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Youngstown schools detail snow day make-up plan

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Some board members expressed reservations about the blizzard bags

After escaping from police, the Springfield Township man was on the run for eight hours

He faces several charges

Web reviewers rank Boardman’s Vintage Estate world’s No. 1 beer retailer

BOARDMAN — Vintage Estate didn’t have a long climb, but it has reached the top of the mountain of

Valley church awaits word on Haiti projects

A family in Lisbon also has ties to the quake-ravaged country. One local church’s connection

Valley doctor fears worst in Haiti

A local retired cardiologist described the people of Haiti as living in ‘quiet despair.’ The

Trial set in former student’s lawsuit

rrouan@vindy.com A former Poland Seminary High School student’s lawsuit against the school

Valley residents seek news of Haitian friends after quake

Father Terrence Hazel of St. Michael Church in Canfield stands beside a poster board of photographs from the Little Children of Jesus Orphanage in Lizon, Haiti, which he and his church support with donations and visits. The church has received no word yet on the conditions of the 103 severely disabled children who live at the orphanage.

Boardman group pushes plan for pooch park

Some residents are trying to gather funds to build a dog park in Boardman Township Park. Standing are Jason Fellows and Richard Fabian. Sitting and kneeling, from left to right, are Jennifer Fellows with her chocolate Labrador Roscoe, Linda Fabian with her wirehaired terrier Abbey, Vicky Loree with her Italian greyhound Luigi, Abbey Loree with her boxer Izzy and Jason Loree with his Labrador Bowie.

‘Luxury’ police bureaus closing

A lack of manpower has resulted in shutting down two police substations. BOARDMAN — The

Boardman’s ‘luxury’ police substations close

BOARDMAN — The dwindling number of police officers and skepticism about the effectiveness of

Township to handle Haz-Mat team calls

BOARDMAN — Dispatches to the Mahoning County Emergency Management Haz-Mat Response Team will go

Goal: Keep fire stations open

Boardman trustees have outlined staffing requirements for the main station and two satellite

Boardman fire chief ordered to reopen 2 stations

Union officials say the department does not have enough firefighters to safely staff all three

Poland stadium adds to revenue

The extra money will be reinvested in the school’s athletic department. POLAND — The Poland

Locally, as pension funding rises, revenues decline

Valley governments paid $137M into funds in 2008. The story in 2009 for most local governments

Bigger ball will fall at First Night

The 60-pound aluminum ball will drop from outside the Covelli Centre on New Year’s Eve.

Altered state of tailoring: Boardman shop to close

Customers today are content to wear clothes off the rack, a retiring tailor says. BOARDMAN —

Puppets tell a Christmas tale

Students at Poland Union Elementary School packed the gymnasium for a Christmas story with a twist:

Beaver schools’ plan is rejected by state

The district has until Jan. 10 to submit a revised plan. LISBON — The Ohio Department of

CHRISTMAS MAGIC: Program features a bit of Tom Phoolery

An area magician performed and gave away Christmas dinner to some needy families. Families at

Students entertain at Blackburn

About 40 students sang Christmas carols to the ladies of the Blackburn Home. The kindergarten

Poland school board discusses store-card use in secret session

rrouan@vindy.com The board of education went into executive session to discuss an investigation

More ads planned for WRTA

YOUNGSTOWN — Ridership for the Western Reserve Transit Authority’s curb-to-curb service increased

Girard police dispatcher killed in crash on I-80

The state patrol does not believe weather was a factor in the crash. AUSTINTOWN — A Girard

Boardman High’s concert to feature holiday selections

The orchestra has been preparing for the winter concert since October. BOARDMAN — Mahoning

It's a wrap: 'Elves' take care of 2,500 gifts for seniors

Carol Hitchcock, owner of Home Instead Senior Care, and Santa survey a pile of gifts donated to the Be a Santa for a Senior program. The program will distribute more than 2,500 gifts to about 620 seniors.

Students vie for trip to Disney

About 25 people listened as the students quizzed them on recycling facts. There is no Planet

Fire chief blames old construction for speed of blaze that killed man

The Trumbull County Fire Investigations Unit is probing the blaze. NORTH BLOOMFIELD— The

School collects wear for needy

The Giving Tree Project is in its seventh year. POLAND — Some elementary students are getting

At odds with the law?

Slot-like sweepstakes machines have appeared throughout Boardman. BOARDMAN — The No. 1

New owners plan to spread Gorant chocolate nationwide

The three partners have vowed not to alter the Gorant recipe. BOARDMAN — Gorant Candies has

‘What Thanksgiving is all about’

Sharing a moment before a Thanksgiving service Wednesday at Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church in Youngstown are church members Oliver Eaton and minister Hazel Bradley.

Faithful shoppers lament loss of Poland grocery

Laura Brammer of Struthers leaves, likely for the last time, Save-A-Lot in Poland. The store is closing tonight after being in business for about four years.

PTO at Poland to repay $3,700

POLAND — The school district treasurer will review the Poland Middle School Parent-Teacher

Boardman students have a reason to smile

A mobile dentistry crew provided preventive care for elementary students. BOARDMAN— Watching

State audit finds flaws with Poland Middle School PTO

A budget miscue could bankrupt the parent-teacher group. POLAND — The Poland Middle School

Clunkers get junked; junkers get shredded

Vehicles from the federal Clunkers program are hitting the recycling bin. GIRARD — Gary

Armstrong Cable to air Browns-Steelers locally

The provider reached a multi-year deal with the NFL Network. The second clash between the

Youngstown council panel to study figures before raising sewer rates

Sewer rates are slated to go up by year’s end, the city’s finance director said. YOUNGSTOWN —

Grant to help beef up security

The district will install 36 color cameras and new locks at some of the buildings. BOARDMAN —

Stay tuned for NFL exclusives

Armstrong Cable reaches deal to air premium games By RICK ROUAN YOUNGSTOWN — Armstrong Cable

Armstrong, NFL reach deal to broadcast exclusive football games

Armstrong Cable and the NFL Network will announce a deal Monday to bring eight National Football

Boardman schools gets $67K US grant to enhance security

BOARDMAN — The township police force is so depleted that the number of school buildings in Boardman

Usher in standard time safely, Valley police and fire officials urge

Change your smoke-detector batteries as you change your clocks, fire officials urge. With the

Hopeful: A new voice is needed

A 27-year-old project analyst and three incumbents offer their vision for the future. BOARDMAN

Three incumbents face one challenger for seats on Boardman school board

BOARDMAN— With three incumbents seeking re-election to the Boardman school board, the lone

Armstrong, NFL Network in talks to bring exclusive games to Valley

An Armstrong Cable executive said this week that “almost daily discussions are happening” to bring

In emergency, it’s location, location, location

Fire chiefs, home builders and Realtors plan to publish educational advertisements. BOARDMAN

Organizations seek funds to build group home

Two groups are trying to increase local resources for autistic adults. BOARDMAN — A 3.2-acre

It’s Play Time In Boardman

High school drama guild pulls in popular and fresh productions, pushes out edgy content By RICK

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