Vindicator file photo /  September 23, 1971 | Mrs. Eleanor Burris, left, chairman of Operation Shop Early, and Mrs. Evelyn Dercoli, co-chairman, was surrounded by a growing mountain of Christmas gifts collected 51 years ago and destined for servicemen in Vietnam. The Mahoning County Chapter of the Red Cross was assembling 500 ditty bags to be sent by Sept. 30.

September 23 

1997: Enrollment reaches an all-time high at the Trumbull Branch Campus of Kent State University with 2,179 students, an 8.9 percent jump over a year earlier. 

Youngstown's housing department warns Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church that it must clean up the former site of Idora Park. The church purchased the 26-acre site in 1985.

A portrait of Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Nathaniel Jones is unveiled at the federal courthouse in downtown Youngstown where it will be hung. 

1982: Hundreds of supporters of striking service workers rally outside Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren calling for an end to the nine-week impasse. Eggs and some rocks are thrown.

First Federal Savings & Loan Assn. of Youngstown announces that it has negotiated a plan to buy Farmers Savings & Loan Co. of Canfield.

Every Mahoning County elected official interviewed by The Vindicator expresses skepticism about a recommendation by the Joint Study Committee on Mahoning County Government to replace the current structure with an elected chief executive and seven council members. 

1972:  Horace Batteiger, 54, of Gladstone Road, North Jackson, has been missing for two days since a disastrous barn fire in Lake Milton and deputies believe he is the victim of foul play.

The United Steelworkers of America closes its annual convention in Las Vegas with a call for a 32-hour work week and a demand for a crackdown on foreign imports. 

Robert L. McBane, a photographer in the public relations department of Packard Electric, is the first person to receive the "Mayor's Award" for outstanding citizenship from Warren Mayor Arthur Richards.

1947: Widespread frost in the Mahoning Valley damages tomato, pepper, and bean crops as temperatures in rural areas drop to 32 degrees. 

The last of a widespread network of interurban electric railways, the Youngstown & Southern Railway, has taken steps to eliminate passenger service on Jan. 1. The line runs from downtown Youngstown to Boardman. 

A Sharon Steel Corp. driver, Gordon Jungle, 24, of Poland jumps to safety before a Pennsylvania Railroad freight train demolishes his stalled bus at the Lowellville-Struthers Road crossing.