January 6

1995: Patricia Metzinger, the new chairman of the Liberty Township Board of Trustees, says she may implement some "rules of decorum" for trustee meetings and hasn't ruled out placing time limits on public speaking.

Firebombs are thrown through the windows of a house at 12 S. Front St., New Castle, where at least five children were staying. Two of the children were treated for burns at St. Francis Hospital; the other children and three adults escaped without injury. 

The parent company of Kaufmann's department stores will convert the former Peter J. Schmitt Co. warehouse into a multi-state distribution center employing 400.

1980: Three of the nation's challengers of the status quo will speak during the special lecture series on Youngstown State University’s campus in the spring and winter quarters: U.S. Sen. William Proxmire, D-Wisc.; Dick Gregory, comedian, author and human rights activist, and Sarah Caldwell, director of the Opera Company of Boston. 

William H. Kirwan, general superintendent of U.S. Steel in the Mahoning Valley, had a strategy to save or at least prolong operations at the Ohio Works and McDonald Mills, but was foiled by the steel industry recession. Lost were 3,600 area jobs.

The marriage license application fee in Mahoning County will increase from $9 to $19 with the extra revenue used to provide financial assistance to shelters for victims of domestic violence.

1970: A call for the entire community to work together so that Youngstown might lead the nation educationally is issued by Abe Harshman as he is elected president of the board of education.

Sharon Steel Corp. and NVF Corp., which gained control of Sharon Steel in a 1969 financial maneuver, will have near-record earnings for 1969.

Youngstown State University announces that it will build a million-dollar parking deck for 1,400 cars on a lot bordered by Arlington and Elm streets and Lincoln and Fifth avenues.

1945: A two-alarm fire in the basement of Cross Drugs forces the evacuation of some 2,000 people from the 17-story Central Tower and causes an estimated $35,000 in damage. 

Three disorderly houses were raided and 21 people are arrested by Sheriff Ralph Elser and his deputies. Five of the 12 male patrons were 17 years old or younger. 

Miss Arlene Freisen, weather observer at the Youngstown Municipal Airport, is transferred to the weather office at Washington National Airport.