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Austintown trustees laud team

AUSTINTOWN — The Austintown Township trustees recognized the Austintown Little League 10U softball team, which was named state champion for the first time since 1980. The trustees gave each girl a certificate and a gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods.

The team beat Poland 14-2 in the state championship game July 27.

“We want you to know that we are very, very proud of you,” Trustee Monica Deavers said. “This took a lot of hard work.”

Being in one of the younger age brackets, there is no regional tournament, so this state title marked the end of the season for Austintown. Next year, a significant portion of the team will move up to 12U, where they will have the opportunity to compete in regionals if they qualify.

The last time any Austintown softball team was named state champion was 1980. Back then, there were two teams, one in the north and one in the south. It was Austintown South team that was named state champion.

The trustees also recognized World War II veteran William Vaughan, a B-17 radio operator and gunner. The section of state Route 46 that is a bridge over Interstate 80 previously was named the Air Force 2nd Lt. William Vaughan Memorial Bridge through state legislation.

On Monday, the Austintown trustees donated a replica memorial sign to the Quaker Steak and Lube in Austintown so that community members can pay their respects to the veteran.

Vaughan was part of the most decorated flight crew in military history. He flew 73 combat missions, totaling 594 combat hours. He earned a Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, three Purple Hearts, 14 Air Medals, two Presidential Unit Citations, a Southwest Pacific Campaign Ribbon with five campaign stars, an American Defense Ribbon, a Good Conduct Ribbon, and a Philippine Campaign Ribbon, making him the most decorated veteran in Mahoning County.

In other action, the board:

• Declared about 20 properties as public nuisances;

• Announced the first township movie night will take place 8 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Austintown Township Park. The movie “Spider-Man: No Way Home” will be played and the event is sponsored by State Farm agent Jamie Blott.

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