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Understanding the face mask order

With Gov. Mike DeWine having the Ohio Department of Health issue an order requiring those in counties, such as Trumbull, designated as Level 3 (red) high-risk areas for COVID-19 to wear face masks, here are some key questions and answers to help those understand what it all means: Q. How ...

Four library branches to open

Staff report YOUNGSTOWN — Four library branches in Mahoning County will reopen for limited services beginning Monday, the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County has announced. The Newport, Sebring, Springfield and Brownlee Woods branches will offer in-person services on a ...

Hubbard BOE extends union contracts

HUBBARD — The Hubbard Exempted Village Board of Education has approved a one-year extension of the district’s certified and classified union contracts through the 2020-21 school year. The board at its June meeting approved a one-year collective bargaining agreement with the Hubbard ...

Ex-police officer pleads guilty in sex case

YOUNGSTOWN — A man who worked as a Youngstown police officer for 10 years pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of felonious assault in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, but had an additional 19 charges dropped as part of the plea deal, court record show. Arthur Carter, 46, was ...

Car hits house in two-vehicle crash

LIBERTY — The Liberty Fire Department responded Tuesday evening to a two-car auto accident in the 300 block of Goldie Road where one car hit a house. A Trumbull County 911 report states safety crews were called at 8:20 p.m. to 336 Goldie Road for a crash with injuries. Reports state two ...

Auditor’s office has reopened

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County Auditor’s Office has reopened to the public while taking precautions necessary to protect staff and the public. Taxpayers can receive in-person service at the office at the courthouse from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The number of people permitted at ...

Media project seeks participants

Your Voice Ohio’s Election 2020 project will explore the complexity of the state’s nearly 12 million residents through community engagement, data analysis and collaborative reporting. Media partners, including The Vindicator, will engage the public to produce a series of stories ...

Nothing to crow about

CANFIELD — As most other events this year, the 174th Canfield Fair has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Junior Fair will still continue Sept. 2-7. “We stretched out as long as we could” regarding on making a decision, said George Roman, director of grandstand ...

Abuse claims shake theater community

Several women, many who were minors at the time, are claiming they experienced sexual advances ranging from unwanted groping to statutory rape while participating in community theater in the Mahoning Valley. In the aftermath, some of the women are asking local theaters to put policies in ...

Horses to race without fans in the grandstand

CANFIELD — The Canfield Harness Horsemen’s Association will continue the traditional Labor Day weekend race card at the Canfield Fairgrounds this year. The only difference is they will be racing like NASCAR, with no fans in the stands. The announcement for the association came on Tuesday ...