21 WFMJ archives  / June 9, 1947 | Homes and barns were scattered like matchwood after a deadly tornado swept through Trumbull and Mercer counties 77 years ago, killing six people and leveling an estimated 100 structures.   This scene was on Belmont Avenue Extension, south of Vienna Center.

June 8

1999: U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant, D-17 th, introduces legislation that would impose stiff penalties if maximum-security prisoners are transferred across state lines to a prison not equipped to handle them. 

Columbiana County business owners will have to adjust their cash registers on June 30 to be charged 1 percent less in sales tax after county voters defeated the renewal of the tax. 

Six state agencies that have been paying about $1.5 million in rent will move into new offices in a downtown Youngstown state office building. 

1984: U.S. Sen John Glenn, D-Ohio, says the Washington Times has revived the destructive tradition of character assassination with a column by Reed Irvine that described Glenn's fellow Ohio senator, Howard Metzenbaum, as an "unrepentant Stalinist."  

Doctors at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland are starting a program that would allow parents to increase the likelihood that they would have either a boy or a girl. Doctors say the process would be used only when parents want to reduce the possibility of having a child with a gender-related hereditary disease. 

Violence erupted, and two arrests were made when a group of about 100 people from Pittsburgh attempted to block delegates from entering a Lutheran Church in America synod being held at Thiel College in Greenville, Pa. 
1974: The fathers of five boys who caused $8,115 in damage to three Youngstown schools in 1972 are being sued for payment by the Youngstown Board of Education. 

Four Youngstown policemen have been officially dismissed, and nine have been suspended for periods ranging from 15 days to indefinite as an investigation continues into their involvement in a string of burglaries in the city. 

1949: Members of Local 1617, United Steelworkers of America, ratify a contract with General Fireproofing Co. that calls for holiday pay for all workers and double-time for those who work on holidays. 

Two 19-year-old Lowellville men accused of assaulting two minor girls after offering them a ride home from a picnic at Mill Creek Park are sentenced to six months in jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.