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HONORING JASON

A line of fire trucks from several departments exit the freeway into Chester, W.Va., to honor Liverpool Township firefighter Jason L. Mitchell, 37, who succumbed April 21 after a two-year battle with cancer. Mitchell was also a tactical paramedic for Lifeteam EMS, a reserve sheriff’s deputy ...

Police officers attend Tuesday's meeting of city council's finance committee. (Photo by Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert)

Council updated on police contract negotiations

EAST LIVERPOOL — With a delegation of police officers waiting in the audience, city council's finance committee on Tuesday received an update on contract negotiations. The update was given by Service-Safety Director Brian Allen in executive session, with no public comment made afterward. ...

Board discusses Riverview property in executive session

EAST LIVERPOOL — Citing confidentiality laws, the Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) board of trustees met behind closed doors Tuesday to discuss the sale of the former Riverview Florist property to a Texas-based company. Although this reporter had previously questioned the legality of ...

Aides express concern over RIF

NEW CUMBERLAND — With budget cuts and transfers amongst personnel taking place, two county aides expressed concern over their positions during Monday’s Hancock County Board of Education meeting. Kathy Markowitz and Tracy Barnhart approached the board and expressed dissatisfaction over ...

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SEMI CRASH

A semi-trailer hauling wood chips from the Salineville area went off the road into a ditch and overturned about a mile south of Lisbon on state Route 164 just before 11 a.m. Monday. The driver, James P. McIntire, 53, of Amsterdam, was uninjured but he was cited for failure to control by the ...

Board approves RIF list

NEW CUMBERLAND — Not all of the nearly two-dozen staff members of Hancock County Schools recommended for the reduction-in-force (RIF) list and the 32 staff members on the transfer list were affected, as determined by the board of education during Monday’s meeting. Following a half-hour ...

Taylor: IEP issues have been corrected

EAST LIVERPOOL — Among the good news shared Monday night by city schools Superintendent Randy Taylor was that the district has corrected some issues the state had with its special education program. According to Taylor, what was a “major issue for us” has been resolved after the state ...

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Board renews Traina’s contract

EAST LIVERPOOL —Columbiana County Port Authority CEO Penny Traina’s contract was renewed for another year, with the only change being some additional vacation time. The port authority board agreed at Monday’s meeting to renew Traina’s contract, retroactive to March 9. Her salary will ...

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CELEBRATING EARTH DAY

New Cumberland Community Projects celebrated Earth Day this past Saturday by completing several projects around town, including planting a tree behind the gazebo at Hines Park. Shown are community projects director George Hines and his grand-daughter Sophie as they finish planting a willow ...

Area Briefing

Informational meeting WELLSVILLE — Wellsville Village Council will hold an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday inside council chambers at Village Hall on Main Street. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the RITA (Regional Income Tax Agency) increase on the May 2 ballot, and ...