The Arby's Cruisin' Crew will be known as the Cruisin' Crew, according to Gene Johnson, president of the organization that has operated the Saturday night cruises at the Salem Arby's restaurant for six years. "We are just using Cruisin Crew," Johnson said, explaining that the adjustment is the result of changes in how money collected at its events is channeled and distributed.

In observance of October as National Roller Skating Month, the Salem Fun Factory is offering free skating, including skate rental or play admission , from 6 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday this month. GOSHEN?TWP.

State Sen. Joe Schiavoni recently introduced a bill that would make $1 billion in funding available for improvements to public water and sewer systems at a time when Ohio has $27 billion worth of needs. Schiavoni, D-Boardman, whose district covers Columbiana and Mahoning counties, introduced legislation in early September that calls for placing the bond issue on the ballot for voters to approve.

The Ohio public defender says qualified lawyers are increasingly cutting back on court-appointed work representing poor defendants, leaving that work to less-experienced attorneys. Providing legal defense to indigent defendants has largely been left to each county in Ohio.

An assistant principal in the Beaver Local school district is heading north while another, the son of a former principal, has been selected to take over. The Beaver Local Board of Education approved the appointment of Jordan Williams as the new assistant principal for the high school during a brief special meeting Monday evening.

South Range girls and Austintown Fitch boys won team titles at Tuesday's Mahoning County Cross Country Championships at Austintown Township Park. Poland's Maggie Sebest won the girls title with 19:47, while South Range's Zena Maali was second .

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced a lawsuit against the operators of a home improvement outfit accused of failing to deliver promised services to consumers across the state. The lawsuit accuses John Lee Chapman and Trena White, both doing business as Home Investment Time Inc., of violating Ohio's Consumer Sales Practices Act and Home Solicitation Sales Act.

Sept. 26--WARREN -- The Trumbull County commissioners have hired Mark Hess for the new position of administrator and grants manager for Trumbull Transit, the county's public transportation service. Hess will leave his job as Niles engineering, grant and development coordinator at the end of October.

Could the port authority that serves Mahoning and Trumbull counties be the next stop for soon-to-be former Columbiana County Port Authority CEO Tracy Drake? John Moliterno, the new director of the Western Reserve Port Authority confirmed he has spoken with Drake about possibly coming to work for the WRPA in some capacity. "I've had a couple of conversations with Tracy about his future and what he plans to do," Moliterno said of Drake, who he describes as a friend and someone he has known for a long time.

Unemployment figures for the three-county area were released on Tuesday, and they're as low as they've been in years. At Michael Alberini's restaurant in Boardman, the answer is a resounding "yes".

Michael Bilas was placed on four years probation for two counts of passing bad checks after he appeared for sentencing in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Friday with $6760 in restitution. Bilas, 55, Pleasant Valley Court, Salem, who has a trucking business, was charged after a $6,752 check he wrote to Leake Oil in East Palestine in March 2014 bounced.

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that an anti-fracking measure in Youngstown must be put back on fall ballots. In a unanimous decision, the high court said the Mahoning County Board of Elections lacked the authority not to certify an anti-fracking charter amendment and so must put it back on the Nov. 3 ballot.

More than 100 counties, cities, school boards and other public agencies began posting details of how they spend public monies on an expanded state website Thursday, with more to follow suit in coming weeks and months.

A 20-year-old Youngstown man was sentenced by Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam to four years probation on his first drug-related charge as an adult. In July, Edward L. Robinson Jr., pleaded guilty to possession of drugs and obstructing official business.

With the early fall apple-picking season under way, producers say the orchards this year survived all sorts of weather extremes during the growing season to yield some fruit. Eric Barrett, an educator with the Mahoning County Extension Office of the Ohio State University in Canfield, said northeast Ohio apple farmers were lucky in the spring because there was not a frost in April, during apple blooming season.

As it celebrates its 60th anniversary October 1, about the only thing that remains unchanged about the superhighway is its length at 241 miles. Originally two lanes in each direction, a third lane was added over the span of 18 years from 1996 to 2014, for 160 miles between Maumee and Jackson Township in Mahoning County, the turnpike's most heavily traveled section.

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that an anti-fracking measure in Youngstown must be put back on fall ballots. The Vindicator newspaper reports the court agreed with the city that the Mahoning County Board of Elections lacked the authority not to certify the anti-fracking "Community Bill of Rights."