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2 killed, one injured in buggy-semi crash


Two people were killed and a third seriously injured when a semi tractor-trailer hit a horse and buggy at 4:23 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Pulaski-Mercer and Angel roads.

Two people were pronounced dead at the scene, and the injured person was transported by helicopter to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown for treatment.

The crash is being investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police Mercer County Barracks. Officers cleared the scene about 9 p.m. No additional details were available.

Stabbed outside Walmart


A confrontation Saturday between two men over parking in a no-parking zone at the Walmart Supercenter, 1300 Doral Drive at South Avenue, resulted in a stabbing that left one in jail and the other in the hospital.

The Vindicator’s broadcast partner, WFMJ TV-21, reported that the stabbing occurred at 7:30 p.m. The condition of the victim is unknown. One of the men reportedly had a gun, but no shots were fired.

Grants to help kids


The William Swanston Charitable Fund invites proposals and awards grants to improve the capacity of nonprofit organizations that serve abused, neglected and/or dependent children. Applicants must submit a letter of inquiry by 5 p.m. Dec. 20.

Reflecting its belief that physical health is key to children thriving, and its commitment to reduce childhood obesity and increase overall nutrition, health and physical fitness, the Swanston Fund requests proposals for funding in 2014 for innovative projects impacting nutrition and physical fitness for children at risk in Mahoning and Trumbull counties, with a focus on ages birth through middle school, as well as pregnant women.

For information on funding guidelines and the letter of inquiry, contact the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, 201 E. Commerce St., Suite 105, Youngstown 44503 or call 330-743-5555.

Coats for Niles kids


The family of Courtney Miller, a 2009 graduate of Niles McKinley High School who was killed in a car accident March 16, has started an organization, Courtney’s Coats for Kids, in her honor.

Courtney, who was to have graduated with honors from Ohio State University last May, was killed returning home from Florida. She was attending college to become a teacher.

In keeping with her tremendous love of children, Courtney’s family started Courtney’s Coats to raise money to buy coats, hats and gloves for children attending the Niles K-2 elementary school.

Checks or money orders to support the program should be made payable to the Courtney Miller Memorial Fund and sent to Courtney’s Coats for Kids, P.O. Box 146, Niles 44446.

Bid on JA auction


The 2013 Junior Achievement Online Holiday Auction ends Wednesday. For information on how to bid, call the JA Collaborative in Girard at 330-539-5268.

Proceeds go to JA of Mahoning Valley and JA of East Central Ohio to support their financial literacy programs. Auction items range from vacation getaways to many donated items. Purchased items can be picked up from local JA offices listed below or can be shipped for a fee. Offices are: JA of East Central Ohio, 4353 Executive Circle NW Canton 44718-2999; and JA of Mahoning Valley, 1601 Motor Inn Drive, No. 305, Girard 44420.

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