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WRITER: Bob Coupland

Pit bulls under scrutiny in Girard

GIRARD — After recent incidents involving pit bulls, including one killing another dog, city officials are cracking down on vicious canines — following guidelines from an ordinance originally approved in 1987. Mayor James Melfi told city council this week that a pit bull has been running loose in the city, mainly in the Tod Avenue area and near Tod Park, and residents are complaining about the dog being ...

Girard officials discuss feasibility study for fire district

GIRARD — Girard city officials will reach out to Liberty and Weathersfield townships about splitting the cost of a feasibility study on forming a joint fire district. Girard fire Chief Ken Bornemiss told city officials Monday he met in March with Liberty fire Chief Gus Birch and Weathersfield fire Chief Tom Lambert about the idea of possibly forming a joint district to improve services. Bornemiss said when ...

Striving for historical acclaim

MINERAL RIDGE — Efforts are underway by the Mineral Ridge Historical Society to get the 1830s Moss Ancestral Home placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Members of the society and Mary Lou Godleski, owner and curator of the Moss Home, kicked off the 2021 museum season with an open house Sunday. The open houses will continue 1 to 4 p.m. the second Sunday of each month through November at the ...

Hubbard adds part-time staff to fire shifts

HUBBARD — The Hubbard Eagle Joint Fire District has added part-time firefighters to its staff. The new additions will cover day shifts in the department for the first time. Mayor Ben Kyle told city council Monday the fire district had previously been 100 percent volunteer, making it challenging to get coverage for day shifts when most people are working other jobs. He said as of Monday, part-time staff is at ...

Niles museum to host history of Civil War event

NILES — April 10, 1865, is the day after the surrender to end the Civil War, which lasted from April 1861 to April 1865. To mark that important historical date, the McKinley Memorial Museum in downtown Niles will showcase the Civil War from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday as part of a program, “A Living History of the Civil War.” Ami LeMaster, director of the museum, said the museum will have displays and ...

Hubbard church hosts resource fair for special-needs kids

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP — Wanting to help provide local residents with places they can get answers to questions for their children who may have special needs, a community resource fair took place recently at the Corner House Christian Church. Hubbard Township police officer Justin Meade said the event brought together different nonprofit organizations and agencies that set up display tables. Meade, whose son ...

FEMA offers reimbursement for COVID-19 funeral costs

A new Federal Emergency Management Agency program will provide reimbursement for funeral costs of up to $9,000 for families whose loved one died from COVID-19. Tom Rossi of Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles, and a past president of the Tri-County Funeral Directors Association that covers Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties, said he and other funeral directors received word last week that FEMA ...

Canfield church marks 200 years

By B CANFIELD — The Canfield United Methodist Church, located at the city Center Green, is one of the community’s historic buildings. The church was established in 1820 and while plans were to mark 200 years last year, the event had to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The church will mark the 200-year milestone 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The service will be held in person at the church and ...

On the record - Youngstown

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Tuesday PRESENT: Ronald Shadd, Tina Cvetkovich, Jacqueline Adair, Brenda Kimble, Tiffany Patterson, Juanita Walker and Jerome Williams The board: • Passed a resolution recognizing Kimble for her work with the school district and her future work and endeavors at the state level with the Ohio School Board Association and the Black Caucus for the next three years; • Heard ...

Youngstown school board holds forum with district parents

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Board of Education by a 7-0 vote approved Tuesday a resolution of concern asking that district CEO Justin Jennings collaborate and communicate more with the board. The board wants more sharing of information on matters of mutual interest and about operations of the district, including managerial and instructional efforts. Board President Ronald Shadd said the board is asking ...