21 WFMJ archives / May 28, 1984 | Youngstown firefighters bowed their heads in memory of deceased members of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 312 during the annual memorial service 40 years ago across from the main fire station.  

May 28 

1999: The Mahoning County Township Trustees and Clerks Association renews its opposition to a charter form of government in the county. The trustees and clerks say a charter government would give Youngstown too much control of county government.

Presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan makes his fourth trip to Mahoning Valley, giving an "America First" speech to the Columbiana County Republican Party at the Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton.

Charges of child endangering are dropped in Mahoning County Juvenile Court against the 61-year-old grandfather of a 7-year-old boy who found two guns under a mattress and took them to school, pointing one at another child on the school bus. The grandfather suggested police may be overzealous about placing blame on parents in the wake of school shootings.  

1984: More than 1,000 Chaney High students are evacuated after a fire broke out in the ceiling near the shop. Shop teacher Robert Pernotto and a student, Mark Banyots, tried to squelch the fire with fire extinguishers while another student pulled the fire alarm.

A study by Dun & Bradstreet lists Youngstown and Steubenville among the 25 U.S. cities with the highest loss of population between 1980 and 1983. Dr. Terry Buss at YSU's Urban Studies Center suggested that the city's 1.8 percent drop in population may be caused by an exodus of young professionals.

One model of the Chevrolet Vegas produced in Lordstown from 1971 to 1977 is becoming a collector's car: the 3,508 black and gold Cosworth Vegas built in 1976 and 1977, equipped with sophisticated British-made Cosworth high-output engines.   

1974: Spectators are lined three deep along downtown Youngstown streets for the Memorial Day parade. An estimated 10,000 people view the parade, the largest number in recent years.

Dr. David A. Belinky, Mahoning County coroner since 1945, dies of a heart ailment in North Side Hospital. He was 71.

1949: Washingtonville wins its long battle with the Erie Railroad to have flashers installed at the Route 14 crossing, the scene of a number of fatal accidents. 

A runaway auto crosses the center of Route 18, collides with another auto, and then crashes into a fence and a tree near where 75 children at Fitch School were playing during recess.

Robert L. Ripley, the world-famous creator of "Believe It or Not," died of a heart attack at the age of 55.