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WRITER: Allie Vugrincic

Valley sees explosion in weekly COVID-19 cases

The weekly rate of change in new cases in the Mahoning Valley on Friday was more than five times that of the previous week. According to Ohio Department of Health data from July 16, the week saw an increase of 20, 23, and 25 cases in Columbiana, Trumbull and Mahoning counties, respectively. On Friday, Trumbull and Columbiana counties each showed a weekly increase of 104 cases and Mahoning showed an increase ...

Setting up for county fair fun

BAZETTA — It may have been raining a few days last week, but Trumbull County Fair Board Director Jan Solomon said that’s OK — it makes the grass at the fairgrounds look good. The Trumbull County Fair is set to return for its 175th year after falling victim to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. “Well, we’ve been hearing that people are ready to kind of like cut loose and do what they used to do, and ...

Two ships: the American Dream endures

“Gabriel’s leather shoes slapped along the pavement as he strode swiftly out to the docks, his ticket and suitcase clutched in his hands. He reached the queue with but moments to spare, passing his ticket over to a surly attendant for inspection before walking up the gangway and stepping foot onto the slightly swaying deck of the large steamer. He made himself comfortable on the port side, leaning on the ...

Niles hosts Pete the Cat at storywalk

NILES — When asked if she was excited to meet Pete the Cat, Adrianne Medve, 6, of Niles, answered, “Yeah!” “We have all of the Pete the Cat books,” Adrianne said. She and her brother, Christopher, 3, showed Pete their Pete the Cat stuffed animals and took a picture with him. Pete led the way at the StoryWalk in Stevens Park on Thursday morning for a special reading of the book, “Pete the Cat: I ...

Valley native reports anger runs rampant near site of Fla. condo collapse

The mood in the Florida town where a building partially collapsed is anger, according to John Neilan, a former Howland resident living in Aventura, Fla., just minutes away from the site of the Champlain Towers South condominium. “There’s a lot of anger down here. It’s going to be like that for a while,” said Neilan, a 2007 Youngstown State University graduate. At least 12 are dead and 149 ...

Ex-local among missing

To read the full Cleveland Jewish News story visit www.clevelandjewishnews.com Click here to read the full Cleveland Jewish News story. HOWLAND — Howland attorney Ned Gold said he and his wife were “stunned” when they heard that Judy Spiegel, a former local, is among those missing following the partial condo collapse in Surfside, Fla. “My wife and I — and she’s the one that saw it first — we ...

Valley underdog finds success on agility course

NORTH JACKSON — When Gaynor Ibbotson adopted Buddy from the Trumbull County Dog Pound in March 2019, she had no idea what she was getting. The 35-pound shelter dog, originally believed to be a 6- to 9 -month-old terrier mix, turned out to be a whiz at agility, earning two titles in his first competition this April. “The nice thing about Buddy is I think he’s a real Mahoning Valley success story,” ...

Scout completes COVID-19 memorial in Girard

GIRARD — A COVID-19 memorial in Tod Park dedicated Saturday afternoon may be the first in the area. The refurbished flagpole, bench, decorative rock and stone pathway were christened by Dominic Adams, 18, of Boy Scout Troop 83, who created the memorial for his Eagle Scout project. “It’s very important. We can’t forget what happened, what we lost. But we also can’t forget what we learned,” ...

Explosive downer: Weathersfield smokestack falls after powerful setback

WEATHERSFIELD — Breanna Bube’s grandfather called the smokestack at the former Ohio Edison power plant the “big cigarette.” “He’d say, yeah, the big cigarette and the two cigars,” Bube, of Niles, explained, pointing to the comparatively smaller 300-foot smokestacks rising out of the 12-story building. Bube promised she would record the demolition of the larger 400-plus-foot stack for her ...

Eagle Scout dedicates COVID-19 memorial in Girard

GIRARD -- A COVID-19 memorial in Tod Park dedicated this afternoon may be the first in the area. The refurbished flagpole, bench, decorative rock and stone pathway were christened by Dominic Adams, 18, of Boy Scout Troop 83, who created the memorial for his Eagle Scout project. "It's very important. We can't forget what happened, what we lost. But we also can't forget what we learned," Adams said. The ...