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Jeanne Starmack

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Chinese welcome New Year

They’re far from home, and many don’t have extended families living nearby. They take comfort in their traditions and the memories of “back in the day.”

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Fat Tuesday fills stomachs, food pantry

Fat Tuesday celebration benefits Salem food pantry

Vendors filled plates with a tempting array of goodies.

A date with Daddy

Julius Sims of Youngstown takes a selfie with his daughter, Layla Sims, 9, during Boardman Park’s 12th annual Father-Daughter Princess Dance Thursday at the Lariccia Family Community Center.

Sharon woman, 30, charged with starving dogs

The dogs were taken off the Sharon, Pa., woman and are now at New Lease on Life Rescue in Struthers.

YSU senate backs provost

As senator after senator voted against a no-confidence resolution, more and more senators got up and walked out of the roll-call vote.

Girard wins grant for canoe launch

The canoe launch should be built this summer.

Girard bridge closed indefinitely

The bridge was built in 1953.

Liberty Trustee: Comment wasn’t meant to irk Girard mayor

Trustee Jodi Stoyak said mutual aid for fire departments shouldn’t be a political issue.

Blue lights support police

Two residents organized the citywide event based on a national movement.

Liberty motel property to go up for sale

Liberty officials hope former motel property will be purchased, cleared and redeveloped

Township Trustee Chairman Jason Rubin said the property was abandoned by its owner and then by the bank that held its mortgage.

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Yelps for help from Valley's abandoned

Nina Wilson, 11, of Canfield, laughs as a 12-week-old puppy named Larry licks her face at Animal Charity in Youngstown. Nina is a volunteer at the facility, which is seeking donations of pet food, blankets, treats and paper towels.

Liberty kids get moving

The schools have been taking time out for Wellness Day for five years.

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More police training saves lives, builds trust

The city of Hubbard raised its budget from $5,000 to $45,000 a year for police training.

Stolen money is returned; man arrested

A woman caller told the Flying J where to find the money.

Liberty district takes back fiscal control

The district has been in fiscal emergency since 2011.

Liberty department keeps OT down

Since the department reopened a station in September, it has kept its costs down.

Hubbard residents hear 2nd explosion

The police chief said anyone caught using Tannerite will be arrested.

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Year passes, owners still search for Sammi

Liberty couple keeps search active, hope alive for cherished cat missing one year

The newspaper and TV ads and billboards show one couple’s determination not to give up the fight to recover their beloved pet.

Shotgun case goes to grand jury

The defendant remains charged with murder, though family and friends don’t believe that charge is fair.

Four seek appeals court bench

The race encompasses a 5-county district.

What’s in store for those at Caylea’s? Everything

Owner of Girard secondhand store wants to assist those who are struggling

Kaylyn Flowers decided she could help others who need, as her business card reads, “a hand up.”

Hubbard Library group sets up for annual sale

hubbard library

The annual sale benefits the library’s programs

Suspect shoots at Hubbard officer

A routine traffic stop lead to a manhunt through a Hubbard neighborhood early Tuesday afternoon.

Liberty boy blazes cheerleading trail

Dakota Hrabowy, W.S. Guy Middle School’s first male cheerleader, leads the home crowd through one of many spirited cheer during a game last week at home against the LaBrae Vikings.

Closed bridge ruins track meets

The bridge needs to be open so people can park.

Fire station remains closed

The township is waiting on tax information from the county, said fiscal officer Steve Shelton.

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Friends pop in to Girard center luncheons twice a month

Girard Multigenerational Center hosts luncheons twice a month

Whether its lunch, breakfast or an exercise class, the Multigenerational Center is there to help people socialize and stay active.

Hubbard finds garbage hauling deal


The services director would like to have only one garbage hauler in the city.

Liberty storm-water project to help flooded families

The project will give the water some place else to go

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Mud challenge to benefit kids' hospital

Chad Macek of Hubbard helps out Rick Courtney as he tries to climb “Da Wall,” a half-pipe on the Burner. The Burner, a seven-mile mud run with 30 natural and man-made obstacles, bills itself as “Ohio’s toughest seven miles.” Registration continues for the benefit for Akron Children’s Hospital.

Community keeps pool afloat

The school district turned to the community to help keep the pool from closing.

Hubbard police investigate ex-lawyer from Canfield

The former lawyer surrendered his law license in 2012.

Liberty union leader, chief want fire station open

The fire station on Belmont Avenue is one of two in the township.

Liberty closes fire station

Overtime costs prompted the closing.

Group investigates TIGER grant for Route 422 corridor

Before the group can apply for the money, they have to come up with a considerable amount of funds.

Girard mayor wants boxes for donated clothes out of sight

The clothes boxes can become a nuisance when people begin piling up bags of clothes around them.

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Police get new guns

The Glocks are lighter than the old Sig Sauers, the police chief says.

Tombstones to be restored

The crash destroyed five historic tombstones.

Girard group clears path for canoe launch

The group and the city have applied for a grant to build a launch, but the area is clear and the river is accessible now.

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Enjoy your Fourth, protect your pets

Fireworks shops have been booming, but safety should be at the top of your list — for both family and friends, and your pets.

Vindy reporter joins Hubbard cops training to think fast

Vindicator reporter Jeanne Starmack takes cover behind a car during a police training scenario Thursday in Hubbard. During the training, officers role-play to help them learn to think on their feet. Starmack was confronted with a suicidal man with a gun.

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We once had dreams too, inmates tell Liberty students

Inmate Paul Fitzpatrick and other inmates of Grafton Correctional Institute spoke to eighth-graders at W.S. Guy Middle School in Liberty Wednesday morning. They once had plenty of choices in life, they said, but now, have none.

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Nursing home writer

It took Joe Spera 18 months to tell the story of his sister’s life, and during that time he recovered his own.

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Hubbard Library serves up reading menu for summer

At the Once Upon a Tine Diner, Reading is presented as a treat.

Students learn teamwork

St. Rose students go to new heights to build teamwork, self-confidence

The students learned about teamwork and trust.

State auditor issues findings for recovery of $278,000 in Liberty district

Yost cites careless bookkeeping on conversion schools

The school district sponsored the conversion schools beginning in 2009, but severed ties with them in 2011.

Metroplex auctioned

An auction drew a signed offer for the old MetroPlex hotel and meeting center complex in Liberty.

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Organization searches for bone-marrow donor match

The more donors there are, the more chances people with blood cancers will get the help they need.

20/20 looks at Hubbard horn-honking incidents

A resident’s claim of horn-honking harassment goes back to 2009.

3 candidates vie for Trumbull probate judgeship

Incumbent Judge Thomas A. Swift can't run again because of the state's age-limits law



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