Local unemployment rates improved slightly last month compared to the same time last year, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The jobless rates increased in some areas across the region from September to October, but overall, last month's local joblessness showed steady improvement when compared to the same time frame the past several years.

Salem wants to begin collecting in full what it is due in property taxes from the Home Depot area, a move that South Range school officials believe could cost them a substantial amount of money. Salem City Council adopted a resolution in September asking for a joint meeting of the county budget commissions of Columbiana and Mahoning counties to approve its request to collect the city's full share of inside millage, including the Home Depot area.

The owner of a company looking to build electric cars in the area has entered into an agreement to purchase 87 acres near the Youngstown Warren Regional Airport for a research, development and technology center. Antonio Pierce, president and CEO of Texas-based Velfera Auto Design LLC, said Tuesday that his company has negotiated an agreement to buy the land at King Graves Road and state Route 11, and he expects a January closing.

An expert on the perils of the social media will address Lisbon's junior and senior high school students on Nov. 16. Principal Keith Endfield reported at this week's school board meeting the speaker from Mahoning County will speak separately to junior high students and then high school students for 45 minutes each about the dangers of social media in general and cyber-bullying and sexting in particular. The session topics will be different, depending on the age group.

The search of a home on state Route 154 resulted in one arrest and the seizure of suspected drugs and a large amount of cash. Armed with a search warrant, the Columbiana County Drug Task Force and county sheriff's office searched a house trailer at 45651 Route 154 on Friday.

When students enroll in the adult education firefighter program at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center they receive hands-on training with the latest and most up-to-date equipment, so the school decided to purchase a 1989 Pierce fire truck from the city of North Canton last spring. "The firefighter program is a growing class at MCCTC.

Students at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center were evacuted today following reports of a possible carbon monoxide leak. The evacuation was ordered by the Canfield Fire Department during the final class period today, and students were bused back to their home districts as normal.

"A friend of mine was cleaning out her parents' house and found all these old photos and postcards," she said. "She called to see if I might be interested in taking a look.

Investigators digging into the murders of teenage girls whose bodies were found dumped in Deerfield in 1994 are returning to the scene this week in a search for new evidence.

The jury trial for Darryl G. Hipps, the man charged last March with pandering obscenity, was reset for Jan. 11, 2016 before Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge John M. Durkin. The trial had been set for Nov. 2, according the court records and Hipps remains locked up under a modified $75,000 cash/surety bond.

A day after voters narrowly rejected a local anti-fracking measure, it remained unclear whether the committee spearheading the effort would make another attempt to push it through. The Community Bill of Rights, an amendment to Youngstown's charter, lost in Tuesday's general election by less than 3 percentage points, which is the closest it has come so far to passing.

According to complete but unofficial results from the Mahoning County Board of Elections, Slagle received 785 votes while Myers received 437 votes Slagle, a retired Salem firefighter and served as a township trustee for 22-and-a-half-years before retiring and then running again. In Beaver Township, Richard R. Lotze, the township fiscal officer since 1999 ran unopposed and received 1,414 complimentary votes during Tuesday's election.

A proofreading error by the Lucas County Board of Elections caused two candidates to be omitted from ballots in Tuesday's election and delayed full results until 1:36 a.m. Neal Mahoney, a Sylvania Township trustee running for re-election, and Dave Simko, running for re-election as Sylvania Township fiscal officer, did not appear on ballots at multiple polling locations in the city of Sylvania. Both candidates ran unopposed.