Regional roundup

No changes in school board race

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Board of Elections reported there were no changes in the outcome of the race for the Buckeye Local School District board of education.

Boards of elections in Jefferson, Harrison and Belmont counties conducted a recount because of the close vote difference between Isaac Omaits, who finished third, and Mason Boyce, who finished fourth. There were three to be elected.

MLK choir to hold rehearsal

STEUBENVILLE –The Martin Luther King Memorial Mass Choir will rehearse at 6 p.m. on Friday at the Emmanuel Church of God in Christ.

Persons interested in joining the choir can contact Delores Wiggins, minister of music, at (740) 632-5517.

Shale academy board to meet

STEUBENVILLE — The Utica Shale Academy governing board will meet in regular session at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Jefferson County Educational Service Center on Sunset Boulevard.

Veterans committee will meet Wednesday

STEUBENVILLE — The regular monthly meeting of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at 500 Market St., Suite 310.

All veterans or interested parties are welcome to attend.

Library board changes meeting

STEUBENVILLE — The board of trustees of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County has changed its monthly meeting to 4 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Schiappa Branch, 4141 Mall Drive.

Community rights issues cleared in Ohio

COLUMBUS — Two proposed ballot issues that supporters say would restore Ohio communities’ rights to challenge corporate incursions have been cleared for signature-gathering.

The Ohio Ballot Board certified the Ohio Community Rights Amendment and a companion measure extending initiative and referendum rights to counties and townships on Tuesday, each as a single issue.

Backers now must collect roughly 306,000 valid signatures to place each issue on the ballot.

The push stems from mounting frustration among environmental groups that have failed for years to push fracking bans onto local ballots. Activist groups now want to make it easier to pass local regulations on predatory lending, puppy mills, wireless equipment location, minimum wages and a host of other issues.

Leading Ohio business groups oppose the measures as overly broad impediments to economic development.

Probation issued

in cat killing

AKRON — An Ohio man who pleaded no contest to killing his roommate’s cat by throwing it against a wall has been sentenced to two years’ probation.

The judge said Tuesday that prison time wasn’t an option for 21-year-old University of Akron student Matthew McCullough.

A state law mandates probation for the first offense of certain low-level felonies that are not deemed violent.