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WRITER: Bob Coupland

Hubbard board extends school mask mandate

HUBBARD — After having put in place a mask mandate last month for students and staff, the Hubbard Board of Education on Tuesday voted 3-1 to extend that rule until further notice. Board members Rocky Adams, William Cummings and Don Newell voted for the extension while Amanda O’Neill wanted to have masks optional — parents’ choice. Board member Tony Patone was absent. Adams said the board will wait ...

LaRose lauds farm bureaus at meeting

CORTLAND — Saying the state and farm bureaus are able to work together to get things done when put to a task, Secretary of State Frank LaRose praised the work of area farmers and agricultural groups. LaRose on Monday met with 10 farm bureau and agricultural officials from Ashtabula and Trumbull counties at a roundtable held at the Trumbull Agriculture and Education Center. The event was hosted by the local ...

Two seek to fill Hubbard 1st Ward seat

HUBBARD — A longtime incumbent is being challenged for the 1st Ward Hubbard City Council seat. Bonnie Viele, 70, a Democrat, who has served on council for nine terms, since 2000, is seeking re-election. Brandon Pierson, 34, an independent candidate, is making a second attempt at gaining a post on council, having previously run for council-at-Large. Viele said she is appreciates the support of ward residents ...

Longtime pastor of Hubbard parish dies at 81

HUBBARD — Longtime pastor the Rev. Tim O’Neill, who served many years as pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Hubbard, has died at age 81. St Patrick Parish announced O’Neill’s death this weekend on its website. He served as pastor of St. Patrick for more than 20 years, beginning in 1992 until stepping down because of declining health in 2015. “We rejoice in the confident knowledge that he is ...

Newton Falls officer eyes Trumbull County sheriff post

CORTLAND — Newton Falls police officer John Barco plans to seek the Trumbull County sheriff position in November 2024, announcing his intention Wednesday at the Top Notch Diner. “I want people to get to know me and my face and will I attend different functions throughout the county,” said Barco when he made the announcement at a gathering of more than 75 people. While the sheriff position is ...

Girard council propels raises

GIRARD — While Girard City Council advanced pay raises for council and council president in a second reading Tuesday, Mayor James Melfi reiterated his intent to veto the hikes. Council and city administrators did agree to have a finance meeting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25, before the next regular council meeting, to discuss pay raises and other money matters. Melfi has said he will veto any pay raises for ...

Girard mayor ready to veto council raises

GIRARD — Mayor James Melfi says he plans to veto the legislation if city council moves forward with pay raises for council members, the council president and treasurer. Before such raises happen, the mayor said the city first must address the pay of the other full-time and part-time workers in the city. “I will veto any raise or raises. There are other positions that need to be addressed first,” he ...

Breast cancer survivors raise funds, hope

BOARDMAN — Breast cancer survivors gathered Sunday to provide hope and support to each other as part of the annual Apple Breast Cancer Foundation celebration, which included pink icing cupcakes, dog Halloween costume and a cornhole tournament. Pink balloons and decorations covered a section of Boardman Park, where the event was held. Many in attendance wore pink clothing and some sported pink hair. Michelle ...

On the record: McDonald

WHAT: Village council meeting Thursday PRESENT: Brian Fisher, Sean Schmidt, Cliff DeZee, Kyle Joynes and Mayor Glenn Puckett ABSENT: Richard Harvey and Ray Lewis Council: • Approved Foust Construction at $196,344 for paving of various village parking lots, including behind the municipal building at Pennsylvania Avenue and Fifth Street. The infrastructure upgrade project also will include repaving of ...

Girard auditorium project reviewed

GIRARD — After being postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the planned performing arts center at the Girard Junior and Senior High School off Shannon Road is being looked at again. While groundbreaking originally was to have been this spring, school board President Mark Zuppo said plans are being made for groundbreaking in spring 2022. Superintendent Bryan O’Hara said a meeting was held in September and ...