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Small plane crashes


An ultralight plane crashed near the West Middlesex airport Friday afternoon.

The pilot, who was alone in the plane, was taken to the hospital, according to 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner.

A first responder told the television station the pilot was an older man who was having problems with air winds.

The plane went into woods in brier patches about a half-mile off Fetsco Road.

Shenango Fire Department crews and an ambulance responded.

Bridge, road closings


The West Market Street bridge at Mahoning Avenue to Thumm Bike Shop will be closed from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday for the renaming of the bridge to honor female veterans.

Also, Mahoning Avenue to East Market Street to Vine Avenue Northeast to High Street Northeast to Harmon Avenue Northwest will be closed from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sunday for the Halloween parade.

Adoption Day event


Judge Robert N. Rusu Jr. of Mahoning County Probate Court and Mahoning County Children Services will conduct the county’s third annual Adoption Day celebration at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the county courthouse rotunda, 120 Market St. The event, which is part of National Adoption Awareness Month, will feature a child adoption finalization and a balloon launch.

State releases audit


An audit released by the Ohio Auditor of State for fiscal year 2015 praises Hubbard Exempted Village School District for careful management of its open-enrollment program.

The audit released this month determined the Hubbard district spent $238,000 to teach open-enrollment students last fiscal year.

Since open enrollment generated $1.2 million in revenue over the same period, the policy resulted in a net gain of about $1 million.

The audit also recommends changes to other policies and practices to generate $1.1 in potential savings.

The full audit and the district’s response is available online at

Route 718 reopens


The northbound lane of Route 718 in Mercer County reopened to traffic Friday.

The roadway was closed from Union Street in Farrell to the intersection near Wheatland Tube Corp. in Sharon, according to a news release from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Closure was due to Phase 2 of the Broadway Avenue Improvement Project, which focuses on the 1.1-mile long section of Route 718 (Martin Luther King Boulevard/Dock Street) from Roemer Boulevard in the city of Farrell to Malleable Street in Sharon.

Ice cream for $1


Handel’s invites the public to dress up and visit participating locations in Mahoning and Trumbull counties from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday to enjoy a single scoop, regular cone, or dish of ice cream for $1.