Vindicator file photo / July 23, 1956 | A picnic-like atmosphere prevailed on a warm and sunny day 66 years ago when some 1,500 Westlake Terrace residents were "evacuated" from their homes during a Civil Defense exercise that was part of the area's bomb test alert.  These evacuees walked from the Church Hill fire station parking lot to the park, where Red Cross workers supplied food. 

July 24

1997: Visiting Judge Harry Hanna, who fired special prosecutor Jonathan Rosenbaum for refusing to abide by Mahoning County Common Pleas Court rules of pretrial discovery, says the probe into area corruption won't be slowed because Rosenbaum wasted time. 

Vandals destroy the open-air chapel at Mount Hope Veterans Memorial Park on Youngstown's East Side. 

Warren Police Chief Albert Timko defends his department to City Council, saying that there is no pattern of brutality by his officers and that complaints are actually down.  

1982: The Supreme Court of Ohio affirms the 11th District Court of Appeals' refusal to overturn the election of Girard Municipal Court Judge Anthony Bernard. His opponent, Atty. Thomas MacDonald Jr. had argued that Bernard's distribution of campaign material that included a $1 off coupon for a local car wash constituted bribery. 

Dr. William E. Sovik and Dr. John A. Renner are honored at a dinner at the Youngstown Club for their many years of service as staff physicians at the Mahoning County Nursing Home. 

Calling the number of deaths of young people in traffic accidents a "national disgrace," federal safety investigators are urging all states to establish a minimum drinking age of 21. 

1972: Alan Rovder, 13, coasts to victory in the 12th annual Youngstown Soap Box Derby.

Gov. John J. Gilligan signs legislation establishing the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, which will be used to help clean up the environment. 

Advertisement: Summer ecology special at John Scotford Volkswagen: A new 1972 Volkswagen and a 10-speed European racing bicycle, $99 down and $67.95   per month for 36 months. 

1947: Trumbull County Prosecutor Paul J. Reagan says that if there are any arrests to be made at the Jungle Inn gambling emporium in Liberty Township, it is up to police officers, not his office, to make them. 

Mahoning County commissioners Thomas J. Carney and Thomas R. Bees go to Washington to seek $250,000 for the construction of 30 more homes for veterans. 

Youngstown firemen and county deputies are dragging Lake Milton for the bodies of two East Palestine men, Dale Henry, 29, and Willard Hoffmaster, 31, whose boat capsized about 300 yards off the west bank of the lake.