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Drivers beware: OVI checkpoint underway in Austintown

The Mahoning County Operating a Vehicle while Impaired Task Force, in conjunction with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, has a checkpoint underway until 3 a.m. on Mahoning Avenue at Howard Avenue.

A local World War II mystery solved

James “Jim” G. Russ Jr. had yearned since he was a boy to know how his father died in World War II.

Have you noticed? Palm trees in Austintown

Palm trees in Austintown?

Hotel California owners says his past business 'was a bad idea...a mistake'

Sebastian Rucci became known in the Mahoning Valley for Go Go Girls Cabaret, his topless dance club that became a lightning rod for bad publicity.

Struthers gives back to local businessman with big heart

A local business experienced a significant loss in a fire, so other businesses came together to help the owner get back on his feet.

7th Ward residents gather at Lynn Park for community picnic

Starting next spring, a community garden will take shape in an area of the city’s 7th Ward that was once known more for its blight than its beets.

77 regional, national artists featured at Festival of the Arts 2014

Alex Stoll has been playing with steel since he was a kid.

Police say he taped himself in the act, but he thinks his boss invaded his privacy

A 27-year-old Liberty Township man accused of videotaping himself adding bodily fluids to his boss’s bowl of soup also faces theft charges after police say they learned he’d been diverting hundreds of dollars’ worth of business-related payments into his personal checking account.

Apparent murder-suicide in New Castle

Police continue to investigate an apparent murder-suicide that occurred late Friday.

Puskas: A different LeBron returns home

The King has returned. For a city and a region so used to bitter, unhappy endings and always expecting the worst, James’ homecoming promises something different.

Natalie LoSasso | Mitchell Baird

POLAND Holy Family Church was the setting of the May 31 wedding of Natalie LoSasso and Mitchell

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Rebecca Sobinovsky | Christopher Hritz

MCDONALD Rebecca Lynn Sobinovsky of McDonald and Christopher Robert Hritz of Pittsburgh were

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Kim Lydic | David Dellimuti

CAPTIVA ISLAND, FLA. Kim Lydic and David Dellimuti, both of Canfield, exchanged wedding vows in a

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Glenda Brooks | Michael Wehrli

Oahu, Hawaii Glenda Brooks of Weathersfield and Michael Wehrli of Butler, Pa., exchanged vows Nov.

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Elizabeth Dugger | Brian Conti

PORTLAND, ORE. Elizabeth C. Dugger and Brian J. Conti, both of Portland, Ore., were united in

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"Christmas in July" party is planned

‘Christmas in July’ party is planned LEETONIA The Leetonia Community Public Library, 181 Walnut

2014 record year for vehicle recalls

GM represents 2/3 of recalls, but is far from the only company with vehicles on the NHTSA list.

POLAND RELAY FOR LIFE | Cancer survivor ‘wants to live a normal life’

Andrea Mochtyak enjoys working two jobs and living a typical life in most respects, which makes it difficult to fathom that she had been diagnosed nearly eight years ago with advanced Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Hubbard library wants hats, yarn, knitters

The babies of Rhythym ‘n’ Rhyme made perfect models for the hat drive.

Lowellville Garden Club remains hardy in 84th year

By EMMALEE C. TORISK LOWELLVILLE Roots of friendship sometimes spring up in

4 Trumbull attorneys face possible discipline

An attorney who provides criminal defense for indigent defendants in Warren-area courts is among four Trumbull County attorneys referred to the Ohio Supreme Court for possible disciplinary action.

Canfield dominates in 9-10 softball game

Pitcher Lauren Fitzgerald blanked Boardman.

McNally, Sciortino attorneys want grand jury transcripts

By DAVID SKOLNICK CLEVELAND Attorneys for Youngstown Mayor John A. McNally

Scrappers’ late rally not enough to avoid sweep

Mahoning Valley lost its eighth in a row and fell to 8-20.

All welcome at African American Male Wellness Walk/Run Aug. 2

Honorary chairmen: Jay Williams, Douglas Franklin, Glenn Holmes

For Cody Gibson, it’s time to get dusty

By JOHN BENSON Hoping to get a toehold in the local country-music scene

‘Kinky Boots’ tour gets new high-stepping leading man

By MARK KENNEDY AP Drama Writer NEW YORK Kyle Taylor Parker is going from backup dancer to

Timko finishes fourth in Ohio Amateur

Canfield High School graduate and Ohio State senior Boo Timko of Girard was fourth, shooting a 69 to finish at 2-under 282.

Anita Lin appointed by White House to Kennedy Center panel

She is director emeritus of Ballet Western Reserve in Youngstown

Like LeBron, Scott made his decision

The Hubbard running back committed to Michigan State.

Arts supporters update effort to get tax funding for Mahoning Valley arts

It’s been almost five years since the Power of the Arts organization was formed to encourage and fund arts and culture in the Mahoning Valley.

Mahoning Dems set Friday deadline for candidates to apply for judgeship

The party will meet in early August to select its nominee

168th Trumbull county Fair Schedule of events

The 2014 Trumbull County Fair started Tuesday and runs through Sunday at the county fairgrounds on

‘The Bull’ is back: Giuriceo returns to ring with TKO of Hartman

Jake Giuriceo hadn’t fought since Dec. 1, 2012.


LeBron James is returning to the Cavaliers to make good on a promise to win a title at home. ‘What’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio,’ he said.

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Injury-plagued Reds rally past Pirates

Brayan Pena’s pinch-hit single in the eighth inning completed another late rally by the Reds.

Gilbert’s apology helped cement LeBron’s return

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert met with LeBron James in Miami on Sunday night.

Terlesky, Neumeister top junior event

Terlesky, Neumeister top junior event Tamer Win Golf & C.C. held its 21st annual junior boys and

Blatt, Cavaliers overjoyed by James’ return to franchise

David Blatt will never forget July 11, 2014.

On the links | Friday’s pro golf results

JOHN DEER CLASSIC SILVIS, Ill. Zach Johnson and William McGirt were at 12-under-par 130 and tied

Kluber notches ninth win for Tribe

Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer in the fifth.

The making of the Decision II: Excerpts from James’s letter

Associated Press Excerpts from LeBron James’ story — as told to Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated

Cancer survivor ‘wants to live a normal life’

By SEAN BARRON POLAND Andrea Mochtyak enjoys working two jobs and living a

QUOTABLE Valley locals’ reactions to LeBron James’ announcement

“When you talk of northeast Ohio, the people who have grown up here or have been here for a portion

A TIMELINE of GREATNESS | A look at key dates in LeBron James’ life

Dec. 30, 1984: LeBron Raymone James is born at Akron City Hospital. July 1999: With friends Sian


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Today is Saturday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2014

Today is Saturday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2014. There are 172 days left in the year.


courts MAHONING COUNTY Marriage licenses Chad A. Thorne, 41, of 127 Alabaster Ave., Canfield,

Praise service

Praise service southington Southington United Methodist Church, 4348 Smith Nelson Road, NE, will


birthdays Actor-comedian Bill Cosby is 77. Singer Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac is 71. Actress

St. Brendan to honor Jacquet

Staff report YOUNGSTOWN Geri Jacquet will be honored at the 10 a.m. July 20 Mass at St. Brendan

vacation bible school

vacation bible school Sessions in the area Lists of vacation Bible schools open to the public

Lawmakers seek lower price for bill to fix veterans’ health care

Associated Press WASHINGTON Stung by sticker shock, members of Congress are scrambling to lower

Church dedication

Church dedication WARREN Restoration Christian Fellowship Church will conduct a building

Anthrax scare reveals CDC safety problems

Associated Press NEW YORK Citing an anthrax scare and other safety problems, the Centers for

India village council accused of ordering rape

Associated Press NEW DELHI A 14-year-old girl was dragged into a forest and raped on the orders

METRO DIGEST || Warren man charged with raping minor

10 counts of rape WARREN Richard A. Benchea, 61, of Belvedere Avenue Southeast, remained in the

sunday news shows

sunday news shows Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC’s “This Week”: Attorney

MAHoning county Indictments

A Mahoning County grand jury Thursday indicted these people, who are expected to be arraigned later

More than 100 killed as rockets fall on Israel

Associated Press JERUSALEM With the official Palestinian count of the dead passing 100, and


Births St. Elizabeth Health Center Nakia Johnson and Orestis Jones, Youngstown, boy, July 10.

METRO DIGEST || Dog run today

Fun and Safety Day NORTH LIMA The sixth annual Kid’s Fun and Safety Day is from 6 to 9 p.m.

Strong quake hits Japan

Associated Press TOKYO A strong earthquake hit Japan’s northern coast Saturday near the nuclear


By LINDA M. LINONIS BOARDMAN In the study of Shinnyo Buddhism, the

LeBron James homecoming: Joy fills streets of Cleveland

Associated Press CLEVELAND The oft-maligned city of Cleveland is on quite a roll. Cheers

Today’s entertainment picks:

Today’s entertainment picks: v Summer Festival of the Arts, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Today’s highlights

Selected local stocks

Selected local stocks STOCK, DIVIDENDCLOSECHANGE Aqua America, .61, 24.80 —.13 Avalon

Local legislators applaud U.S. ruling on steel pipes

The decision will help level the playing field for local steel tube producers.

Arby’s corporate employees unite to remember

On July 24 there will be about 100 former Arby's corporate employees at the Youngstown corporate offices in town for a reunion.

Ohio ballot initiatives lose steam

Opinion: COLUMBUS Citizen proponents of various constitutional amendments, law changes, policy proposals

Downside of low mortgage rates: less selling

Associated Press WASHINGTON Would-be home sellers across the country are grappling with a once-

GOP convention in Cleveland gives Valley a chance to shine

Editorial: Each June, visitors to Mill Creek MetroParks come to understand why this unique urban setting has

Shaw: James’ feelings for hometown made it happen

LeBron James is back. Now get off his lawn.

James’ return could complicate GOP

Associated Press WASHINGTON Balloon drops might be competing with basketballs in Cleveland.

Ohio overpaid $88M in food stamps in ’13

Ohio overpaid $88M in food stamps in ’13 COLUMBUS Ohio’s overpayment of food-stamp benefits last

HBK moves into new headquarters

HBK moves into new headquarters CANFIELD HBK CPAs and Consultants has moved into a new 35,000