November 12

1994: The historic shift of the Ohio House into Republican hands means the local Democratic power brokers like state Reps. Ronald V. Gerberry and Michael G. Verich won’t be able to bring home the political bacon like they used to. The Mahoning Valley's other Democrats, June Lucas, Robert Hagan, and Sean Logan, all won easily. Republican Ron Hood of Canfield won in the 57th District.

U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., D-Poland, says he plans on running for governor or the U.S. Senate in 1998 in the wake of the defeat of statewide Democrats, which was in marked contrast to his strong showing.

The Rev. Kirk B. Wolfe, a retired Air Force captain who is minister of Northside Baptist Church, is offering free karate lessons Saturday afternoons, preceded by a 15-minute Bible study.


1979: Mahoning County Sheriff Michael Yarosh, 62, dies of a heart attack after being stricken at his Osborne Avenue home and taken to North Side Hospital. Chief Deputy John Fromel is named acting sheriff by county commissioners.

Westminster College says it will charge eight staff members of The Holcad, the student newspaper, with theft for taking 140 books out of the library as part of a planned expose on lax security at the library.

Martha Ann Bachtel, a 17-year-old senior at Canfield High School, is named Mahoning County Junior Miss during a pageant at Austintown Middle School.

1969: An estimated 12,000 people attend the Veterans Day parade in downtown Youngstown. Earlier in the day, a Veterans Day ceremony at Youngstown State University was lightly attended and marred by a few anti-war students.

Thieves who broke into Harding School on Cordova Avenue stole two record players only to throw them against the storm windows on John Cragel's home on Juanita Avenue.

An open-bed truck loaded with 50,000 pounds of hot ingots turned over into ditch at the Market Street exit of the downtown freeway. It apparently slipped into the ditch while negotiating the exit curve at too great a speed.

1944: Men and women are put on the auction block selling kisses to help sell bonds in the Sixth War Loan Drive at the Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corp. plant. Six men and six women took turns selling kisses and $2,500 was made, shattering the $1,000 goal.

The Youngstown Chamber of Commerce Industrial Development Committee announces the arrival of a new industry, Aero-Rad, which makes electrical relays and radar devices. About 150 people will be employed, many of them women.

The Penn-Ohio Coach Lines Co. is planning a post-war air-transit service that would use helicopters operating from Youngstown to transport persons, packages and mail on tri-state routes.