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WRITER: Allie Vugrincic

Neighborhood decked in flags

AUSTINTOWN — The more than 100 houses and several condos of the Starwick Drive neighborhood are ready for the Fourth of July holiday, thanks to the efforts of a few “proud Americans” in the neighborhood who lined the streets with American flags. Patti and Steve Burbrink, granddaughter Layla Rycek, 11, and neighbors Jane Tallman and Bob Fowler spent several hours placing the flags around the neighborhood ...

Man, dog accused in attack on neighbor

AUSTINTOWN — A man is facing charges after reports indicate he and his loose dog attacked a neighbor. Robert G. Scott, 61, 4151 Westmont Drive, was arrested on charges of assault, aggravated menacing and aggravated trespassing. He was issued a summons accusing him of allowing his dog to run at large. Scott’s dog got loose and began acting aggressively to his neighbor, according to Gregory Pugh, who told ...

Austintown creates dedicated e-learning space

AUSTINTOWN — “Flexible” is the word to associate with the Austintown E-Learning Center, the school district’s new dedicated online learning space. The center is located in the old Lynn Kirk building at 4211 Evelyn Road. “The idea is we’re going to be really flexible,” said William Young, district curriculum director. “We want to meet the families where they are.” The five-classroom ...

Man arrested after damaging MVSD truck

AUSTINTOWN — Joseph Sanders, 60, 212 Navarre Ave., was arrested Thursday on several warrants after a June 16 incident in which he caused an estimated $3,500 of damage to a Mahoning Valley Sanitary District truck. Officers were sent to a house in the 200 block of Navarre Avenue after reports of a man with a pipe beating a white vehicle in a driveway, according to a police report. “Numerous items were ...

On the record | Austintown trustees

Austintown WHAT: Township trustees meeting Monday by teleconference PRESENT: Jim Davis and Ken Carano ABSENT: Steve Kent Trustees: Approved an $18,000 property lease agreement with the Mahoning County Solid Waste District. The Green Team leases space from the township at Austintown Township Park and next to the 9/11 Memorial for recycling bins; Approved placing a 0.8-mill renewal levy for parks ...

Austintown weight room closes after user tests positive for virus

AUSTINTOWN — The weight room at the Austintown Fitness Center on the Austintown Local Schools campus was closed Wednesday for a deep cleaning after a report that someone who had used the facility tested positive for COVID-19. The deep cleaning continues today and the weight room is expected to reopen for athletes as usual Friday. The school district did not confirm whether a student or coach who recently ...

A Juneteenth celebration

YOUNGSTOWN — The Juneteenth celebration Saturday at the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre was just that — a celebration. The free event included a disc jockey who encouraged dancing, musical performances, vendors, basketball and free food. It also took on somber notes at moments in speeches from locals and pastors, and when the names of those who lost their lives to police brutality and COVID-19 were ...

On the record: Austintown

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Thursday through Falcon Media PRESENT: Don Sherwood, Kathy Mock, Harold Porter, Robin Krempasky, Kim Smrek, Superintendent David Cappuzzello and Treasurer Blaise Karvlovic The board: • Approved the following retirements: music specialist teacher Linda Nock with 27 years of service; physical education teacher Stephen R. Wash Jr., with 35 years of service; and ...

Pandemic fuels pool sales in Valley

AUSTINTOWN — Twins Emma and Ella Lemke, 10, and little sister Eva, 7, of Oran Drive in Youngstown watched Friday as a crew from Austintown Pools installed their new above-ground pool. They said they were very excited to start swimming at home. Ella said when they swim at family members’ houses or other places, they usually have to swim and leave at a certain time, but with a pool of their own, they can ...

Liberty Taco Bell gets heat over firing of black worker

LIBERTY — On Friday evening, a group shouting, “Black Lives Matter! I won’t take it off,” took to the street outside Taco Bell, 3551 Belmont Ave., in protest after earlier this week an eight-year employee was fired for refusing to take off his Black Lives Matter mask. Denzel Skinner, a night manager at the fast food restaurant, was fired Monday by his general manager, Skinner told a group of about ...