21 WFMJ archives / May 19, 1972 | Mayor Jack C. Hunter, center, presented plaques from the Volunteer Services Bureau to outstanding volunteers during a ceremony 51 years ago at the YWCA. From Left, Dr. William J. Flynn, Mrs. G. Scott Booth, Hunter, Mrs. Frank Gear, Mrs. Sadie Howkins and Mrs. Charles P. Haggerty.  Not present was Xavier Jones.

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1998:  State health department officials say that the decline in rabies cases this year to just 19 so far in Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana counties shows that efforts to combat the disease are working.

Plans to build a new soccer field for Warren Harding High School on Panther Avenue hit a snag when the school board, which allocated $9,000 for the project in March, is told that six large Maple trees would have to be cut down.

Alan R. roulette” game in which he spun a wheel and gave out lottery tickets or tickets to a monster truck show.  He was charged with misdemeanor gambling and trespassing. City officials interpreted the promotion as an insult to Campbell, where a former police chief and former law director faced federal charges for turning a blind eye to gambling.

1983:  Gov. Richard Celeste designates Youngstown as one of the areas of the state that will receive job-training grants from a federal program.

Niles police arrested to young city men in connection with the theft of 400,000 valium tablets and 600 syringes of liquid valium with a street market value of more than $200,000 from a Warren warehouse. Only a small portion of the haul has been recovered.

Atty. Henry DiBlasio testifies at the bribery and tax evasion trial of Sheriff James A. Traficant Jr.  Told him of his plans to arrest Mahoning Valley mob figures, including mob boss Jimmy Prato after Traficant took office. No arrests were made.

1973: Carl Rossler and Jeffery Irwin, auto mechanics students at Choffin Vocational School, take first place in the Plymouth Troubleshooting Contest at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds and will go to the national competition in Boston. 

1948: Ohio Bell Telephone Co. inaugurates mobile telephone service in the Youngstown area. Police Chief Edward Allen makes the first call from an Ohio Bell truck to Mayor Charles Henderson.