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Local art on display at ValleyCare TMH

The hospital has displayed the work of local artists since 2006.

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A day for Austintown's 'Mr. Bill'

Bill Sheldon, an Austintown schools custodian for 18 years, hugs Lynn Kirk Elementary students who created songs, books and poems for him. Sheldon, who was diagnosed with lymphoma in August, is undergoing chemotherapy. His weakened immune system has caused him to change his work assignment.

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Hilltop's STEM success

Hilltop Elementary second-grader Gabriella Smallwood uses a pin art education toy to see what her hand looks like in 3-D.

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Roadwork teamwork

A collaborative project among the township, school district and Mahoning County Engineer’s office will allow for smoother traffic flow on the Austintown Fitch campus.

Hearing on MetroParks drilling yields mixed views

Mahoning County residents were a mixed bag of opinions during the Mill Creek MetroParks’ second public hearing on gas and oil drilling.

Fire dept. seeks support of 3 levies

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown The township fire department is asking for

Canfield police, traffic-safety group promote campaign against texting

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Canfield The collaboration between Mahoning Safe

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Math, music mix motivate teens at YSU festival

Traveling performers showed high school students that math can be fun when paired with humor and catchy tunes.

MetroParks board urged not to lease mineral rights

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Youngstown Members of the public pleaded with and demanded

Nuns share their budget message to candidates at Youngstown stop

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By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Youngstown Sisters involved with Nuns on the Bus Ohio are

Fit For Seniors

Older adults in Austintown take free, fun, healthful classes

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown A collaboration between the township’s senior

Canfield voters to consider term limits

Staff report Canfield A proposed change in the city’s charter regarding council and mayoral

Fallen fire chief in Canfield gets national honors

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Canfield If the late Cardinal Joint Fire District Chief

With Riverfest, Friends group looks for clean start in renewing Mahoning

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Youngstown The Friends of the Mahoning River hope that

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Sisters donate antique firetruck to Austintown

The newest addition to the township fire department’s fleet is 95 years old and hits top speeds of about 20 miles per hour.

Crews clean up chemical spill in Austintown

Staff report Austintown Crews worked for nearly two days to clean up a creek near Four Mile Run

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Sheridan Academy of Irish Dance

Holly Podbesek wanted to share her 30-year background in Irish dancing, so she opened a studio right in the heart of the Mahoning Valley.

Incomplete Ohio report cards show few Valley changes

Fifth-graders at Frank Ohl Intermediate School in Austintown work with Jeff Toth, township police officer, during their Drug Abuse Resistance Education class. A portion of the state’s school report cards was released Wednesday, and the district met 26 of 26 performance indicators. Fifth-grade test scores have been the most difficult to raise, but they met state specifications this year.

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A new project at Mill Creek MetroParks Fellows Riverside Gardens is an opportunity for residents to not just view the work but to be a part of it.

Austintown kids learn bullying isn't cool

Students at Frank Ohl Middle School in Austintown participated in an anti-bullying message from The Hill Brothers, who are performers who travel to schools throughout the region.

Volatile crowd backs Austintown BOE member

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown By the end of the school board’s Tuesday meeting

Board member calls for sup’t to resign

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By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown An emotionally charged email from school-board

Fitch art students completing 3-year mural project

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown A group of art students is leaving its mark on

Mill Creek MetroParks chief retires

Golf director Miller to succeed Johnson

By ELISE FRANCO efranco@vindy.com Canfield Executive Director Clarke Johnson is leaving Mill

Classic cars, boats make splash today in Milton

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Lake Milton The Wheels and Keels Classic Car and Antique

Officials: Stance on fracking has not changed

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Residents say they have a right to know what is happening By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com

Austintown eatery celebrates Patriots Day

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown The patriotism was palpable as hundreds of people

166th edition deemed a success

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Canfield Fair board members declared the 166th Canfield Fair

Back for an encore, Shelton again charms fair crowd

Country music superstar Blake Shelton crooned his way into the hearts of Canfield Fairgoers on Sunday night for the second time in two years.

Ed Schaefer says his shuttle service at the Canfield Fair is ... A well-oiled machine

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Canfield Every Canfield Fair patron’s worst nightmare as

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By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Canfield HE CANFIELD FAIR IS MORE THAN JUST food, animals

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Canfield Fair goes wi-fi

Dave Peters of Enhanced Network Solutions makes the final wireless Internet hookups at the Canfield Fairgrounds’ trailer park. Beginning today those staying at the trailer park will be able to purchase Internet access for $10 per day or $30 for the entire six days. Timm Schreiber, fair board member, said if all goes well this year they will look into making the entire fairgrounds wireless.

Get connected with The Vindicator to maximize your 2012 experience

Staff report Canfield The Vindicator is stepping up its technology-based reporting during this

Canfield Fair shows off $174K in new looks this year

Canfield Fair shows off $174K in new looks this year

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Canfield Change remains a constant at the Canfield Fair.

Ex-DQ owner Rapp awaits Sweeney’s sentencing

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Youngstown Convicted felon Trent Rapp will remain in the

Austintown students guide sixth-graders

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown Entering middle school at the bottom of the totem

Ex-Canfield DQ owner returns to court

Rapp faces up to 81/2-year sentence in probation case

Drug and sex offender Trent Rapp’s arrest for violating probation didn’t surprise some involved in the case against him.

Busing deal reached in Austintown

Staff report Austintown Cooperation allowed Austintown and Catholic school administrators to

Traficant signs copies of his book at store

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Boardman Ex-U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. spent four

Event downtown Youngstown celebrates Spanish heritage

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Youngstown Dozens of people took to downtown to enjoy

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Idaho travelers plan to stay until stolen dog is returned

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Liberty An Idaho couple and their daughter are desperate to

Austintown students to have access to officers

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown Police detectives and students will have direct

Residents will have say on terms


By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Canfield City residents will have the choice to change the

Busing dispute approaches settlement

Austintown schools officials near deal to stop WRTA plan

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown Austintown Local Schools officials are expected

Owner of Canfield’s Piccadilly Parlour says shop... Fits her to a tea

Owner of Canfield’s Piccadilly Parlour says shop ...

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Canfield When Claudia Zacharko was looking to purchase a

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Assistant fills in as fire chief in Austintown

Andy Frost III, Austintown assistant fire chief, will handle the duties of chief on an interim basis until the township can afford to hire a full-time replacement for Chief Andy Frost Jr.

Specialized surgery restores sight, vigor for life to Austintown woman

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown Allison Horvat said she was never afraid during a

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Dogs galore at SV Cluster show, obedience trials in Canfield

Howard Huber grooms Hobie, a Golden Reriever, before the Steel Valley Cluster’s four-day American Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Shows and Obedience Trials at Canfield Fairgrounds. The cluster includes the Mahoning-Shenango Kennel Club, Columbiana County Kennel Club, Beaver County Kennel Club and Fort Steuben Kennel Association.

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River resurgence?

Group begins long, costly project to clean the Mahoning

While many look at the Mahoning River and see a hopeless reminder of what it once was, the Friends of the Mahoning River see opportunity.

3-year-old with rare disorder to benefit from Valley car show

Lynn and Derek Novello of Mineral Ridge said their son Mario Novello, 3, was diagnosed shortly after birth with Chromosome 4q Deletion. This means that Mario can’t walk, talk, sit up or eat on his own and has to undergo weekly therapy and monthly doctor appointments.



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