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April 23, 2014

Penn State Men’s Basketball Coach Patrick Chambers to Speak at Alumni Dinner

Penn State Men’s Basketball Coach Patrick Chambers will be this year’s guest speaker at the Friends of Penn State 2014 Annual Dinner at Penn State Shenango on Thursday, May 15. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. with a sit down dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Shenango campus auditorium, followed by the program. Tickets are $50 per person (cash bar will be available). The event is sponsored by the Penn State Shenango Alumni Society. Proceeds will go to Penn State Shenango student scholarships and programs. Tickets are going fast, so please call today: 724-983-2907 or email The Lions took …continue reading

New technology associate provost looks to SRU’s future IT needs

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – John Ziegler, Slippery Rock University’s new associate provost for information technology, is using his first two weeks on the job to assess the University’s current state of technology, determine future needs and examine how better procedures might help improve technology campuswide. He is also looking to finalize the implementation of a new email system for faculty and staff. An upgrade for students is currently under way. “What we are trying to do first is put together the governing structure to help get the right groups together to help with advising and offering new and different ideas. …continue reading

EPA Recognizes Allegheny College for Largest Green Power Use Among North Coast Athletic Conference Schools

Allegheny College has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a 2013-2014 Individual Conference Champion of the College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the North Coast Athletic Conference. Since April 2006, EPA’s Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power use in the nation. The Individual Conference Champion Award recognizes the school that has the largest individual use of green power within a qualifying conference. Allegheny College beat its conference rivals by using 15 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green …continue reading

Attorney General Kane warns of new electricity shut-off scams

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane cautioned consumers to be on the alert for new electricity-related scams. Her office has received reports that utility customers are receiving calls from con artists, pretending to be utility collection representatives, threatening that electricity will be shut off if the consumer fails to obtain a green dot card or wire money. Green Dot Cards are legitimate and common reloadable debit cards that can be used by consumers to pay bills. These prepaid cards are often preferred by scammers as they do not have to retrieve the funds in person, as they do with a wire …continue reading

Greenville Public Safety Director Failing Greenville Residents And Workers

When Jeffrey Crede was hired, residents of Greenville were lead to believe things would improve, and costs would be lower for the community. In an effort to consolidate more power to the town council, the positions of Fire Chief was eliminated effective Wednesday April 30th, and Steve Thompson who is still Fire Chief until then, under union rules will revert to his former Lt. Position, and be paid hourly, including over time, where he will effectively earn more than his current salary. Dennis Stephens who retired from the position of Police Chief to take a new position at the Greenville …continue reading

Skydive USA Say Sport Is Safe To Spite Local Parachute Injury Over The Weekend

Skydive Pennsylvania is reporting that one person flown by medical helicopter  to a local hospital is in fair condition after a hard landing in Mercer County Saturday at about 6:45. Grove City Emergency crews responded to the skydiving center at Grove City Airport when an individual not named, landed hard, injuring him or her self during a skydiving jump. We are told the parachute did open as required, however the individual landed hard, and not in a normal way. We are told that each student is given plenty of lessons on how to properly land, and very seldom is anyone injured in a …continue reading

Ohio AG Warns Of Heartbleed Virus

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today offered consumers advice on how to protect their personal information in the aftermath of a widespread internet security glitch called the “Heartbleed bug.” “The Heartbleed bug poses a serious problem to your personal information online,” Attorney General DeWine said. “Consumers should remain vigilant in making sure their accounts have not been compromised and they do not get scammed.” The Heartbleed bug refers to a two-year online security flaw that may have allowed scammers to capture the personal information of online users, even if a website appeared to be secure. As a result, consumers’ usernames, …continue reading

ODOT Starts Work On Rt. 11

ODOT will have crews on site beginning today to repave bridge decks along Garfield, Renkenberger and Leffingwell roads, where they cross over State Route 11. The lane restrictions will continue until further notice.

Obituaries 4/21/2014

Joseph Walter Clark, 13, of Meadville, Vernon Township Audrey A. Kiser, 78, of 215 Fredonia Road, Hempfield Township James A. Painter, 54, of Sherman Avenue, Sharon, formerly of Fredonia Roberta E. Barber, 74, Hempfield Township. Patricia Ann Finnegan, 83, Stoneboro. Dennis Gault, 66, Masury. William “Bill” F. Haynie, 72, Vienna. Ethelnel Baron, 86, of Sharpsville. Wallace (Wally) G. Brown, 73, of Milton, Wis. Marian Takoch, 87, of Hermitage Elery Leroy Smith, 86, of Guys Mills Elery Leroy Smith, 86, of Guys Mills Jerome (Jerry) Logan Bossard, 86, of Townville  

Who is in charge?

Something goes stupidly wrong in either our government or the real world. Is there any difference? You be the judge. Recently the Social Security Administration announced it would immediately cease efforts to collect on taxpayers’ debts that are more than 10 years old. “The effort to collect on old debts began with a single line in the 2008 farm bill, lifting the statute of limitations on debts to the government that are more than ten years old,” reports the Washington Post. “The Treasury Department then set up rules that allowed the government to settle such debts by intercepting taxpayers’ refunds.” …continue reading

Long Time Warren Special Education Teacher Suspended Pending Investigation

Superintendent Michael Notar on Monday confirmed via email to ATM that he had received information that special education and health teacher Joanne L. Bennett had been observed with a male high school student at various times out in the community, raising questions of whether unprofessional conduct was occurring. The Warren police confirmed the matter was handed over to Warren police, Trumbull County Children Services and the Ohio Department of Education by phone today. The article originally written in The Warren Tribune details a troubling event if true. Bennett could not be reached by phone for comment. According to the Warren Tribune, …continue reading

5 Year Olds Death Ruled Accidental In Venango County

A 5 Year Old Cooperstown boy was pronounced dead after an accident that occurred around 4:40 p.m. on April 19, at a private property along Cooperstown Road, in Oakland Township, Venango County. Venango County Coroner Christina Rugh contacted Franklin-based State Police from the UPMC Northwest Hospital to report an accident that resulted in the death of the Cooperstown boy which was confirnmed to ATM Via Fax. According to Rugh, around 4:47 p.m. on Saturday, a call for emergency services went out  to save the life of a boy who was ran over with a farm tractor when he fell from …continue reading

Genco’s walk-off single highlights Thiel’s split with Westminster

GREENVILLE, Pa. – The Thiel College baseball team split a Presidents’ Athletic Conference doubleheader Saturday against the Westminster College Titans. The Tomcats won the first game 5-4 before dropping game two in extra innings, 4-2. The Tomcats led 1-0 after two innings in game one thanks to a RBI-groundout in the second by Brian Snyder (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson). The Tomcats tacked on an additional run in the bottom of the third on a RBI-groundout by Trent Smith (Franklin, Pa./Franklin). The Titans got in on the small ball, manufacturing a run of their own in the top of the fourth to draw …continue reading

Indians and Verizon Wireless partner to offer in-ballpark 4G LTE and wi-fi at Progressive Field

In an effort to better connect with fans at Progressive Field, the Indians, in partnership with Verizon Wireless, have rolled out a new Distributed Antenna System (DAS) and Wi-Fi network. These updates offer fans easier, more reliable access to social media and allow them to check in on popular apps such as’s At The Ballpark while at Progressive Field. “This implementation will significantly enhance fans’ digital experience at the ballpark by making social media and their favorite apps more easily accessible, as well as completing common functions like making a call or sending an email or text,” said Neil …continue reading

Cleveland Indians introduce new ‘Brohio’ design; T-shirts available with ticket in Brohio section

Brohio tickets available in Section 117 at all Friday and Saturday home games; Tickets, more details available at Cleveland, OH-Brohio is back at Progressive Field for the 2014 season, and it’s back with a new look. The excitable Section 117 — the Nick Swisher-spawned section of Progressive Field that also went viral on social media throughout the summer of 2013 – will again be home to Brohio for all Friday and Saturday games during the 2014 season. Each fan who purchases a ticket in Brohio will receive the new shirt design, red with “Brohio” and “The Broriginal” along with …continue reading

Pittsburgh Pirates hire Drew Cloud as Executive Vice President/Chief Sales & Marketing Officer

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the hiring of Drew Cloud as Executive Vice President/Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. Cloud, a Pittsburgh native, will serve on the Pirates executive management team and oversee the Club’s ticket sales, corporate partnerships and marketing efforts. Cloud brings almost 20 years of broad experience, having most recently served as Vice President, Team Marketing and Business Operations for the National Basketball Association in New York City. While with the NBA, Cloud consulted on a day-to-day basis with a number of NBA franchises on all aspects of business operations. Prior to joining the NBA, Cloud spent more …continue reading

JMC Steel Group Announces Plant Modernization Project for Wheatland Tube

Wheatland Tube, a JMC Steel Group operating company, has launched a revitalization program for its Council Avenue location in Wheatland, Pennsylvania. The company is adding new equipment, realigning the manufacturing footprint and automating many processes in the facility. Over the next two years, the thirty five million dollar ($35,000,000.00) investment will create a safer, cleaner workplace, eliminate production bottlenecks, reduce work in process inventory levels, enhance production efficiencies, improve product quality and improve customer service. At a recent meeting with Wheatland Tube employees, Barry Zekelman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JMC Steel Group commented, “We know that the products …continue reading

Meadville Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Night

  You don’t want to miss our biggest night of the year! Winners of the Diamond Awards (including Emerging Leader, Small Business, and Large Business Awards), The Raymond P. Shafer Award, and the Lew Davies Award will be announced at this annual event. The Raymond P. Shafer Award, in its 24th year, will be awarded to a member of the community who has demonstrated distinguished community service. Likewise, the Lew Davies Award will be presented to a member of the community who has done outstanding community work. The Diamond Awards will be presented to individuals and businesses that have demonstrated …continue reading