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Flashback: Of Steel Mills and Railroads

By Rich Melvin STRUTHERS, Ohio — In the 1970s, I enjoyed taking pictures of trains traveling on railroads in the Mahoning Valley. I had a good Canon film camera and shot a lot of 35mm slides on Kodachrome film. Back then, the Detroit Edison Co. ran trains from Detroit to the coal fields of Pennsylvania […]

By Rich Melvin STRUTHERS, Ohio -- In the 1970s, I enjoyed taking pictures of trains traveling on railroads in the Mahoning Valley. I had a good Canon film camera and shot a lot of 35mm slides on Kodachrome film. Back then, the Detroit Edison Co. ran trains from Detroit to...

YMCA, City Parks Partner for Free Swim Lessons

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The YMCA of Youngstown is expanding its collaboration with city’s Parks and Recreation Department and will provide free swim lessons this summer to children at Northside Pool. The new outreach program is designed to promote safety around water and reduce water-related fatalities. “Drowning is the second leading cause of death in kids […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The YMCA of Youngstown is expanding its collaboration with city's Parks and Recreation Department and will provide free swim lessons this summer to children at Northside Pool. The new outreach program is designed to promote safety around water and reduce water-related fatalities. “Drowning is the second leading...

CityScape Urges Supporters to ‘Spruce Up Youngstown’

youngstown cityscape

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown CityScape urged downtown stakeholders and the broader community to “Spruce Up Youngstown” at its annual Streetscape planting and cleanup event. This year’s Streetscape is scheduled for June 1. CityScape held the kickoff breakfast for the 2019 Streetscape campaign Friday morning at the Central Branch of the YMCA. The kickoff breakfast “is […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown CityScape urged downtown stakeholders and the broader community to “Spruce Up Youngstown” at its annual Streetscape planting and cleanup event. This year’s Streetscape is scheduled for June 1. CityScape held the kickoff breakfast for the 2019 Streetscape campaign Friday morning at the Central Branch of the...

Wean Foundation Announces $226K in Grants

WARREN, Ohio – The Raymond John Wean Foundation approved community investment grants totaling $226,383 at its quarterly meeting earlier this month, approving awards to seven organizations. Trumbull County Historical Society was given a grant for its Voices oral history project, which will engage residents across Warren to collect the history and shared memories of their […]

WARREN, Ohio – The Raymond John Wean Foundation approved community investment grants totaling $226,383 at its quarterly meeting earlier this month, approving awards to seven organizations. Trumbull County Historical Society was given a grant for its Voices oral history project, which will engage residents across Warren to collect the history...

How U.S. Route 224 Became Route 224

U.S. Route 224 Boardman

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A map of Ohio dated 1814 shows a young state that is covered with fissures depicting known rivers and streams, political subdivisions recognizing 21 counties, and a large area to the northwest designated “Indian Land.” There are also dozens of hairlines drawn across the map, most of them extending east to west […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A map of Ohio dated 1814 shows a young state that is covered with fissures depicting known rivers and streams, political subdivisions recognizing 21 counties, and a large area to the northwest designated “Indian Land.” There are also dozens of hairlines drawn across the map, most of...

Islamic Society to Hold Interfaith Vigil for Christchurch

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — In response to the shooting at the Christchurch mosque in New Zealand last Friday, the Islamic Society of Greater Youngstown is holding an interfaith vigil tomorrow at 6 p.m. The vigil is intended to mourn the 50 victims of the shooting, “share messages of love, compassion, and solidarity with the loved ones […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- In response to the shooting at the Christchurch mosque in New Zealand last Friday, the Islamic Society of Greater Youngstown is holding an interfaith vigil tomorrow at 6 p.m. The vigil is intended to mourn the 50 victims of the shooting, "share messages of love, compassion, and...

Cafaro Foundation Rewards Work of Goodwill Industries

NILES, Ohio — Every year, from November through December, acts of kindness and charitable works are an intrinsic part of the holiday season. This past year, an organization that works year round to help people partnered with Eastwood Mall to help even more citizens. Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries established a location in the mall where […]

NILES, Ohio -- Every year, from November through December, acts of kindness and charitable works are an intrinsic part of the holiday season. This past year, an organization that works year round to help people partnered with Eastwood Mall to help even more citizens. Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries established a...

Flashback: The Impeachment of George Tod

George Tod died in 1841 on the family homestead at Brier Hill in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – There was little political drama during the Feb. 12, 1805 session of the Ohio General Assembly surrounding the passage of an unassuming bill titled “An Act Defining the Duties of Justices of the Peace and Constables in Civil and Criminal Cases.” But the firestorm unleashed from this otherwise innocuous law laid bare […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – There was little political drama during the Feb. 12, 1805 session of the Ohio General Assembly surrounding the passage of an unassuming bill titled “An Act Defining the Duties of Justices of the Peace and Constables in Civil and Criminal Cases.” But the firestorm unleashed from this...

Youngstown’s Defender Prepares to Head to Cleveland

Phil Kidd heads to cleveland

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Phil Kidd strolled over Monday for a photo by the Man on the Monument statue in Central Square here. The site is a familiar setting for downtown motorists and pedestrians of 13 or more years ago, who saw Kidd in the square during his regular weekend vigil when he held a sign […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Phil Kidd strolled over Monday for a photo by the Man on the Monument statue in Central Square here. The site is a familiar setting for downtown motorists and pedestrians of 13 or more years ago, who saw Kidd in the square during his regular weekend vigil...

Commentary: We Were Children, Performing in Blackface

Commentary: We Were Children, Performing in Blackface

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — We were 12 years old, in seventh grade, growing up in a sheltered Pittsburgh suburb, a world away from where children would march in Birmingham, Ala., in May 1963 only to be pushed back by fire hoses and angry police dogs. It was 1962 or 1963. I don’t remember the month and […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- We were 12 years old, in seventh grade, growing up in a sheltered Pittsburgh suburb, a world away from where children would march in Birmingham, Ala., in May 1963 only to be pushed back by fire hoses and angry police dogs. It was 1962 or 1963. I...