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WRITER: Marly Kosinski

Pandemic drives more speeders to highways

Click here for an interactive map of Ohio vehicle crash statistics by county. Some drivers took advantage of roads and highways emptied by the coronavirus pandemic by pushing well past the speed limit, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. On Sunday, troopers from the Canfield post clocked one driver going 101 mph and another 93 mph, both on Interstate 76 near Lake Milton, according to Sgt. Shaun ...

Youngstown author journeys the world

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of Saturday profiles of area residents and their stories. To suggest a profile, contact features editor Burton Cole at bcole@tribtoday.com. YOUNGSTOWN — When Tom Welsh was 4 years old, his snowman picture had teachers at the Ursuline Preschool in Canfield thinking he was an artistic prodigy. He said all the preschool students were given a test to determine their ...

Girard veteran recalls shared fears in Vietnam

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of a series published each Monday between Memorial Day and Veterans Day honoring local veterans. To nominate a veteran, email metro editor Marly Kosinski at mkosinski@tribtoday.com. GIRARD — It was 50 years ago today when George Finelli returned home to Girard after a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam. And although the Army veteran never saw combat or was exposed to ...

Boardman grad lives her dream in New York City

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of Saturday profiles of area residents and their stories. To suggest a profile, contact features editor Burton Cole at bcole@tribtoday.com. Colleen Kratofil said from the time she was a teenager, she had “this crazy dream to move to New York and work at a magazine.” The 2010 Boardman High School graduate is living that dream as the style editor for People magazine, ...

Nohra resigns as Liberty superintendent

LIBERTY — After nearly 28 years in education, Liberty Superintendent Joseph Nohra said it is time to pursue other interests and spend more time with his family, which includes two teenage sons. The Liberty Board of Education accepted his resignation during a special meeting Saturday. His resignation is effective Aug. 2, but he will stay in the district as an administrative consultant through Jan. 25 to ...

Blessed baskets: Easter tradition in Valley endures despite pandemic

POLAND — There are some family traditions into which you are born and others you adopt through marriage. Either way, people who came to Holy Family Parish on Saturday afternoon to have their Easter baskets blessed said they were not going to let the COVID-19 pandemic keep them from carrying on this tradition. This year’s event was a little different, with the blessing taking place outdoors and ...

Bishop's Appeal goal for 2020: $4 million

YOUNGSTOWN — Despite only a 30 percent diocesanwide household participation rate last year, the Youngstown Catholic Diocese still managed to raise approximately $3.8 million for its annual Bishop’s Appeal. The goal for the 2020 appeal is $4 million, but Bishop George Murry said even more important is getting a 100 percent participation rate from the 61,733 registered households in the six-county ...

Area agencies net nearly $2.8 million in HUD grants

A half-dozen agencies from Trumbull and Mahoning counties will share in nearly $107 million in statewide grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD awarded a total of nearly $2.2 billion in Continuum of Care grants to support thousands of local homeless-assistance programs across the country, including $106,811,990 for 284 programs in Ohio. This is the first of two announcements of ...

County fire departments to share $1.5M grant

CHAMPION — Two dozen Trumbull County fire departments will share a $1.5 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Act. The grant was awarded to the Trumbull County Fire Chiefs Association and will be used to transition the departments to the digital communication system Multi-Agency Radio Communication System, known as MARCS. MARCS enables safety service ...