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WRITER: Allie Vugrincic

Woman, 44, accused of vandalism turns self in

WARREN — A Youngstown woman accused of causing thousands of dollars of damage to the historic Trumbull County Courthouse turned herself in to authorities Monday at the Trumbull County Common Pleas Court after missing her court date last week. Joanna McCane, 44, of W. Ravenwood Avenue, appeared handcuffed and shackled in front of visiting Judge Gary L. Yost. A warrant had been issued for her arrest last week ...

Trumbull awards HVAC bid for courthouse

WARREN — Trumbull County commissioners on Wednesday approved using up to $339,000 of American Rescue Plan funds to upgrade the heating, ventilation and air conditioning at the county courthouse. They also discussed the still-vacant county human resources director position. Commissioners awarded a $339,000 contract to Comfort Systems USA, of Oakwood Village, to install a new chiller tower and cooling tower ...

Food bank going bust: As donations fall, need and costs rise

YOUNGSTOWN — Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, which distributes to 172 partner pantries in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties, is itself hungry for food. On Thursday, Second Harvest, which distributes about 50,000 pounds of food per day, had just over 459,000 pounds of food available for distribution — 10 days worth of food. “I’ve been here 22 years, and I’ve never ...

Dive in

HUBBARD — The 25-yard-by-25-meter L-shaped Hubbard Community Pool over the decades has been used for competitive swimming and training, aquatic fitness, swim classes, lifeguard training and good old-fashioned fun. Bonnie Harrison, one member of the five-member Hubbard Pool Board, said having a pool in the community is important for fitness, especially for seniors who stay healthier when they keep moving. ...

Rice throws name in ring for Trumbull judicial spot

WARREN — Eleventh District Court of Appeals Judge Cynthia Westcott Rice is looking to fill the seat of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Peter Kontos, who will retire at the end of the month before his term expires. Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine will appoint a successor — likely a Republican — to take Kontos’ place until the Nov. 8 election, when candidates selected by the county Republican ...

Teen stands behind his produce

AUSTINTOWN — For the second summer, Ethan Williams, 14, of Austintown, is working hard and making money with his produce stand, Ethan’s Farmers Market. Ethan started the enterprise because his grandparents had a farm stand. He realized he could make money selling produce, and he enjoys it, he said. Tuesday, Ethan was set up at a usual spot in the parking lot of Manor restaurant in Austintown, on the ...

Judges weigh in on flowers, art at Trumbull fair

BAZETTA — Tuesday, the first day of the Trumbull County Fair, was a busy day for everyone, but especially for six residents of Shepherd of the Valley Howland and Liberty who were special guest judges for three new contests. Volunteers from different organizations planted flowers in 27 mulch beds across the grounds in the “Bloom Where You are Planted” contest. In another flower bed contest, “4-H Bloom ...

Trumbull travel club goes the distance

There’s a lot to see out there, and the Trumbull County Travel Club is on its way to seeing as much of it as possible. In fact, the club has visited every single U.S. state, said its organizer, Peggy Boyd. Boyd, 74, of Howland, retired from teaching in 2000 and shortly after was asked to help at the Howland SCOPE Senior Center, where part of her job description was to promote travel for seniors. When ...

Frenchko files not guilty plea

WARREN — Attorney David Betras, defending Trumbull County Commiss-ioner Niki Frenchko against a charge of disturbing a lawful meeting, is calling the fourth-degree misdemeanor charge “ridiculous,” “outrageous,” “disgusting,” “alarming,” and “dangerous.” Frenchko did not physically appear for her arraignment in Warren Municipal Court in front of Judge Terry Ivanchak but filed a written ...

Party on — while keeping pets safe

HOWLAND — The Fourth of July holiday delivers bright lights, thundering noise and earth-shaking explosions, which are all a classic part of the festivities. For pets, though, it can be a scary holiday, which is why it’s important to make sure they’re safe and easily identified. Columbus-based Pet FBI, or “Found by Internet,” predicts that July 5 will once again be the busiest day of the year for ...