21 WFMJ archives / February 9, 1999 | Cupid, AKA Mike Lucas, was promoting Valentine's Day for the Melodies and Memories gift store on state Route 46 in Niles 25 years ago.

February 9

1999: A Washington group, Citizens United for Separation of Church and State, threatens legal action against the Youngstown City School District if it goes ahead with plans for an elective high school course on the Bible. Superintendent Ben McGee says he's not surprised by the threat and is not dissuaded from continuing to move toward the development of the course. 

Mahoning County Commissioner David Engler says he supports U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant's proposed three-county economic development plan, but he doubts that voters of Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana counties would support a proposed quarter-percent sales tax. 

Mill Creek Metroparks commissioners approve a 1999 general fund budget of $9.1 million. Another $3 million is earmarked for capital projects, including Lake Newport and the Mahoning County Bikeway. 

1984: Lordstown police arrest an employee in the parking lot of the General Motors plant where he was selling government surplus cheese.  

Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Charles J. Bannon bars the public and press from a suppression-of-evidence hearing in the case of James Hall, charged with murder in the death of Boardman architect Douglas Skica, who was shot during a home invasion.  Hall's lawyers, Gerald Ingram, and R. Scott Krichbaum, argued that an open hearing would add to the publicity already surrounding the case and could prejudice a jury. 

The Black Leadership Summit Council asks to meet with Youngstown State University officials to discuss complaints the group has received about YSU's minority hiring practices. 

1974: Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co, a subsidiary of Lykes Youngstown Corp., reports income of $43 million on sales of steel and other products that exceeded $1 billion for the first time. 

Three new members are named to the board of the Youngstown Hospital Association: Robert D. Rowland, Thomas J. Travers and Dr. John J. Coffelt. 

The three hospitals of the Youngstown Hospital Association had 34,000 inpatients in 1973, making it the ninth-largest general hospital in the nation.

1949: Heeding the advice of Ted O'Connor, head of the police juvenile bureau, who suggested that the installation of televisions in churches would lure young people out of barrooms, Hillman Street Christian Church announces that it is buying a television. 

Cleveland pitcher Bob Feller, who made about $80,000 in 1948, takes a pay cut of about $10,000, making Joe DiMaggio the highest-paid Major League player at $90,000. Jackie Robinson signs for $20,000.

Mahoning County commissioners tell the city of Youngstown that the overcrowded county jail will no longer accept city prisoners unless the prisoners have been bound over to the grand jury.