21 WFMJ archives / March 24, 1980 | Mahoning Valley Newspaper Co. built a new kiosk on Youngstown’s Federal Plaza 44 years ago, and although it was an improvement over the old one, it was also larger. That brought a complaint from Strouss management that it was blocking the store’s display windows, and negotiations were begun to have it moved.  

March 26 

1999: The Ohio Supreme Court rules that cellular telephone companies are public utilities, and their facilities, including cell towers, are not subject to local zoning controls.  

Fire in the dust collection system at Eljer Industries Inc. on Ellsworth Avenue in Salem is contained, and 300 employees continue working. Eljer, which produces cast iron plumbing items, is one of the city's largest employers. 

A Fire Department inspection shows Edison Junior High School has inadequate heating, electrical, and fire alarm systems and substandard exits. 

1984: Larry Esterly, president of the Youngstown State University Academic Senate, says the board of trustees' surprise hiring of Dr. Neil Humphrey as president was "a very good choice badly made."  Dr. Thomas A. Shipley, president of the YSU unit of the Ohio Education Association, also praised Dr. Humphrey but said the board should have gone through an open hiring process after Dr. John Coffelt announced that he would be retiring effective July 1.  

Laura Liu, an Austintown Fitch student, wins the 63rd annual Buckeye Elks Club speech contest. 

David Shirey, a Youngstown native who is the art critic for the New York Times, presents a lecture at the Butler Institute of American Art on the work of Richard Anuszkiewicz, an optical artist born in Erie, Pa. 

1974: Francis E. Wright, president of the East Ohio Gas Co, says the fastest, easiest, and most ecumenical solution to the energy crisis would be to deregulate energy production and let the law of supply and demand prevail.

Retired Lt. Col. Albert J. Evans, a graduate of Chaney High and decorated World War II veteran, is killed when the Convair 440 he was piloting crashed into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. A crew of five and 31 passengers died.

The Ohio Senate passed a bill to increase assessments against the state's public utilities so that the staff of the Public Utilities Commission can be increased. 

1949: Members of United Steelworkers of America Local 2310 walkout at Youngstown Steel Door Co., shutting down operations and idling 800 workers. 

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross needs $4,000 to meet its goal of $20,000.