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WRITER: Bob Coupland

Ministry focuses on helping those facing challenges

YOUNGSTOWN — Behind Closed Doors Ministries, which was started four years ago, works to aid the well- being of people of the community by providing Biblical information, spiritual encouragement, food, clothing and school supplies. Minister Michelle Carter-Douglass, founder / pastor of Behind Closed Doors Ministries of Struthers, said she and others focus on helping people who are suffering from traumatic ...

Girard gives first reading on council pay raises

GIRARD — City council gave the first of three required readings Monday to grant pay raises for the council president and council members, effective with the start of new terms in 2024. Council had discussed the pay raises last year but decided to wait because the new raises would not go into effect for another two years. Officials have said council members and the council president are paid $7,900 ...

On the record: Liberty

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Monday PRESENT: Scott Davis, Diana DeVito, David Malone and Kara Morgan ABSENT: Shawn Chrystal The board: • Approved Michael Palmer, the junior high principal, as the high school principal at 260 days for the 2022-23 year; • Approved Jessica Kohler, special education teacher, as PK-2 principal for 260 days for 2022-23 year; • Approved increasing administrative ...

Friends, peers tribute former Hubbard mayor

HUBBARD — George P. Praznik, who served as a city councilman and mayor for the city of Hubbard, has died. He was 87. Praznik was born in Hubbard and grew up in his childhood home on Drummond Avenue. He was residing at Hamilton Trace Senior Living in Fishers, Ind., when he lost his battle with cancer May 12. Hubbard Mayor Ben Kyle said when his father, Tim Kyle, was chief of the local volunteer fire ...

Girard addresses street parking

GIRARD — City officials plan to look at what can be done with the problem of vehicles left parked on public streets for long periods or those left too close to busy intersections. Members of city council’s health and safety committee met Monday with city administrators to see if changes can be made to parking ordinances that do not limit the amount of time a vehicle can be left parked on a road. Fourth ...

Singing, comedy duo returns to Liberty center

LIBERTY — In 2019, Armand and Angelina performed their song and comedy routine at the Unity Spiritual Centre in Liberty, but the COVID-19 pandemic changed their touring schedule in 2020. Now in 2022, the duo once again is able to perform live again after “the great pause.” “The great pause has been unpaused,’’ Armand said. Armand, a Louisiana native who later moved to Florida, and Angelina, ...

Organization inspires youths to plan for future

CHAMPION — Inspiring youth to prepare for their futures is one of the goals of Inspiring Minds, which is celebrating 16 years of helping teens and children in Trumbull County and seven years in Mahoning County. Inspiring Minds held its 16th annual fundraising gala “A Caribbean Experience” Thursday at Kent State University at Trumbull with more than 500 people able to sample different foods from the ...

Hubbard EMS plan in place

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP — Several residents were appreciative of the Eagle Joint Fire District, which was able to get ambulance and emergency medical service in place to serve Hubbard and Hubbard Township starting in June. The board, working with acting Fire Chief George Brown, on Wednesday approved the necessary steps to get the ambulance transport service ready to kick off June 4. The board approved the ...

Hubbard OKs police contracts

HUBBARD — Hubbard city council has approved a new three-year agreement with the local Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 132, which represents five police sergeants. City council on Monday approved the agreement that includes a 5 percent pay increase for 2021, and 2 percent increases in 2022 and 2023. Police officials said the five sergeants’ pay varies from $27 to $28 per hour to $32 to $33 per hour. The ...

Hubbard weighs ideas for ambulance service

HUBBARD — Lane LifeTRANS no longer will service to Hubbard city and Hubbard Township after June 4, so the Eagle Joint Fire District is working on a plan to continue providing emergency medical service. Hubbard Council President Bill Williams, who also serves on the fire board, said at Monday city council’s meeting the fire district, township and city officials have been looking at options. Acting fire ...