Vindicator file photo / January 13,  1987 | Ice Sculptor Richard Alford showed students from Choffin Career Center how he mastered his craft 36 years ago as part of the Youngstown Area Arts Council’s Northeastern  Ohio Ice Sculpture Extravaganza on Federal Plaza. 
 
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1998: More than 100 East Side residents, including some students, protest at the Board of Education office against the proposed conversion of East High into a middle school. 
 
U.S.  Bankruptcy Court in Youngstown showed a 26 percent increase in filings in 1997 compared to the year before, with 3,725 cases being filed. 
 
Richard Anderson, 19, of Logan Arms Drive, Liberty, is sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the 1997 murders of two girls, Wendie Clay, 16, and Charity Agee, 18.
 
1983: The New Castle Home Weatherization Program has a $367,800 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Energy to weatherize the homes of low-income people. 
 
Louis Gold, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, had a dream of building a clean-coal-generating plant in the Mahoning Valley. Before he died in 1982, he established Biopolis Corp. of America and left his estate to pursue the project.
 
Kent State University has received an $8,000 federal grant to assist the Struthers Charter Commission in developing a new form of government for the city. 
 
1973: Rey Dempsey, an assistant coach at Bowling Green State, is the new football coach at Youngstown State University, succeeding the late Dwight "Dike" Beede. 
 
A group of Youngstown area grocers offers a $4,000 reward for information on the shooting deaths of two Youngstown grocers, Awadalla Ikraym and Musa Summor, in the past two months. 
 
The Butler County Board of Elections rules that state Sen. Donald E. "Buz" Lukens, R-Middletown, is barred from running for office for five years after filing his campaign expense reports 12 days late. 
 
1948: U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan of Youngstown is in line to become chairman of the Democratic congressional campaign committee.
 
Warren Police Chief W.E. Johnson says he needs ten more men for cruiser, beat, and traffic duty. 
 
Youngstown Bishop James McFadden announces a $1 million program under which the diocese will build a chancery building and a home for the aged during the next 18 months.