The party is on!

The party is on!
GIRARD -- The city's police and fire departments stepped in to sponsor a Halloween party for Prospect Elementary and Tod Woods schools. Anonymous threats received earlier this month had led school officials to cancel the event. Superintendent Joseph Shoaf said police officers and firefighters will buy and distribute Halloween treats for the children Wednesday. Principals at both schools will send a letter to parents with more details.
Escape charge
GIRARD -- A Youngstown man is charged with escape and resisting arrest, accused of running out of the Girard Municipal Building while being processed by police. Christopher S. Milhoan, 23, of East Judson Avenue, was arrested at Girard Municipal Court on warrant from Austintown police charging him with failure to appear.
Police said Milhoan asked to get a drink of water from a fountain in the lobby of the building and instead ran out of the building. Three officers followed on foot with two others setting up a perimeter in police cars. They caught up to him in the parking lot of the St. Rose Rectory on Main Street, where Capt. Frank Bigowsky tackled Milhoan and arrested him.
Health care in jail
WARREN -- Trumbull County commissioners approved an agreement to have St. Joseph Health Center provide hospitalization care for sick inmates in the county jail.
Trumbull Memorial Hospital had previously provided this service, which costs the county between $50,000 and $60,000 a year, said Tony Carson, the county's director of purchasing.
St. Joseph Health Center will charge the county 80 percent of its regular fees for services. The county had paid 100 percent of regular fees with TMH, he said.
H.M. Steel loans
WARREN -- Trumbull County commissioners approved loaning H.M. Steel $137,500 for five years as part of an effort to renovate the Niles plant. The money will be matched with another $137,500 from several banks as part of a loan guarantee program.
The county previously agreed to lend the new owners of the plant $350,000 for 15 years through the county's revolving loan fund, and the city of Niles is lending $75,000 from its revolving loan fund.
The plant's owners are contributing $800,000, officials said.
Safety Day at mall
NILES -- The YWCA of Warren is sponsoring Kid's Safety Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday on the center concourse at Eastwood Mall.
The YWCA will make available KidCare Photo ID Kits that include the child's photo, height, weight, fingerprints and other personal information.
Each child will receive a coloring book and safety badge.
For more information, call 373-1010, Ext. 12.
Traffic safety awards
The officials from the city of Canfield and McDonald Village recently received traffic safety awards from the Ohio Motorists Safety Foundation.
Canfield officials received the award for a record of no pedestrian fatalities for 24 consecutive years. McDonald officials received the award for having no pedestrian fatalities last year.
The officials received the awards earlier this month at an American Automobile Association Community Safety Award luncheon in Independence, Ohio.
Down on the farm
CANFIELD -- A compost contest, sponsored by the Recycling Division of Mahoning County, will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the barn at Mill Creek Park Experimental Farm on state Route 46.
Participants, who will be competing for prizes, should bring a zip-locked bag of their compost to be judged on odor, color and chemical composition.