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Scholarships offered for youth exhibitors at fairs

Staff report Mahoning Valley youngsters hoping to start exhibiting livestock at county fairs this summer can get some financial help by applying by March 31 for a new scholarship. This “fair funding starter scholarship” has been launched to help youth at the start of their fair ...

Drug conspiracy cases proceed in federal court

YOUNGSTOWN — The case involving nine people charged last summer in a 57-count indictment concerning a drug-trafficking operation in the Youngstown area is moving through U.S. Northern Ohio District Court. Sentencing and plea hearings plus final pretrial hearings are set for February and ...

32-year-old pleads guilty in rape case

YOUNGSTOWN — Darnell J. Williams, 32, pleaded guilty to a rape charge Wednesday for victimizing a girl just four days shy of her 12th birthday. Williams was sentenced to 10 years to life in prison by Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge R. Scott Krichbaum. Also charged in the case is Emma ...

Boardman woman injured in crash

YOUNGSTOWN — A Boardman woman was taken to a hospital with injuries Sunday after a two-car crash on a snowy road. A Chevrolet Equinox driven by Christopher McCoy Jr., 20, of Cook Avenue, traveling south on Shirley Road struck the rear of a Honda Odyssey driven by Sandra Wright, 63, of ...

Youngstown man pleads guilty to assault

YOUNGSTOWN — A Youngstown man was sentenced to five years of probation in connection to the beating of another man at an alternative sentencing facility in June. Jacob Mechling, 27, of Loveless Avenue, appeared via video before Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Anthony Donofrio on ...

Power outages annoy, but preparation is key

AUSTINTOWN — Two power outages during one of the coldest weekends so far this winter left 8,000 Mahoning County residents without electricity, heat and in some cases, running water. Torri Rogenski, of Austintown, said she first lost power early Saturday morning when lows hit -8 degrees in ...