
GIRARD -- The 4th Ward Block Watch Group is hosting a Meet the Candidates Night at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Girard Multi-Generational Center, 443 Trumbull Ave., formerly Tod Woods School. This informal town hall-style forum will offer the voters the opportunity to meet the candidates running in the May primary. Call (330) 545-6810 for more information.