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Kristine Gill

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MILES AHEAD | With more plans to grow, Flynn’s Tires makes improvements

With more plans to grow, Flynn’s Tires makes improvements By kristine gill kgill@vindy.com

Austintown teacher Michelle Best receives state award

Austintown teacher receives state award By kristine gill kgill@vindy.com austintown

Frank Ohl students to perform before hockey game

Christina Aguilera could learn a thing or two from fifth graders at Frank Ohl Intermediate School.

United opposition

Gov. John Kasich and Ohio Republicans continue to face opposition from unionized public workers.

Schools lose funding for anti-drug program

By kristine gill kgill@vindy.com austintown Coordinators of Austintown’s Safe and Drug-Free

Concerned parent: Canfield cuts unprofessional, distracting

More than 75 people attended Wednesday night’s board of education meeting to hear what board members and the superintendent had to say about 25 layoffs announced Friday.

Valley language courses reflect China’s growing clout

Teacher Sarah Siao shows students how to write two Chinese characters on the board. Canfield is one of many school districts that have added Chinese to its foreign language program in recent years.

Poland couple wins ‘I Love Lucy’ wedding

All the details of a local couple’s wedding are up for vote in the coming months.

Battle against tree-destroying insect continues statewide

By kristine gill kgill@vindy.com austintown Officials at Mill Creek MetroParks haven’t seen an

School fundraiser helps defray funeral costs for family

School fundraiser helps defray funeral costs for family By kristine gill kgill@vindy.com

Business suits Canfield High class to a T

Just three weeks into the semester, freshman Dominique Farve has likely created the design Canfield High School students will wear across their chests this year.

Sororities, frats pay tribute with ribbons

Members of Youngstown State University sororities and fraternities gathered Monday evening to remember Jamail Johnson and those wounded in weekend shootings near campus.

New Face of Assisted Living

Adrien German calls the paralyzing gunshot to his head 20 years ago the best thing that ever happened to him.

Junk King looks to Valley for franchise

A national junk-removal business is looking for someone from the area to head a franchise in the city.

YSU, Delphi team up in automotive technology

Youngstown State University is teaming up with Delphi Automotive through a $1 million state grant to improve technology for electric and hybrid vehicles.

Rotarians from Valley find El Salvador trip rewarding

Breakfast time was a noisy affair for local Rotarians who recently completed a mission trip to an orphanage in South America.

Young’s Restaurant to close after nearly seven decades

Paul Kroll, 6, of Diamond finishes his milkshake Saturday afternoon at Young’s Restaurant.

Poland couple hopes to win ‘I Love Lucy’ wedding prize

By kristine gill kgill@vindy.com poland More than 40,000 votes had been tallied as of Monday

Senators laud Austintown schools

School board members, administrators and teachers posed for photos with special guests at the first board meeting of the new year.

Flynn’s Tire closes Youngstown location

Flynn’s Tire & Auto Service’s location at 655 Mahoning Ave. has closed.

‘Race to the Top’ advances in Canfield

School board members were updated on the progress in the district’s participation in the Race to The Top program.

Blind since birth, pianist holds true to his vision

When Thomas Solich sits at a Kawai piano and dances his fingers across its keys, an almost tangible energy surrounds him.

Picking up the pace: Canfield schools warm up to Race to the Top

Teachers union President Cheryl McGrath admits she’s probably not the most-popular person in Canfield schools these days.

Grant to go green

Local school districts have received grants from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to improve school buses.

InfoCision puts out call for 200 more hires

A local phone center announced it is looking to hire 200 Valley workers to aid its growing clientele base.

They love Lucy

Tricia Kren and her fiance Troy Litwiler are in the running to win an “I Love Lucy”-themed wedding courtesy of Media One Bridal in Jamestown, N.Y.

Austintown trustees: No liquor permit for Go Go Girls Cabaret

Township trustees approved a resolution Monday to deny Go Go Girls Cabaret its annual liquor-permit renewal.

The best job

Santa representative Howard Huffman loads gifts into his bag at his home in Hubbard. Huffman had his suit specially made to fill the role of one of Santa’s official helpers.

Birthday Surprise: Girl receives special greeting from father serving in Afghanistan

Ten-year-old Kayla Clark won’t see her father for Christmas or New Year’s. But a digital Geoff Clark was there for his daughter’s birthday Monday.

Online, on course: Austintown district’s new program gives students an alternative

School wasn’t moving fast enough for Nate Masterson. The Fitch High School sophomore enrolled in the new alternative-school program so he could learn at his own pace.

Valley schoolchildren learn diversity this holiday season

The Christmas stockings decorating Kathy Wetzl’s third-grade classroom saw a rare juxtaposition last week as students learned about Hanukkah.

Menu includes helping needy

Cafeteria workers at Austintown Middle School don’t want to exchange gifts anymore — but not because they don’t like one another.

Conquering a language barrier

Natalia Novicky doesn’t remember much Ukranian, but she still has her accent.

First-graders present ‘Holidays Around the World”

First-graders present ‘Holidays Around the World’ By Kristine gill kgill@vindy.com austintown

Idaho Road residents dread traffic increase

Idaho Road residents aren’t thrilled about the new project that will open their dead-end street to a flow of school traffic.

Rendering of school revealed

New 3-D renderings of one of two buildings slated to begin construction at the end of the school year were revealed after Monday’s school board meeting.

Firing up Irish

Ursuline students, staff cheer on their football team to today’s state championship game By

Mission of Love helps answer couple’s prayers

The Rev. Gerardo Hernandez, a visiting priest to St. Rosa de Lima Church in Campbell, prays with paraplegic Felix Rivera and his wife, Lourdes, in their home. Mission of Love is helping to build an addition to their house.

Driving Dilemmas: Preparing your vehicle and your mindset for winter

Flynn’s Tire & Auto Service store manager Tom Schadl has two words for anyone looking to winterize their car this season: snow tires.


Greg and Maggie Bayne, of Austintown, look at a new refrigerator at Best Buy in Boardman. Greg, an employee at General Motors, said his economic situation is improving, adding he has had only three days off in the last month and a half. “I don’t do black Friday; its gotten too ridiculous,” he said.

Pupils encouraged to share good feelings

Are you a Bucketfiller or a Bucketdipper? Students at Lloyd Elementary are striving for the former.

Canfield girl’s design is on the button

By kristine Gill kgill@vindy.com canfield A high school student is responsible for the button

Canfield presents mystery drama

By kristine Gill kgill@vindy.com canfield Anything could happen during Canfield High School’s

Website to answer teens’ health questions

By Kristine Gill kgill@vindy.com austintown Valley teens have a new online resource available

Grant to pay for robots

By kristine Gill kgill@vindy.com canfield The robots in Dave Izzo’s class take a daily

J-M students feast on Poe's 'The Raven'

Jackson-Milton freshman Madison Tomaino offers fourth-graders Marissa Jonesco, left, and Rose Pallota an interactive lesson on Edgar Allan Poe's 19th-century classic poem, 'The Raven.'

$8M breast-care center at St. E’s fulfills doctor’s promise to wife

By kristine gill kgill@vindy.com youngstown Seventeen years ago, Dr. Rashid Abdu’s wife died

Officials mull demolishing Austintown Middle School

By kristine gill kgill@vindy.com austintown Lack of interest in the old Austintown Middle

Health care goes to school

By Kristine gill kgill@vindy.com austintown When you have a stomachache at school, sometimes

5th-graders learn from write stuff

By Kristine Gill kgill@vindy.com Austintown Fifth-grader Lexi Stubbs didn’t have to look far


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