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COVID-19

School districts begin to look at new protocols

YOUNGSTOWN — It is still unclear how local school districts, and districts across the state and nation, will adapt amid coronavirus concerns for the 2020-21 school year. Guidelines for the school year have not been cemented by state or local agencies, though local school superintendents are ...

Slavic festival set to go global

YOUNGSTOWN — Simply Slavic will celebrate its 10th anniversary virtually. Organizers announced they are canceling plans for a physical festival in downtown Youngstown on June 20 and instead will move the festivities online. “Although our event doesn’t take place in spring or before ...

State sees 13 more COVID-19 deaths

The Mahoning Valley saw fewer COVID-19 deaths over the weekend, but statewide fatalities increased by 13 to 1,969 on Sunday. Statewide, businesses such as restaurants and bars opened last week and more places, like the bureaus of motor vehicles, are expected to open this upcoming week. The ...

Volunteers overcome US flag shortage to mark soldiers’ graves

While this year’s battle against COVID-19 may have sidelined a lot of Memorial Day plans, the fundamental reason for this early summer holiday remains intact, as flags still dot the headstones at local cemeteries where our Valley’s bravest are buried. Every Memorial Day, the Mahoning ...

McDonald family conquers coronavirus

Editor’s note: This is the second in a sporadic series of coronavirus survivor stories. McDONALD — “I could have been one of the statistics, one more death in Trumbull County,” novel coronavirus survivor Jim Mashburn said. For a while, the idea seemed appealing. “(I said) I’m ...

Valley’s deaths increase by 35 in one week

The number of reported COVID-19 deaths in the Mahoning Valley was up to 262 on Saturday, compared to 227 on May 16 — an increase of 35. Statewide, deaths have reached 1,956, which is up from 1,581 last week. Ohio cases are up to 31,408 from 26,954 with 5,437 hospitalizations. In ...

Memorial Day, all it stands for, won’t be forgotten

In most places across America, there will be no mass gatherings with hats off or hands saluting this Memorial Day. A sea of red, white and blue marking the grave stones that stretch for miles across hillsides may also be missing. But despite the restrictions that the COVID-19 pandemic has ...

Orchids and onions

ORCHID: To the Youngstown Planning Commission for its unanimous vote to reject requests from Family Dollar to sell liquor at four Youngstown stores. Two city council members argued against awarding the liquor license, saying there’s already several places near those four Family Dollar stores ...

Austintown native finds joy up close with viruses

Austintown native Zachary Morse said he was “a bit of an outlier” in his blue-collar family when he became the first to attend college at Youngstown State University. Ten years later, he’s still attending university, finishing a Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in ...

Annie Glenn soared, too

Annie Glenn was far more than just the wife of a hero. Her own courage and determination shown brightly, too. Glenn, 100, died Tuesday of complications from COVID-19. Upon learning of her passing, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine summed her up well: “She represented all that is good about our ...