21 WFMJ archives / May 29, 1974 | Dr. W.C. Smith, third from left, retired superintendent of the Mahoning County schools and the Mahoning County Joint Vocational School District, returned from his retirement home in Michigan to speak at the first annual program honoring seniors at the W.C. Smith Vocational High School.  From left were Steward Harely of West Branch Schools, student honoree in electronics; Dr. Robert P. Shreve, county superintendent; Smith; Debbie Kemerer of Canfield, student honoree in horticulture; Howard Friend, JVS superintendent, and Donald Lenhart, school director. Of 200 seniors, 40 others received certificates of distinction.

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1999: More than nine years after it was filed, a $165 million lawsuit over contamination of the Little Beaver Creek by Nease Chemical Co. is coming to trial in Cleveland. Fifth and sixth graders at Akiva Academy on Youngstown's North Side have raised $2,000 to aid refugees from Kosovo. The money will be sent to the Red Cross.

Chuck Merdich of Columbiana has amassed a collection of 40 Schwinn "Sting-Ray" bicycles from the 1960s. He started the collection after his son asked him what kind of bike he had when he was young.  

1984: New Castle Mayor Dale Yoho says he will veto ordinances passed by City Council to weaken handgun permit requirements and eliminate the department of public safety. The action is seen as council's reaction to the mayor's failure to consult council when naming a police chief. 

General Motors announces it will spend $1 billion on plants and equipment, including $100 million in Trumbull County.

Mayor Patrick Ungaro hopes the city will receive $600,000 in federal money to repair four bridges.  

1974: General Motors responds to a slump in sales of full-sized cars by announcing five new small models, one each by Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Cadillac, 

Howland residents call for a ban on all new residential construction in the township until sewage problems and flooding are addressed. County commissioners say a partial ban is already in effect. 

1949: The "Youngstown Plan" to provide a more equitable distribution of funds for all local governments is running into opposition in the General Assembly.

Legislation to end capital punishment in Ohio passes the House of Representatives for the first time.