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Scarecrows find Lowellville

LOWELLVILLE — Some figures are keeping people company along the Stavich Bike Trail. A joint effort among the Lowellville Local School District, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County and Lowellville Schools PTO resulted in a Storybook Walk — and a Halloween experience for ...

Valley’s early voters outpace ’16 levels

By DAVID SKOLNICK Staff writer The number of voters casting ballots early in Mahoning and Trumbull counties for this election already has exceeded the amount who voted early during the entire 2016 election — and it’s increasing daily. The increase is largely attributed to the COVID-19 ...

82 counties report high virus rate

“Sadly, the red tide of the virus continues to spread throughout Ohio, in every corner of the state. There is no escaping it,” Gov. Mike DeWine said during his Tuesday coronavirus update. Now, 82 of the state’s 88 counties are classified as “high incidence spread” counties, DeWine ...

Panelists: Resources required to combat human trafficking

It’s difficult to identify and provide resources to victims of human trafficking, advocates and investigators say. Human traffickers often lure or trap their victims into sex or labor, controlling the vulnerable people with threats, debts, drugs, violence and the promise of a place to stay ...

Newcomer faces established officeholder

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County Recorder Noralynn Palermo says she prides herself on running an office and cultivating a reputation built on efficiency, transparency and service. “I’m all about transparency,” said Palermo, who has held the office since 2007 and is running in Tuesday’s ...

Marriage licenses

Marriage licenses granted in Mahoning County Oct. 5-9: Robin Leigh Stowe, 44, Austintown, and Paulette McKay, 63, Austintown Amy Elaine Ritchie, 21, Youngstown, and Andrew Robert Chorba, 27, Youngstown Joseph David Rouzzo, 30, Mineral Ridge, and Amberlee Anne Smith, 29, Mineral ...

Probate court judge seeks 5 more years

Judge Robert N. Rusu Jr. this fall faces a challenge for the Mahoning County Probate Court bench from David L. Engler, a lawyer and ex-county commissioner. The five-year term begins in 2021. Rusu of Canfield was appointed probate court judge to fill the unexpired term of ex-Judge Mark ...

Former priest files defamation suit

YOUNGSTOWN — Former priest William B. Smaltz of Youngstown and his wife, Noreen, filed suit against the Diocese of Youngstown on Tuesday alleging defamation after the Diocese included Smaltz’s name on a list of priests it called “credibly accused of sexually abusing minors.” The ...

Campbell schools going remote

CAMPBELL — Students in the Campbell City School District are going to remote learning immediately after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. Superintendent Matt Bowen sent a statement to families Tuesday making the announcement as well as posting the letter to social media. A ...

Lead testing down in Ohio

Fewer children are being tested for lead poisoning in the state, which could mean more cases of lead poisoning could be going undetected. An average of 12,357 children in Ohio receive lead testing in a normal, typical month, but that number has dropped to 9,833 a month, suggesting that ...