The Mantsinen 120 HybriLift material handler equipped with a 4 cu. yd. bucket was the main attraction at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Students from the Landscape and Environmental Design program at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center recently competed in District 3 Urban Soils Judging competition in Shreve, Ohio on Sept. 28. Among the 8 schools who participated in the competition, the CCCTC team qualified to advance to the state competition to be held in October.

Habitat for Humanity members of the northern Columbiana County affiliate Dave Bedell , and Barb Loudon joined Habitat for Humanity members of the Mahoning Valley David Redig and Monica Craven on Thursday in Columbiana to announce that the two affiliates would be merging beginning Jan. 1. The group is standing in front of the last home constructed through the Columbiana County affiliate. The home is located on Beverly Drive.

Officers spoke with the owner of the building who did not know the female the calls were coming from. Officers went to her last known address but received no response at the door.

A caller reported there was someone on the property of the old chemical plant on Darlington Road, Negley, at 12:54 a.m. Sunday. Property owner Michael LaBate was found at the site and he said he was checking the premises after he caught some youths breaking into his farm across the road.

Columbiana County's land bank program will receive an additional $1.6 million in federal funding to acquire and demolish another 100 abandoned and dilapidated homes in East Liverpool, Salem and Wellsville. The Ohio Housing Finance Agency announced Wednesday the county was being awarded $1.6 million in demolition money under the federal Neighborhood Initiative Program, which is in addition to the $1.6 million in NIP grant funding already received over the past two years.

Village Administrator Paul Anthony discussed several topics and offered gratitude to several village employees as he made his final report during Tuesday's village council meeting. The meeting was Anthony's final as village administrator as he will step down to accept a position with the Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

As a community service project, the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center's chapter of the National Technical Honor Society is collecting items to fill Christmas stockings that will be sent overseas to active military members serving our country during the upcoming holiday season. Items needed include candy, chocolates, slim jims, jerky, trail mix, nuts, gum, dried fruit, life savers, healthy snacks, DVDs, CDs, playing cards, wet wipes, travel dental kits, small shaving cream, razors, lip balm, tissues, iTunes giftcards, batteries, socks, and wash clothes.

On Tuesday, City Council passed emergency legislation allowing City Manager Lance Willard to contract with the Ohio Department of Transportation District 4 for the federal funding, which will cover 85 percent of the project cost, with the city responsible for a 15 percent match roughly $10,000. According to information on the ODOT website, the total estimated cost of the project is $3.5 million, with bids to be awarded in December.

Three part-time police dispatchers took a step closer to full-time status, with the Finance Committee agreeing to recommend the additional cost after listening to comments from Chief J.T. Panezott, longtime dispatcher Tina Cutright, Mayor John Berlin and Columbiana County Commissioner Tim Weigle. All that remains is for the proposal to come before city council for approval based on the committee's recommendation.

Sherri Phillips, the former secretary and financial aid officer at the Hannah Mullins School of Practical Nursing in Salem several years ago, had her trial pushed back another three months due to health problems. Phillips, 49, Longs Crossing Road, Leetonia, appeared in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday walking with the aid of a cane and in apparent pain.

City police investigated another death from a suspected drug overdose over the weekend, leading Chief J.T. Panezott to make a plea for addicts to drop off their drugs at the station, no questions asked. "I wish the message was as simple as 'don't do it.'

Men and women in orange jumpsuits with their hands and feet shackled walk into a school gymnasium and stand in a line for the students to see. To a kindergarten student, the sight alone should be enough to make a point that doing drugs will end you up in places you don't want to be, Columbiana County Municipal Court Judge Chris Amato said.

A lawsuit naming the village and a resident over overgrown shrubbery along an alley that allegedly blocks a safe sight line onto Washington Street, was filed in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court on Oct. 11. The lawsuit names the village and Lance W. Grimes seeking injunctive action to have the shrubbery overgrowth trimmed and maintained as it constitutes a nuisance for vehicles passing on the alleyway, it says, adding it prohibits safe passage due to limited visibility. Last December, Heintz said the village recently had a survey of the area and at the Dec. 7 meeting said a lawsuit involving the Grimes' property was dismissed.

With a handshake and congratulations from Salem school board members Monday night, Salem resident and Vietnam veteran George R. Brown experienced a rite of passage he missed during his youth -his high school graduation. The retiree left in 1972 in what would have been his junior year at Salem High School and joined the U.S. Navy, giving eight years service to his country, including during the Vietnam War.

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With drug abuse becoming more and more common in the area, the St. Clair Township Police Department is sponsoring Operation: Street Smart, an adult drug education seminar for the public form 6-9 p.m. Oct. 27 at Beaver Local School, Bell School Road. Presented by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, the program has received the FBI Director's Award for Community Leadership and the Project Know Award.