But he also said he's keeping informed about what's happening in Portage and Mahoning counties, the two closest counties where people are self-monitoring under the direction of those health departments. He told city health board members during their meeting Wednesday about activities related to Ebola.

Two people were arrested Thursday in connection with the daylight theft from a Center Township property where one of the accused had worked on the roof earlier in the week. Charged with breaking and entering was Eric Jordan, 36, East Pidgeon Road, Salem, while Robert C. Cochran Jr., 26, St. Jacob-Logtown Road, Lisbon, was charged with complicity to breaking and entering.

I would like to respond to the comments made by City Treasurer, Dr. John Conrad, during a council meeting regarding developer Scott Cahill. I don't know about a bogeyman in building inspection policies or if Dr. Conrad just wanted to embarrass Mr. Cahill.

The 18th annual Taste in Salem, a United Way fundraising event sponsored by the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, announced the winners of the various competitions held during the program portion of the event on Wednesday evening at the Salem Golf Club. In the Restaurant Category, the results were: Best Presentation: Spread Eagle Tavern; Best Savory: Lock 24; Best Sweet: Bob Evans; and Best Overall: Lock 24. In the Deli and Catering Category the results were: Best Presentation: Walmart; Best Savory: Fifth Season; Best Sweet: Salem Regional Medical Center; and Best Overall: Salem Giant Eagle.

United Ruriteens will participate in a bike and hike from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday on the Columbiana County Greenway Trail. Students, family and friends are asked to check in at the entrance on Teegarden Road near the covered bridge.

Columbiana County's unemployment rate in September dropped to pre-2007 levels, according to figures released last week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The jobless rate in the county was 5.5 percent last month compared to 5.8 percent in August.

EAST LIVERPOOL Drugs and paraphernalia were found Thursday when the Columbiana County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on a house at 923 Vine St. Although occupants Amanda Bragg and Anthony Williams were not home when officers converged on the house, Bragg walked up to the scene as officers were searching the home, demanding to know who they were and what they were doing. After DTF Director Brian McLaughlin identified himself and advised that a search warrant for drugs was being executed, Bragg proclaimed, "There's no drugs in there.

Brandon Kovach came out swinging against Columbiana County Auditor Nancy Milliken on Wednesday, accusing her of mismanagement and misrepresenting her record. "We can't afford four more years," said Kovach, the Democratic nominee for auditor, at a candidates forum sponsored by local media.

Republican Columbiana County Commissioner Mike Halleck listed off many of his accomplishments as reasons for his re-election Wednesday night, but his Democratic opponent, Dan Bailey, was not impressed. Bailey said what has been done with the Columbiana County Drug Task Force the last two years is good, but is only a band-aid on the drug problem in the county.

An East Liverpool man with prior domestic violence convictions received probation for another. Rowdy J. Fickes, 49, St. Clair Avenue, East Liverpool, was sentenced to three years probation by Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam after previously pleading guilty to felony domestic violence.

John and Janice Ramus, Salem, are announcing the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Danielle Ramus to Tim Crouse, son of Terry and Stephania Crouse, Newport, Pennsylvania. The bride-elect graduated from Gannon University in 2011 with a masters in occupational therapy.

Salem residents Gary and Judy Greenisen sample the cuisine offered by Lock 24 restaurant chef Brian Lowther, left, and server Jeremy McCreight during the 18th Annual Taste In Salem fundraiser held at the Salem Golf Club Wednesday evening.The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the event which benefits the United Way Services of Northern Columbiana County. George W.S. Hays of United Way Services of Northern Columbiana County toasts the annual Diamond Drop giveaway as Julie Needs of Home Savings & Loan models the diamond necklace donated by Jackie Troll of Troll's Jewelry.

A car that reportedly drove through a stop light south of the state Route 9 and bypass intersection in Perry Township struck Columbiana County Educational Service Center bus No. 7 early Wednesday.

Since 1948, which is longer than my lifetime, the McCook House in downtown Carrollton has been open to the public as a museum. As many times as I've visited the governmental seat of Carroll County as a youth and adult, I never visited it.

Deputies were called to a domestic dispute on Buck Road, Beloit, at 9:11 p.m. Sunday. The 16-year-old boy was taken into custody for probation violations and was taken to a local hospital to be examined after the boy admitted drinking some beer that was given to him.

The Humane Society of Columbiana County will host the 2014 Retro ROCC and Rescue Reverse Raffle on Nov. 1 at The Guilford Lake Grille, 7094 E. Lake Road in Lisbon.

Motorists can expect some traffic snarls this coming week as work begins on the city street paving program Monday and State Street closes between Lincoln and Ellsworth on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the TanFastic building fix. Mayor John Berlin said the work to shore up the column of bricks in danger of falling from the TanFastic building downtown is still scheduled to begin Tuesday and continue through Thursday, barring any complications or last-minute adjustments.