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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.

Canfield speech team welcomes variety

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Canfield Students don’t have to be bookworms or budding

UNIQUE WISH

Dream comes true for resident of Sterling House

Barb Urich, 74, spent Wednesday wearing clothes from an era she’d only ever dreamed about.

Canfield schools chief prepares for retirement

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Canfield Dante Zambrini, who leaves his post as Canfield

New track courtesy of Canfield students’ efforts

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com CAnfield Students and residents soon will be able to walk

Forum details Mill Creek bikeway-expansion proposal

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Canfield Mahoning Valley residents already using the Mill

Man convicted of embezzling seeks early release from prison

Staff report Youngstown The Canfield man convicted of embezzling $1.3 million from Southwind

Input sought on plans to expand bikeway

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Canfield Mill Creek MetroParks officials are seeking the

Tornado sirens blare countywide even if warning area is isolated

Tornado sirens blare countywide even if warning area is isolated

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Youngstown Weather officials remain adamant that alerting

Canfield board will seek public’s input

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Canfield Canfield Board of Education members agreed that

Austintown officials OK paving contract

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown Nearly four miles of township roads are included

Boardman food plant pleases president

Crowd gathers near facility to catch glimpse of motorcade

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Boardman President Barack Obama was genuinely interested in

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Hot, dry days worry firefighters

HOT, DRY WEATHER HAS Mahoning Valley fire chiefs urging residents — now more than ever — to abide by state fireworks laws this Fourth of July.

Residents urge board to reconsider options

austintown schools

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown Public displeasure continued to be voiced Tuesday

AUSTINTOWN twp. Trustees will seek certification of 3 fire levies

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown Township trustees will determine in coming weeks

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Lutheran church welcomes pastor

The people of Zion Lutheran Church have picked up the pieces and are starting over with their first permanent pastor in nearly four years.

Officials: Watch out for bike-path dangers

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown Motorists speeding across the Mill Creek

Autistic kids reach out and touch to learn

Rich Center preschoolers use sensory wall to grasp onto important behavioral skillsSFlb

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Youngstown Teachers at The Rich Center for Autism are

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A Place To Call Home

Janet Stone’s desire to help women brought her back to the Mahoning Valley from California to fulfill her dream of running her own transitional home.

HEALTHY OPTIONS FOR KIDS

Program at Austintown schools offers free meals through summer

An increase in the overall poverty level at Austintown schools allows the district to offer free breakfast and lunch through the summer months.

Plea deal nets former DQ owner 5 years’ probation

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Youngstown Trent Rapp, former owner of the Canfield Dairy

Austintown school district to add STEM courses

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown The Austintown School District is joining the

Special-needs students benefit from work-training program

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Youngstown A year of hands-on vocational training has helped

Betras on replacing judge: Stop in the name of efficiency

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Youngstown Local politicians are torn over the issue of a

Field pact divides Canfield trustees, soccer club

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Canfield Township trustees and Canfield Soccer Club must

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TIME TO REFLECT

Local family will travel to site of 1962 airplane bombing

A local family whose lives were changed by the death of their patriarch in an airplane bombing 50 years ago will reunite with other victims’ families to reflect on the first recorded terrorist attack on a domestic flight.

Austintown grant will add fire personnel

The township fire department will add a seventh person to each shift thanks to a $235,000 federal grant.

Home in Ellsworth damaged by fire

Neighbors watched in shock as fire crews from nearly a dozen departments extinguished a blaze that consumed a home on Duck Creek Road.

Austintown board faces unhappy drivers

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown More than 50 Austintown School District bus

Austintown Fitch class learns stylish lessons in tolerance

Austintown Fitch class learns stylish lessons in tolerance

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown Fitch students hope a class project turned

Twins earn Eagle Scout awards

The recent influx of Eagle Scout projects focused at St. Michael Church in Canfield is a great benefit for the entire parish, says the Rev. Terrence Hazel.

Canfield suspends 3 contracts

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Canfield The Canfield school board suspended three teachers’

AUSTINTOWN'S TOP DOG

German shepherd to join police force in a few weeks

By Elise Franco

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown When Patrolman Aaron Franks is on duty he knows

Famed tree artist touts beauty of Fellows Gardens

Famed tree artist touts beauty of Fellows Gardens

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Youngstown It’s plain to see, even for someone visiting for

Official: Canfield superintendent finalist ‘proved himself’

Board OKs 3-year pact with Alex Geordan as new superintendent

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Canfield Alex Geordan is eager to begin his tenure as the

Canfield schools, finalist for chief seek the right fit

Alex Geordan says the Canfield School District must want him there as much as he wants to be there, in order for him to be a perfect fit.

Canfield superintendent finalist faces public session with panel, search firm

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Canfield The Canfield school board may be on the verge of

Canfield students visit new Oz

By Elise Franco | efranco@vindy.com Canfield 111Cleland, theater arts teacher for grades seven

Finalist pulls out of search

Canfield superintendent

Staff report Canfield One of the final two candidates for Canfield superintendent has pulled out

Student T-shirt campaign supports cancer-stricken teacher

Delaney Bresnahan, left, and Emma Hartshorn, both eighth-graders at Canfield Village Middle School, created “Team Reel” T-shirts to sell in support of Ken Reel, their American history teacher who recently was diagnosed with cancer.

Book by Chaney students unveiled

Chaney sixth-graders waited excitedly to see the published version of a book they helped create.

Board OKs fees for pay to participate

poland schools

The fees will begin in the 2012-13 school year By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Poland

Canfield institutes new school ranking system

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Canfield A new ranking system at Canfield High School will

VICTORY LAPS

RELAY FOR LIFE OF YOUNGSTOWN

Survivor sisters join others in county’s first event of 2012 By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com

Canfield co-op helps fill the coop

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Canfield A room full of chirping chicks is no big thing for

Austintown stadium gets upgrade

Bill Dickson, of Buckeye Bleacher Repair, carries a section of a new aluminum bleacher to the stands inside Fitch Falcon Stadium. The bleachers were installed this week and paid for by the school district and the Falcon Forward Committee, which raises money for improvement projects in the Austintown School District.

10 teachers, 31 others cut in Austintown

School-board members announced a round of staff cuts that will affect mainly nonteaching employees.

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Suburban squalor in Austintown

Austintown struggles to find funds to raze blighted homes

Even on a tighter 2012 budget, the township is slowly ridding itself of vacant and blighted structures.

YSU survey highlights benefits of Mill Creek MetroParks

YSU survey highlights benefits of MetroParks’ hike/bike trail

A survey conducted by Youngstown State University outlines the importance of a local trail to the health and fitness of Mahoning Valley residents.

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