Vindicator file photo/ Dec. 24, 1974 | General duty nurses at North Side Hospital spent Christmas Eve, 1974, on the picket line. The nurses went on strike against the Youngstown Hospital Association over wages, fringe benefits, staffing and ethical issues. With schools closed for the holidays, some of the nurses’ children joined the pickets.
 
December 24
 
1994: Atty. David Betras files a motion seeking dismissal of charges against 11 local men among 20 accused of trafficking in food stamps contending they have not been given preliminary hearings within the time required by law.
 
Michael Morley, chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party, says local Democrats are angry at the failure of the Clinton administration to keep promises to provide federal funding and job-rich project to the valley.

Youngstown Board of Education member Don L. Hanni III says board members should cut their per-meeting pay from $80 to $20 to demonstrate to the teachers union that cuts are necessary.  
 
1979: Tony A. Colao, president of Peoples Bank, says the bank will spend $500,000 to remodel and expand its Stambaugh Building offices in downtown Youngstown.

The Struthers Bicentennial Committee still has 250 commemorative books left over since 1976 and is hoping to sell at least $200 of them at $10 each to pay the last $2,000 of the $12,134 printer's bill. 

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski leads his team to a 27-17 defeat of the Chicago Bears, giving the City of Brotherly love its first home playoff victory in 19 years. When the Eagles were trailing 17-10 fans began chanting for Jaworski to be replaced with backup John Walton.
 
1969: The name of Lt. Cmdr. Robert Shumaker, 36, formerly of New Castle, Pa., is among 132 prisoners of war acknowledged as being held by Hanoi. 

Two of the three members of the Youngstown Board of Control, the law director and finance director, will receive $3,500-a-year pay increases if Mayor Anthony
Flask signs the legislation. Mayor-elect Jack Hunter was included in the original measure but had his name deleted.

Nine property owners in Howland Township petition Trumbull County commissioners for annexation to the city of Niles.
 
1944: The Beaver-Mahoning Waterway is almost certain to be in a new omnibus rivers and harbors bill which will be presented to the 79th Congress early in 1945, the Associated Press says.

Fire destroyed the blacksmith shop of the Republic Rubber Division of Lee Rubber & Tire Co. causing damage estimated at $10,000. Four fire companies battled the blaze for two hours. 

Several residents of the North Side report seeing a young Virginia white-tail buck deer trembling in fear as it tried to find its way out of the neighborhood.