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Number of new laws in play in the new year

The most wide-reaching new laws coming into effect in 2018 will give a modest boost to low-wage workers. The Ohio state minimum wage will increase from $8.15 an hour to $8.30 an hour, starting Jan. 1. An increase will also be applied to tipped workers, whose minimum wages will go from $4.08 ...

Recycling decision saves SWD more money

CARROLLTON — The Solid Waste District’s decision to operate its recycling drop-off program instead of contracting for the service is saving more money than anticipated. The SWD serves Columbiana, Carroll and Harrison counties, and SWD Director Barbara Walton reported at this month’s ...

Official: Upgrades to village’s water treatment plant under budget

SALINEVILLE — The wastewater treatment plant upgrade came in under budget, Fiscal Officer Donna Rudder told council last week. Rudder gave the update during council’s last meeting of the year in which they were asked to approve the 2017 appropriations for the end of the year. She ...

Trustees approve police contract

CALCUTTA — A new three-year police contract approved during a special meeting Saturday morning by St. Clair Township trustees will provide salary increases each of the three years. Trustees voted unanimously for the contract, which will be in effect Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2020 for ...

Two men face felony charges in county court

LISBON — Two men facing felony charges both waived their rights to a preliminary hearing in Columbiana County Municipal Court on Thursday. Chandler M. Trosky, 33, Bacon Avenue, East Palestine, is accused of having at least 20 kilograms but less than 40 kilograms of marijuana in his home on ...

County inmate charged with making false alarms

LISBON — A county jail inmate who allegedly made others believe he had swallowed pieces of razor blades while in custody on Christmas Eve has been charged with making false alarms. Employees of GEO Corrections and Detention LLC, which currently operates the county jail, reported to the ...

County’s unemployment rate reaches new low

LISBON — Columbiana County’s unemployment rate in November was the lowest in three years. The county’s jobless rate declined from 5.2 in October to 4.8 percent last month, according to figures released this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The county’s ...

A New Waterford firefighter checks a damaged vehicle after a single-car crash on Waterford Road Thursday. (Photo courtesy of East Palestine Fire Department)

3 injured in crash

EAST PALESTINE — Three people were injured Thursday morning when the car they were traveling in went off the road and into a tree. The New Waterford and East Palestine fire departments were called to the crash near 3254 Waterford Road around 9:24 a.m. and found the driver and front seat ...

Man’s death investigated

EAST LIVERPOOL — The county coroner is investigating the death of a 37-year-old man who died at the local hospital Thursday morning after his vehicle was stopped by city police for having a frosted windshield. Police reported Trevor Hamlett, 813 Ohio Ave. was eastbound on Pennsylvania ...