Paul Ryan at YSU

Paul Ryan at YSU


U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, at will appear today at Youngstown State University. The doors open for the town hall meeting at YSU’s Kilcawley Center at 7:45 a.m. with the event starting at 9:45 a.m. and Ryan expected to appear about 10:15 a.m. today.

Frackfree protest

North Jackson

A group plans to protest the horizontal well being drilled in Jackson Township beginning at 10:45 a.m. Sunday.

The Cadle well has been drilled within the environmentally protected zone that protects the Meander Reservoir from contamination. The well is located on Blott Road just east of the intersection with South Bailey Road.

The protest is organized by Frackfree Mahoning Valley and will include students and professors from Youngstown State and Kent State universities, Oberlin and Hiram colleges, and University of Akron .

Police force grows


The Youngstown Police Department will hire two officers and promote another to the rank of lieutenant.

Brian Welsh was appointed as a police officer with the Youngstown Police Department in October 1994 and promoted to the rank of detective sergeant in May 2002. He will be promoted to lieutenant in an 8:30 a.m. ceremony in city council chambers Monday. The department will also then swear in Kenneth Bielik and Travis Kis as new officers.

Volunteers sought


The Columbiana Area Tourism Bureau is looking for volunteers to help wrap trees in lights at Firestone Park, 347 E. Park Ave., for the Joy of Christmas light show.

Those who want to help are asked to meet at the park’s Pavilion No. 4 at 1 p.m. Sunday. Volunteers will be needed until 5 p.m. In addition, volunteers are needed for the Joy of Christmas opening night, Nov.16, through closing night, Dec. 25. Shifts are two hours either starting at 5:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.

Organizations looking for volunteer time as a group can schedule their entire group for one evening or split their volunteers up per available time slots.

For information or to volunteer, call the tourism office at 330-482-3822, and visit for all Columbiana-related event details.

Ridge seeks new bids


Weathersfield Township trustees have rejected two bids for a new fire department brush truck, to be funded by a $118,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant from 2011. Trustees will seek new bids for the truck.

The township has six more months to use it, Trustee Steve Gerberry said.

The township’s share of the grant is 5 percent, or $5,925, which is included in the total.

Bids for the brush truck came in too high, Gerberry said. One bid was the lowest but did not meet the specifications. The second bid, which met specifications, was $153,000. The light rescue truck is to be outfitted with a hydraulic rescue tool to aid in getting trapped victims from vehicles.

Power out on N. Side


A raccoon entering a substation caused a brief early morning power failure for some 5,600 Ohio Edison customers on the city’s North Side and in Liberty. The power went out at 1:58 a.m. Friday and was restored at 2:50 a.m., Ohio Edison said. The outage did not affect St. Elizabeth Health Center or ValleyCare Northside Medical Center, hospital spokeswomen said.

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