Parents of St. Charles School in Boardman were alerted Thursday evening that a student at the school has a relative who was on Frontier flight #1142 from Dallas to Cleveland on Oct. 10 - the flight that carried Ebola-positive nurse Amber Vinson. In an email sent to parents from St. Charles Principal Mary Welsh, parents were given a vague update regarding the slight, though potential, risk facing students.

Tickets for the Taste in Salem are still available and may be purchased for $30 each at the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, 713 E. State St. The fundraiser supports the United Way campaign and begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Salem Golf Club. For more information visit the chamber office or call 330-337-3473.

A financial adviser shopped at high-end stores in Cleveland and Pittsburgh and even vacationed in the Bahamas after stealing intended investments from an elderly Weathersfield woman, according to a prosecutor. ''It just stuck in my craw.

Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 08--YOUNGSTOWN -- The Mahoning County Board of Elections wants to increase its 2015 budget by $24,986 compared with 2013 with one member questioning why expenses are increasing when the board plans to eliminate 50 voting precincts. Officials have said that a reduction of a voting precinct saves about $1,000, so a cut of 50 would save $50,000.

Or is Democratic incumbent Tim Ryan of the 13th Congressional District - which encompasses Mahoning County and chunks of Portage, Summit, Stark and Trumbull counties -- still representing the district to the satisfaction of residents? Ryan, 41, has represented the computer-chip-shaped constituency that stretches from Akron and Cuyahoga Falls in the west to Youngstown and Boardman in the east for more than a decade. He won the seat from the recently deceased James Traficant, who served seven years in prison on a bribery and racketeering conviction.

Campbell Police initiated a traffic stop after spotting a red Chevrolet driving erratically on Wilson Avenue near Coitsville Road on Monday. Officer Daniel Baker said the driver did not use his turn signal, and crossed the center line repeatedly.

An officer checked vehicles in the area and found no license plates missing. The vehicle in question was located parked near South Lundy Avenue.

Area residents can learn the history behind scarecrows during a free program at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Salem Memorial Building, then spend the next week creating their own scarecrow for a contest to be judged Oct. 18. "This was one of the programs we thought would be fun to do," Salem Parks Recreation Supervisor Shane Franks said. The program is a joint effort of the Salem Public Library and the Salem Parks & Recreation Department as the final installment of the Go Wild in the Parks series.

The campaign woes of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald could give a ground-breaking boost to the Ohio Green Party's Anita Rios, the only third-party candidate for governor on this year's ballot. While no one expects Rios to win - or even come within striking distance of FitzGerald and incumbent Republican John Kasich - political observers say she could be the first Green candidate to get at least 2 percent of the gubernatorial vote.

It may not be the end of the work week, but Wednesday was the last day on the job for retiring Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge James Evans. A former State Highway Patrolman, Evans completed law school and served four years as a county court judge and then spent 16 years on the bench in Common Pleas court.

In spite of the cancer awareness walks and fundraisers, the number of local women dying from breast cancer is significantly above the national average. The rate of deaths landed Mahoning County on the Susan G. Komen's list of it's five priority counties in Northeast Ohio.

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Although Cody Dempsey - the 25-year-old Kinsman man who died last week in a shooting with police - suffered eight gunshot wounds, the bullets that perforated his lungs and liver are the ones that killed him. Dr. Joseph Ohr, chief pathologist for the Mahoning County Coroner's Office, confirmed that Dempsey died of a result of six bullets that hit him in the abdomen.

A forensic pathologist said Tuesday that U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr.'s death appears to be linked to his inability to breathe after a vintage tractor tipped over on him a week ago at his family farm outside Youngstown.

Heidi Hanni, close friend of the Traficant family and family attorney, said the private service was at Traficant's request. "He wanted it to be a closed, private ceremony just for family and loved ones, but the family appreciated all the love and support they have received," Hanni said.

General Motors Foundation last week awarded $100,000 to area charities during a community appreciation day ceremony at the General Motors complex here. During the event, $70,000 was awarded to the United Ways of Mahoning County and Trumbull County, and $7,500 was awarded to Inspiring Minds, a Warren-based program for inner-city youth.

The news that Ex-Rep. Jim Traficant had died this weekend after a tractor accident brought back memories of both his time in Congress and the fact that he had been pushing the limits of the law well before he made it to Washington, D.C. If you asked me to write something about my time covering the U.S. House and Senate, there would be no way to do that without bringing up Traficant. Traficant was the embodiment of what my father had warned me about on the day he dropped me off at the Capitol for my first day of work as a Page in the U.S. House of Representatives - that lawmakers were no different than regular Americans - good and bad, smart and dumb, straight and narrow or completely crooked, you name it.