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Kristine Gill

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Heavy spring rain hinders pollination

This time of year, Alan Eggleston’s backyard should look like a freeway for honey bees. “They should be rocketing out toward the neighbors’ yards,” said the Cortland resident and beekeeper.

Austintown school board reinstates teaching positions

Five teaching positions will be reinstated because of an increase in open-enrollment students.

Rain delays installation of classroom trailers for Austintown schools

School officials are waiting for the ground to dry before installing four classroom trailers behind Frank Ohl Intermediate School and Watson Elementary.

YSU music professor continues career worthy of note

By kristine gill kgill@vindy.com youngstown The first time he heard the French horn, Bill

150 dance and socialize at Special Needs Prom

By kristine gill kgill@vindy.com boardman Parents snapped pictures and marvelled at an array

Students participate in Scrappy’s Scholars Reading Club

Lloyd Elementary kindergartners in Robin Speece’s class were rewarded for reading by a special guest.

Canfield schools leader: Tough choices ahead

School board members met in executive session Tuesday to discuss some tough decisions they’re facing.

OHSAA rules Fitch used ineligible players

Fitch High School varsity and junior varsity baseball teams have forfeited the games two ineligible players participated in since the beginning of the season.


Oh Wow! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology officially opens Thursday, but 18 groups of students already have come through its doors in the last three weeks to try out the activities and make suggestions.

Canfield schools to collect input, bypass August levy

School board members will meet Tuesday to discuss the effects of this month’s defeat of a 6.8-mill additional operating levy.

Canfield students: Lawmakers for a day

By kristine gill kgill@vindy.com canfield Students participating in the 31st annual Civics Day

Holocaust survivor tells her story to local middle-school students

At 14, Canfield Village Middle School student Lexi Zoldan is the same age Holocaust survivor Agi Geva was when the Nazis took her to Auschwitz.

Bus Driver Appreciation Day recognized

Monday marked Bus Driver Appreciation Day in Ohio to recognize those who safely transport thousands of students daily to and from school.

His talks with Harry Truman led to YSU’s oral history

Having just graduated with his bachelor’s degree in history, an eager Hugh Earnhart expected swift hiring at the Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Mo.

Mom honored with benefit, 60-mile walk

Tracey Singiser, right, died from brain cancer in 2009 after a battle with breast cancer. Now her daughter, Kim Singiser, center, is trying to raise money to participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure event in Philadelphia Oct. 14-16. Jen Callahan, left, Tracey's step-daughter and Kim's half-sister, walked in the three-day event last year.

New check system popular with hunters

By kristine Gill kgill@vindy.com Turkey season opened to Ohio hunters April 18 with a new game-

Canfield marks 30 years as Tree City USA

By Kristine Gill kgill@vindy.com canfield Canfield city is celebrating its 30th year of

Austintown board cuts school personnel

Members of the school board cited “financial difficulties” Monday in eliminating 12 full-time teaching positions, nine full-time nonteaching employees, and 16 part-time nonteaching positions.

Veteran finally gets diploma

By kristine Gill kgill@vindy.com columbiana More than 60 years have passed since George

Grant will fund upgrading of traffic-control devices

City council approved upgrading traffic-control devices at five city intersections.

Exhibit features motorcycles

Growing up in Cortland, Bruce Williams rode his first homemade motorcycle through the woods.

State parks get grants for marine patrols

Area state parks received grants this year for marine patrols through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft.

Mining knowledge

In this Vindicator file photo from June 15, 1977, George Panno, former Youngstown fire chief, and Ann Harris, a Youngstown State University professor, survey the hole that was left after an abandoned mine collapsed under a West Hylda Avenue home on Youngstown’s South Side. The garage was situated directly above the mine shaft, which left a hole more than 100 feet deep.

Relatives of Sierra boys appeal OHSAA ruling

By Kristine gill kgill@vindy.com austintown Relatives are challenging a OHSAA ruling that

Valley schools carry on learning journeys to DC

Valley schools carry on learning journeys to DC By kristine gill kgill@vindy.com canfield

Canfield schools get set for August if levy fails in May

By kristine gill kgill@vindy.com canfield The board of education voted to add a renewal levy


Dave Millich, left, president of the Mahoning Valley Corvettes club, stands near his 2010 Corvette Grand Sport on display at Quaker Steak & Lube in Austintown. His 1984 Fitch High School classmate Rob Bowman, right, has a 1967 Chevy Chevelle on display at the restaurant.

State seeks 18 new wildlife officers

Competition will be steep and the application process thorough for 18 positions as county wildlife officers in the state.

Hunters donate venison to feed hungry

Columbiana County hunters donated 95 deer totaling 4,700 pounds of meat to feed the hungry this year as part of Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry.

Brothers come to U.S. from Puerto Rico for Fitch’s baseball program

He may not be a native English speaker, but Kevin Sierra is fluent in baseball.

Building the best roller coaster

Building the best roller coaster The Ups & Downs By Kristine Gill kgill@vindy.com NORTH

Howland natives in game with app

Two Howland High School graduates dusted off their old board game idea to make a successful smartphone app called GameFace, now available through iTunes.

Parents cheer & jeer changes

By Kristine Gill kgill@vindy.com youngstown More than 60 parents either vented their

Feds bust international drug ring here, charge 28

By kristine gill kgill@vindy.com youngstown Just six of 28 suspects — many of them Youngstown

Teachers agree to extension

Austintown teachers will receive a 1 percent salary increase for 2010-11 and a pay freeze for 2011-12 under a two-year contract extension.

Robin’s ‘Robin’ wins award

It’s obvious at first glance that Robin Rockney’s chalk pastel is a self-portrait.

Deadly White-Nose Syndrome threatens bats in Buckeye State

Ohio bats are happily hibernating, but a fatal syndrome targeting the winged mammals could soon strike.

School officials take new tack on bullying

Education and not punishment could be the solution to bullying for Austintown schools.

Three injured in Market Street crash

By Kristine gill kgill@vindy.com youngstown Three people, including the driver of a Vindicator

Local student wins national art award

It took creativity for Fitch High School senior Amber Henik to depict “disintegration of the oceanic environment” in her latest ceramic piece.

Austintown schools to buy vacant lot to improve traffic

Austintown schools will purchase a vacant lot on Idaho Road to improve traffic flow and make room for two new buildings as part of the district’s $50 million construction project.

Retiring Canfield math teacher hopes to divide time among family, education and Mickey D’s

Debbie Haverstock sees golden arches in her future. “I’m going to follow some dreams,” said the Youngstown native and math teacher at Canfield Village Middle School.

Administrators field questions at forum

School administrators fielded questions from more than 125 people at the first of four public forums regarding the Canfield Schools levy.

Austintown robotics team swings into action

In just six weeks, the Austintown robotics club designed and built a 120-pound robot to send to competition.

Trooper enters diversion program

A trooper from the Canfield post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol has entered a diversion program after his January arrest at a Cleveland Browns game.

Canfield levy must pass to avoid more cuts

By kristine gill kgill@vindy.com canfield School officials say voters must pass the district’s

Ex-stutterer, Fitch speech coach gets statewide honor

Soft-spoken and articulate at 56, Joe Curry remembers a time when stuttering plagued his speech.

Asbestos removal to cost less than expected at AMS

Asbestos abatement for the former Austintown Middle School building will cost $225,000, a quarter of the expected price, should the district opt to improve the structure.

Austintown schools get $2.8M in Delphi furniture for $15K

Austintown schools get $2.8M in Delphi furniture for $15K By kristine gill kgill@vindy.com

Fitch media specialist retiring after 37 years

A corner of the Fitch High School media center will look bare Tuesday.



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