Year ago it might have been shocking to hear that the Columbiana County Office on Aging in Salem would be closing its doors. The agency once provided many vital services for senior citizens.

The local labor leader who was replaced on the Columbiana County Port Authority expressed his disappointment because county commissioners decided against naming another union official in his stead. Don Crane, president of the Western Reserve Building and Construction Trades Council, attended Wednesday's meeting of county commissioners to say their failure to replace him with another labor official was a break with tradition.

The Columbiana County Drug Task Force and the Salem Police Department served a search warrant at 162 W. Pershing St. at 5:21 p.m. Thursday. Detective Lt.

Kenneth A. Burbick, 47, Wayne Bridge Road, Lisbon, was initially traveling north on Smith Road in St. Clair Township at 4:02 p.m. Tuesday before he stopped and backed up, hitting John D. Hall, 46, Smith Road, Negley, who was traveling north. Burbick was cited for improper starting and backing.

Jumping into a cold lake on Jan. 31 will do more than bring on a bout of temporary shivers, it will raise money for local animals in need, and the Hanover Township Fire Department. The first ever Polar Plunge at Guilford Lake will benefit the Humane Society of Columbiana County and the nearby fire department, which will be on hand to supervise the event.

The Columbiana County Federation of Conservation Clubs will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Leetonia Sportsman's Club. Final plans will be made for the annual fundraising dinner.

Communities will soon be asked to approve a significant upgrade to Columbiana County's 911 plan, the first since the system becoming fully operational in 2008. Commissioner Tim Weigle said he intends to draft a resolution for his fellow commissioners to pass at their Jan. 28 meeting, which is the first step in the process needed before the system can be upgraded to Next Generation 911.

Leslie Pitts, Knox School Road, Minerva, reported Dec. 26 someone stole several power tools from his garage sometime Dec. 23, and that he believed it was his grandson Joe Green and ex-son-in-law Joe Green Sr., and their friend Branson Poole. A deputy visited Joe Green at the Stark County jail on Jan. 7 and Green said the stolen items were located on U.S. 30 in Minerva, which was where he was staying until his incarceration.

Drug agents recovered money, drugs, drug paraphernalia and suspected stolen goods after searching a city residence at 1700 South Lincoln Avenue Wednesday afternoon, with arrests pending. Columbiana County Drug Task Force Director Det.

Columbiana County commissioners have decided to cease providing any matching funds for the local Office on Aging, a move that will result in the Salem facility closing Jan. 31. Commission Chairman Tim Weigle announced at this week's meeting they had decided to pull their funding because the Office on Aging was being used by less than three people per day on average at its offices in the Salem Memorial Building, and the state was continuing to slash its allocation. "During our budget process, commissioners decided not to fund the because the number of clients had dropped off to where it didn't justify continuing to fund it," he said.

William McMillan, 21, Silliman Street, New Waterford, was sentenced in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to 13 months for receiving stolen property and breaking and entering. He was granted credit for 220 days served.

The current contract expires in March and council will see if anyone else is interested in the position. In 2011, council had advertised the position also, before deciding to rehire Barborak.

Community Action Agency is announcing new programs available to assist Columbiana County residents. The CAA will be utilizing Community Service Block Grant funding to assist individuals with delinquent water bills and to purchase vehicles.

Thomas C. Wells, 49, Route 8, Chester, W.Va., was served a secret indictment for two counts of trafficking in drugs for allegedly having less than the bulk amount of morphine and codeine on May 21. The indictment was issued by the grand jury in December. Amanda L. Bragg, 35, Vine Street, East Liverpool, was served a secret indictment for possession of drugs and possession of dangerous drugs for reportedly having both cocaine and trazodone on Oct. 23. The indictment was issued by the grand jury in January.

Representatives from the local office of Comfort Keepers will be holding a recruitment day at Kent State-East Liverpool from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday in the Mary Patterson Building. Comfort Keepers provides home care for seniors and other adults who need help with daily living activities throughout Columbiana County and neighboring communities.

Not knowing exactly what they were dealing with in the moments the 911 system went offline last week, city police began to quickly implement their emergency operating procedure. Police Chief Tim Gladis said during the Tuesday council meeting that the department notified other safety forces and the city's electrical superintendent Doug Sturgeon and city manager Lance Willard while they worked to determine if the system went offline by accident or as a result of a deliberate attack.

The Fairfield Township Ruritan Club will hold its first monthly meeting for 2015 at 7 p.m. Thursday at Heck's Restaurant. Chris Meta, patent attorney, will be the guest speaker.

No charges will be filed in the case of the county auditor candidate after a supporter filed a report saying she believed he wanted her to lie about whether his campaign signs had been tampered with by his opponent's spouse. Don Humphrey Jr., an assistant Columbiana County prosecutor, said there was insufficient evidence to support that Brandon Kovach may have filed a false report with the county sheriff's office.

Denise L. Brownfield, 50, Carbon Hill Road, East Palestine, pleaded guilty in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to a felony charge of OVI. Sentencing is set for March 16, when she faces up to five years in prison, a $10,500 fine, a class two lifetime operator's license suspension, mandatory alcohol/drug addiction program participation and forfeiture of her vehicle.

In Columbiana County Municipal Court on Tuesday, a Jan. 29 preliminary hearing was set for Phillip J. Ruiz, 41, Virginia Avenue, Minerva, charged with resisting arrest, domestic violence and aggravated menacing for allegedly threatening to kill his mother and her husband on Monday. A Jan. 22 preliminary hearing was set for John L. Weaver, 35, Cleveland Street, Salem, charged with domestic violence for allegedly injuring Sabre J. Nelson, who was living with him on Friday and for having a previous domestic violence conviction on his record.