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Santa Bill Delivers

Valley man brings gifts to ‘street kids’ of Ukraine

Youngstown Skate in Boardman rolls forward

With a new name and upgrades, the skating rink is working to overcome a reputation for fighting.

Over concerns of link to autism, preservative in shot to be optional

Vaccines will ship in single doses and multidose vials. The vaccine preservative that some

Boardman students get message out

Students plastered the school’s walls with posters about healthful behavior. BOARDMAN — The

Girard council OKs V&M land deal

But the resolution does not finalize the agreement between the two cities. GIRARD — City

Victim’s wife: Don’t let my husband’s skydiving death deter you from sport

The victim had made his wife quit the sport because she was injury-prone. BOARDMAN — The

School seeks grant to harness wind power

The district is seeking letters of support to enhance its grant application. BOARDMAN— The

Boardman schools seek to harness wind power for energy, cost savings

BOARDMAN— The Mill Creek MetroParks board voted last week to submit a letter of support for a grant

Traffic stop yields 2 bombs

The investigation is now in the hands of the local division of the U.S. Department of Alcohol,

Animals jump from pages to the walls

Two sisters are painting animal murals on the walls of the library. POLAND — The previously

Visit is first of its kind for Valley

President Obama is first sitting president to visit the Valley in a non-election year. The

Traficant: No one will silence me

The former congressman from the Valley said, ‘I’m going to say what I think is right.’

New $91.5M Meander bridges to open over I-80 next week

AUSTINTOWN — The Interstate 80 twin bridges over Meander Reservoir are scheduled to open for traffic

Ban, tax hurting cigar-shop owners

Tony Marino has moved his business and cut his inventory and overhead by more than half. The

Cable TV companies work to avoid Steelers-Browns blackout

The fate of local viewing of the Dec. 10 clash depends on NFL deal. If two cable providers and

Crowd waits hours for tile giveaway

More than 100 people lined up outside the old Wall Tile Co. to haul away leftover inventory.

Need any free ceramic tile? Head to Mahoning Ave. fast

YOUNGSTOWN — At one time, the Wall Tile Co. on Mahoning Avenue was a hot spot in the Valley for

Kennedy made mark on Valley

The senator’s message of hope resonated with Mahoning Valley residents. Massachusetts Sen.

School board considers latest scheduling plan

School board considers latest scheduling plan By RICK ROUAN BOARDMAN— The latest proposal to

Poland Commerce Fades

Economy, geography hurt retail in village, but optimism lingers By RICK ROUAN 111But after the

Book tells history behind Mahoning rotunda murals

Book tells history behind rotunda By RICK ROUAN The Mahoning County Courthouse rotunda murals,

Still believin'

Journey performed Thursday night to a sold-out Covelli Centre crowd in downtown Youngstown. The band has had a handful of lead singers since its original vocalist Steve Perry. The band discovered its latest lead singer, Arnel Pineda, above, on YouTube.


School bands gear up for fall.

Updated stadium set for opening

The school district is officially opening the newly renovated, $2.02 million stadium Sept. 11.

Canned Art

Butler museum, Exal Corp. intersect for ad project BY RICK ROUAN 111It features a painting

Humor helps man cope with MS

A Poland man with multiple sclerosis has started a humorous Web site. POLAND — Doug Ankerman

Residents enjoy natural setting of Poland Forest

Locals walk and jog along the forests trails in the 265-acre park. Tucked just to the

Get cash for your clunker

Your old car could be worth some cool cash, as the government’s new CARS program gives you up to $4,500 if you qualify.

Board drops plan to realign middle schools

BOARDMAN — The school board here has scrapped an idea to realign its two middle schools and instead

Couple to marry on ‘Today’ show

A Boardman track standout is among 140 guests invited to the ‘Today’ set for the wedding.

Why leave town when the Valley has big happenings?

It might be a good idea to cancel that weekend getaway.

In Boardman, athletic complex is taking shape

BOARDMAN — Wrestlers grappling in a warehouse might sound like a movie montage, but it has been

Blackburn Home marks anniversary

When Sylvester Fitch Blackburn died in 1915, he left an endowment of more than $20,000 to establish

New complex will replace old buildings

The school is replacing 75- to 80-year-old buildings with a 200,000-square-foot complex. NORTH

Volunteers update school playground

POLAND — With a new frame installed earlier this week, the three-year-old mental picture of an



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