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Guard heads off on new mission

The 838th Military Police Company, based in Austintown, leaves for Fort Dix, N.J., on Monday. By

MAHONING VALLEY Tornado season stirs up fears

About eight tornadoes touched down in Ohio last year. By PAUL WHEATLEY VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

CAMPBELL Officers, suspect struggle for gun

Officers had bite wounds, were doused with pepper spray and received other injuries during the

J. ROY BAREFOOT JR, 83 Valley businessman was officer at Wean

The former businessman also gave his time for community-related activities. By PAUL WHEATLEY

YOUNGSTOWN Revitalizing river corridor

The master plan will provide a guide for future development, says a corridor committee member. By

No barriers to learning

By PAUL WHEATLEY VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER A spanking new $11 million elementary school sits less

WINTER OLYMPICS Artist with Valley roots branches out

The Olympics stage designer also helped to create an entire Star Trek Enterprise replica in Las

WARREN LTV PLANT Shutdown ends long uncertainty

Bitterness remains for coke plant workers, who have lost their jobs. By PAUL WHEATLEY VINDICATOR

LOWELLVILLE Jeans days wear well in school, put money in pockets of causes

School donations have helped three Lowellville seniors diagnosed with cancer. By PAUL WHEATLEY

STRUTHERS Work proceeds to repair complex

More inspections are scheduled for February. By PAUL WHEATLEY VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

LOWELLVILLE Teachers pact provides raises, alters insurance

The new contract includes changes in health insurance. By PAUL WHEATLEY VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

CAMPBELL Council members fill vacant ward seat

The former board member was among eight applicants for the vacant council seat. By PAUL WHEATLEY

LOWELLVILLE Teachers approve of a 3-year contract

The union accepted a contract proposal after 18 hours of negotiations last weekend. By PAUL

STRUTHERS Nearly 10 years without a killing

The city has a low rate of violent crime in general, the police chief says. By PAUL WHEATLEY

Makeover lasts New York minute

A Coitsville woman filled in on a 'Sally Jessy Raphael Show' that originally halted recording on

YOUNGSTOWN Leaders emerging in YSU program

The Emerging Leader Program is offered free to YSU students. By PAUL WHEATLEY VINDICATOR STAFF

STRUTHERS Plan sets deadline to repair complex

By PAUL WHEATLEY VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER STRUTHERS -- Steel worker Scott Nevel sees the Spring

LOWELLVILLE SCHOOLS Board, union to push bargaining date up to work on pact

Board members said arbitration is not an option concerning contract negotiations. By PAUL WHEATLEY

STRUTHERS Council votes raises for itself, treasurer

One councilman said the raises would not affect the city's $6.5 million budget. By PAUL WHEATLEY

CAMPBELL Criticism of probe angers city police

Police say a couple of leads are still being pursued. By PAUL WHEATLEY VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

CAMPBELL School board chooses a new member

The new member is scheduled to be sworn in Dec. 18. By PAUL WHEATLEY VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

Residents preparing to protest school

A Cleveland-based task force says a school that trains assassins is funded by U.S. tax dollars. By

COLUMBUS, GA. 2 from Valley join protest against school

A Cleveland-based task force says a school that trains assassins is funded by U.S. taxes. By PAUL

CAMPBELL School board member resigns

The board will have four new members by January. By PAUL WHEATLEY VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

Valley sits in danger zone between 2 nuclear plants

Facilities in Mahoning and Trumbull counties would be used for shelter if an evacuation of the

BOARDMAN Red Cross member recalls China trip amid terror attacks

The Sept. 11 attacks on the United States even affected air travel in China. By PAUL WHEATLEY

LOWELLVILLE Teacher strike looms if district talks fail

The district ranks last in average teacher salary among 14 Mahoning County school districts. By

MAHONING VALLEY Lack of donations causes food banks to face shortages

Monetary donations are best way to offer help, an official said. By PAUL WHEATLEY VINDICATOR

STRUTHERS Councilman defends questions

The victim originally listed a councilman as a suspect. By PAUL WHEATLEY VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

STRUTHERS Mayor to probe handling of case

The mayor said officers will be reprimanded if they failed to perform their duties in a criminal

STRUTHERS Candidate: I made mistake

By PAUL WHEATLEY VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER STRUTHERS -- Anthony M. Gentile Sr., a Struthers school

Only 2 council races have competition; rest unopposed

By PAUL WHEATLEY VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER CAMPBELL -- Most of the offices here will be filled

5 challenge 2 incumbents for seats on school board

The school district met only 14 of the state's 27 proficiency standards last year. By PAUL


All but two candidates have relatives within the district or running for election. By PAUL

Work in D.C. delayed by scare

An Austintown man tested negative for anthrax but is on antibiotics as a precaution. By PAUL

CAMPBELL Court action continues over fire post

The city believes all three applicants should be allowed to test for the chief position. By PAUL

BERLIN Lack of rainfall makes lake unusually low

Officials say the Mahoning River would dry up this time of year without water from Berlin Lake. By

Heading to school? Then know the code

School officials blame pop singers such as Britney Spears for risqu & eacute; clothes. By PAUL

LOWELLVILLE Charges against mayor probed

The officer asked council to bring charges against the mayor to the state attorney general's office.

CAMPBELL Council candidate says he met the rules

A candidate for council president said he's lived in Campbell since January 1997. By PAUL WHEATLEY

They sure do grow them big

The top 10 pumpkins here weighed an average of 905 pounds. By PAUL WHEATLEY VINDICATOR STAFF

STRUTHERS Mayor vetoes accord with natural gas group

The mayor's veto can be overturned by five votes from city council. By PAUL WHEATLEY VINDICATOR

CAMPBELL Fire chief must retest to maintain his job

A court of appeals ruling states the chief was unfairly appointed. By PAUL WHEATLEY VINDICATOR

MAHONING VALLEY Funeral directors aid at crash sites

About 25 directors make up the Ohio Funeral Directors Mortuary Response Team. By PAUL WHEATLEY

THE PENTAGON Staff sergeant has grim duties

The Boardman native is among those who met President Bush when he visited the Pentagon crash site.

YOUNGSTOWN Ursuline graduate dies in crash at Pentagon

By PAUL WHEATLEY VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown native Terry Lynch, 49, a 1970

YOUNGSTOWN Police: 2 kids lived in filth

The children's mother is a registered nurse at the emergency room of St. Elizabeth Health Center,

Transfer timing remains a secret

Officials aren't saying when the radioactive waste shipment will occur, but it hasn't happened yet.

YOUNGSTOWN Sewage backup angers residents

Most city sewers carry domestic waste, but are designed to take on storm water during heavy rains.

YOUNGSTOWN Honk, if you like the mess

They can shake tree branches with their beaks to get apples. One even walked from door to door to



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