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WRITER: Bob Coupland

Fire damage to landmark Hubbard church tops $1M

HUBBARD — The Rev. Michael Swierz, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Hubbard, said it was hard seeing the grieving faces of parish members Monday evening as they watched a fire cause more than $1 million in damage to the church. The parish off North Main Street caught fire in the basement around 5:45 p.m. Monday as fire crews from several communities spent about five hours at the scene. Hubbard Eagle ...

Crews battle church blaze

HUBBARD — Crews from several fire departments were called Monday evening to control a fire at St. Patrick Parish on North Main Street. Mayor Ben Kyle, a member of the parish, said he went to the scene where other people were watching from the sidewalks as fire crews went into the back of the building. Smoke was seen coming from the building. A 911 report indicates the Hubbard Eagle Joint Fire District ...

Ryan calls for probe of Capitol tours

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Howland, said he has heard reports from members of Congress that some members may have provided tours of the Capitol Building to people who a day or so later returned as part of the Jan. 6 protests and storming of the building. Ryan, chairman of the House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee, spoke Wednesday during a virtual press conference and provided the latest updates ...

Ceremony installs Bonnar as bishop of Diocese of Youngstown

CLICK HERE to see a slideshow of the ordination ceremony. YOUNGSTOWN — Saying it was “the biggest moment in his life, ” the Most Rev. David Bonnar is ready to begin serving as the new bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown following his installation and ordination Tuesday at St. Columba Cathedral. After the two-hour ceremony and ritual, Bonnar met with family, friends and guests in attendance, which was ...

Friends, family celebrate bishop

YOUNGSTOWN — Many who knew the Most Rev. David Bonnar for his years of dedicated service with the Diocese of Pittsburgh joined him Tuesday to celebrate his ordination as sixth bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown. While some people gathered outside St. Columba Cathedral to welcome Bonnar as their new bishop, others by invitation were seated inside to watch the man many have known for years begin a new chapter ...

Mass to install bishop today

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mass of Ordination and Installation for the Rev. David J. Bonnar as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown will take place 2 p.m. today at St. Columba Cathedral. On Nov. 17, Pope Francis appointed Bonnar of the Diocese of Pittsburgh as the sixth bishop of Youngstown. Bonnar is replacing Bishop George Murry, who died in June after battling leukemia. Bonnar, 58, was born in ...

Austintown church adds prayer wall

AUSTINTOWN — The West Austintown First United Methodist Church has a new addition with the construction late last year of a prayer wall featured in the front of the sanctuary. The Rev. Jeff Harrison, church pastor, said that early last year he and other ministers with the Methodist Church Eastern Ohio conference looked at a place area pastors could go to further their learning, with the majority wanting to ...

DeWine announces new distribution steps

Starting Jan. 19, COVID-19 vaccines will be available to the general population, starting with those ages 80 and older. Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday announced plans for distribution of the vaccines in the coming weeks, which are for “the most vulnerable and most at-risk” to be given the vaccine. In addition to elderly Ohioans, schools employees also will begin getting the vaccine. DeWine said on Jan. ...

JCC opens outdoor ice rink

YOUNGSTOWN — A synthetic ice rink and curling lane are among the attractions featured at the Jewish Community Center’s new outdoor winter campus, opened Monday. Many children and some adults took to the ice following a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Laura Weymer, director of health and wellness at the Jewish Community Center, said plans for the project started two years ago. “One of the employees had the idea ...

Hundreds remember mother, son killed in house fire

WARREN — More than 200 people holding candles gathered along Fairway Court NE Sunday evening to show their love and support to the Gray family, who suffered the loss of Cassie Gray and her 5-year-old son, Otto, in a New Year’s Day house fire. The northeast Warren neighborhood had luminaries lining several streets that led to Fairway Court where residents, friends and relatives of the family gathered in ...