Youngstown officials have asked the Ohio Supreme Court to compel the Mahoning County Board of Elections and the Ohio Secretary of State to place an anti-fracking charter amendment on the Nov. 3 ballot. The city filed the action Friday, two days after the elections board voted 4-0 to deny what is commonly known as the Community Bill of Rights from being on the ballot.

Anthony J. Natale was described in annual reports as an average employee that often, but not always, met agency expectations during the seven years he worked as a case worker at the Trumbull County Department of Job and Family Services. However, a search of Natale's employment record with the agency indicates he had been disciplined for verbal altercations with co-workers and supervisors during his employment from April 2006 through November 2013.

The area's jobless numbers inched upward last month, but still hovered near 6 percent in Trumbull and Mahoning counties, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The unemployment rate in the two-county area was 6.1 percent in July, slightly above the 6 percent rate reported in June.

Residents in three Ohio counties contend in a lawsuit that Secretary of State Jon Husted violated their rights when he invalidated ballot proposals they offered that would have restricted development projects related to the gas-drilling technique known as fracking. The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund helped the residents in Fulton, Medina and Athens counties to craft the ballot proposals and to sue Husted in the Ohio Supreme Court.

The scheduled "Read to the Greyhounds" on Saturday at Lepper Library has been canceled due to illness. Children are still welcome to come to the library that day to hear "Dog Stories" and do a small craft/bookmark.

Ronald V. Gerberry's last day in the Ohio House today will coincide with the day the state representative will answer to a charge of unlawful compensation of a public official. Gerberry, a Democrat, was charged in a bill of information Thursday accusing the veteran lawmaker of campaign finance misconduct between October 2008 and October 2010.

Fish meal surrounds the raccoon rabies vaccine core as a lure. Ohio and two surrounding states will spread about 1.5 million rabies baits over the next three weeks in an effort to contain or eliminate raccoon rabies.

Salem Area Democrats plan to meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Salem Memorial Building. All precinct committee people from Salem and the surrounding area are asked to attend this meeting, which is open to all Democrats.

An Austintown Middle School assistant coach facing child pornography charges is free on $9,000 bond and is prohibited from having any contact with children. That was the condition set by a judge in Mahoning County Court Monday for fifty-nine-year-old Rex Bosley who was arrested last week at his Austintown home.

After Wright signed a consent to search, deputies reported finding a marijuana pipe and a bag of marijuana Welsh reportedly claimed. He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and handed over to Mahoning County.

The American Library Association , in partnership with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, has released three new tools to help libraries engage their communities, focus efforts where they are needed most and lead positive community change. The tools are the final pieces of a set of community engagement resources created for libraries as part of ALA's Libraries Transforming Communities initiative.

Authorities say an assistant coach for a middle school girls' basketball team in northeast Ohio has been charged with child pornography related crimes. The Ohio attorney general's office says 59-year-old Rex Bosley of Austintown Township near Youngstown was arrested Wednesday.

Elections officials have verified the requisite signatures submitted by ResponsibleOhio to qualify the group's marijuana-legalization amendment for the November ballot. Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted announced the outcome Aug. 12, certifying the signatures of 320,267 registered voters who signed petitions to place the issue before voters.

City residents wanting a peek at the city's checkbook from their computer, tablet or mobile phone may get the chance to pore over the numbers beginning next month. That's when the city of Salem's information is expected to go live on, the online program launched last year by Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel to bring transparency to government spending.

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State Rep. Ron Gerberry of Austintown, the most senior Democrat in the Ohio House, announced his resignation Tuesday amid reported accusations that he violated state campaign-finance law. Gerberry's resignation, effective Aug. 21, comes as he reportedly is ready to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge that he routed campaign money through vendors to pay less money to the Ohio House Democratic Caucus.

Trustee Todd Beeson Monday night encouraged residents to provide photos and documents that can be copied to include in the booth this year, noting the popularity of the few items provided in the past couple years. He said the items can be dropped off with contact information, then they will be copied and returned.