Vindicator file photo / September 8, 1957 | Tests were being conducted 65 years ago at Copperweld Steel Co. to determine the advantages of using sponge iron as a substitute for steel scrap in the production of high-quality steels. Here workmen check on a heat at one of the company’s Warren furnaces.

September 9 

1997: The Canfield school district is bursting at the seams with 106 more students than a year earlier and Supt. James Watkins says there’s no relief in sight. Canfield's enrollment is 2,947. Youngstown's enrollment of 12,413 last year has dropped by 400 students.

Promoter John Kenley is making a new pitch to return to Packard Music Hall in Warren with a proposal for a 24-week run of six different shows in a dinner-theater format. 

The Quail Hollow Homeowners Association complains to Boardman Township trustees about after-hours noise in the parking lot of the Shops at Boardman Park caused by young people blasting music from boom boxes as late as 2 a.m. 

1982: The state auditor's office rules that the Hubbard Board of Education cannot take an interest-free $170,000 loan that was offered by Mayor Arthur Magee. 

Joyce Brown, the wife of Clarence Brown, the Republican nominee for Ohio governor, speaks at a fund-raising luncheon at the Trumbull Country Club in Warren. 

The Youngstown Municipal Airport shuts down its 13 gas wells for the next six months because of a gas glut, dealing the airport's budget a serious blow with the loss of as much as $80,000 in revenue. 

1972: The Columbiana Pumpkin Show has 185 entries, but for the first time in eight years, there is no grand prize winner because the rules call for the winning pumpkin to be at least five pounds heavier than its nearest competitor.

A Cleveland veteran and an East Orwell woman received kidney transplants in  Cleveland after Airman John W. Crawford Jr., 18, of Mercer, Pa., died in South Side Hospital of injuries sustained when a car in which he was riding overturned on Rt. 30 near Mercer. 

In the aftermath of disturbances that injured four people and resulted in five arrests, Sharon city officials call for high school football games to be played Saturday afternoons. 

1947: A new Elm Street School will be the first one built in Youngstown's school-building program, says Supt. Paul C. Bunn.

A terrific explosion destroys the Island Queen excursion steamer docked on the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh. Thirty of the 70 crewmen aboard are known to be dead. 

Youngstown's Jewish leaders take the first steps toward raising an unprecedented amount -- $525,000 -- to help Jews displaced by World War II. For comparison, this year's Community Fund goal is $435,000.