Go Wild in the Park, Little Beaver Creek Watershed Coordinator Joshua Emanuelson to speak about backyard water, 6:30 p.m., Salem Public Library Quaker Room; register at salem.lib.oh.us, the library at 330-332-0042 or Amber at 330-271-8913; free and open to public.,“Suessical: The Musical,” presented by the South Range High School Drama Team, 7 p.m., South Range Performing Arts Center; $10 adults, $8 students and senior citizens.,“Suessical: The Musical,” presented by the South Range High School Drama Team, 7 p.m., South Range Performing Arts Center; $10 adults, $8 students and senior citizens.,Pasta bake dinner, 4-7 p.m., Good Hope Lutheran Church, 12030 Market St.; carryouts available; $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12; 330-549-2406.,“Suessical: The Musical,” presented by the South Range High School Drama Team, 2 p.m., South Range Performing Arts Center; $10 adults, $8 students and senior citizens.

It’s been 14 years since Ohio raised the rate of tax on motor fuel.,Hearings today, Wednesday and Thursday are before the House Finance Committee on the fiscal year 2020-2021 transportation budget, House Bill 62 and the proposal to raise Ohio’s motor fuel tax by 18 cents.,The last time the motor fuel tax was raised was in 2005, according to the Greater Ohio Policy Center, when the Ohio legislature increased the rate by 2 cents per gallon from 26 cents per gallon to the current 28 cents per gallon.,If Ohio legislators were to pass the increase in March, Pennsylvania would still keep the highest motor fuel tax rate of states bordering Ohio.,The Ohio Municipal League, County Commissioners Association of Ohio and the Ohio Township Association have all released positions in support of the tax increase in the last week.

A 2006 Freightliner and 2012 Toyota Highlander were traveling southbound on state Route 7 near Metz Road.,A 2010 Kia Forte was traveling northbound on state Route 7.,The driver of the Kia, 46-year-old Tracy Swinehart of Columbiana County, was transported to Mercy Health of Youngstown by Columbiana EMS.,The Toyota driver, Joseph Remish and his passenger, Kathy Remish, each 47 years old, were transported to Mercy Health of Youngstown with non-life threatening injuries.,The Ohio State Highway Patrol always encourages drivers and occupants to wear the safety belts, reduce speed on rural routes and, if impaired to contact a designated driver.

FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP — During Thursday’s trustee meeting, Zoning Inspector Adam Booth said he is waiting for a response from a private consulting firm to 15 questions on the final revisions to the zoning code.,Trustee Barry Miner agreed, saying they were 25 years out from 1993 and pointed to issues with enforcement.,He advised trustees he wanted answers to the questions, submitted by the zoning commission’s text review meeting, held last month.,Also, in other business, Miner said there will be a meeting with Howells and Baird Engineers to set a bid date for the large-diameter culvert project that will address four priority culvert areas determined to be the worst.,During the December meeting, Miner said, “Spring is the optimum time, my concern is we’ve talked about this a long time and I don’t want to be sitting here if we have a failure.”

Austintown 62, Lakeside 34

Sabria Hunter scored 29 points as Fitch clinched the All-American Conference Red Tier.,Boardman was led by Katie Stamp with 12 points and 12 rebounds.,Kyla Jamison led the Quakers with 15 points and eight rebounds and Ellie Davidson and Echo Mayer-Kutz each scored 14.,Neither team scored any points in the second quarter.,Sydney Ogden scored a game-high 21 points in defeat for Heartland Christian. read more

Public breakfast buffet, 7:30-10 a.m., Masonic Building, 788 E. State St.; $6 for adults, $3 for children under age 10, free for children under 2; pancakes, waffles, ham, sausage, scrambled eggs, homemade sausage gravy, biscuits, homefries, toast, fruit cocktail, orange juice, coffee, tea; elevator available.,Chicken parmesan dinner, 5-7 p.m., St. Patrick Catholic Church; $10 adults, $5 children 10 and under; tickets available at door or at 330-921-8744; proceeds go toward St. Patrick Food Pantry.,Salem Community Pantry, 794 E. Third St.; open 4-7 p.m.; bring photo ID and proof of address.,Chicken parmesan and pasta dinner fundraiser, 5-7 p.m., St. Patrick’s Church; $10 per adult, $5 for ages 10 and under; carryouts available; reservations, 330-921-8744.,Salem Community Pantry, 794 E. Third St.; open 4-7 p.m.; bring photo ID and proof of address.

— “The biggest thing is to try and get in front of it,” said Fairfield Township Road Supervisor Mel Miller.,All four road crewmen, Miller, the longest tenured, John Rankin, a crewman since 1999, Shawn Butler, a five-year veteran, and Kevin Rice, the junior and newly hired member, were busy preparing for the winter blast that forecasters claim has a 70 percent chance of dumping over 10 inches of snowfall in the area, along with rain, ice and wind.,Miller said, “We’re fortunate we’re able to have four trucks out,” and immediately attributed that to township voters who support the road levies.,Miller, with the township since 1987, served as assistant road supervisor from the mid 1990s through 2011.,Miller said that anytime there is a power outage or car off the road they clean up the area and “try to make it easier” for first responders, utility crews and tow trucks.

COLUMBUS (AP) – How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school girls basketball teams in the Associated Press polls, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Akr.,Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Cin.,Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Albany Alexander 26.,Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Cortland Maplewood 17.,COLUMBIANA — Liberty got 17 points from Darrion Williams in a 62-44 win over Crestview in an All-American ... Not so lucky seven for Quakers West Branch turns to one of its own BELOIT — New West Branch head football coach Ken Harris says he walks by the Warriors’ 1994 Division III state ... Branch, Quakers to face off in duals ALLIANCE — Beaver Local earned the second seed in the Div. read more

Zach Rasile had another career night for McDonald, leading the Blue Devils with 52 points, beating the previous school record of 51.,Maplewood was led by Hunter Bates with 20 points, including four 3-pointers.,Jordan Zupko scored 26 points and Austin Governor added 23 for Mineral Ridge.,Mineral Ridge’s Alexa Harkins led all scorers with 27 points, including three 3-pointers.,Marlington led 30-20 at halftime, but West Branch held the Dukes to four points each in the third and fourth quarters.

Adam Honeycutt also reached double figures for the Tigers with 10 points.,Ryan Gordon and Riley Miller also reached dobule figures, scoring 12 points each.,Three other Eagles reached double figures, including Jody Hayes (14 points), Chris Williams (13), and Cameron Hollobaugh (13).,Garret Scott was one of three Wellsville players in double figures with 17 points.,Melvin Neail also reached double figures for the Eagles with 10 points.