Local Columns

Unemployment rate declines for second consecutive month

LISBON — Columbiana County’s unemployment rate declined for a second consecutive month in March. The county’s jobless rate in March was 6.8 percent, down from 7.3 percent registered the month before, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family ...

A ‘Common Greenbody.’ (Photo courtesy of Phil Wellington)

‘Common Greenbody’ sighted in ELO

The common greenbody, or Greenus migratorius, was a well known species of bird that went extinct in 1932. Because they never blinked, they were hunted for their eyeballs, which were used for teddy bear eyes. Tuesday morning local resident, Phil Wellington, reported seeing the bird. Here ...

Life in the Shadows

According to reports, moles have invaded the home of the Buttonballs and “right field looks like it has varicose veins.” Mayor Chibble says the town needs to establish rules for the new Marsuoin Park restrooms, “before things get out of hand.” In related news, the Castor Area Spastic ...

Board approves retirement, contracts

SALINEVILLE — There will be a number of comings and goings in the near future at Southern Local Schools. Under personnel, at its recent meeting, the Southern Local Board of Education first approved the retirement of elementary teacher Janet Fellenger, who has worked in the district for 14 ...

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The Bookmobile

In 1920 Chase Bibble, the owner of Castaway Books, bought a milk wagon and paid Huddleston Drayson to convert it to a bookmobile. Bibble took to the roads of western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio the next spring, leaving his sister, Dorothy Swain, to run the book store. At a time when farmers ...

What’s happening @theMuseum

The Museum of Ceramics documents the history of the town and the pottery industry. Walking through, viewing the artifacts and reading the panels, visitors learn our story. Most visitors appreciate the offerings and enjoy the visit. It is our job (the staff and volunteers) to add to that and ...

Life in the Shadows

Eighty-seven people attended last week’s dedication of the new Marsuoin Park restrooms. The use of toilet-paper for the ribbon-cutting ceremony was pure genius and Mayor Chibble’s address was well-received, even if he did venture into hyperbole by calling the new facility a “monument to ...

‘Loof Lirpa’

The newspaper office was in its post-deadline doldrums that Tuesday afternoon. The financial editor, trying desperately to raise the price of two drinks at the bar next door, was busy conning the church editor into buying a half interest in a waterfront lot on Line Island. The police ...

Davis: County’s in good shape

NEW CUMBERLAND — After a two-week recess, Hancock County Commissioners returned to regular session Monday to discussed the county’s general budget. Commissioners approved the budget for fiscal year 2017-18, which consists of revenues in its general fund totaling $9,882,963, and coal ...

Board approves coaching positions

EAST LIVERPOOL — The appointments of several coaching positions were approved by the city school board Monday night, although a wrestling coach was vehemently opposed by one board member. Member Richard Wolf moved for an executive session to discuss employment soon after the meeting ...