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October 1, 2014

Detroit Water Ruling Could Effect Mercer County Non Utility Payers Also

The judge hearing Detroit’s bankruptcy case ruled Monday he has no authority to stop the Detroit Water and Sewage Department shutting off residential water services. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes declared there is no constitutional right to water and ordering a moratorium on shut-offs would negatively impact the utility company’s revenue. Likewise the ruling now also applies to Gas, Electric and Water service nationwide. In Pennsylvania residents can be turned off even during the winter months if the service provider decides to do so, and in Ohio state law prevents this action. While this now settles many issues with the rule …continue reading

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Detroit Water Ruling Could Effect Mercer County Non Utility Payers Also

The judge hearing Detroit’s bankruptcy case ruled Monday he has no authority to stop the Detroit Water and Sewage Department shutting off residential water services. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes declared there is no constitutional right to water and ordering a moratorium on shut-offs would negatively impact the utility company’s revenue. Likewise the ruling now also applies to Gas, Electric and Water service nationwide. In Pennsylvania residents can be turned off even during the winter months if the service provider decides to do so, and in Ohio state law prevents this action. While this now settles many issues with the rule …continue reading

State Rep. Mark Longietti Plans Urban Blight Workshop

State Rep. Mark Longietti and the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania will host a workshop on Oct. 10 to allow local officials to learn about new means to address blight and to start discussions about the possibility of establishing a land bank in Mercer County. The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Mercer County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, 50 N. Water St., Sharon. The free event is geared toward local elected officials, zoning officers and code enforcement officials, but it is open to the public. “Blight can be like a cancer in our communities,” said …continue reading

Governor Corbett Highlights Transportation Plan Benefits; Cites Pittsburgh’s Birmingham Bridge as Example

New Transportation Plan Delivering Benefits in Every Corner of Pennsylvania Pittsburgh –Standing near the Birmingham Bridge, Governor Tom Corbett said Tuesday that the $28.5 million repair project on the structure underscores the dramatic benefits coming to Pennsylvania because of Act 89, the far-reaching transportation plan. “My administration is working hard to deliver the hundreds of additional projects for this year from Act 89 proceeds, and the Birmingham Bridge is a very visible example of what we are delivering,” Gov. Corbett said at a news conference near the bridge. The Governor hosted an event at the bridge on Oct. 30, 2013, …continue reading

Farrell Gang Members Could Have Been Shot By Police While Holding A Pellet Gun If Not For Professional Response By The Officers

Rahiem Whitman, 277 S. Irvine, Avenue, Sharon, age 20, Jeronte Robinson, 1515 Parke Drive, Apt 1A, Hermitage, age 19, Angela Stietenroth, 122 West Quarry Street, Apt A, Butler, age 18 and a 16 years old W/M, Sharon – Whitman, Robinson, 16YOA and Stietenroth was all taken into custody after the police responded to a vacant house at 1149 Hamilton Avenue, Farrell for people coming out of the house. Upon the police arrival Whitman and Robinson were found running out of the rear of 1149.  Whitman was found to have a pellet gun on him at the time of the stop. One …continue reading

Homeland Security Speaks To Penn State Shenango Students Today

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Earlier today, Bob Staby from the United States Department of Homeland Security presented to the Penn State Shenango Human Development and Family Studies class (HDFS 401, Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation in the Human Services). As a Field Intelligence Officer for the Transportation Security Administration’s Office of Intelligence & Analysis, Mr. Staby spoke regarding agency functions, in addition to, internship and career pathways. Pictured are the student of the HDFS 401 class, Instructor Roxanne Atterholt (back left), and Bob Staby (far right).

Thiel hosts Mercer County Guidance Counselors College Fair and Career Day Oct. 2

The Mercer County Guidance Counselors College Fair and Career Day, sponsored by the Mercer County Guidance Counselors Association is from 9-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Rissell-Beeghly Gymnasia on the Thiel College campus. The fair is free and open to the public. Around 100 colleges, universities and technical schools, as well as businesses and armed forces representatives, will be on hand to distribute materials and talk with students and other interested members of the community about colleges and career choices. About 800 high school students from Greenville, Commodore Perry, Maplewood, Cambridge Springs, Conneaut (Pa.) Area, Keystone Education Center, Saegertown, …continue reading

Obama Care About To Cause Local Business More Grief

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October 1, 2014, That date marks the beginning of an annual three-month period for business-based health insurance customers, known as the “open-enrollment” period. It’s a period when typically more that two-thirds of commercial accounts are at least theoretically in play, since most businesses prefer benefit periods that start Jan. 1 and run through the end of the year. However, with UPMC screwing local holders of Highmark plans and a full page pronouncement in the Post Gazette telling the world that more than 1,600 doctors who will not be in Highmark’s network when the Pittsburgh insurer’s contract with UPMC expires Jan. 1. Coupled …continue reading

Allegheny Faculty and Students Partner with Conneaut Lake Community on “Our Town” Community Arts Project

Conneaut Lake Middle School will host an arts engagement event in collaboration with their Title I Reading program, Allegheny College and the Conneaut Lake Borough to gather community stories and share Conneaut Lake’s history. “Celebrating Our Town’s Story through Art, History, Nature and Culture,” on Wednesday, October 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the middle school, serves as the launch event for Conneaut Lake Borough’s National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant, which will result in a public art trail connecting the downtown business district to Ice House Park and Fireman’s Beach. The event will feature presentations …continue reading

Meet The Local Candidates

A town hall meeting has been planned for Thursday Night, October 2nd,  in Wheatland Local 1016 Union Hall on Broadway Avenue. The event will start at 6:00 and entertainment will follow. Tom Wolf, Michael Muha, Dan Lavelle and Mark Longotti will be at the event. Admission is free of course. Also the event will feature the Crush Corbett Road Show Players.

Game Officers Push For Body Camera’s After New law Prevents Them On Wardens

With fall hunting seasons quickly approaching, the push is on to get the green light for wildlife officers in Pennsylvania to wear body cameras for added protection on the job. Back in June, the State House voted overwhelmingly to approve House Bill 2178, which would allow wildlife conservation officers working for the Game Commission and waterways conservation officers working for the State Fish and Boat Commission, to wear body cameras while at work. Officers have already increased their patrols to stop poaching and other illegal practices and they’ll become even busier as some of the more popular hunting seasons get …continue reading

Amazon Quietly Looking For Warehouse Space In Western PA

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Just as Feder4al Express announced today that they hope to build a 305,000-square-foot distribution center on about 60 acres of land near Interstate 79 in Jackson Township, Butler County, a public official and a lawyer for the developer both confirmed in a Pittsburgh Business Journal article, a local reality group in Pittsburgh is also quietly seeking to locate 400,000 to 750,000 square feet of space with access to I-80 and I-79 so that it can both work on it’s new one day shipping model, and to improve both it’s USPO and Fed-X one day ground shipping options . The combine effect of this union …continue reading

Area School Districts Set To Reap Millions In At Risk Funding

Program supports additional educational resources to increase student achievement Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett today announced that $23.1 million in funding has been awarded to 64 school districts and community-based organizations in 29 counties across the state.  This funding will support educational resources in local communities to increase student academic achievement – a cornerstone of what the Governor believes will ensure students are prepared for postsecondary success. Through the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program, the organizations will use these funds to establish or expand community learning centers to provide students, who attend …continue reading

Two Arrested For Grove City Killing

Two suspects are at the Mercer County Jail for the murder of a Mercer County man on Sunday afternoon. Pennsylvania State Police were called to a home in the area of state Route 58 and Irish Town Road in Pine Township about 3 p.m. Sunday, where they found the body of Michael Anthony Johns Sr., 60,  of Grove City, he was dead, police then followed bloody boot prints and gathered other evidence.. On Monday morning, police arrested Ryan Bowers, 23, and Patrick McCamey, 39, both of Grove City, on charges of murder and robbery. according to police reports. The case …continue reading

Traficant Quietly Cremated, Official Service In The Works

A Traficant family spokesperson said Jim Traficant’s remains have been cremated. Heidi Hanni confirmed that the cremation happened after a private family service Monday morning. Hanni also confirmed that no official autopsy has been completed for Traficant. The coroner did however say he did not have a stroke or heart issues as thought, and while no official autopsy was conducted tissue sampl3s were taken, and the cause is thought to be an in ability to breath while being trapped under the tractor where the position of is head blocked his wind pipe.

Ohio Voters Angry Over Shorter Pre- Election Voting Timtable

The Ohio High Court and it’s  justices’ have ordered by a 5-4 vote Monday granted a request from state officials to wipe out a week in Ohio when people could both register to vote and cast ballots. The state’s Republican officials have been trying to trim the number of days for early voting and restrict weekend and evening hours. The moves prompted a lawsuit from black churches and civil rights groups that the new rules would make it difficult for residents to vote and disproportionately affect low-income and black voters. Early voting in the swing state now will start on …continue reading

Xi-Epsilon to host 20th Annual See-Saw-A-Thon

On October 2-5, 2014, the Xi-Epsilon Chapter at Thiel College in Greenville, Penn., will host its 20th annual See-Saw-A-Thon in order to raise money for Jillian, a nine-year-old who has ependymoma, a form of brain cancer. The proceeds donated to the See-Saw-A-Thon will help with medical expenses that Jillian faces during treatment. Members of the chapter, and volunteers, will ride a giant see-saw for 72 hours to raise the funds and awareness for Jillian. Childhood ependymoma is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the brain and spinal cord. “Our annual See-Saw-a-Thon is a time …continue reading

Wendys Invites You To Pig Out

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Who’s ready to pig out? Wendy’s hopes you are. The fast-food chain has grown their menu to include three BBQ pork items. Wendy’s on Thursday announced that it had rolled out the several BBQ pulled pork products — for a limited time — that sound like the kind of things you might expect to find on the fairgrounds somewhere between the Deep Fried Twinkies and the Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Legs. Like Wendy’s BBQ Pulled Pork French Fries. Or get this: a BBQ Pulled Pork Cheeseburger. The third item sounds tame by comparison: a BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich. But Wendy’s say’s, Its one …continue reading

Talk at Allegheny College Will Focus on “Understanding ISIS”

Two faculty members at Allegheny College will present a talk on “Understanding ISIS” at 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1 in the Tillotson Room in the college’s Tippie Alumni Center. The talk is open to the public. Professor Younus Mirza, a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, will talk about how the religious rhetoric of ISIS’s leaders connects to its political project. Professor Shanna Kirschner, who teaches in the Department of Political Science, will discuss the reasons for ISIS’s success thus far and the strategic implications of the group’s rise.

Senate approves Robbins’ veterans’ pension bill

Legislation introduced by Senator Bob Robbins changing the name of the “Paralyzed Veterans’ Pension” program to “Amputee and Paralyzed Veterans’ Pension” was approved by the Senate today (September 24). Senate Bill 1129 also clarifies the definition of “amputee and paralyzed veteran” to base eligibility on “the loss, or the permanent and severe or complete paralysis of two or more limbs, defined as having a disability compensation rating of 40 percent or higher in two or more limbs as determined and certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.” “The current language of the Paralyzed Veterans’ Pension program does not …continue reading

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