Vindicator file photo / July 31, 1969 | City officials, businessmen, and motorists in East Palestine were up in arms 53 years ago over the delay by the Penn Central Railroad in repairs being made to the N. Market Street railroad crossing.

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1997: Kent State University, which anticipates an increase of 2,000 to 3,000 students at its Trumbull County campus over the next five years, is asking to rezone 156 acres from residential to educational. 

Ohio EPA efforts to clean up pollution at and around the Nease Chemical Superfund site in Salem are going more slowly than expected. 

Steve Horsely, the transportation supervisor for Austintown Local Schools, says increasing enrollment will require adding three new buses to the daily schedule. More than 800 single-family homes have been built in the district since 1992. 

1982: An explosion and fire destroyed Popo's, a popular restaurant in the Union Plaza on Route 224 near New Castle, Pa. 

Guests of honor at the Farrell, Pa., homecoming celebration will be William Nathan, president of Nathan Brothers Co.; Miss Bessie Struck, a teacher in Farrell schools for 35 years, and  Julius McCoy, a standout high school basketball player. 

A 35-year-old Boardman man is indicted by the Mahoning County grand jury for his role in throwing traffic counters from the Youngstown Municipal Airport parking lot into McKelvey Lake during an investigation into irregularities. One of the counters was recovered by divers, but not the second. 

1972: The Youngstown Board of Education refuses a request by Coitsville residents that their children be transferred from Youngstown to Campbell schools. 

Cleveland businessman Howard Metzenbaum, a strong supporter of Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern, says he believes Sen. Thomas Eagleton will withdraw as McGovern's running mate after disclosures that Eagleton had undergone psychiatric treatment and shock therapy.   

U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Vigorito of Erie, Pa., says "foolish Youngstown interests" are attempting to resurrect a Lake Erie-to-Ohio River canal project. 

1947: The New Castle Jewelers Training School at 226 Pearson St. is accepting enrollment for classes in engraving, stone cutting, and jewelry repair. 

Major Don S. Gentile, Army Air Force fighter pilot who shot down 32 planes over Europe, is the guest of honor at the 22nd Italian-American Day celebration at Idora Park.

Paul E. Smith, principal of the Southbury, Conn., Training School, is named principal of Hayes Junior High in Youngstown.