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EL man gets 18 months for sex charge

LISBON — An East Liverpool man with a long list of previous charges was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Friday, this time for gross sexual imposition. Lucas L. Sims, 33, Fairview Street, East Liverpool, had been initially charged with rape, a first-degree felony, but he pleaded guilty ...

Southern looks at five-year forecast

SALINEVILLE — Southern Local’s board of education last week got its first look at the five-year forecast, which looks positive for at least the next four years. Prior to their first regular meeting, the board held a tax budget meeting. Although the district appears to be spending more ...

Levy talk in Madison Township

WEST POINT — As Madison Township trustees start the new year, they are looking into what’s going to happen with current levies. During last week’s meeting, trustees said they are trying to determine whether or not to combine levies, set up new levies, or lower the amount of ...

An environmental grant used to establish a recycling program at LaCroft Elementary School was presented in 2017 to Principal Jake Walgate (center) by Heritage Thermal Services President (left) Christopher T. Pherson and Ohio Rep. Tim Ginter. Applications are now being accepted for 2018 grants. (Submitted photo)

HTS: Environmental grants now available

EAST LIVERPOOL — Applications for environmental grants are now available from Heritage Thermal Services (HTS) for schools and non-profit groups within a 15-mile radius of the East End facility. Grants in amounts from $100 to $1,000 are available for projects demonstrating a benefit to the ...

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor visited with area business owners and politicians during an informal business roundtable at the Dutch Haus in Columbiana on Monday. She is running for governor. (Photo by Katie White)

Lt. Governor visits county

COLUMBIANA — Mary Taylor is optimistic she can be the next governor of Ohio, and believes she is the most business friendly candidate in the race. Taylor is currently lieutenant governor under John Kasich, a position she has held the last seven years. The Republican visited Columbiana on ...

CCCTC approves contract with Mahoning County ESC

LISBON - The Columbiana County Career and Technical Center approved a contract agreement with the Mahoning County Educational Service Center on Monday. Superintendent Chuck Adkins noted the CCCTC, due to its nature as a career technical program, does not require many services from the ESC. The ...

Council clears up concerns on ordinance

LISBON — Village Council and others involved continue to try to clear up concerns about the fees and regulations in the vacant building ordinance, even as council passed the ordinance on second reading at last week’s meeting. Lisbon Area Chamber of Commerce President Susan Shank, speaking ...

Motion approved by BOE to cover negative lunch balances

WELLSVILLE — Students in the Wellsville Local School District who still had past-due balances from previously-purchased lunches are now off the hook from the debts. During last week’s meeting, the Wellsville Board of Education approved a motion to pay $8,453.95 from the General Fund to ...

Sister electric plant now open for business

LISBON — The sister plant to the natural gas-powered electric plant to be built outside Wellsville is open for business. Advance Power announced this week its 700-megawatt Carroll County Energy plant outside Carrollton is operating and capable of generating enough electricity for 750,000 ...

Members talk park plans

EAST LIVERPOOL — Several ideas were discussed Thursday by members of the Thompson Park board, including repaving a road leading to one of the pavilions. Board President Betsy Wells said it was decided to pave the road leading to Pavilion No. 2 due to its poor condition, which has deterred ...