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Red Ribbon Week at South Range ends with healthy doses of dance

Red Ribbon Week at South Range ends with healthy doses of dance

Wearing cowboY hats, plaid button-up shirts and boots, South Range Elementary students stomped and stepped Friday to the tunes of country music during the annual Harvest Day.

Valley road crews gird for potential ‘Frankenstorm’

ODOT: ‘We are prepared for anything’

The Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 4 showed of equipment such as this snowplow, which is ready for the upcoming winter season. ODOT’s annual open house was Friday at its Trumbull County garage in Cortland.

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Students face off in mock debate

Since 1988, eighth-grade students at Holy Family have had mock presidential debates every four years.

Zoldan, Kennedy Jr. reunite at fundraiser

Friends let mongoose loose again during benefit for Sen. BrownSFlb

As guests milled about a local businessman’s house Monday night waiting for a political fundraiser to begin, the host and featured speaker had a laugh-filled reunion with a mongoose.

Group: Levy would keep district’s excellence

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com BOARDMAN Supporters of an additional levy for Boardman schools say the money is necessary to maintain the district’s academic excellence.

Judge: Make, seal copy of witness testimony in murder of 8-year-old

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN A Mahoning County Common Pleas judge ordered

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State ratings show ups, downs of Valley schools

Juniors and seniors at Chaney Visual and Performing Arts and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics School work in Chris Patrone’s government class. Chaney moved to an effective designation, up from academic watch, on the preliminary state report card released Wednesday.

Youngstown YMCA seeks public input on possible western branch

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN The YMCA of Youngstown is considering opening

Cuts loom if Mahoning County voters reject bus levy, WRTA chief says

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN A five-year 0.25-percent sales tax renewal in

SR 165 not expected to reopen until late November

The Ohio Department of Transportation expects the state Route 165 bridge that crosses over state Route 11 in Beaver Township to remain closed through late November. ODOT is replacing the bridge as part of a $2.3 million project.

Springfield school officials push for passage of bondSFlb

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com NEW SPRINGFIELD Passage of a bond issue next month would

Mill Creek board seeks more input on fracking

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com CANFIELD Mill Creek MetroParks Board of Commissioners

Rail line, debt free, goes back on market

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com COLUMBIANA The 36-mile Youngstown and Southern rail line is back on the market and officially debt free.

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Peace On Parade

Promote nonviolence on your own, councilwoman tells hundreds at rally

Serenity Kitchen marches in Sunday’s Nonviolence Parade and Rally with Horizon Science Academy

Boardman firefighters fight breast cancer in pink

Boardman firefighters, from left, Jim Hoover, Shawn Serich, Jon Lewis, Brian Barber and Jeff Gallimore, show off the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” shirts that will be sold to raise money for breast-cancer research.

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Vessels of knowledge

Hope floats — usually — at South Range’s 15th annual Raider Regatta

A safari cruise took a turn for the worse Monday, as the boat carrying five South Range students sank.

Officials OK hiring architect

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By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com BOARDMAN Township trustees approved hiring an architect to help determine the most cost-effective way to improve the main fire station and approved a resolution regulating Internet sweepstakes cafes.

Boardman plans its own Internet cafe crackdown

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com BOARDMAN Township trustees are expected at a meeting today to have a first reading of a resolution to regulate Internet sweepstakes cafes.

Bracelets for Brandy

Murder victim’s friend, mother lead memorial fundraising drive

The words “Swing Life Away” from the song by Rise Against are printed on bracelets for sale to benefit a memorial fund for Brandy Stevens- Rosine, a sociology student at YSU, who was murdered last spring.

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Former North Lima school becomes hub for shopping

North Lima Business Complex expands to 26 tenants

In one year, The North Lima Business Complex on South Avenue has more than doubled from about a dozen businesses to 26.

Poland residents grill officials about proposed levy

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com POLAND Residents peppered school officials with questions

Boardman increases number of police officers

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com BOARDMAN Township trustees are expected to swear in two

Bond issue would build new Springfield school

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com NEW SPRINGFIELD Voters will decide the fate of a 2.5-mill

Poland Preserve development moves ahead

An old farm on North Lima Road was set to be turned into modern villa homes in 2008.

Youths incarcerated at Cuyahoga offered education, parent training

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com HIGHLAND HILLS The 16-foot fence gives it away. As

Community donates blood to help teen

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com BOARDMAN Before 19-year-old Hannah Walton began

Role of probation officer has expanded

There were 329 open cases to follow in Mahoning County last year

On a drizzly August day, probation officers Ramon Cuevas and Brian Carnie are driving through the city’s North Side on their way to check on kids on probation.

Poland board plans forum on levy

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com POLAND The school board has announced a public forum next

Offenders offered Choices to change

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN The conference room at first looked ready for

Does the juvenile justice system really work?

Michael Crosby looks over records at the Mahoning County juvenile detention center on the city’s East Side. The average daily population in detention is 32, and the average stay is nine days.

Minority kids make up majority detained

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN Nationwide, two out of every five kids

Officials confirm pipeline location along Ohio-Pa. line

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com NEW SPRINGFIELD Township officials confirmed Wednesday

Volunteers descend on home

John and Mary Jo Knott stood in their front lawn Wednesday morning holding hands, their gaze fixed on the dozen volunteers who had descended on their home.

Boardman officials mull EMS options

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com BOARDMAN The fire chief told trustees Monday that a township-operated emergency medical service with ambulance transportation would not happen at this time and he would begin researching options with private ambulance providers.

North Lima boutique lends clothes

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com NORTH LIMA Kristin Bodendorfer considers herself a fairy

Retail plaza to join string of new Boardman projects

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com BOARDMAN The uptick in business development in Boardman

Poland pursuing land for fire district

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com POLAND Township trustees have made an offer to buy a

New ladder truck set to arrive in Boardman

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com BOARDMAN A new ladder truck for the fire department

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Fair amount of work

Canfield grounds crew made it a clean sweep nightly

As fairgoers leave the grounds, another group of people arrives. They gather in front of the Colonial Inn at the Canfield Fair, chatting and laughing, but once the clock strikes 11 p.m., it’s time to get to work.

A day at the races: A sure bet for an exciting time

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com Canfield I’m not a gambling person, but I was assigned to

Racing to bright future

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com Canfield As horses sped around the Canfield Fair’s half-

International group celebrates 50th anniversary at the Canfield Fair

International group celebrates 50th anniversary at the Canfield Fair

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com CANFIELD As fairgoers make their way through the 4-H

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Pumpkin pride at the fair

Jack Lanterman, left, Rick Lanterman and Charles Lanterman unload giant pumpkins from a truck at the Canfield Fair, where the pumpkins are on display. The fair began Wednesday and continues through Labor Day.

I’d better stick to writing about pumpkins

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com CANFIELD I knew I was in trouble when the spots appeared.

Representatives to conduct review of planning process

By ASHLEY LUTHERN aluthern@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN Representatives from two federal agencies will

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Polish Youngstown celebrates fourth annual Polish Day

Johanne Uhrain distinctly remembers being a 13-year-old and teaching 32 children traditional Polish dances at the Krakusy Hall on South Avenue.

In Boardman, 2 officers hired, up to 3 more expected

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com BOARDMAN Trustees hired two police officers this week

$5M bond set for suspect in 8-year-old Bryce Linebaugh's slaying

Vigil tonight for Bryce Linebaugh

As the family of a slain 8-year-old boy prepares for a candlelight vigil tonight, the suspect in the case remains in jail on a $5 million bond.

Youngstown call-in offers teens ‘a way out’ of gangs

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN The message to 18 young men in or affiliated

Poland Village Clerk Srnec announces her plans to resign

By Ashley Luthern aluthern@vindy.com POLAND Longtime village Clerk-Treasurer Linda Srnec told

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