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Snacks in the Snack Shack.

The Snack Shack

The Snack Shack is stocked. Matt Menard, counselor for grades kindergarten through second grade at Warren Area Elementary Center, said that not only are they doing well keeping donations coming in for classroom snacks, but things like backpacks, boots, shoes, clothes, and cold-weather ...

Democrat Petition Party Feb. 25 will feature statewide candidates

The Warren County Democratic Committee is hosting a Petition Signing Party at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Jefferson Defrees Family Center, 207 Second Ave., Warren. The featured speakers for the petition party will be Superior Court candidates, Judge Maria McLaughlin and Judge Debbie ...

Round-It-Up for lymphoma research

More than 750,000 Americans have lymphoma — the most common form of blood cancer in adults— and about 220 additional cases are diagnosed every day. In order to help fund lymphoma research, Family Video in Warren is encouraging customers to Round-It-Up between Friday, March 10, and Sunday, ...

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Ashley Mead and her daughter, Winter

‘Kind, pure and strong’

One of Ashley Mead’s closest friends from Warren has done the best job she can of taking the attention off a murder in Colorado, and on to who her friend was as a person. “I’m trying,” said Amelia Perry. “I hoped that taking on as much media as I could would shield (Ashley’s mom) ...

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All smiles

Times Observer photo by Andy Close Warren Area High School sophomore Margo Loutzenhiser (left) and junior Autumn Hultberg are all smiles after Loutzenhiser’s 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter of Saturday’s District 10 Class 5A first round playoff game against Grove City. The Lady ...

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Ricky Barr

Sheffield man sent to state prison on theft

A Sheffield man whose criminal record extends over 35 years was sentenced to state prison on Friday. Ricky Allen Barr, 48 was sentenced to two to four years in state prison by Senior Judge William Morgan. Felony charges were filed against Barr and a co-conspirator, Robert Sheldon, after an ...

Jamestown man ordered to state time for selling ecstasy

A Jamestown man will spend at least the next 18 months in state prison as a result of selling ecstasy in Warren County. Roshad J. Roberts, 27, was sentenced by Senior Judge William Morgan on charges of possession with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance. He was ...

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Every time Abigail Cornman received a gift from Make-A-Wish and Edinboro SAAC members, she also received a lei and a smile.

Abbi’s wish

Wishes do come true, and are sometimes unexpected. Abigail Cornman (Abbi for short) has been through a lot. The Warren first-grader and 7-year old and her family will be going to sunny Hawaii for one week in March through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Bethiny Couse knew her daughter ...

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Ashley Mead

2010 Sheffield High School graduate found murdered in Colorado

A Warren County native was found murdered in Boulder, Colo., this past week. According to FOX 31 News in Denver, Ashley Mead, a 25-year-old mother who was reported missing earlier this week, was killed and her body partially dismembered, with some parts left in various places across several ...

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The United Fund of Warren announced on Friday that their Torchlight Campaign was a success. This year’s goal of $665,000 was met and exceeded by nearly $3,500. Pictured from left to right are Jim Goodling, United Fund Director, Terri Swanson, campaign co-chair, and George Lilja, campaign co-chair.

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The United Fund of Warren announced on Friday that their Torchlight Campaign was a success. This year’s goal of $665,000 was met and exceeded by nearly $3,500. The campaign is the largest annual fundraiser in Warren County. Campaign co-chairs Terri Swanson and George Lilja were both ...

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Kathleen M. Swartz

Former township secretary sentenced to year in prison for stealing over $65,000

“Time, after time, after time, you were stealing.” That was part of the message Senior Judge William Morgan gave to former Conewango Township Secretary Kathleen M. Swartz, 45, North Warren, prior to sentencing her to one year in prison and full restitution for stealing over $65,000 from ...

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Mary Ann Kuzmin gives a haircut to Ted Bogdon at the Hospice House in Warren.

Hair raising hope

Mary Ann Kuzmin has been volunteering at Hospice for 20 years. Like so many volunteers, Kuzmin said she started volunteering to give back, shortly after her first husband was enrolled with Hospice of Warren County, in 1997. And while she’s been cutting hair since 1962, Kuzmin started ...

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The “Lasting Legacy” Initiative produces legacy books for Hospice patients.

Lasting Legacy program providing a ‘sense of meaning’ at Hospice

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou’s words illustrate what the women behind the Lasting Legacy Committee at Hospice of Warren County might consider a mission statement. Many patients, said Pat Carlson, “like to know they’re leaving ...

Accused burglar pleads not guilty

An accused serial burglar entered not guilty pleas to numerous charges – including a total of 17 felonies on Thursday. Jamie Delbert Crick, 41, Youngsville, was arrested in January and charged on January 11, twice on January 18 and then again on January 25 all on charges related to various ...

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This home, located at 17 Conewango Ave., was ravaged by fire last August. City officials have filed citations against the owner for failure to demolish or repair the structure.

City cites owners of Conewango Ave. properties

The City of Warren has filed several citations against the owners of two troublesome Conewango Avenue properties. The citations were filed by the city’s code enforcement wing through District Justice Glenn Carlson’s office against both Thomas S. Shorebird, owner of 17 Conewango Ave., and ...

Training for students with disabilities

Warren County School District is offering some specialized training for parents of students with disabilities. The district will offer first aid, CPR, automated external defibrillators, and anaphylaxis and epinephrine auto-injector training on Saturday. “The Warren County School District ...

Tidioute man pleads guilty to attempted meth sale

A Tidioute man charged with trying to sell methamphetamine has pled guilty. Zachary Joshua Rounds, 24, currently incarcerated in the Warren County Jail, also pled guilty to DUI-related charges during arraignment proceedings before Judge Gregory Hammond on Thursday. At one docket, Rounds ...

Conservation District scholarships available

Warren County students looking to pursue education in areas related to the environment are eligible to apply for scholarships. The Warren County Conservation District (WCCD) will accept applications through May 1 for the Ralph G. Eckert Scholarship and the Warren County Council of ...

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James Zavinski.

Zavinski seeks re-election to Warren City Council

James Zavinski Sr. is officially announcing his re-election for Warren City Council. Mr. Zavinski has been married to his wife Frankie for 53 years and counting. They have lived in Warren for over 45 years where they raised three sons and six grandchildren. During his tenure on City ...