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Cornhole tourney helps Canfield woman fighting breast cancer

BOARDMAN — “She’s so strong, kind and brave.” Those words are more than casual musings many children express when asked to describe their parents. In the case of Ava Milligan, 12, they carry extra weight and significance. For the Canfield Village Middle School seventh-grader, the ...

Attorney Martin Desmond wins appeal

YOUNGSTOWN — Three Sixth District Court of Appeals judges have sided with attorney Martin Desmond in an appeal of his firing as an assistant prosecutor with the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office. The decision reverses a decision by the State Personnel Board of Review that dismissed ...

Lordstown teacher recovering after biking accident

LORDSTOWN — When Jenna Barvitski left her Newton Falls home Sept. 11 for her 3.8-mile bike ride to work, the last thing she expected was to be struck at 7 a.m. by a minivan on Salt Springs Road. Barvitski, 33, a music teacher at Lordstown High School and elementary school, spent three weeks ...

Salem students, staff grieve teacher

SALEM — Counselors returned to Salem High School Tuesday to continue offering help to students and staff grieving the loss of popular high school English teacher Jody McCracken, who died Monday morning. “Jody McCracken is one of the most beloved teachers ever in the history of Salem High ...

WRTA offers new bus service along 224 corridor

BOARDMAN — The Western Reserve Transit Authority is providing a new small-bus service to help people get around the U.S. Route 224 retail corridor from Starrs Corners in Canfield to the Giant Eagle in Poland. YOUride operates 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. weekdays. A resident can request a ride on a ...

Man charged in Auburndale gunfire

YOUNGSTOWN — Mark T. Colpetro, 19, of East Midlothian Boulevard was charged Tuesday in Youngstown Municipal Court with improper discharging of a firearm into a habitation, being a felon in possession of a weapon, and improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle. The charges are tied to a ...

City man gets prison on drug charges

YOUNGSTOWN — Shaquille M. McElroy Sr., 25, of Dryden Avenue, was sentenced to one year in prison Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on drug charges related to a Youngstown robbery. He was convicted of possession of a fentanyl-related compound and cocaine possession. Youngstown ...

Two people hurt in Coitsville crash

COITSVILLE — Two drivers were seriously injured in an 8:45 a.m. Tuesday three-vehicle crash at U.S. Route 422 and Bedford Road. The Canfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said Joyce Caleris, 78, of Lowellville, and Susan Watson, 57, of New Castle, Pa., were both taken by ambulance ...

Men plead guilty to YSU break-in

YOUNGSTOWN — Two men who broke into the Stambaugh Sports Complex Athletic Training Office, 577 Fifth Ave., last July and took computer equipment pleaded guilty Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to two counts each of breaking and entering. A YSU sports official said he left the ...

Liberty looks at Columbine through Rachel’s Challenge

LIBERTY— Today and Thursday, Liberty students will learn about Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the Columbine shooting, and about how to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion. Today the students at Blott Guy PK-6 school will learn about Rachel’s story through ...