21 WFMJ archives / April 28, 1984 | The top ten finishers in The Vindicator Spelling Bee 40 years ago were, front from left, Cris Keirn, Janelle Clark (champion), Starr McClure, Lynn Bowser, Melinda Whitt; second row, Kimberly Williams, Jeffrey Smith, Joy Goodwin, Hasan McMillan and Leigh Vrabel.

April 30

1999: At a meeting of shareholders of RTI International Metals, parent of RMI Titanium in Niles, Andrew Stavich of Canfield, the second largest holder of RTI stock with 1.9 million shares, castigated company and union officials for allowing a strike to drag on for six months. 

Poland Village police began using portable truck scales to crack down on overweight trucks. Four drivers have been cited, and fines range from $50 to $350.

A residency dispute between Boardman Township and one of its police officers ends with Andre Leon moving from Howland and keeping his job. 

1984: Farrell is awarded a $5 million U.S. Urban Development Action Grant, which will help finance a $25 million revamping of the Victor Posner Works of Sharon Steel Corp. 

Corporate tax evasion, organized crime, and abortion were among the topics addressed during a debate by Democratic candidates for the 17th Congressional District. Participants were Christopher Lardis of Warren, Samuel Savon of Austintown, Mahoning County Commissioner Thomas Carney, Mahoning Sheriff James A. Traficant Jr., Atty. Michael Joseph of Niles and Samuel Yiannaki of Youngstown. 

Firefighters from Niles, McDonald, Mineral Ridge, McKinley Heights and Howland fight a fire that destroyed the vacant Albee Homes fabricating building on Summit Street in Niles. 

1974: Dr. Steven Pollis, deputy Trumbull County coroner, is awaiting the results of an autopsy before ruling on the death of a man found hanging in the Niles City Jail.

Louis Majick, administrator of Fairhaven School for the Mentally Retarded in Niles, announces his retirement effective Aug. 30.

Youngstown Police Capt. James McBride is assigned by Chief Donald Baker to head the traffic division. 

1949: Griffenhagen and Associates, consultants in public administration, recommend that Youngstown give its employees pay raises that would cost the city between $105,000 and $165,000 a year. 

Rocket scientist Willie Ley says it is now possible to build and send into orbit a manmade moon that would travel around the earth at a height of 470 miles.