21 WFMJ archives / May 4, 1961 | The Lowellville High School Band won its first major award 63 years ago at the state finals of the Ohio Music Education Association at Ohio Northern University. The band, under the direction of Emil LaCivita and Carmen Renaldy, was one of five in a field of 16 to receive a "superior" rating. 

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1999: Mark A Batcho pleads guilty to the mob-connected 1996 shootings of Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains and Atty. Gary Van Brocklin. 

The consultants hired by Youngstown State University trustees to conduct a search for a new president, Academic Search Consultation Service, receives high praise for the work it did helping Slippery Rock University find a new president.  The firm is expected to recommend four to six potential candidates to replace Leslie Cochran, who will retire in June 2000.

Five days after an 18-year-old Campbell man was placed on probation for hitting his mother, he hit her again -- on Mother's Day. He's in jail facing two felony counts, with a bond set at $50,000. 

1984: Darrell Martin, 25, a Western Michigan University football player, is fatally shot during an argument in Struthers. A 32-year-old Youngstown man is under arrest. 

State Rep. Robert Hagan, D-61 st, of Madison, a former Trumbull County commissioner, is the speaker at the Kent State University Trumbull Campus spring graduation. 

U.S. Rep. Lyle Williams, R-17th, says a cabinet-level position should be created for a new federal department that would help small businesses. 

1974: Patrick Lehnerd, an eighth grader at St. Luke School, wins the Vindicator Spelling Bee, the second St. Luke student in a row to win the crown. 

The old County Children's Home, which stands in the center of Trumbull Memorial Hospital's parking lot, has a date with the wrecking ball. The latest tenant, Northeastern Ohio Council on Drug Abuse, is looking for new quarters. 

In response to a penny shortage, two Youngstown banks, Union National and Peoples Bank, are paying $1.10 for 100 pennies. 

1949: The Stambaugh Building on Central Square gets a spring cleaning in cooperation with the city's clean-up campaign. Crews working under special lighting scrub years of grime and dirt off at night. 

Dr. A.D. Armstead and Robert D. Evans, a former city health department inspector, plead guilty to bribery charges growing out of an investigation into an abortion clinic in 1948.

Nearly 100 of the nation's top blast furnace experts gather in Youngstown to see the new carbon-block bottom installed at Republic Steel Corp.'s No. 5 blast furnace.