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Vigil planned tonight for 14-year-old victim of abuse in Struthers


Kingdom Community Church in the Fifth Street Plaza will have a vigil for Teddy A. Foltz-Tedesco at 7 p.m. today.

Teddy was a 14-year-old Struthers boy who died Jan. 23 of injuries police say were inflicted by a Struthers man.

Struthers and Hubbard area pastors are organizing the vigil. Teddy had lived in Hubbard before moving to Struthers several years ago.

Suspect in stabbing at Burger King in court


A Cortland man accused of stabbing a 17-year-old appeared in municipal court here Wednesday.

Daniel Lee Kelley, 19, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Judge Kurt Latell who bound him over to Trumbull County Common Pleas Court for further proceedings.

Kelley is facing a felonious assault charge after police said he stabbed a juvenile outside Burger King on South State Street on Jan. 16.

Latell lowered Kelley’s bond from $50,000 to $15,000, with 10 percent cash surety. He said Kelley must remain on house arrest if he is bailed out. Kelley is in the Trumbull County Jail.

Diva Donations plans fundraiser in Warren


Diva Donations dress rental organization will have a fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Shelter House in Packard Park.

The event will include more than 20 vendors showing their fashion-related products, local girls modeling donated gowns and a dress drop-off.

Diva Donations is in the process of acquiring its 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization status with the state “to help girls in the four-county areas of Mahoning, Trumbull, Portage and Columbiana,” Diva Donations said in a press release.

Brookfield schools plan new try for levy


Brookfield Board of Education approved placing an additional, 4.85-mill continuous levy on the May 7 primary election ballot that would generate an additional $606,000 per year.

The levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $149 per year.

David Drawl, district treasurer, has projected that the district will have a $710,000 deficit by this summer.

The school district has been in fiscal watch since 2006 and failed to get voter approval last November for a 1 percent, five-year income tax that would have generated $1.4 million annually.

Food orders accepted


Smith Corners United Methodist Church, 3000 S. Canfield-Niles Road, is accepting orders for Smart Choice Food at or through the church.

Boxes will include meat, pasta, convenience meals or kids meals. There are no income restrictions or guidelines. Order online with a credit card, or pre-order and prepay with cash or money orders by calling the church at 330-799-9390.

Online ordering at will close at 6 p.m. Feb. 16, and a 3 percent handling charge will be added to all online orders. Distribution is 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 23.

Mini-grants available for youth programs


The Young Philanthropist Fund is seeking letters of inquiry for its 2013 mini-grant cycle from 501(c)(3) organizations with a youth-oriented program in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

To download the forms visit the grants page on the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley’s web site, and select the YPF application. Letters of inquiry must be postmarked by Feb. 22.

After a review of the inquiries, the YPF board will invite selected grantees to complete a full application, with funds to be awarded in June.

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