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Ashley Luthern

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Outed CIA spy Valerie Plame to lecture at Stambaugh Auditorium

The lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Trumbull Children Services infant rape case settled

Staff report YOUNGSTOWN The federal judge in charge of the civil suit filed against Trumbull

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Tales of tails

YSU graduate student studies tails of opossums that live on land and in trees

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Cocca’s Pizza moves, expands flagship restaurant

The new location, in the former New York Music store, also includes Cocca’s corporate headquarters

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Poland’s plans for sidewalk on Route 170 moving forward

The Ohio Department of Transportation announced in May that Poland Township would receive a $500,000 grant from the Safe Routes to School program.

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Sweet treats for 7-month-old Jackson Diaz

North Elementary students, parents and staff offered about 800 sweets at a bake sale to benefit Jackson Diaz, 7 months, who has Apert syndrome

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Boosting security at Boardman


If a replacement levy is approved this May, the additional $482,671 would be used for security improvements

Eastgate recommends $1.1B in transportation projects in long-range plan

Projects include work on I-80, South Avenue and I-680

Boardman woman collects pennies for St. Jude's

Boardman woman with cerebral palsy collects donations for children’s hospital

Super 49ers fans ready for the big game

Danny and Brittney Gregory built an extra room on to their Berlin Center home to display all of Danny’s San Francisco 49ers memorabilia. The couple is having a Super Bowl party today to watch the Niners take on the Baltimore Ravens.

Fire victim Shawna Carney worked hard, cared for all, family says

The cause of Monday’s apartment fire remains undetermined.

Kids collect coins to buy books for hospital patients

This is the first time Union Elementary has participated in the “All for Books” program

Officials mull role of oxygen tanks in fatal Valley fires

Deputy coroner rules woman’s death caused by smoke inhalation

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Ceremony marks McKinley’s 170th birthday

The birthday celebration was the kick-off to the McKinley Awareness Project

School board moves forward with security upgrades

The board also received an update on the superintendent search.

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Apartment fire cause remains under investigation

45-year-old woman dies at hospital after apartment complex blaze

Resident dies, families displaced after Monday blaze

Townships get new radio-dispatch system

Austintown and Boardman formed a council of governments for the $1.5 million system

Boardman neighbors praised as lifesavers

Jeff and Wendy Thomas, of Boardman, sprang into action when their neighbor suffered a heart attack

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Bishop pledges transparency about sexual abuse allegations

Bishop George V. Murry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown addresses recent reports Thursday that 11 men settled out of court as a result of sexual abuse by a Franciscan brother at Warren JFK High School.

Top 5 fugitive Sitnic faces slew of charges following Boardman chase

Jason Sitnic was wanted by U.S. Marshals on burglary warrant and probation violation

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Mahoning Valley businesses to give away wedding

Attendees at a March 3 bridal show at the Saxon Club in Youngstown will vote to determine the winner.

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You know it's cold when ice skating warms you up

Unusually cold conditions Tuesday closed most Mahoning Valley schools. As a results, many students hit the ice at the indoor Ice Zone in Boardman. Conditions will remain cold today with wind chills dropping to minus 17.

Enrollment opens to ease budget woes

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Ohio has 664 public school districts and of these, 147 districts, or about 22 percent, do not have any form of open enrollment

Townships ‘efficient,’ study says

A township lobbying organization is calling for more state money to fund local government

Local ice cream might be lucky for 49ers

Handel’s sent 150 servings of ice cream to the 49ers as they prepare to take on the Atlanta Falcons for the NFC Championship.

Springfield schools seek bond issue again


The bond is aimed to secure part of the funding for a $12.3 million new kindergarten-through-fourth-grade school.

Decision on apartment complex postponed

200 people gather for hearing about the proposed 48-unit apartment complex

Poland schools beef up security


School board agrees to allow a township police officer in all buildings and to spend up to $80,000 in security upgrades

Boardman trustees swear-in three new cops

Ten new cops have been hired since 2011 police levy passage

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Sentencing postponed for accused Canfield pot grower

The sentencing of a Mahoning Valley man accused of growing more than 300 marijuana plants in a Canfield house has been postponed.

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Pipeline Coming

Residents and officials say the area will change

Boardman considers GPS in township radios

The township could use its new radio-dispatch system for the GPS

Pipeline, plant signal progression of shale development

Residents and officials say the area will change

Firefighter faces OVI, gun charges

Off-duty firefighter tries to shoot an injured deer while drunk

Old Essroc office on the market

No inquires about the property have been submitted

South Range to offer open enrollment

The district hope to avoid a $850K deficit in fiscal year 2014 with open enrollment

Hearing set for proposed apartment complex

Neighbors opposed to the plan to build eight six-plex apartment buildings

Study shows Mill Creek habitats in good shape

Fish and micro-organisms can find fair to excellent habitats in Mill Creek and the streams leading into it, according to a recent survey.

Project to alleviate congestion on I-680 ramp to U.S. Route 224

Construction to alleviate congestion on I-680 ramp to U.S. Route 224 in Boardman set for this year

Contract awarded for storm-water project

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com BOARDMAN Township trustees awarded a contract to a

Youngstown council OKs building dept. merger, traffic cameras

Council also approves a $10K bond requirement in the vacant property registry

Austintown board expected to fill vacant trustee post today

Five candidates, including two former trustees, submitted letters of interest in the job

City claims snow removal success

Official explains hierarchy in clearing streets

Council to vote on traffic cameras

Councilman says purpose is to deter speeding, not ‘hoodwink’ drivers

Boardman seeks land-use changes from county

Changes address residential properties

2 Mahoning school superintendents to retire-rehire in new year

Superintendents say pension reform influenced their decision

Mahoning Valley's Top 10 News Stories of 2012

The Vindicator’s Jan. 1 front page shows that 2012 started with the immediate after-effects of a magnitude-4.0 earthquake that later was linked to an injection well at D&L Energy Inc. in Youngstown.

Boardman woman meets sister for first time this holiday

Boardman woman who was adopted sees birth sister

City amends license agreement with V&M

The change allows seamless pipes to keep rolling, city to get paid

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Bench dedication for slain YSU student set for Jan. 5

The bench is on Youngstown State University campus



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