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Big Oak: Trial begins for alleged leader

LISBON — Opening arguments were heard on Tuesday in the trial of Allen Jackson, one of the alleged ringleaders from the Operation Big Oak indictment. The 27-year-old Cleveland man, also known as Keith, is charged with 16 drug-related counts along with five forfeiture specifications. He is ...

Officials: BPU rebirth brings forth debate

EAST LIVERPOOL — Reinstatement of East Liverpool’s Board of Public Utilities isn’t necessarily the answer to gaining back the public trust, one councilman said during council’s utilities committee Tuesday afternoon. Councilman Brian Kerr, who chairs the committee, had bridged the ...

Class of 2019 graduation numbers fall to 148

CALCUTTA — Like most of the school districts in Columbiana County, if not all, Beaver Local’s graduating class continues to shrink. The school board on Monday approved a 2019 graduating class of 148 students, which Superintendent Eric Lowe said is lower than last year. The number of ...

South Field obtains new partner

WELLSVILLE —The company behind the South Field Energy electric plant being built in Yellow Creek Township announced Tuesday it has sold 15 percent membership interest in South Field Energy Partners to ENEOS Power USA, an affiliate of JXTG Nippon Oil and Energy Corp., a leading oil and energy ...

Unmarked car purchased approved by police chief

St. Clair Township police are adding a new set of wheels to their fleet, after trustees told Chief Brian McKenzie to go ahead with the purchase of a new unmarked vehicle. The department had been using a seized 2008 F150, but recently the upkeep had become problematic. Trustees approved ...

Rabid coon found in W.Va. park, rabies clinic set in EL

As one local entity reports a rabid coon in their jurisdiction, another is gearing up for an upcoming rabies clinic. A raccoon recently retrieved from Tomlinson Run State Park in Hancock County tested positive for rabies. The Hancock County Health Department urges residents to proceed with ...

Cemetery upkeep fails once more

EAST LIVERPOOL — Complaints reached a high this weekend, as residents visiting their mothers’ and grandmothers’ graves waded through puddles of standing water and 20-inch grass to find their loved ones’ headstones at local cemeteries. One area woman emailed the newspaper’s Virtual ...

Busy Beaver will open its doors in June

CALCUTTA — Pittsburgh-based Busy Beaver home improvement retailer will hold a grand opening at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at 15891 state Route 170, East Liverpool. The event will feature giveaways, prizes and children’s activities. The 60,000-square-foot location will be a full-line home ...

Diocese wants lawsuit against ex-bishop dismissed

WHEELING — The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has filed a motion to dismiss a sexual harassment suit against former Bishop Michael Bransfield. The civil court action filed Thursday in Ohio County Circuit Court denies accusations set forth in a complaint filed March 22 by a former altar ...