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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 ...

Poster lauds those who served US, Strouss store

YOUNGSTOWN — Michael A. Weinberger loved growing up in Youngstown in the 1950s, and shopping and working downtown with his family at Strouss-Hirshberg department store. This Memorial Day, he wants to share with readers a family artifact from Youngstown’s retail glory days — a poster ...

East High grad leads Ohio Department of Aging

YOUNGSTOWN — Ursel McElroy was a good student at East High School. She was a cheerleader and marched in the band. McElroy was named to both the homecoming court and prom court. She and her two siblings shared a bedroom in a “pretty small apartment” until late in her sophomore year, ...

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 ...

Poland Scout building raised garden for nuns as Eagle project

CANFIELD — One of Pat Kelly’s main goals is to enter the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center’s aviation-maintenance program this fall to learn about working on airplanes, though his more immediate ambition is a bit more down to Earth. “I’m going to take a (swimming) pool ...

Liberty trustees examine loss of fire staff

LIBERTY — Township trustees are unsure how the loss of four firefighters, including three last week, will affect operations of the 15-member department, but they will be reviewing the situation over the next several weeks. “We will be talking to fire Chief (Gus) Birch in the next week ...

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 ...

Thieves remove church’s most sacred articles

125 years ago, 1895 St. Ann’s Catholic Church was robbed by an unholy hand. The Brier Hill church was shocked by the news that a team of thieves whisked away some of its most sacred pieces. The church’s sexton had made his rounds through the building the night before and noted that ...

Youngstown police blotter: May 11-15

Police activity, May 11-15 May 15, 2:38 a.m. — Sergio A. Galazia, 32, of Struthers, arrested in the 100 block of Fifth Avenue on Youngstown Municipal Court warrants on aggravated burglary and assault charges. May 14, midnight — Tanisha R. Johnson, 27, arrested in the 2200 block of Ohio ...

South Range freshman misses 4-H gatherings

SALEM — Like many 4-H members, Mackenna Meek, 15, daughter of Ken and Janet Meek of Salem, misses the 4-H meetings and the comraderie of friends. Mackenna is a freshman at South Range High School and has been in 4-H for the past 10 years. “I decided to join because my mom and sister were ...