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WRITER: Ashley Fox

Farmers donate meat to food bank

YOUNGSTOWN — Area families will be receiving protein as soon as next week when they pick up their food from Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley. On Thursday morning, volunteers for the food bank and the Ohio National Guard unloaded 2,500 pounds of meat donated by the Mahoning County Farm Bureau. Mike Iberis, executive director of Second Harvest, said the donation “shows how the people of ...

Gas line leak shuts Market Street

BOARDMAN — Traffic was closed in both directions Tuesday as utility crews worked to repair a gas-main line leak. Boardman Township fire Capt. Bill Glaser said Ohio Edison crews were drilling for installation of a utility pole when a natural gas line was damaged just before 9 a.m. About 12 businesses in the immediate area were evacuated so crews from both FirstEnergy and Dominion Energy Ohio could isolate ...

Canfield man celebrates 90 years

CANFIELD — Barney Davidson greeted each and every person who waved, respectfully laid a present and tooted their car horn on Tuesday as they helped him celebrate a milestone. Davidson turned 90 after a lifetime of community service. “To have so many friends and people ... It’s just wonderful,” he said. “It shows that I’ve lived a good life.” That good life began at 2121 Belmont Ave. in ...

Libraries start to slowly open to the public

YOUNGSTOWN — The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is slowly reopening its services after acting quickly in March to shut them down in the face of what was then a largely unknown virus. Services are coming back in what officials say is a series of moves to best serve the county during the COVID-19 pandemic. Janet Loew, communications / public relations director for the library system, ...

Community celebrates the end of slavery

WARREN — Although a week later, Niles resident Katrina Harris celebrated Juneteenth in Warren on Saturday. Purchasing a tray to burn sage and incense from Kim Whitaker of Warren, Harris said that the week before, she and her family had observed Juneteenth — the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Having a cookout, Harris said the family “celebrated ...

State House bill provides fee relief for Canfield Fair

CANFIELD — An added provision to a state House bill could mean the Canfield Fair would not have to pay its portion of fees — as much as $17,000 annually — to the ABC Stormwater District. House Bill 665, which addresses agricultural societies, their funding and other issues, plus amusement-ride safety, came from the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. But it has “evolved” to include ...

Coronavirus cases spike across state

Columbiana reported another spike in COVID-19 cases Thursday, mostly at the federal prison in Elkton. As of Thursday, there were 1,048 cases, with 628 of those reported as inmates and 84 in long-term care facilities. On Wednesday, Columbiana reported 984 cases in the county, meaning there was an increase of 64 cases. Trumbull County’s case count increased by 20, from 762 on Wednesday to 782 on Thursday, ...

Struthers council leader resigns for new position

STRUTHERS — Struthers City Council will be conducting a search for a new leader in the near future as it announced the resignation of President Joseph Rudzik at Wednesday’s council meeting. Rudzik was appointed by Mayor Catherine Cercone Miller as the city’s new code enforcement director. “He’s perfect for the job,” she said after the meeting, adding that Rudzik knows city ordinances and is good ...

Coach, trustee bridging gap

YOUNGSTOWN — Before they began their practice Tuesday, Chaney High School football players took a knee to hear a speaker from the suburbs. Working to “bridge the gap” between urban and suburban cultures, Poland Township Trustee Eric Ungaro briefly talked with the youths, telling them a little history about himself, which is rich in Youngstown city culture. “Bottom line is, we see character, we see ...

Canfield plans online academy for students

CANFIELD — The Canfield Local School District is looking to offer a nontraditional way for students to stay updated on their studies next school year. During a recent board of education meeting, board members and Superintendent Joseph Knoll discussed creating a digital academy. Knoll said the decision to look into an online academy stems from the COVID-19 pandemic. “This is in response to our ...