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December was positively problematic for coronavirus

LISBON — More than 43 percent of the coronavirus cases in Columbiana County occurred in the month of December, according to the zip code data provided by the county health department. These numbers exclude the cases from the FCI-Elkton federal prison, most of which occurred in the spring ...

EL man gets 18 months for drug-related charges

LISBON — Todd A. Hawthorne, 38, Garner Avenue, East Liverpool, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on drug-related charges, after Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam denied his request to withdraw his guilty pleas. Defense attorney Joseph King said he spoke to Hawthorne recently in East ...

EL area Doordrop effort to continue amid pandemic

EAST LIVERPOOL — According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), eight of 10 COVID-19 deaths reported in the United States have been in adults age 65 or older. The Grace City Church recognizes that older adults are more likely to require hospitalization than younger persons, so ...

Ultium wants 400 employees by end of 2021

LORDSTOWN — Ultium Cells LLC — an electric vehicle battery-cell manufacturing plant jointly backed by General Motors and South Korea’s LG Chem — plans to have 400 employees on board by the end of the year. The company has started with three so far with human resources, training and ...

Handcrafted blankets provide comfort to grieving EL families

EAST LIVERPOOL — For the last two years, the United Methodist Women group has been providing a little warmth for the survivors of those who needed it. Pastor Steve Knisely of the First United Methodist Church of East Liverpool explained that the group has been donating handmade fleece ...

Woman gets 45 days for her role in jail escape

LISBON — An East Liverpool woman who pleaded to an obstructing justice charge for her role in assisting Anthony R. Wagoner when he escaped from the county jail in June of 2019 was sentenced to 45 days in the county jail on Friday. Sonya Shasteen, 44, Cadmus Street, East Liverpool, told ...

Salem man gets 14 years in death of his father

LISBON — David M. Shafer was sentenced to 14 years in prison in Common Pleas Court Friday on charges related to the death of his father, Delbert Shafer, early in 2018. Shafer, 51, state Route 558, Leetonia, told Judge Megan Bickerton, “My father Delbert was an awesome person. He had a ...

County confirms three more deaths from coronavirus

LISBON — As vaccinations of health care workers and those in long-term care facilities continue to happen, Columbiana County had three more deaths and 398 new cases in the past week. Public information officer Laura Fauss of the county health department confirmed Friday there have been ...

Way Station ‘Growing Together’ campaign at $85K

EAST LIVERPOOL — The Way Station started its “Growing Together” capital campaign in August 2020 to raise $150,000 by 2024. Due to the support of many businesses, individuals and foundations, $85,000 has been raised thus far. The goal is to purchase and repair the Way Station building ...

Capitol siege by mob forces questions, ousters

WASHINGTON — The violent siege of the Capitol by President Donald Trump’s supporters forced painful new questions across government Thursday — about his fitness to remain in office for two more weeks, the ability of the police to secure the complex and the future of the Republican Party ...