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Mature-drivers course


Shepherd of the Valley is offering drivers 60 and older the state-certified AAA Safe Driving for Mature Operators Course, which can qualify attendees for auto insurance discounts, June 13 and 15 and Aug. 9 and 11 at its Poland community, 301 W. Western Reserve Road. The course is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day with an hour for lunch. Lunch reservations must be made when signing up for the class.

Registration is required and must be made by today for the June dates and Aug. 1 for the later class. Cost is $10 for AAA members and $15 for non-members. For more information, contact Elida Cowles at 330-726-7110, ext. 2318 or

Black infant deaths


The Enabling Racial Reconciliation group, working with Citizens of the Mahoning Valley and Everyday Democracy, is hosting a meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Merici Center, 3314 South Ave., to discuss the high rate of black infant mortality in Mahoning County and the effects of racism on that rate. Black infants die before their first birthday at a rate that is almost three times as great as that of white infants, said L.K. Williams, an ERR organizing committee member. The mission of Everyday Democracy is to help communities talk productively and work together to bring about communities that work for everyone, Williams said.

Engineer lawsuit


Benjamin Hall, one of the seven current and former employees of Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith named in a lawsuit filed this week against Smith, has been removed from the lawsuit.

Hall contacted The Vindicator Thursday, saying he was not supposed to be one of the plaintiffs. Atty. David Engler, who filed the suit, said he re-filed it to remove Hall’s name. The suit alleges that Smith violated the constitutional free-speech rights of the workers.

Man sentenced for domestic violence


Stephen R. Rowe, 28, of Kenwood Drive Southwest, was sentenced Wednesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to three years in prison after being convicted of one count of felonious assault in a December incident in which he stabbed a Youngstown man several times. Police said Rowe and a woman had been living together since September, and Rowe was angry when she came home and punched her in the face and grabbed her by the throat. The Youngstown man, 45, arrived when the woman called him for help, and he suffered stab wounds to his calf, forearm and biceps, police said.

Warren health fair


The Trumbull County African American Achievers Association, Grace AME Church Nursing Guild, and the city of Warren are sponsoring a health fair on Courthouse Square downtown from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Volunteers are needed to staff and distribute wellness cards at a table that will be set up adjacent to Care Source.

The event will include free dental and vision screenings; blood pressure and stroke risk checks; a height, weight and balance check; glucose screening; HIV testing; kids ID kits; kidney disease screening; and more. If interested in volunteering, contact Lewis Macklin at

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