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WRITER: Beth Shiller

Where to go? What to do?

AAA will not issue its Memorial Day travel forecast, as the accuracy of the economic data used to create the forecast has been undermined by COVID-19. “In 2019, there were 490,477 passenger vehicles and 85,746 commercial vehicles that traveled on the turnpike over the four-day Memorial Day weekend (May 24 to May 27). Last week, the number of passenger cars traveling the Ohio Turnpike was down 48.3 percent ...

Authorities raid ex-firefighter’s Vienna home

VIENNA — Investigators on Wednesday raided the Vienna home of a former Liberty firefighter the same day he resigned from his job amid allegations involving illegal use of prescription drugs. A neighbor said he saw officers at the property when he arrived home from work in the late afternoon on Wednesday. He said he was advised to stay off the property of former Liberty firefighter Josh Cleland, but said ...

Kindergartners surprise teacher

GIRARD — Therese Meechan’s Prospect Elementary kindergarten class has really missed her the last few months and decided to show their appreciation by surprising her at her home on Wednesday afternoon. “I miss her a lot,” said Maddox Collins, one of Meechan’s students. Maddox’s class, like most other students, haven’t seen their teacher in person since March, and they wanted to do something to ...

On the record - Liberty

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Monday PRESENT: Calvin Jones, Christopher Brookbank, Scott Davis, Diana DeVito and David Malone The board: • Granted one-year limited contracts to 40 licensed teaching personnel effective July 1 through June 30, 2021; • Accepted the resignations of Julie Reese, school nurse; Donald Cheffo, high school principal; and Angeline Sturgeon, teacher; • Granted two-year ...

Fire board clarifies room statement

HUBBARD — At the board meeting of the Eagle Joint Fire District Wednesday night, it was brought to the fire board’s attention that a statement made at the trustee meeting on Monday needed some clarification. Trustee Rick Hernandez, who also serves on the fire board, made a comment about the fire department spending $87,000 on an “elaborate workout center.” “I thought it was very misleading,” said ...

On the record - Hubbard Township

WHAT: Township trustees meeting Monday night PRESENT: Tom Jacobs, Rick Hernandez and Fred Hanley Trustees: • Reconciled a grievance with the police department to allow interim Chief Greg Tarr to look into hiring three part-time police officers. He has began to conduct interviews for these officers; • Waived the no-overtime resolution to allow Tarr to call an officer on overtime if needed in special ...

Mother of Modern Medicine still inspires nurses

YOUNGSTOWN — Today marks the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale, also known as the Mother of Modern Medicine. “Not only was she the founder of modern-day nursing, but she was a pioneer and a heroine especially in the area of infectious disease,” Nancy Wagner, chairwoman of the Youngstown State University nursing department, said. “And as this pandemic continues, Florence would be proud of our ...

New nurses ready to serve

YOUNGSTOWN — Instead of applause in the Chestnut Room, car horns could be heard congratulating Youngstown State University nursing graduates as they received their nursing medallions in a drive-thru ceremony Thursday evening at Stambaugh Stadium. “It’s a takeoff from the nursing pinning ceremony that celebrates going from student to a professional,” Nancy Wagner, nursing department chair, said. “This ...

Beefy meat supply: Producers expect no shortages in Valley

Mahoning Valley residents buying meat at grocery stores may notice signs limiting the amount of products they can buy. These limits — along with empty shelves — give the impression of a problem with the meat supply. But some local meat packagers and retailers say they are not worried about a shortage as the livestock farms they buy from show no signs of slowing down. The signs in some stores are ...

Girard RoboCat coach is top dog in the region

LIBERTY — A Girard High School robotics coach was honored Saturday evening with a drive-by surprise to celebrate an award he received at the FIRST Robotics Buckeye Regional Competition. “This is a very prestigious award,” said Judy Barber O’Brien, who won this award in 2017 and organized the car parade. “Usually there’s a live awards ceremony in front of 8,000 people. It’s an emotional time. ...