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Dems endorse levy


The Mahoning County Democratic Party voted to endorse the Canfield Schools May levy. Members of the executive committee and central committee of the party who live in the Canfield school district voted on the issue.

Party Chairman David Betras said the motion passed by a vote of 4 to 3 at Monday’s meeting.

“I have always maintained that I will sit neutral on candidates seeking endorsement but I have not maintained a neutral stance on issues. ... Some issues are not Republican or Democratic but rather community issues,” Betras said in a press release.

Betras added that those three who voted against endorsing the levy were not voting against the levy itself but the on the principle of not endorsing issues.

Donations sought


FISH Samaritan House is accepting donated appliances, office equipment and other items.

Free pickup is available by calling 330-746-4190, and donations also may be dropped off at FISH Samaritan House, 17 Kenmore Ave. on the city’s South Side.

The facility, which provides social and human services, is accepting furniture, appliances, clothing, computers, office furniture and supplies, equipment for lawn, garden and farm maintenance and hobby and craft supplies.

Free diabetes program


People with diabetes and their families are invited to a free diabetes program offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Shepherd of the Valley, 1500 McKinley Ave.

The event features Dr. David Podolsky, a podiatrist with Ankle & Foot Care Centers, who will talk about foot care for diabetics. Admission is free, but reservations are required and can be made by calling 330-544-0771, ext. 2817. Light refreshments will be served.

New sentencing hearing


Timothy M. Gaut, 36, the former Hubbard man sent to prison for 15 years to life on 21 sex charges, including nine counts of rape of a small child, will get a new sentencing hearing to correct a “clerical error.”

The 11th District Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Judge W. Wyatt McKay of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court erred in the part of Gaut’s sentencing hearing in September 2008 in which he said Gaut would spend “up to a maximum of five years” on probation at the point that he would be granted parole. The actual probationary term for Gaut, if or when he is released from prison, is five years. No new sentencing date has been set.

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