21 WFMJ archives / August 30, 1984 | U.S. Rep. Lyle Williams, R-17th, right, and his challenger, Mahoning County Sheriff James A. Traficant Jr., struck a friendly pose following a debate 29 years ago that kicked off the fall congressional race between the two principal candidates.

August 30 

1998: David Brennan, an Akron industrialist and millionaire, is changing the face of education in Ohio as the owner of Hope Academy, which operates on vouchers. He is a consultant to other charter schools, including Eagle Heights Academy, which is opening in the former South High School. 

Leetonia officials say they want to attract companies and jobs to an industrial park on the site of historic coke ovens, but they don't want the kind of growth that would alter the character of the village. 

Residents of the Pennsylvania borough of Stoneboro are under a "drought warning" that prohibits the nonessential use of water through Labor Day, the day on which The Great Stoneboro Fair closes. 

1983: The death of two Marines in Beirut shows that American troops are in a combat situation, says U.S. Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, as he calls for the Reagan administration to invoke the War Powers Act.  That would require the withdrawal of troops from the area unless Congress approved their continued presence. 

Union Savings & Trust Co. stockholders in Warren are informed that merger plans with Bank One of Eastern Ohio have been completed and will be submitted for stockholder approval. 

The Youngstown Parks and Recreation Commission says Councilman Richard Hughey improperly transferred federal revenue-sharing funds assigned to the parks department to a playground project at Kimmel Brooks Homes.  Hughey says he acted with the approval of the law department. 

1973: New Castle City and Pennsylvania state police comb the area for a gunman who escaped from the First National Bank on Butler Avenue with nearly $6,000.

Common Pleas Judge Clyde Osborne temporarily enjoins the Youngstown Board of Education from enforcing a residency rule for teachers, administrators, and noncertificated employees. 

A scientific experiment designed by Austintown Fitch High School senior Wesley B. Dunlap will be tested on Skylab 2 by U.S. astronauts. 

1948: Mrs. Ruth French, 50, of 536 W. Delason Ave., is among 36 people killed in the crash of a Northwest Airlines plane near Winona, Minn. 

President Truman informed the Youngstown Freedom Train and Rededication Week Committee that he would be unable to attend rededication events in Youngstown.

As many as 20,000 people have gone to Youngstown Municipal Airport to see a huge fleet of Marine Corps aircraft, including folded-wing carrier aircraft being stored away from an East Coast hurricane.