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Perfect ‘paw’tnership

CALCUTTA — As St. Clair Township canine handler Joshua Jackson explains, his K-9 partner Noras is not your typical working dog. Most police canines are known for being a so-called “chainsaw on a leash” — especially in big city departments. However, he explained that his match with ...

County hasn’t shaken coronavirus just yet

LISBON — Coronavirus cases have been rising somewhat in recent weeks across the state and here as well. Columbiana County has now had 8,467 cases, 475 people hospitalized and 225 deaths, according to the Ohio Department of Health. That is an increase of 89 cases over the past week with ...

Firefighters battle blaze at Newell refinery for seven hours

NEWELL, W.Va. — The West Virginia fire marshal is investigating what caused a late night blaze at the Ergon refinery Wednesday night. Seven fire departments from Ohio and West Virginia responded at 10:26 p.m to the fire at an unoccupied maintenance shop at the Newell refinery that caused ...

Cities, villages to get own ARP

LISBON — Local municipalities throughout the county are expected to see additional $9.4 million through the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan signed into law on March 12. These funds are in addition to the nearly $20 million Columbiana County commissioners are expected to receive. The ...

Hancock County continues ARP preparation

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County Commission is continuing its preparations for federal funding through the American Rescue Plan. During their meeting Thursday, commissioners approved the creation of a new fund account in the county’s budget to hold money expected through the ...

Woman charged, allegedly fled from cop, dragging him

EAST LIVERPOOL — A Columbiana area woman finds herself in jail in lieu of $100,000 cash or surety bond after spending Thursday morning allegedly trying to outrun the police. Brandi Lee Cope (aka McVay), of Lower Elkton Road, is set for a preliminary hearing Thursday in East Liverpool ...

County man bound over to grand jury on murder charge

LISBON — Gary Joiner, the man accused in the shooting death of Ryan Virden in a Homeworth Road home last week, was bound over to the grand jury following a preliminary hearing in county Municipal Court on Thursday. Joiner, 42, Fink Road, Kensington, is charged with murder, an unclassified ...

Route 30 crash victims identified

LISBON — A father and son have been identified as the two victims of the fatal crash that occured Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 30. The driver was identified as James Mullins, 72, and his passenger was identified as his son Jacob Mullins, 34, according to Columbiana County Coroner’s Office ...

Short causes backhoe to catch fire

EAST LIVERPOOL — A short in a city backhoe was blamed for a Wednesday evening fire at a building on the city’s east end. According to Eric Croxall, assistant city fire chief, crews responded at 8:21 p.m. to a city maintenance building in the 1200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue for a blaze. ...

Virus cases, hospitalizations in Ohio begin to rise again

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — While virus cases and hospitalizations in Ohio begin to rise again, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday he remains optimistic of the state goal to remove health orders by July 4. “We’re going in the wrong direction and we’re going away from our goal,” DeWine said. ...