Vindicator file photo/ Jan. 4, 1995 | In January 1995 Vindicator photographer Bill Lewis, himself an accomplished musician, did a photo essay on the music program at Volney Rogers Junior High School that introduced Youngstown students to the joys and challenges of making music. Here Michael Krugel and Jody Boninsegna, both 7th graders, keep their eyes on the music during a session in the school cafeteria. 

January 4

1995: Mahoning County commissioners are setting the stage for a showdown with Probate Court Judge Leo Morley by defying his court order to provide money to give his employees a 5 percent raise and pay their retirement benefits. 

In response to recent shootings at abortion clinics, Bishop James W. Malone of the Youngstown Diocese says demonstrating in front of abortion clinics is an action within the law, but "to demonstrate in behalf of human life by taking the lives of innocent people is morally repugnant, and I denounce it."  

Liberty Township officials win a round in their battle to keep the former GF Corp property in the township and out of Youngstown when Trumbull Common Pleas Judge Mitchell F. Shaker upholds a decision by Trumbull County commissioners to deny the annexation of 57 acres to the city.

1980: The Consolidate Railroad Corp. (Conrail) closes its Haselton switching yard in response to the decline of the steel industry in Youngstown. 

Columbiana County commissioners will meet with the county Airport Authority and the prosecutor's office in an effort to resolve a deadlock in the hiring of fixed base operator for the airport north of East Liverpool.   

In yet another setback for the Commuter Aircraft Corp., the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development delays action on a $3.5 million grant for preparation of a site for the company’s proposed aircraft assembly plant at Youngstown Municipal Airport.

1970: Alex Yankush, unsuccessful candidate for Youngstown's 1st Ward council, is in line for appointment as council clerk.

While winter sports enthusiasts glory in the snowiest early winter for many years, birds and other wildlife spend every daylight hour foraging for food. Feeding stations are attracting record traffic.

Jim O'Malley, a star football player at Chaney, had a standout year on the Notre Dame Freshman squad and is looking to make his mark at the varsity level next season, writes the Vindicator's Chuck Perazich. 

1945: Nearly 500 Negro workers at the Atlas Powder Co. at Ravenna refuse to ride to work from Youngstown in unheated government buses.  

Mayor O'Neill gives four reasons for a 3 percent tax on utilities: first-class garbage collection, hiring an expert city planner, buying badly needed fire and street equipment and building up a post-war reserve fund.

Two food market proprietors are arrested for flagrant violation of the state weights and measures laws. They are Federal Market owner Joseph Siegel and Peter Masucci, partner in Masucci Bros. Market.