Years ago

March 2

1986: General Motors officials are bullish on the future of the Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac Group’s Lordstown complex after a banner sales year for the plant’s Chevrolet Cavalier.

Counseling for Vietnam veterans in Youngstown will be extended for two weeks while the Vietnam Veterans Association at Market Street awaits word on whether the Veterans Administration can find the money needed to continue the program.

An option to buy the vacant Park Hotel on Courthouse Square in Warren is signed between longtime owner Charles Pugliese and Frank Tempesta, an agent for the Natale Co.

1971: Police and the FBI are seeking a middle-aged man who was recorded on a hidden camera robbing the Farmers National Bank in Salem. He escaped with $3,078.

Four Mahoning County Selective Service boards and boards from Columbiana, Geauga and Ashtabula will be consolidated into a Northeast Ohio regional board headquartered in Warren.

More than 2,200 high school musicians compete at Boardman High School in the District V state solo and ensemble festival.

Gov. John J. Gilligan outlines the game plan for his Democratic administration in the State of the State Speech, but leaves the ball-carrying up to the Republican-dominated Legislature.

1961: The Austintown Board of Education lets contracts for construction of the Charles G. Watson Elementary School. Nespeca Construction Co. of Youngstown is the general contractor at $392,000; Bloomberg Plumbing gets the plumbing and heating contract, $109,464; and Hickle Lea Electric gets the electrical contract, $41,768.

The first step in planning for downtown Youngstown will be taken when a citizens advisory committee meets with the City Planning Commission, says Edward G. Conroy, executive director of the Youngstown Metropolitan Area Development Citizens Committee.

The Youngstown Hospital Association will receive $150,000 in federal funds toward the proposed expansion of the hospital‘s nursing school facilities.

1936: A man and a woman are killed and as many as five people are believed missing after a midday fire sweeps the Warren Hotel on Market Street in downtown Warren. Four others are known to be seriously injured.

Robbers cart away the safe of the Mullaly Co. grocery store at 684 Bryson St., escaping with $465 in cash and $35 in checks.

East Palestine artist Ivan Hoon, whose painting “Old Covered Bridge” hangs in the office of the speaker of the House of Representatives, enters “Self Portrait” in the Mahoning Society of Painters exhibit at the Butler Art Institute.

Daniel O. McCauley, widely known Youngstown funeral director for 33 years, dies at his home, 727 Himrod Ave., following a four month illness. He was 60.

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