A new proposal before city council calls for police dispatchers to remain part-time, but with substantial wage increases, additional money for afternoon and night shifts and two extra personal days. The idea to now ditch moving three part-time dispatchers to full-time before it happens comes as a trade-off to hire an additional full-time officer so the city can accept an offer by the Salem Community Foundation to fund a second police dog, pay for the dog's training with a handler and fund a second vehicle equipped for a K-9 unit.

A lawsuit claiming human remains from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on New York City were disposed of at the Negley landfill has been dismissed on factual and legal grounds.

The three drug overdoses that occurred at the same time on the same day in October at the Columbiana County Jail shouldn't be shocking, considering the increasing number of heroin overdoses and deaths we've been experiencing in this county. It is frightening, however, that the overdose victims were inmates at a facility that is supposed to be under strict control and surveillance.

A precinct breakdown shows voters in Salem's Third Ward favored the Salem charter commission question overall, although the vote tally in one of the three precincts in the ward leaned the other way. That's according to the precincts report from the Columbiana County Board of Elections which shows how the votes fell in all 10 precincts after the final results were certified.

A new Columbiana County organization created to help with local road projects will assist the state with a proposed major upgrade of the Salem bypass. The county Transportation Improvement District board voted at Thursday's meeting to provide $25,000 to serve as a local match so the Ohio Department of Transportation can seek a $250,000 federal planning grant for the project.

A Madison Township man finally got his wish five months following his death after a local judge ruled the custody of his dog belongs to the man's estate, clearing the way for the pet to live with his son's family. The unusual ruling was issued this week by Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge C. Ashley Pike in the case of the late Marcus Morlan, who filed a lawsuit before he died earlier this year seeking a court order declaring that he, and not Shane B. Bogle, was the sole owner of Ker Plunk.

County Sheriff to Nationstar Mortgage, home on Ceramic Street; $26,348. Kathy Beck to Gary Greathouse, home on Holliday Street; $50,000.

Jaime Emery is following her ex-boyfriend to prison for going along with his plan to withhold food from her three young sons, who became so hungry they secretly scavenged through the trash at night for something to eat. Emery, who previously pleaded guilty to three counts of child endangering, was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison by Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam, who tacked two years on top of the six-year sentence recommended as part of the plea deal reached with the prosecutor's office.

A former Hanoverton area man who stole from the Guilford Lake Dairy Bar asked Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam this week for a second chance. Jacob W. Snyder, 27, Akron, who previously at different times lived on South Lane and on Sanor Road, Hanoverton, was placed on four years community control for trafficking in drugs and theft.

Ribbon cutting for ESC store The Columbiana County Educational Service Center will hold its grand opening on Saturday at 440 E. State in Salem after a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday with two classes of students with multiple disabilities, Mayor John Berlin and members of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce attending. The "Reach for the Stars" store will offer an array of local and regional products in time for the holiday shopping season.

Columbiana County commissioners followed through with their plan to cut budget appropriations by 6 percent in 2017 to address an anticipated $800,000 shortfall. The 2017 county budget adopted Wednesday by commissioners reduces appropriations for general fund offices from $19.4 million to $18.6 million next year because Medicaid services are no longer subject to state and local sales taxes because of federal rules changes.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday released a final report finding that although the Nexus pipeline will likely have some adverse ecological impacts, the benefits will outweigh those effects. The underground pipeline, more than three feet in diameter, would carry products from the shale gas fields of Eastern Ohio to Michigan and Canada.

In September, Jeremy Timmons, who lives in the 4400 block of McCracken Road, said a neighbor was planting trees and not keeping the property mowed resulting in weeds blowing onto his fields. Timmons related that neighbors were having a problem with marestails too, and provided trustees with a soil and water conservation form listing the steps needed to be taken.

With a move toward a high school precision machining and manufacturing trades program, the board at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center made some personnel changes on Monday. The board voted to hire Matt Peters as the instructor for the program, which will begin for the 2017-18 school year.

A drug trafficking organization that set up shop in Salem suffered a serious blow over the past several days as seven members, including the Warren woman investigators say led the corrupt activity, found themselves the subjects of a 51-count indictment. An additional two members have yet to be served, but Columbiana County Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Gamble said Tuesday that they're already behind bars and on their way back to the county where they'll receive their paperwork, just like their co-defendants.

The Salem community lost an outstanding woman, mother, citizen and government leader when Connie Alexander died late Saturday night, four days before her 92nd birthday, which is today. A caring, loving mother and beloved woman, she served the community in public office, with dedication to her civic duties, and love of her African American heritage which were all so apparent in her brilliant, ever-present smile.

Given the fickleness of late November weather, our plans are often dictated by the forecast. Fortunately on Thursday it should be dry, partly cloudy and in the high 30s for the annual Christmas parade co-hosted by the Salem News and the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.