Fire intentionally set
Township firefighters say a blaze at a local bar was intentionally set.
A fire broke out just before 4 a.m. Wednesday at a second-floor apartment attached to Rumors Lounge, 104 N. Meridian Road. Firefighters had to break a window and the front door to get into the building.
No one was inside at the time.
Property damage is estimated to be about $35,000 and content damage is about $10,000.
Firefighters said they found flammable liquid inside the building, leading them to believe it’s a case of arson.
Employees at Lake Park Cemetery will begin their spring cleanup of cemetery grounds. People are to remove any artificial decorations, including Christmas wreaths, by March 15.
Candidate filing issue
William M. Gray, who works for the Salem school board, has asked the Columbiana County Board of Elections to remove his name from the May 3 primary ballot. He said he was running as a Democrat for the 3rd Ward council seat. Gray wrote in his letter to the board, “I am restricted by Civil Service laws from being a candidate for, or holding certain offices.” Adam Booth, director of the board of elections, said the board had found no flaws in his candidate filing. He said the elections board did not rule on his civil-service status.
District makes change
Salem schools Superintendent Tom Bratton has said the district will change its scheduled delay-start days. The two-hour delay set for next Wednesday for professional development has been rescheduled for May 13. Bratton said the change should help students prepare for upcoming tests.
West Side Coalition
The West Side Coalition will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Youngstown’s 5th Ward city council candidates.
The Magical Memory Scrapbookers will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. next Thursday in the Quaker Room of Salem Public Library, 821 E. State St. The meeting is free. Participants should bring a scrapbooking project to work on. A scrapbooking technique will be taught. For more information, call 330-332-0042.