A federal magistrate is recommending that Columbiana County be allowed to collect a more than $20-million dollar judgment to repay funds embezzled from the county by the son of late county treasurer Ardele Strabala. U.S. Magistrate David Ruiz signed a recommendation that would revive a dormant court judgment levied against Stephen Strabala in 1995 when a federal judge sentenced him to nine years in prison.

The Columbiana County Career and Technical Center held the inaugural schoolwide SkillsUSA competition. Students who placed first in each of the competitions advanced to the regional event.

Some voters in East Liverpool, St. Clair Township and Yellow Creek Township will have new polling places the next time they vote. Four precincts are being combined into two reducing the number of precincts in the county from 89 to 87. The changes to precincts and polling places were approved this week by the county elections board.

Leetonia Schools will host Operation Street Smart for students, parents and community members from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. March 2 in the high school gymnasium. The assembly will be presented to junior/senior high students, but parents, students, teachers and community members are encouraged to attend.

Chester Area Tri-State Business Expo, Health Fair and Craft Show is April 7-8 at the Chester Municipal Building, 600 Indiana Ave. The theme is Vendors asked to donate one item for a chinese auction. Cost for tables is $25 each for weekend.

Salem shared third place during the recent Columbiana County Academic Challenge. From left, Josh Andrews, Grace Shockey, Jackson Corbisello, Rylie Zeigler, Zach Tungate, Olivia Dotson and Ben Musser.

We should all realize - and not ever take for granted especially at breakfast, lunch or dinner time - that agriculture plays a critical role for all of us living in Columbiana and southern Mahoning counties. According to the Farm Journal, Columbiana County has nearly 4,000 farms over an area of 543 square miles.

If an acceptable and affordable proposal is received, the 16-bed facility would be opened at the former Lamb's House facility on Union Ridge Road in Middleton Township. "We're hopeful we're going to get a good proposal because we really feel this is needed in our county," said Kathie Chaffee, executive director of the county Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, which is helping fund the project.

Larry O. Foster, 61, St. George Street, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to two counts of possession of drugs. He is facing up to two years in prison, a five-year license suspension and a $5,000 fine.

In a five-page superseding indictment, Tye W.D. Mattern, 31, Echo Dell Road, East Liverpool, has been charged by the Columbiana County grand jury with 19 counts of possession of drugs, five counts of trafficking in drugs which include a forfeiture specification and one count of intimidation of a witness. On both Jan. 13, 2016, and Jan. 20, 2016, Mattern reportedly offered to sell designer amphetamine derivative known as 2- -N-{ methyl} ethanamine , in amounts greater than five times the bulk amount.

Funded by the attorney general's office and conducted by the Ohio Peace Officer's Training Academy , the training was part of OPOTA's mobile academy to teach weapons manipulation techniques and tactics used to search interior structures. Nearly 40 officers from departments including Goshen Township, Smith Township, Salem, East Palestine and the Columbiana County Drug Task Force attended the training held Tuesday through Thursday in the gymnasium of the Goshen Township Administration Building.

While village council still appears opposed to eliminating parking meters, it is willing to consider alternatives if it continues to generate enough revenue to pay for a meter reader. That is what came from this week's council meeting after Lisbon Area Chamber of Commerce president Susan Shank and executive director Marilyn McCullough returned to again ask that parking meters be eliminated in the belief the meters and the $10 parking tickets that sometimes result are discouraging people from shopping in the village's downtown business district.

The VFW Post 66 will serve breakfast 7:30 a.m. to noon Sunday. Menu includes eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy, biscuits, hotcakes, toast, tea or coffee.

Flu occurrences are on the rise, and Richland Public Health is urging those who have not yet received their flu shot to get one, and those who have to consider getting a booster. This all comes in the wake of a press release sent out from the Ohio Department of Health, saying: "We had another pediatric flu death over the weekend in Columbiana County.

With deaths of two children due to influenza in the past month in Columbiana County, nurse Jennifer Davis informed the Columbiana County General Health District Board on Wednesday about the most up to date figures and situation. The county health department still has plenty of flu shots available if anyone still needs one.

"When I was a kid Downtown Lisbon was great. We had shoe stores, we had jewelry stores, we had grocery stores, " says Mayor Joe Morenz of his childhood in Lisbon.

The Calla Community Church Women's Missionary Society will host its annual Soup Sale at 4 p.m. Friday at the church. The soups available are chicken noodle and vegetable beef and are $6 a quart.