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WRITER: Beth Shiller

No decision yet on Liberty fire captain

LIBERTY — A report determining what, if any, disciplinary action is recommended for a Liberty fire captain already demoted following an investigation into an alleged fire station drug ring is expected in about 10 days. A 90-minute predisciplinary hearing for Liberty fire Capt. Cathy Macchione was held Monday morning at the township Administration Building. At issue is whether Macchione, formerly an ...

Artist, 8, gets surprise gift in Austintown

AUSTINTOWN — After Addyson Price’s art table was taken, she was surprised with a new one and some new art supplies by township Trustee Jim Davis and the Austintown Police Department. Addyson, 8, had been using a folding table to display her artwork for the past two summers, and when she was recently packing up for the day, she discovered that someone had taken her table when she was ...

Mahoning County logs sharp 1-day surge in COVID-19 deaths

Until Saturday, the number of reported COVID-19 deaths in the Mahoning Valley was at its lowest point since the pandemic began. However, the Valley reported 12 deaths on Saturday, 10 of which came from Mahoning County and one from both Trumbull and Columbiana counties. This is the most reported Valley deaths since May 10, which also reported 12 deaths. The number of reported COVID-19 deaths in Ohio ...

Ursuline grad authors hope

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. AUSTINTOWN — Local author Nancy Christie has always loved reading and making up stories but never expected to become a published writer. “I don’t know that I ever made a conscious decision that I was going to be a ...

Hubbard native moves from actor to attorney

HUBBARD — Renee E. Williams, 36, executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime in Arlington, Va., left Hubbard at 18 with hopes of becoming a movie star. “I wanted to be an actor. I went to Point Park for a theater degree. I thought I was going to be a mega-star. I love the stage, but I wanted to do movies,” said Williams, who graduated from Hubbard High School in 2002 and Point Park ...

Disciplinary hearing set for Liberty fire captain

LIBERTY — A predisciplinary hearing will take place Monday to determine whether Liberty Fire Capt. Cathy Macchione will be further demoted after accusations of her involvement with drug use and trading drugs within the fire department. Macchione was aware that other firefighters were trading prescription medication but didn’t report the activity, according to the internal investigation report, hearing ...

Memorial event for Justin Leo goes virtual

GIRARD — In memory of slain city police officer Justin Leo, members of the community are coming together — but separately — for a virtual run. “The Justin Leo Virtual Run Registration Challenge was created due to COVID-19 causing the cancellation of the annual Justin Leo Scholarship Golf Outing. This golf outing serves as the main fundraiser for scholarship funds,” states the event’s Facebook ...

Bus drivers take one last lap

HUBBARD — Hubbard students braved the rain to greet their bus drivers one last time before summer break officially starts. A dozen school bus drivers started up their buses to kick off summer as they drove their routes to honk and wave at students. “I’ve missed mine and I know they miss me,” said Sam “Mr. Sam” Neri, who drives bus No. 7. Neri has been a bus driver for Hubbard for about 20 years ...

Valley leaders: Let's work together to build interracial respect

Racial violence has the potential to happen anywhere, so divisive issues must be addressed proactively by taking the time to listen to and respect one another, some of the Valley’s black leaders said Friday. Violence and vandalism happened in Minneapolis and spread to other places in other states, including Columbus, after the death of George Floyd, 46. Floyd died in police custody after former ...

YSU plans to open in the fall

To read YSU reopening plan, click here YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University intends to fully reopen for the fall semester and will start to incrementally bring employees back to work in anticipation of students starting class Aug. 17. “After meeting the challenges of a spring semester interrupted by the coronavirus, we are now ready to move into a new phase of our pandemic response,” said President ...