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Haitian native recalls tragedy, family

By JORDAN COHEN news@vindy.com CANFIELD The congregation at St. Michael Church sat in silence

Mathews board reluctant to close middle school

The school board is leery of placing students in modular classrooms. VIENNA — Closing Neal

Bus driver allowed to resume duties — with 5-year restriction

WARREN — Kathy Kotanichek, the Mathews school-bus driver who became the center of controversy in the

In deal, Mathews bus driver keeps job

The defendant will get transferred to drive a different Mathews school bus. GIRARD — Mathews

Intimidation led to suspension of Niles teacher, records reveal

NILES — The 10-day suspension of a longtime McKinley High School math teacher followed

Mathews divided over bus driver accusations

The school board heard both sides of the dispute over the claim that a bus driver made an ethnic

No Love Lost Here

Happy Valentine’s Day? No way at party in Niles BY JORDAN COHEN 11Organizers said they were

Niles health officials air concerns to director of Ohio’s department

NILES — The director of the Ohio Department of Health listened Thursday as members of the city

Sixth-graders to move to Baker Elementary

VIENNA — With the closing of Neal Middle School, a certainty at the conclusion of the current school

MVSD rate increase could add $300,000 to Niles’ annual cost

NILES — A three-year rate increase under consideration by the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District

Taking The Plunge

Midwinter Mosquito Lake dip helps benefit Special Olympics By JORDAN COHEN BAZETTA — With

Mathews board plans levy meeting

VIENNA — The Mathews board of education has scheduled a meeting for Jan. 27 to approve a five-year

Packard Museum makes vroom for buffs of vintage motorcycles

The oldest motorcycle on display is a 1908 Thor that won the Race of the Century in Alabama in ’08.

McMenamy’s owner plans to contest noise ordinance

The defendant will appeal his conviction. NILES — Robert Leonard, owner of McMenamy’s on

Niles mayor: Use license-plate fees for a road project

NILES — Mayor Ralph Infante said he has an idea what the city can do with those $10 license-plate

State OKs $1.2M for building additions

NILES — The Ohio School Facilities Commission has awarded an additional $1.2 million for new

Niles council can’t rescind tax

The city moved too late to stop collections next year. NILES — Residents will still have to

Parents call for Niles McKinley coach’s ouster

Another coach’s wife vowed a recall petition if parents aren’t satisfied with the board’s response.

Pilot for a day

Alan Hinton, 11, of Youngstown, stands with his mentor Capt. Brian Hodor, who is a pilot of the C-130 aircraft in the Air Force Reserve. Alan was sworn-in Wednesday as an honorary Air Force Reserve second lieutenant in the “Pilot for a Day” program at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.

Mathews’ bond issue in limbo — for now

VIENNA — Schools Superintendent Lee Seiple said he will wait until two new members of the Mathews

Niles Municipal Court judge weighs case on noise control

The lawyer for the nightclub owner claims the new law is unconstitutional. NILES — The first

Families of victims assemble, remember

More than 60 attended the annual event in Warren’s Courthouse Square. WARREN — Each year in

Mathews teachers, board ratify pact

VIENNA — Mathews teachers and the board of education have ratified a two-year contract that contains

Group working on regional effort to attract high-tech jobs

HOWLAND — A regional organization is trying to launch a coordinated effort on behalf of 21 Northeast

Chief eyes ex-Mount Carmel School

Local funds would have to be used for improvements to the football stadium stands. NILES —

Niles firefighters pact proposal includes 3-year wage freeze

NILES — Council gave first reading Wednesday to a new contract with the city’s 29 firefighters,

Niles board backs plan for 2 schools

Plans call for construction of the high school and one elementary to be completed in 2012.

Income-tax receipts fall in Niles; treasurer expects trend to go on

NILES — Job losses and industrial cutbacks have caused the city’s income-tax receipts to drop

Collection agency targets residents of Niles in arrears over utility bills

NILES — A collection agency that specializes in delinquent utility accounts will try to recover

Niles board to pick sites of elementary schools May 21

NILES — The board of education will choose the two sites for its new elementary schools during its

Niles OKs separating students in grades K-5

Sites for the new elementary buildings have not been determined. NILES — The days of

Niles schools seek input on elementaries

NILES — The city school district is asking the public for its input in choosing one of two options

Union asks for change in hours

MINERAL RIDGE — The president of the local representing Mahoning Valley Sanitary District hourly

Noise-control plan reached

NILES — After months of debates and revisions, the safety committee of Niles City Council worked out

Niles schools treasurer warns of possible levy

NILES — The treasurer of the city school district warned that the district could face a 12-mill levy

Niles school board hires architects

NILES — The board of education has chosen Balog, Steines, Hendricks and Manchester of Youngstown as

8 apply for vacant seat on Niles school board

The school board will choose the replacement during a special meeting Thursday. NILES — Eight

14 apply for vacancy on Niles school board

A 15th person withdrew his application. NILES — A field of 14 candidates ranging from retirees

3 apply for seat on board of education

The board expects to make the appointment next week. NILES — Three candidates have applied to

Niles school board member resigns

NILES — Dori Gatta MacMillan, who has served less than one year of her four-year term on the board

911-call consolidation plan worries Niles police chief

Simeone is concerned the city won’t be reimbursed for spending on 911 upgrades. NILES — Police

Sewer bids to proceed via council ordinance

The sewer improvement project cost is $500,000. NILES — City council approved an emergency

Lack of quorum forces Niles to set new meeting

The ordinance calls for bid advertising for a storm sewer project. NILES — City council

Disaster unit founder emphasizes teamwork value

The team’s leader wants to put the public’s mind at ease. HOWLAND — The founder of the

Engineer: MVSD to save $11M with revised plan

The chief engineer says the new plan would save up to 15 cents a gallon. NILES — A revised

Noise ordinance for Niles to be reworked

The city received a windfall in income tax receipts. NILES — It’s back to the drawing board

MVSD engineer expects talks over Strock house

MINERAL RIDGE — The chief engineer of the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District said he anticipates

Report: TCTC funds to drop $5M

There will be a fund balance drop of more than $5 million in five-year projections. CHAMPION —

9 buildings slated to be demolished

The board was warned of an explosion risk at one of the houses. NILES — Five unoccupied homes

Consultants save school thousands

The district has to pay charter schools for transfers from the district, but only if the pupil still

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