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WRITER: Raymond L. Smith

Family, city say goodbye to Warren firefighter

WARREN — Warren Fire Lt. Don Beauchene was a servant. He was a humble man who gratefully served his wife, family, city and, really, anyone needing a helping hand. Beauchene, 54, a born-again Christian, found that serving others made his life more fulfilling and taught a greater love. The funeral for the firefighter, who died of COVID-19 on Nov. 17, was held Tuesday morning at North-Mar Church, 3855 E. ...

Youngstown district projects deficit

YOUNGSTOWN — The city schools are expected to have a $7.2 million deficit at the end of 2025, based on current projections in the district’s five-year forecast provided to the Youngstown Board of Education on Tuesday. Expenses may be affected by a new contract being negotiated between Youngstown City School District CEO Justin Jennings and the 400-member teachers union. The district has not had a new ...

Tax plan targets remote workers

City leaders in the Mahoning Valley are fighting against proposed legislation in the Ohio Senate that would eliminate their ability to collect income taxes from people working remotely, outside of the communities where their jobs are located. Warren Mayor Doug Franklin recently asked city council to approve a resolution opposing the legislation, Senate Bill 352 sponsored by Sen. Kristina Roegner, R-Akron, ...

New plan allows for students to qualify for school vouchers

A new plan for school vouchers that passed the Ohio House and Senate last week is expected to be signed by Gov. DeWine before year’s end. Under the proposal, the Valley’s two largest school districts will continue to lose students to parochial and private schools — as they have in the past. That’s because school buildings within the Warren and Youngstown districts will continue to be identified as ...

A season most foul

Youngstown State University will not have a traditional weeklong spring break in March because officials are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in the community. The announcement Friday by the university came at the same time that Mahoning Valley school districts are identifying increased numbers of students and staff who have been exposed in some way to COVID-19, and are shutting down some in-person ...

Valley students still qualify for school vouchers

A new plan for school vouchers that passed the Ohio House and Senate last week is expected to be signed by Gov. DeWine before year's end. Under the proposal, the Valley's two largest school districts will continue to lose students to parochial and private schools -- as they have in the past. That's because school buildings within the Warren and Youngstown districts will continue to be identified as ...

YSU students grow legacy

YOUNGSTOWN — More than 20 Youngstown State University students from across Trumbull and Mahoning counties were getting their hands dirty on Thursday as they dug in an uneven field while planting 600 trees. They were busy on nearly an acre at the corner of North Hine and Oak streets, east of the YSU campus. Their project is part of the YSU Legacy Forest Program that will have a tree planted for every ...

Warren to keep 3 stations open after firefighter’s death

WARREN — The city is not making major changes to policies at the fire department in response to the unexpected death of Lt. Don Beauchene on Tuesday. Beauchene, 54, was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week and died Tuesday. Warren Safety Service Director Eddie Colbert said all three fire stations are expected to remain open. The department has been segregating its firefighters since April. Firefighters now ...

YSU police investigate armed robbery

YOUNGSTOWN — No arrests have been made in robbery and carjacking of a Youngstown State University Cafaro House resident who was approached by two males at about 11:58 p.m. Saturday. The student was getting out of his 2008 Saturn when the two men approached, with one holding a gun. They demanded the student’s car keys and personal items. The student gave the robbers his car keys and his cell phone, ...

Opponents of state school takeovers plan letter flood

YOUNGSTOWN — More than 160 critics of the state takeover of the East Cleveland, Lorain and Youngstown schools repeated their opposition to House Bill 70, which allowed academic distress commissions to take control of local school districts. During a Zoom meeting Monday, the Rev. Kenneth Simon and state Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-Youngstown, asked residents to work together to inundate the leaders of the ...