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BOE approves free hot lunches for school district

NEW CUMBERLAND — Starting next week, all students in the Hancock County school system will get to enjoy hot lunches for free. Met with a round of applause by those in attendance at the John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center, the Hancock County Board of Education unanimously approved the ...

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Columbiana county municipal judge resigns

LISBON —Columbiana County Municipal Court Judge Charles “Chris” Amato is stepping down after two years on the job. Amato announced Monday that an illness involving a family member will require he take off two to three months to help provide care. Rather than take a leave of absence, he ...

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WINTER ON THE RIVER

This panoramic shot of the Ohio River was taken from Riverside Avenue in Wellsville. (Photo courtesy of Pam Smith)

Allmon: 2018 a ‘turnaround year’ for village

WELLSVILLE — As the new year begins, village council’s president looks for 2018 to be a pivotal year for the village as it continues its fiscal emergency period. Reporting as part of the Finance Committee, Council president Randy Allmon said he considered 2017 a “learning curve,” ...

W.Va. legislative leaders financially confident this session

CHARLESTON — Leaders in the West Virginia Legislature say they’re confident there just might be money in the state budget to move West Virginia forward this year. A discussion about the state’s budget, and the “West Virginia Forward” study commissioned by West Virginia University, ...

Report: Area college-bound students needed remedial classes

LISBON - Every school district in Columbiana County exceeded the statewide average for high school graduates needing some academic help their freshman year of college. The district that came the closest overall was East Palestine, where 31 percent of its 2016 high school graduates who went on ...

Commissioners: End-of-year animal shelter stats presented

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Animal Shelter provided some end-of-the-year statistical information to the Hancock County Commission. Nichole Felouzis, animal shelter humane director, reported that about 1,438 animals were brought to the facility throughout 2017. Per the shelter’s ...

Council looks to extend consulting firm’s contract

LISBON —The consulting firm hired to help the village revitalize the downtown business district may be brought back for another year. The Lisbon Area Chamber of Commerce is again being asked to join with Village Council in splitting the cost of contracting with Town Center Associates to ...

With assistance from (from left) firefighters Dave Phillips and Lance Smith, East Liverpool Assistant Chief David Edgell shows how connectors on the new air packs purchased by the city department can be used by firefighters to share air from one tank. (Photo by Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert)

New air packs

EAST LIVERPOOL — City firefighters have been familiarizing themselves with new air packs recently purchased with part of a $141,395 Assistance to Firefighters Grant. Chief Bill Jones applied for the grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the department had to pay ...

Fire crews from four departments battled frigid temperatures and a blazing fire on Pine Hollow Road Saturday that destroyed an old farm house owned by Larry and Carolyn Palmer. (Photo courtesy of East Palestine Fire Department)

Century old home destroyed by fire

NEGLEY — A century old farm house on Pine Hollow Road was destroyed by fire Saturday after a mattress caught fire. Negley Fire Chief Gary Banicki said that assistant chief Jim Wolfe was the first on the scene at 46108 Pine Hollow Road and was told by owner Carolyn Palmer that a mattress was ...