Newton Falls, Ohio

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Newton Falls, Ohio
Newton Falls, OH.jpg
Motto: "Working toward a better tomorrow!"
Location of Newton Falls, Ohio
Location of Newton Falls, Ohio
Coordinates: 41°11′20″N 80°58′11″W / 41.18889°N 80.96972°W / 41.18889; -80.96972Coordinates: 41°11′20″N 80°58′11″W / 41.18889°N 80.96972°W / 41.18889; -80.96972
Country United States
State Ohio
County Trumbull
 • Mayor Lyle A. Waddell
 • Total 2.39 sq mi (6.19 km2)
 • Land 2.31 sq mi (5.98 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)
Elevation[2] 932 ft (284 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 4,795
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 4,739
 • Density 2,075.8/sq mi (801.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 44444
Area code(s) 330
FIPS code 39-55650[5]
GNIS feature ID 1065149[2]

Newton Falls is a city located within Newton Township in Trumbull County, Ohio in the United States. The population was 4,795 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The city is known for its ZIP code, which is 44444, and for its covered bridge, which is the second oldest in the state of Ohio.

The city earned its name from the two sets of falls within the city, each on different branches of the Mahoning River.


Newton Falls was likely named for the first school teacher, Newton, and the falls south of the Covered Bridge which is presently under water from the dam constructed along First Street. It grew in part from factors such as the river and its falls, steel manufacturing, and the proximity of the nearby Ravenna Training and Logistics Site.[6]

On May 31, 1985, an F5 tornado struck the city as part of The 1985 United States-Canadian tornado outbreak, a deadly series of tornadoes that swept through Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario, Canada. The tornado to hit Newton Falls was the only F5 to hit Ohio that day. The tornado damaged most of the downtown area destroying dozens of homes, damaging the Senior and Junior High Schools (destroying the gymnasium and rendering the Junior High unusable), and devastating many businesses. Remarkably, no deaths were attributed to the tornado. There were between 70 and 80 injuries in the entire town.[7][8] They discovered that just in Newton Falls alone, 400 families were homeless and the entire central business district had been destroyed.[9] They indicated that warning sirens were the main reason the death toll, which was zero, wasn't that high. "If it hadn't been for the (warning) sirens, the death toll" that was zero "might have been higher," stated Ohio National Guard Major Calvin Taylor.[10] There was even television footage of one of the freight trains being taken from its tracks.[11]

On July 6, 2012, the city was shaken by a shooting rampage in the East River Gardens apartment complex. Robert Brazzon murdered four people, including a fifteen year-old boy, before taking his own life in a city cemetery. No motive was ever established.[citation needed]


Covered Bridge[edit]

Newton Falls is home to the only remaining 19th century covered bridge in Ohio,[12] which was constructed over the Mahoning River in 1831. A walkway was added to the side of the bridge in 1921–1922. In 1985 the bridge was repaired after being damaged by the Niles/Wheatland tornado.[13] In December 2007 the bridge was reopened after a two-year restoration funded by government grants. In July 2009 a delivery truck damaged the bridge and rendered it out of service until repairs could be made. It reopened in 2010.[14]

Fourth of July Festivities[edit]

The city last celebrated Dicker Days in 1987. It holds the largest Fourth of July Festivities in the county, which have been annual since 1946. The normally sleepy little town brings in up to 40,000 spectators to view the Parade and Fireworks, as well as a week long carnival with entertainment provided by the Newton Falls Fourth of July Festivities Committee which is made up entirely of volunteers. The committee raises money for the fireworks through a Car Show, Bike Show, and 10,000 Dollar Raffle, in addition to donations.

Home 44444 The Holidays[edit]

Formerly known as Hometown Christmas, was started by Tim and Cyndi Hogue. This in an annual event run by the citizens of the town featuring musical and other holiday related performances along with vendors selling arts and crafts, baked goods and other items. It is attended by members of the community and surrounding communities. There is no charge for admission to Home 44444 The Holidays, however an optional food donation for the less fortunate is encouraged.

Since 2012, Home 44444 the Holidays has been discontinued.

Arts in the Park[edit]

This festival celebrates all forms of the Fine & Professional Arts and is organized by Christine Spletzer-Newman. It is very deliberately a collection of arts to do rather than arts to view. Festival goers paint legal graffiti on train cars, roll wheelchairs through paint and onto canvas, participate in the creation of a fairytale, and more. This summer event is held in the beautiful waterfall centered park known as Veteran's Park. Admission and most events are free.


Newton Falls is located at 41°11′20″N 80°58′11″W / 41.18889°N 80.96972°W / 41.18889; -80.96972.[15]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.39 square miles (6.19 km2), of which, 2.31 square miles (5.98 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.21 km2) is water.[1]

The Mahoning River runs through Newton Falls.


As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $32,827, and the median income for a family was $41,250. Males had a median income of $34,067 versus $21,992 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,039. About 8.1% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.8% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 4,795 people, 2,064 households, and 1,236 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,075.8 inhabitants per square mile (801.5 /km2). There were 2,395 housing units at an average density of 1,036.8 per square mile (400.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.6% White, 0.8% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 2,064 households of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.9% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.1% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.98.

The median age in the village was 40 years. 23.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.3% were from 25 to 44; 26.4% were from 45 to 64; and 17.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.



The township is governed by a three-member Board of Trustees. Each is elected for a four-year term. The Trustees meet the fourth Monday of each month at the Township Administration Building

  • Trustee: Pete Augusta
  • Trustee: Gregory Dubos
  • Trustee: Robert Page


The village government consists of five elected city councilmen (each representing different wards), an elected mayor (who serves on the council and votes in the event of a tie), and a village manager.

  • Village Manager: Jack Haney
  • Mayor: Lyle A. Waddell
  • Councilman, Ward 1: Richard Zamecnik
  • Councilwoman, Ward 2: Nancy Hoffman
  • Councilman, Ward 3: Richard Monteville
  • Councilman, Ward 4: Jim Luonuansuu
  • Councilwoman, At-Large: Mary-Ann Johnson


Newton Falls is served by the Newton Falls Exempted Village Schools district. The district operates 3 traditional schools:

  • Newton Falls Jr./Sr. High School
  • Newton Falls Middle School
  • Newton Falls Elementary



  • The Bridge
  • The Newton Falls Herald (defunct)
  • The Review
  • The Weekly Villager

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  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  2. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  4. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Newton Falls & Newton Township, Ohio History". Newton Falls Public Library. Retrieved 2009-11-09.
  7. ^ Green, Larry (2 June 1985). "Tornadoes Death Toll Rises to 90 Thousands in Ohio, Pennsylvania Left Homeless in Storms: [Home Edition]". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Tornado Photos and Video". Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  9. ^ Green, Larry (2 June 1985). "Tornadoes' Death Toll Rises to 90 Thousands in Ohio, Pennsylvania Left Homeless in Storms: [Home Edition]". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  10. ^ Green, Larry (2 June 1985). "Tornadoes Death Toll Rises to 90 Thousands in Ohio, Pennsylvania Left Homeless in Storms:[Home Edition]". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  11. ^ Unknown (1 June 1985). "Pennsylvania, Ohio and Canada Twisters Kill 45 Hundreds Injured, Devastation is Widespread as Single Storm System Spawns Many Tornadoes:[Home Edition]". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
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  13. ^ "Covered Bridge". Newton Falls Public Library. Retrieved 2009-11-09.
  14. ^ Runyan, Ed (2009-10-22). "Covered bridge to stay closed for $57K repairs". The Vindicator. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  15. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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