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WRITER: Bob Coupland

Athletic project on track

McDONALD — With plans to have students running on a new eight-lane track next spring and football games played on the field next August, the first phase of the new athletic complex project is being completed this month. On Wednesday, turf was being laid by Sprinturf LLC of Charleston, South Carolina. Superintendent Kevin O’Connell said the next move is asphalt surfacing of the all-weather track. “It is ...

McDonald prepares for fiscal shortfalls

McDONALD — Wanting to make sure no services are affected by loss of tax revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic and the closing of General Motors, village officials have been looking at other areas where cuts can be made, including delaying road paving and capital improvement projects while being fiscally responsible. Council President Ray Lewis said at the September meeting the finance committee has been ...

Buddy walk goes on as drive-thru

NILES — They couldn’t walk around Eastwood Field like they usually do, but participants this year at the annual Buddy Walk hosted by the Down Syndrome Association of the Valley took a different approach to the event by riding around the parking lot in decorated vehicles. As cars, trucks and vans drove around the parking lot, those in the Down syndrome community waved to superheroes, cheerleaders, tennis ...

‘In America Nobody Should Freeze to Death’

HUBBARD — With the motto, “In America Nobody Should Freeze to Death,” the Youngstown Blue Coats make sure local people have warm coats, gloves and other items to stay warm for the winter months. Members of the group already have begun sorting donations as they prepare for what may be a busy season — not because of the weather alone but because of the loss of jobs for families due to the coronavirus ...

East Side Church of Christ has found a new location

WARREN — The East Side Church of Christ has found a new location at 1750 Niles Road, with congregation members slowly being able to move in after a delay because of the coronavirus pandemic. Minister Nick Kelson spoke at a recent service where he encouraged everyone to be healthy and safe and let God guide them through difficult times. Kelson said the church members began attending at the new location late ...

Liberty woman shares history of historic homes

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one of a series of Saturday profiles of area residents and their stories. To suggest a profile, contact features editor Burton Cole at bcole@tribtoday.com. LIBERTY — A Liberty woman who grew up on the North Side of Youngstown where there are many historic homes now spends time sharing unique information about those homes and others as part of several programs she has prepared for ...

Girard to seek fed EPA funds to clean up Ohio Leatherworks property

GIRARD — The city once again will seek $500,000 in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funding to help with the brownfield remediation at the former Ohio Leatherworks property off North State Street. City council has approved a resolution to apply for federal and state grants for the brownfield remediation and allocating matching funds through the EPA’s Build Grant Program. Mayor James Melfi said the ...

Girard talks trick or treat

GIRARD — Saying it’s the holiday he receives the most phone calls about, Girard Mayor James Melfi said he and other area mayors have been discussing what to do about Halloween trick or treat this year. Plans are still being worked out for trick or treating during this coronavirus pandemic. But Melfi told city council Monday that the local Mahoning Valley Mayor’s Association has discussed the topic and ...

DeWine praises Ohio State on testing

Gov. Mike DeWine in his news conference on Tuesday discussed students returning to college and school this week and last week — praising the work of The Ohio State University for its testing of students and staff to keep everyone safe. The governor said health officials are reporting a sharp rise in cases among the 18- to 22-year-old age group as colleges are back in session. He said the concern isn’t about ...

Hubbard cemetery rededicated for founding Hall family

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP — Trustees will cover the costs for two large recognition signs to be placed by the Corner House Christian Church cemetery, and a special rededication ceremony was held Sunday to honor the Jesse Hall family who organized and donated the land for it. The ceremony also honored all the work done by church members to restore the burial site. More than 25 people gathered for the ...