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WRITER: Renee Fox

Mahoning starts to assemble 2020 budget

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County department heads are seeking about $1.9 million more in funding from both the general fund and the justice fund than what’s said to be available. The general fund for 2020 is certified by the budget commission at $37.07 million and the justice fund is certified at $29.85 million, according to documents provided by Audrey Tillis, head of the county’s Office of Management and ...

Rainbow of services available to LGBTQ youth in the region

STRUTHERS — While young LGBTQ people can read about coming out online and find comfort, confidence and knowledge in stories that demonstrate they aren’t alone, transitioning from self-identification and reflection to conversations “in real life” with the people in their day-to-day lives can be as daunting as it ever was. However, a center that opened in May in Struthers is striving to provide support to ...

Board of DD making changes

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities has a budget of $1.6 million to renovate a portion of the Leonard Kirtz School. The Woodridge Drive school for kids with developmental disabilities serves 70 to 80 students from 14 school districts. But the 70,000-square-foot facility was built to hold many more students, Bill Whitacre, superintendent of the Mahoning County Board of ...

New Middletown police chief resigns

NEW MIDDLETOWN — Village police Chief Vincent D’Egidio resigned Tuesday amid an investigation by the Mahoning County Sheriff’s office. “I was notified this afternoon (the chief) resigned effective immediately,” said Robert Carson, a village city council member. D’Egidio’s resignation comes shortly after village Mayor Harry Kale placed him on paid administrative leave Sunday following the ...

Mahoning County library levy renewed

YOUNGSTOWN — Voters in Mahoning County have renewed the library system’s operating levy. With all 209 precincts reporting, 66 percent of voters approved the 2.4-mill renewal levy for the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, according to unofficial election night results from the Mahoning County Board of Elections. The five-year levy does not request any new millage and provides more than ...

Liberty left boiling over Girard’s water rates

LIBERTY — Should one neighborhood pay more than double the water rate its neighbors pay? More than 162 residents of Liberty Township who signed a petition, state Sen. Sean O’Brien and the head of the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber don’t think so. While Trumbull County water customers pay $8.22 per thousand gallons used, about 1,500 people in Liberty who buy their water from Girard have to pay ...

Eastgate secures partial funding for removal of 3 dams on Mahoning river

YOUNGSTOWN — If a flow study of the Mahoning River indicates businesses or residents who rely on it will be negatively impacted by the removal of dams, steps will be taken to mitigate those consequences first. James Kinnick, executive director of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, the agency leading the removal effort, made the pledge Monday. The assistant director of the Ohio Department of ...

State approves $2 million for WRTA services

YOUNGSTOWN — The Western Reserve Transit Authority is using some of the $2 million awarded to it by the Ohio Department of Transportation to provide free transportation for certain populations, in a health care initiative. Pregnant women, new moms and people who need a ride to a job or to a substance-use treatment facility will be able to use WRTA’s services by getting a voucher for transit services ...

Newcomer fights for office

BOARDMAN — The township has a choice between retaining its fiscal officer of the last 24 years or selecting a newcomer. Though David Moliterno, 29, and William Leicht, 74, seem to have similar goals, their levels of experience vary. Both say they want transparent budgets and to manage township finances well enough to avoid asking for any new tax dollars. Moliterno, who owns an insurance and financial ...

19 year-old candidate challenges incumbents

BOARDMAN — A 2018 graduate of Boardman HIgh School wants to use his recent experiences as a student in Boardman schools to bring a younger voice to the board of education. But the two men he is running against say while Matthew Ellis’ venture into public office at a young age is a respectable endeavor, the district needs people with more experience. Voters Nov. 5 will have the chance to select two of ...