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Dave Wilkeson, Canfield Board of Education president, sought independent perspective of an outside search firm to develop a list of qualified superintendent candidates presented with only their qualifications visible to a selection committee. A few of the six candidates were finalists and ...

COVID-19 deaths at lowest point

The number of reported COVID-19 deaths in the Mahoning Valley this week was the lowest since the week of April 5 to 11 — six weeks ago. Not including today, there were 25 reported deaths in the three counties this week: 17 in Mahoning County, seven in Columbiana County and one in Trumbull ...

Father: Take virus to heart

AUSTINTOWN — The parent of a resident at Gateways To Better Living is asking the public to use caution during the pandemic to protect not only themselves, but also those who cannot make decisions for themselves after receiving news his son contracted COVID-19. “My concern is not just for ...

Lowellville grads being taped today

LOWELLVILLE — Graduation plans have been postponed to today in Lowellville. The graduation committee at the high school has modified the proceedings. Due to Friday’s rainy weather, “rigid safety guidelines” have been established. Students will arrive by appointment to receive their ...

Mill Creek to open fields and courts

YOUNGSTOWN — Mill Creek MetroParks has announced the reopening of baseball / softball fields and tennis courts on Tuesday. Baseball and softball fields at Wick Recreation Area and School Recreation Area, along with tennis courts at Wick Recreation, Volney Rogers Field, School Recreation ...

Ohio capital budget in jeopardy

The state’s capital budget, which provides money for numerous projects, is in jeopardy of not being approved this year. The $2.6 billion biennial capital budget was expected to be introduced in March, with about $150 million in it for community projects, and passed well before now. But the ...

Where to go? What to do?

AAA will not issue its Memorial Day travel forecast, as the accuracy of the economic data used to create the forecast has been undermined by COVID-19. “In 2019, there were 490,477 passenger vehicles and 85,746 commercial vehicles that traveled on the turnpike over the four-day Memorial Day ...

Jobless claims slow in Valley

Unemployment benefit claims dipped below 1,000 in both Trumbull and Mahoning counties for the first time in the nine weeks since the viral outbreak sent jobless numbers soaring. It was the first time the number was below 1,000 in Mahoning County and the second time for Trumbull County. Yet, ...

Defendant challenges ability of judges to ignore trial deadlines

YOUNGSTOWN — A city man who was initially charged with murder until a grand jury decided against that charge is challenging the ability of judges to ignore a 90-day deadline to bring him to trial on other charges. Attorney Tony Meranto, who represents Aaron Clinkscale, 27, of Kendis Circle, ...

Trump deems churches ‘essential,’ calls for them to reopen

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said this afternoon that he has deemed churches and other houses of worship "essential" and called on governors across the country to allow them to reopen this weekend, even as some parts of the nation remain under coronavirus lockdown. "Today I'm ...