21 WFMJ archives  / June 1, 1985This was the scene from the air of the Shadow Ridge development of Niles the morning after a series of deadly tornados roared through the Mahoning and Shenango valleys 39 years ago.

June 1

1999: Tony Lariccia of Boardman, a major donor to the $4.5 million auditorium at Boardman High School, uses a golden shovel to break ground for the project.

Reyers will close its store in the Boardman Plaza but will continue to operate its anchor store in Sharon. 

Race driver Tony Stewart becomes the first driver to complete the Indianapolis 500 Indy race and Coca Cola 600 Nascar race in one day. 

1984: School and township officials in Jackson Township are mixed in their reaction to an agreement that would give Youngstown half the personal and real estate taxes generated by a proposed brewery in exchange for Youngstown seeking an Urban Development Action Grant to finance the project. 

Three city employees fired by Mayor J. Phillip Richley in January 1978 have been awarded $220,000, which will be paid using street funds, which will reduce the city's repaving program.

The Edward J. DeBartolo Corp. has purchased the historic Union Trust Building in downtown Pittsburgh from Mellon Bank for between $40 million and $50 million. 

1974: Coitsville School will be closed, and its students will be transferred to Mary Haddow School. Some residents of Coitsville Township have petitioned to be transferred from Youngstown City Schools to the Campbell School District. 

Floyd Wade, 53, of North Jackson, an employee of the General Motors Corp. in Lordstown since 1966, is killed when struck by a piece of metal on a conveyor belt. It was the first fatal accident in the eight-year history of the Lordstown GM plant. 

Karl Wallenda, the 68-year-old patriarch of a family of circus performers, walks across Lakefront Stadium in Cleveland on a high wire. His performance was more successful than the Indians, who lost to Kansas City, 4-2.

1949: Not a bus is on the road in Youngstown, Campbell or Struthers as drivers for the Youngstown Municipal Railway Co. strike after rejected an offer of a 7-cent raise in their $1.34 hourly wage. Cars and pedestrians jam the streets in the biggest traffic jam since VJ Day. 

A 35-year-old former Warren police officer walks into the Youngstown Police Department and identifies himself as Youngstown's blond "walking bandit."

Postmen from the Youngstown Post Office gather at Wick Park and pose for a photograph with the department's details of new trucks.