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State Police on lookout for aggressive driving

The Conewango Township Police Department is among more than 200 Pennsylvania municipal police departments conducting an aggressive driving enforcement wave that continues through the end of April. Pennsylvania State Police are also participating in the enforcement. Speeding and other ...

Some areas worse off

The City of Warren doesn’t have a specific portion of the city that is the focal point for blight. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t areas where blight is more prevalent. West Fifth Ave. is one of those areas and was a topic of discussion at Thursday’s Blighted Property Review ...

Blight Fight!

Blight never stops. So with the City of Warren’s Blighted Property Review Committee out of commission since 2013, they’ve got a lot of catching up to do. That effort commenced on Thursday as the committee met for the first time in four years. The committee includes a citizen ...

‘Til Death Do Us Part’ at the Warren County Historical Society

Who doesn’t love a wedding? Weddings are beautiful, romantic, classy,... and deadly? You are cordially invited to attend a “wedding reception” unlike any other at “Death Stalks the Historical Society— ‘Til Death Do Us Part” on Saturday, April 1, at the Conewango Club, 201 ...

A Safe Place agency institutes human trafficking awareness

By STACEY GROSS sgross@timesobserver.com Warren County hasn’t had any known cases of human trafficking. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened here. It just means that no cases have been reported. People tend to think of human trafficking being the stuff of internationally-set ...

Changes for student immunizations in Warren County, by age and grade

Changes proposed by the Department of Health to vaccine regulations have been approved. The proposed changes to regulations for student immunization and school attendance appeared as final in the March 3 Pennsylvania Bulletin, and will be effective as of Aug 1, 2017, for implementation during ...

Childrens’ Literacy Night, April 6

Thanks to a Governor’s Institute grant, a children’s literacy night will be held at the Youngsville Elementary/Middle School on Thursday, April 6 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The event is open to preschool and kindergarten-aged children and their parents who will be attending Youngsville ...

On The Record

Columbus Twp. Crash. Pennsylvania State Police made a warrant arrest after a one-vehicle crash Monday, March 13, in Columbus Township. Police said Michael Wolfe, of Jamestown, N.Y., said he swerved to avoid a dog in the road and his vehicle ended up in the ditch along Route 957. While ...

2 guilty pleas entered

Two defendants pled guilty during preliminary hearings held on Tuesday and Wednesday. The following pled guilty: ¯ Megan J. Sanders, Tidioute, to marijuana – small amount personal use and possession of drug paraphernalia. A count of possession of drug paraphernalia was withdrawn. ¯ ...

Take sticks and branches to Harmar St. for composting

Composting in the City of Warren has moved back to the wastewater treatment plant on Warren’s south side. Department of Public Works Director Mike Holtz said that the city has accepted brush at the Harmar St. treatment plant for many years but relocated the service to the DPW garage at the ...

In their shoes; Commissioners to get first-hand look

Is there a better way for county officials to understand what county employees do on a daily basis than to literally step into their shoes? Two Warren County Commissioners don’t think so. Commissioner Jeff Eggleston said at Tuesday’s Prison Board meeting that he and Commissioner Ben ...

Jason Michael Lee charged with rape in March incident

Pennsylvania State Police have charged a Warren man with attempted rape after an alleged incident Saturday, March 12. Jason Michael Lee, 42, of Warren, is charged with criminal attempt — rape: unconscious victim; criminal attempt — sexual assault; and criminal attempt — indecent ...

Federal and state program costs to be scrutinized

Warren County incurs costs for administering programs that use state and federal money. To that end, the County Commissioners have contracted with a consulting firm to figure out precisely what those costs are. And it’s a service that is expected to pay for itself. The commissioners ...

Rough Riders

For anyone headed to Peterson Hill Road in Freehold Township, beware. It’s a dirt road and in rough shape, but nothing out of the ordinary for townships like Sugar Grove and Freehold. The difference with this road is there are several Amish families living on Peterson Hill and the buggies ...

Deer harvests up 6%

It was a big year for area deer hunters. The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently released harvest numbers from the 2016-2017 deer season. These numbers show that Pennsylvania’s buck harvest increased nine percent from the previous year, and the overall deer harvest was up six ...

Steering committee crafts Youngsville vision statement

The survey results are in and Youngsville has a vision statement. At the second Youngsville Borough strategic planning meeting Tuesday evening, a group of 28 people worked through community surveys and established some targets. Penn State Cooperative Extension Educator Peter Wulfhorst ...

Warren County bath salts trail traced to China

With help from the Warren County Drug Task Force, an investigation by the Drug Enforcment Administration has resulted in the indictment of two California residents. Terry Ford, 37, and Dawn Peters, 35, both of Clovis, Fresno County, Calif., are charged with distributing synthetic drugs, ...

Council approves riverwalk overlook

The Warren Riverwalk Overlook project received final approval from city council by a narrow margin on Monday. The project features a covered, cantilevered nature watching platform that will be located across the 400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue from Gen. Joseph Warren Park. Concrete will also ...

Sugar Grove man withdraws part of plea on drug charges

A Sugar Grove man who pled guilty to drug charges in October had part of his plea withdrawn on Monday. The withdrawal was made in the case of Douglas Harkins, Sr., who was charged with corrupt organizations – employee; possession with intent to deliver; criminal use of a communication ...

ANF hiring high school students for summer work

Area students have a chance to spend their summer working in the Allegheny National Forest. The Allegheny National Forest is seeking applications from high school students who are interested in preserving natural resources to work on the forest this summer. Students will be part of the Youth ...