Patrol deal approved
YOUNGSTOWN -- Mahoning County commissioners formally approved a one-year $205,000 contract between the sheriff's department and Canfield Township on Thursday for three deputies to provide protection for the township.
Sheriff Randall Wellington said three laid-off deputies will be recalled to provide that protection.
Friends seek used books
BOARDMAN -- Friends of the Boardman Library are in need of gently used books, both hardback and paperback, and magazines.
Drop-offs can be made between 10 a.m. and noon on the first and third Saturday of each month.
Contributions will be especially appreciated this Saturday because of the great need for such books, library officials said.
Gun-waving boy nabbed
WARREN -- City police arrested a juvenile after being dispatched to Loveless Avenue Southwest on a report of someone waving a handgun in the area of Western Reserve Middle School.
Police said they found the juvenile, who was waving a BB gun, and charged him with conveyance and possession of a deadly ordnance in a school safety zone.
He was released to his parents. His age was not released.
Board to discuss land
GIRARD -- The board of education will have a special meeting Monday at board offices, 704 E. Prospect St., for an executive session to discuss the purchase of property for public use.
In recent weeks, city council has discussed the possible sale of a portion of Liberty Park to the city school district as a potential site for a new high school building.
The park site is one of two being considered by the school district, which wants to replace the 80-year-old facility on Ward Avenue by the fall of 2008.
Roads must be cleared
GIRARD -- The city is advising its residents that anything placed in the devil strip or public throughway, including basketball hoops, must be removed.
Otherwise, the city will take them away and charge the homeowner.
Recycling center closing
CHAMPION -- The recycling center on Alva Avenue is closing Wednesday, the school district announced.
The center, a joint community project between the school district and Kiwanis Club of Champion for eight years, is having problems maintaining cleanliness and there are safety concerns.
The Kiwanis Club is seeking a site within the township for the recycling center.
Estate lawyer guilty
WARREN -- A longtime city lawyer has pleaded guilty to three felony counts in the loss of estate assets. The amount could exceed $70,000.
A hearing on sentencing for Albert F. Swartz, 77, will be March 10 before a visiting Trumbull County Common Pleas judge. Swartz had been a guardian for a Farmdale man who died in 2003.
A related case in probate court regarding the concealing of assets would have a bearing on sentencing. Swartz surrendered his law license.
Group gathers blankets
YOUNGSTOWN -- Give The Children A Chance Inc. is conducting its annual winter collection of blankets for the needy.
Kathryn Hawks Haney, the agency founder and CEO, said the blanket drive will continue through January -- longer if necessary.
New or almost new blankets will be accepted.
Donations may be dropped off at Give The Children A Chance Inc. offices in the Phar-Mor Center, 20 West Federal St., Suite 3.
For more information, call (330) 747-2273.
'Mass for Life' Saturday
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Diocese of Youngstown will celebrate the annual "Mass for Life" at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Dominic Church, 77 E. Lucius Ave.
After the Mass, participants will be served a free spaghetti luncheon sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Councils 13586 and 274.
There will be an opportunity to participate in a 9:30-10:30 a.m. prayer vigil on Market Street opposite the Women's Center.
Guests may also visit the church between 8:30 and 11 a.m. to spend some time with the Eucharist, which will be exposed.
The collection at this Mass and luncheon donations will be donated to the Mahoning County Right to Life.