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WRITER: Lily Nickel

Pop or fizzle? New fireworks law sparks talks on local restrictions

As the state approaches its first summer with legalized consumer-grade fireworks, communities are grappling with a decision to let sparks fly or to enforce home rule and let the new law fizzle out before it begins. House Bill 172 was approved in November and come July 1, the discharge of consumer-grade fireworks by Ohioans on private property will be legal on New Year’s Eve and Day; Chinese New Year; ...

School serves seniors dinner

AUSTINTOWN — School leaders handed out more than 300 hot dinners to local senior citizens during its bi-annual senior dinner on Wednesday. The spring senior citizen drive-thru dinner had cars lined all the way down North Raccoon Road, and the dedicated crew, including Superintendent David Cappuzzello and food service director Alexis Weber, braved the unseasonably cold weather to personally deliver the ...

Nearly 1,000 gallons of paint mess up Meridian Road

AUSTINTOWN — Several agencies spent Tuesday morning and afternoon cleaning up a mess after nearly 1,000 gallons of yellow and white paint fell off a truck. Austintown fire Chief Andy Frost said his crew, along with the Mahoning County Emergency Management Association, HAZMAT Association and Environmental Services spent seven hours cleaning up a section of North Meridian Road. Frost said his ...

Jewish leaders deliver aid

YOUNGSTOWN — The parallels of Jewish leaders Lisa Long and Nancy Burnett working to help Ukrainian refugees to safety on the same hallowed ground that saw the mass genocide of the Jewish people in the Holocaust did not escape them — in fact, it was a reminder of why they volunteered to enter an active war zone. “This is where over 300,000 Jews were gathered and taken directly to the gas chambers. This ...

Cupp: New set of maps is in works

HOWLAND — With less than a month to come up with a fifth set of legislative district maps, House Speaker and Ohio Redistricting Commission co-chair Bob Cupp has given up on speculating whether an agreement will be reached. But he assures voters that the commission is doing its best with the hand it has been dealt. A three-member federal judicial panel in the Southern District of Ohio ruled last week that ...

Ex-doctor placed on house arrest

CANFIELD — Former neurosurgeon Dr. Ali Kooshkabadi was released from jail and ordered to electronically-monitored house arrest following his arraignment in Mahoning County Area Court. Kooshkabadi, 39, of Canfield, appeared virtually Friday from the Mahoning County jail before Judge Joseph Houser in Canfield Area Court. He was arrested Wednesday and is charged with having weapons under disability, a ...

Additions bring fire crews back to full staffing in Boardman

BOARDMAN — Five firefighters were sworn in to the Boardman Fire Department, finally filling out the roster after years of staffing issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fire Chief Mark Pitzer welcomed the handful of new recruits during the regular board of trustees meeting Wednesday. Pitzer said the new additions will bring the department back up to full staff. “The past few years have been very ...

Poland set for fireworks

POLAND — Residents have been given the OK to set off consumer-grade fireworks in the village just in time for the summer months — but with a few caveats. In a unanimous vote this week, council voted to waive the normally required three readings of an ordinance and declared an emergency. Council then approved a motion addressing the provisions of amended substitute House Bill 172. The bill, without any ...

Valley fire departments to the rescue of Ukraine

The brotherhood of firefighters knows no borders, and several local fire departments are proving just how strong that universal bond is by donating gear to aid war efforts in Ukraine. “When we say it’s a brotherhood, we mean it,” Lowellville fire Chief Al Boggia said. Lowellville, Austintown, Howland and Struthers fire departments all answered the call when Mission of Love’s director and ...

Poland purges closets to help

POLAND — A group of high school students managed to collect well over 200 bags of donated clothing in less than two weeks. The Poland Seminary Junior Senior High School Leadership Club hosted its first clothing drive for the Salvation Army, but based on its obvious success, the group’s leaders believe it will become an annual event. “This is the first time the Leadership Club has done something like ...