Jacob Chamberlain, the teen accused as the driver in a traffic crash which killed a classmate and injured a friend last spring, appeared for arraignment before Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge C. Ashley Pike on Thursday. Chamberlain, 18, Bacon Avenue, East Palestine, was represented by Edward Czopur, a defense attorney from Mahoning County, who works in the same law firm as Ronald Yarwood.

The Mahoning County OVI Task Force says it will provide more detailed information about plans to conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Friday. A news release from the Task Force released on Thursday only said that the checkpoint would be somewhere in Mahoning County on Friday.

Two more Valley agencies are reporting possible scams aimed at separating you from your cash under he guise of a good cause. In recent days, the Mahoning County Sheriff and Cortland Police have taken reports of likely scammers attempting to solicit "donations" over the telephone.

Wellsville Village Council will hold a regular meeting at 6 p.m. today at Wellsville Village Hall on Main Street inside council chambers. * brush cutting along state Route 170, from Calcutta to Negley; drainage work and ditching along SR45 near the Salem bypass; crack sealing along SR11 from the Mahoning County line to SR154; and brush cutting and guardrail repairs at various locations.

But don't expect fluctuations to continue, at least this year. When winter finally blasts into Trumbull and Mahoning counties, it's expected the 2016-17 season will be more cold and have more snow than in recent years.

Tourism plays a big role in driving Trumbull County's economy. A recent study shows visitors left behind $505 million in 2015.

A telephone scam similar to one revealed this week by the Mahoning County Sheriff's Department is being reported in other parts of the Valley. Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene sent out a news release on Wednesday warning people that his office has been inundated with reports that someone impersonating his deputies has been calling residents and telling them that they owe money for a citation or warrant.

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A special report on open enrollment released by State Auditor Dave Yost Nov. 28 is offering some guidance to school districts engaged in inviting students from outside their borders to attend school in their buildings. The special report is based on performance audits completed by the Auditor's Ohio Performance Team of four Northeast Ohio school districts that offer open enrollment.

At a well-attended Austintown Board of Education meeting Wednesday, officials broke down the district's state report card after numerous people last month said they are so displeased with the way the district is heading they want a new superintendent. The school board did not bring up Superintendent Vince Colaluca's contract at the meeting, which Kimberly Clark said was disappointing to her and other parents who wanted to see Colaluca's contract end after eight years.

The East Palestine Rotary Club is sponsoring Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Community Center at East Palestine Park. Santa will be available for pictures.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi easily headed off a challenge to her position as the top Democrat in the House, defeating Ohio lawmaker Tim Ryan in a vote today for the minority leader position. Pelosi, a California Democrat who has led House Democrats since 2003, received 134 votes.

Sheriff Jerry Greene issued an advisory on Wednesday about an ongoing scam where a caller identifies himself as a ranking officer in the Sheriff's Department. The caller, who is using the name of local deputies and refering to local county judges, tells the victim that they need to pay for an outstanding citation or warrant.

A former supervisor with the Ohio EPA has been rehired by the agency after she was fired in February for poor performance in the Sebring water-lead contamination crisis. Julie Spangler was formerly an enforcement supervisor in the EPA's central office with 23 years of service.

A woman died after she was struck Tuesday morning by a pickup truck in the parking lot of the Southern Park Mall. She was leaving the JCPenney on the north side of the mall when she was struck, police said.

School districts in Mahoning County are getting ready for the cold and flu season by putting out the call for substitute teachers. The Mahoning County Educational Service Center says ten school districts in the Valley are anticipating the need for substitutes in the coming months, so have established a consortium to find qualified subs and make the process of placing them in local school districts more efficient.

If Democratic Party leaders in Washington care to know why Hillary Clinton lost garnering the fewest electoral votes by a Democratic nominee since 1988 - they might want to consider talking to David Betras, who serves as the chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party in Ohio. Betras blames Clinton's loss on the Democratic Party caring "more about where someone else went to the restroom than whether they had a good-paying job."