Niles Fire Department receives federal grant
WARREN - The fire department in Niles is receiving a $37,283 federal grant to improve operations and safety, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced Wednesday.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grants program helps firefighters and other first responders buy protective equipment, vehicles and gear.
Propane tanks missing from cage at Rite Aid
WARREN - Five propane tanks were stolen from the Rite Aid on Parkman Road N.W. on Tuesday, police reported.
Police said when they arrived at the Rite Aid at 1530 Parkman Road N.W., the store manager, David Snyder, told them a customer had informed him that the propane cage door on the side of the building was open. Snyder said he discovered the lock had been cut and five full Blue Rhino propane tanks were missing.
Snyder told police that an employee had seen the propane cage secured around 4 p.m. The propane was discovered missing around 8:30 p.m.
Trumbull auditor, staff receive state award
WARREN - Trumbull County Auditor Adrian Biviano and his staff received the Auditor of State Award with Distinction. It's the seventh consecutive year Biviano and his employees have won the state award.
The award is given to entities that file an annual comprehensive annual financial report and a ''clean audit,'' meaning the county's financial audit did not contain findings for recovery, material citations or weaknesses or significant deficiencies.
Rally for the Valley set to support plants
WARREN - A Rally for the Valley is being held at noon March 16 in Courthouse Square.
The rally is being sponsored by International Union of Electrical Workers-Communication Workers of America Local 84722 to support the workers of Ohio Lamp, Ravenna Lamp, RG Steel and Phillips Manufacturing. All those plants are on shutdown or scheduled for closing.
The demonstration is being held to highlight the loss of the area's sustainable-wage jobs.
Laid-off Hostess workers eligible for benefits
WARREN - The 26 workers laid off from Hostess Brands Inc. store in Youngstown are eligible to apply for help through the U.S. Trade Adjustment Assistance Program, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced Wednesday.
In Ohio, 860 workers are eligible for the help provided through the U.S. Department of Labor.
Hostess announced in November that it was shutting down and selling its bread, snacks and cakes brands along with its 33 bakeries and other operations.
The program allows workers who have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade to get training to find employment in a new field and also get a health care tax credit to make health insurance more affordable.
Burglars break into South Side church
YOUNGSTOWN - Police are investigating after someone broke into a South Side church.
Police were called to Holy Trinity Baptist Church, 505 Parkcliffe Ave., about 9 a.m. Tuesday, where they found two ransacked offices and two large televisions missing.
A back door was kicked in, reports state. The pastor of the church told police he was last there at 3 p.m. Sunday, when it was locked up. Missing items included a TV and a laptop computer, and damage was estimated at $2,000, according to reports.