21 WFMJ archives  / June 26, 1996 | Children from Chernobyl waited at Youngstown/Warren Regional Airport to be paired up with local families 28 years ago.  For years, a group of children from the Byelorussian city that was the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster came to the Mahoning Valley for a vacation away from their radiation-contaminated area.

June 27 

1999: Prisons have become an important industry in the Mahoning Valley, employing about 1,600 workers, compared to GM Lordstown at 8,500, Delphi Packard at 8,100, and steel at 4,000. There are four institutions: state prisons in Warren and Youngstown, a private prison in Youngstown, and a federal prison in Elkton.

The 12-week strike at Mercer Forge Co. is settled, and the first of 181 members of USW Local 5306 are being called back to work.

A clothing drive by the Way Station in Columbiana collects thousands of pieces of clothing for "Children of Chernobyl" to pick from during their stay in the area. 

 1984: State Sen. Harry Meshel, D-Youngstown, says he has the votes to pass a compromise measure on how to use $85 million in state lottery revenue. Republicans wanted all of the money to go directly to local school districts; Meshel and Celeste would send $45 million to the schools and keep $40 million in a "rainy day fund."

U.S. Rep. Dennis Eckart, D-Mentor, says national networks should face serious consequences if they continue to report early election-night results that discourage voters from going to the polls in states where voting is still going on.

Clement Anderson of Vienna, known for his collection of needlepoint American flags, received a "Community Service Award" from the Ohio Commission on Aging. The Community Volunteer Council of Warren is also honored. 

1974: Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Forrest Cavalier rules that Gateways to a Better Living may legally establish a residential facility for retarded children on Volney Road. 

Youngstown Law Director William J. Higgins will defend the school board in the NAACP suit charging racial segregation in city schools.

Youngstown Asphalt Co. begins operation of its new plant on Old West Federal Street. Laird Eckman, executive director of the Regional Growth Foundation, calls it the most modern asphalt plant in Ohio. 

1949: A bronze plaque is set in concrete to mark a cemetery that was established in 1804 in Warren, about three blocks from the Courthouse at Perkins Circle and Mahoning Avenue. The bodies of 13 Revolutionary War soldiers are among the people buried there. 

Three young Youngstown men, all veterans of World War II, are killed when their car collides with a tractor-trailer on Route 18 just east of the Meander Lake Bridge. Dead are Joseph Boughner, John F. Hynes, and  W.P. Arcomano. 

The Warren Board of Education will sell South Park Avenue School, which is 50 years old, as part of the $2.7 million program to erect new buildings.