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Site work launches $840K effort to overhaul Wick Recreation Area

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Youngstown The James L. Wick Recreation Area’s face-lift has

Boy faces multiple charges in school incident

Student suspended after caught with tool, bullet

canfield Staff report Canfield A 13-year-old boy who brought a window punch, rope and a bullet

Canfield high-schoolers excel in art contests

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Canfield Canfield High School is teeming with talented

Guest hops in to visit pupils

A visit by the Easter Bunny had Lloyd Elementary students hopping with excitement.

Chardon beating case to go before grand jury

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown Felony kidnapping and assault charges against

Lower bond rate to provide tax relief

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown Austintown homeowners could see a decrease in the

4 jailed after tribute to Chardon victim ends with assault

A night that began with a toast to the memory of a murdered Chardon High School friend escalated into a beating of another 19-year-old friend.

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A souper cause

An annual fundraising event at Austintown Fitch High School is more important each year than its last as the number of residents in need of assistance continues to rise.

Austintown trustees reappoint fiscal officer

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown A former township employee will fill the fiscal-

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Resolving flooding in Canfield would cost more than $7.5M

The city will have to spend more than $7 million to stop the flooding issues that have plagued some residents for more than 10 years.

Spring splendor already colors Mill Creek Park

A honey bee checks out the flowers on a cherry tree that is in full bloom at Fellows Riverside Gardens in Mill Creek MetroParks. The park's flowers have blossomed a month earlier than they would normally because of the unusually warm weather over the past two months, the park's horticulture director said.

Canfield students get hands-on feel for elderly’s struggles

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Canfield Some Canfield High School students learned first-

Canfield twins headed to West Point

Michael and Anthony Ross exemplify excellence in Canfield School District and will carry that with them to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Canfield High grad receives art award

Nikki Mehle knew before she entered grade school that she wanted to paint, and her determination to become an artist has never wavered.

District to demolish old school

By Elise Franco efranco@gmail.com Austintown The Austintown Local School District is ready to

Is Austintown in the home stretch?

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown A new agreement between Penn National Gaming Inc.

Ellsworth woman keeps the holidays year-round

The trimmin’ o’ the tree

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Ellsworth For nearly two decades, Joyce Vitikas has

Austintown school sets fitness goals

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown Austintown Middle School is leading the pack in

Parents set up experiments

Students at Hilltop Elementary are spending the week playing with science.

Austintown students driven to distraction

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown A driving simulator put Austintown Fitch

Options examined after defeat of levy

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Poland Poland Local Schools could face major changes after

Parks seek input from public

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Youngstown Mill Creek MetroParks staff has taken a vested

CANFIELD schools target at-risk behavior

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Canfield The Canfield Local School District has $75,000 to

Firm to highlight district

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown The Austintown School District is rolling out a


Students participate in Pennies for Patients

Watson Elementary School teachers took pies in the face to show solidarity with students who raised money to fight cancer.

Department’s efforts touted

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown Township trustees shared a letter touting the

W. Reserve Road widening set to move into next phase

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Canfield The next phase of the Western Reserve Road widening

Eagle project to remember 9/11

As James Mullarkey moved up the ranks in Boy Scout Troop 115, an idea for the perfect Eagle Scout project began to take shape.

Gains, Macejko argue their history at forum

Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains said his opponent Jay Macejko has changed since leaving the county prosecutor’s office.

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Mercer area girl dies after choking at school

Mercer cafeteria staff quickly performed CPR after hot-dog incident

Aizeya Mattocks was at least given a fighting chance to survive thanks to cafeteria staff who stepped in quickly to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, a medical official said.

Pacts OK’d for schools’ $50M project

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown Ground will be broken before the end of this

Everlasting love

After nearly 72 years, Niles couple remain true valentines

Pathologist: Sutera died of gunshot to the chest


By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Youngstown The shot that killed Stacey Sutera was fired

Suspect in Canfield teacher's murder found dead

Ashtabula County authorities converge on the Alexander Harper Cemetery in Unionville Thursday where they discovered the body of Robert P. McLaughlin, 64. Officials said McLaughlin, who was sought in Wednesday's murder of Stacey Sutera, 40, of Canfield, died of an apparent suicide.

Manhunt for Canfield teacher's killer

Officers from Canfield Police Department, Mahoning Valley Homicide Task Force and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation were at Carriage Hill Apartments Wednesday after Stacey Sutera, a 40-year-old teacher, was shot and killed there around 7 a.m. as she got into her car. Police have issued an aggravated-murder warrant for Robert McLaughlin, 64, of Painesville, described as ex-military and armed and dangerous.

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Beaver Twp. police recall devotion of late officer

Cpl. James R. Ball was the only man of his kind to grace the halls of Beaver Township Police Department.

Testing technology

Ashley Wallace is putting her class of third-graders ahead of the curve, as they test the incorporation of tablet devices in their everyday lessons.

Levy would help offset cuts

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown The township police chief wants to continue

HMHP mobile dental clinic visits Austintown kids

Staff report Austintown Providing optional dental care to elementary students is part of the

AUSTINTOWN Trustees pick director for senior center

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown A strategic plan is necessary to ensure the

Ash trees cut in Mill Creek to stop infestation

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Youngstown Mill Creek MetroParks employees are working to


Teacher leaves lasting impression on family, Austintown students

Mike Zoccali, a seventh-grade teacher in social studies at Austintown Middle School, created a scholarship in his father’s name in 2007. His father, Anthony Zoccali, was an educator in Austintown for 30 years and died in 1999.

New signals to aid Canfield

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Canfield New traffic signals will give Canfield safety

Police stay on trail of unsolved homicides

Austintown cops START NEW INVESTIGATIONS in 2 killings

The township police department’s two most recent homicide cases are also its first to remain unsolved in a decade.

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Seniors get computer savvy in Austintown

Weekly classes for local seniors prove that folks don’t have to be young to be computer savvy.

Ex-Austintown worker to fill unexpired term

Staff report Austintown A former township employee will fill the unexpired fiscal-officer

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Former Good Humor bar factory repurposed downtown Youngsgtown

It’s only fitting that the Harry Burt Building, with its rich local history, is home to the new Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center, the historical society’s executive director said.

Gun prank leads to charges for Canfield mom, son’s friend

An 18-year-old Canfield man is charged with felonious assault after he put one bullet into a gun and fired it until the bullet discharged, in what he called an attempt to scare his friend.

Public weighs in on future of parks

By Elise Franco Efranco@vindy.com CAnfield The public is speaking up about what direction it

Delay in paperwork caused closing of academy

By Elise Franco efranco@vindy.com Austintown A delay in paperwork from local school districts


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