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WRITER: Allie Vugrincic

Looking for a cure

HOWLAND — Linda Cator is doing more than the average person to stop the spread of COVID-19. The 75-year-old Howland resident is participating in a study for a possible vaccine for the virus. “If this helps somebody else and helps with the vaccine, I’ve done my part in trying to help with COVID,” Cator said. Cator is part of a 200-person study based out of Beechwood through Rapid Medical Research ...

Annexation issues lead to power shutoff at new business

WEATHERSFIELD — A business owner found his electric service was shut off Friday afternoon as a result of the ongoing annexation battle between Niles and Weathersfield. John Ackworth, the owner of ASAP Sanitary, moving into the former Ralph’s RV storefront on U.S. Route 422, said he bought the property because it was in Weathersfield zoning, and he has no intention of annexing into the city of Niles. His ...

Vets honored with Purple Heart Day

WARREN — Area veterans and local elected leaders gathered Friday to honor those who were wounded or killed in battle with an observance of Purple Heart Day. “Today is about the sacrifice that our service members gave on the front line,” Cmdr. Herman Breuer of the local Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 606 said. The day marked 238 years since George Washington, then-commander of the Continental ...

Woman from Warren leads police on chase

AUSTINTOWN — A woman is facing two charges of assault on a peace officer as well as charges of failure to comply and resisting arrest, accused of leading police on a high-speed chase on state Route 11 while intoxicated early Tuesday. Pamela S. Yeager, 59, 3302 Mae Drive SW, Warren, is accused of fleeing from police, and then slapping an officer and kicking another while resisting arrest. Police tried to ...

Commemorating the centennial of women’s suffrage

One hundred years since women in the United States won the right to vote, it is easy to overlook the hard steps that led to the polls. It is even easier to overlook the importance that pockets played in those steps. “If your dress had pockets, it was a suffragette dress,” said Einav Rabinovitch-Fox, a visiting assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University, who teaches courses in history, fashion, ...

Austintown movie theater gets license to dispense alcohol

AUSTINTOWN — Gold Star Theater, which took over the 10-screen movie theater previously occupied by Regal Austintown, will be able to serve alcohol when it opens. Township trustees on Monday approved an economic development transfer permit for the business. The permit allows a liquor license from another community to be transferred into the township based on a business’ “substantial investment” in the ...

Austintown church eager to feed

AUSTINTOWN — Many organizations have stepped up to help feed those in need since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but for Austintown Community Evangelical Covenant Church, distributing food is not a new task. The church has been helping provide food and other necessities to area families for 50 years. “We get to serve our community and we get the privilege and the honor to love our neighbor,” Pastor ...

Man arrested on ethnic intimidation charged before

YOUNGSTOWN — A man arrested on three charges each of ethnic intimidation and aggravated menacing this week has been charged with intimidation before, according to the prosecutor. In an initial appearance before Judge Carla Baldwin in Youngstown Municipal Court, Craig L. Hall’s bond was set at $18,000 — $5,000 for each fifth-degree felony ethnic intimidation charge he’s facing, and $1,000 for each ...

Austintown voters to face two renewal school levies

AUSTINTOWN — Two tax levies that together account for about 10 percent of the Austintown school district’s operating budget will be up for renewal on the Nov. 3 ballot. The board of education on Friday unanimously approved submitting the two levies to the Mahoning County Board of Elections. The five-year, 4.9-mill levy originally passed in 1991 generates $1,850,247 annually for the school district. ...

Austintown district tries to ease fears

AUSTINTOWN — In a forum designed to ease families’ fears about the quickly approaching back-to-school season in the midst of the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, the message to families in the Austintown Local School District is that they have options. Superintendent David Cappuzzello laid out three choices for students — a five-day in-person option with social distancing and safety measures; a remote ...