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School officials wrestling with how club teams can play

Warren County School District officials are continuing to work through how club teams for junior high wrestling will interact with district offerings and facilities. The district, per administrative procedure, consolidated junior high wrestling programs last month. Eisenhower remains while ...

Warren teen jailed for trying to pick up student from EHS while under influence

A Warren teen was jailed Thursday after he allegedly attempted to pick up a juvenile female from Eisenhower High School while he was under the influence of a controlled substance. Benjamin David Thomas, 19, was arraigned Thursday night before Magisterial District Judge Laura Bauer on charges ...

Chapman State Park restoration about to turn corner

Restoration of the lake at Chapman State Park after a drawdown for needed dam repairs is about to hit a significant milestone. The first trout stocking since 2016 is set for next Thursday, Dec. 12. The lake was drawn down in 2017 and work on the dam project was completed and the park ...

A much-awaited public trout stocking

Most trout stockings pass without any fanfare or much attention. Next week’s trout stocking at Chapman State Park certainly doesn’t fall into that category. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are planning a joint news event at ...

TCCS students hoping to fill empty bowls for others

Students at Tidioute Community Charter School have come up with a unique — and artsy — way to raise funds for those in need in their community. “Tidioute Community Charter School art students made ceramic bowls — “empty bowls” — and TCCS graphic art students created a cookbook ...

Dancing with the bears

Folks of an earlier time, before high-tech became the norm, may recall the wonder of watching animated Christmas displays. While even children may not wonder “how the magic bears move,” children and children-at-heart still enjoy watching and likely capturing the action for others to ...

Christmas parade lineup

The annual Times Observer/WCCBI Christmas Walk and Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the intersection of Market Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, proceeding down Pennsylvania to Hickory Street. The parade lineup will be: ¯ John Gertsch Memorial Color Guard; ¯ Grand ...

2020-21 school calender finalized

The Warren County School District has finalized the school calendar for next year. The school board unanimously approved the 2020-2021 calendar during Monday night’s meeting. School is set to start next fall on Tuesday, Sept. 1, and wrap up on Friday, June 11, 2021. Students will be ...

Preliminary hearings

Two defendants pled guilty while charges were withdrawn against two others during preliminary hearings held on Wednesday at the Warren County Courthouse. The following defendants entered guilty pleas: ¯ Jeremy L. Paden, Pittsfield, to two counts of possession of a controlled substance. ...

On The Record

District Court — N. Warren County Possession. Blakelan Kipp Dale, 21, of Russell, was charged On Dec. 5 by Pennsylvania State Police at the Warren barracks with possession of a controlled substance and possession and/or use of drug paraphernalia for an incident on Feb. 22, 2019, in Pine ...

Santa’s home away from home is coming to town

What would a Christmas parade be without an appearance by the man who goes by names including St. Nick, Kris Kringle, and Pelznickel? Fortunately, those who line the streets of Warren on Friday won’t have to find out. The annual Christmas Parade and Walk are from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. ...

WCSD proposes tax hike not pass index

A tax increase can’t be ruled out as part of the Warren County School District’s 2020-2021 spending plan, but it won’t be high enough to trigger a referendum. The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) calculates a percentage index to determine the maximum tax increase allowed ...

Yes Parking

Visitors to downtown Warren may have a little more change in their pockets goin’ jing-a-ling-a-ling — at least for the next couple days. Representatives of ErieBank presented a check to the city on Wednesday that will cover on-street parking fees today and Friday. Meters will be ...

New drug charges for former teacher

A Warren man awaiting trial after allegedly taking a backpack full of drugs to the school at which he was a teacher, faces new drug charges. Matthew R. Kiser, 44, of Warren, is charged with possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, and tampering with evidence ...

Tax hike included in 2020 budget plan

The Warren County Commissioners have proposed a .25 mill tax increase as part of the county’s 2020 proposed budget. The $18.9 million spending package will be formally approved by the commissioners during a meeting set for Dec. 26. The budget details total revenue of $18,918,355 and ...

State school performance helps identify challenges

When the statewide school performance profile numbers were released in November, only two Warren County schools found themselves to be above the midpoint of scores. The scores take into account standardized test scores, improvement on those scores compared to previous results, attendance, ...

#cancerbuddies

Brandon Campbell walked into the Warren General Hospital emergency room on June 5, 2018, after experiencing severe stomach pains, a fever, and fatigue. At the time, he thought it might have been appendicitis. However, by the end of the day, he found himself at Shadyside UPMC in Pittsburgh. ...

Two friendly passersby choose to take action

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — Two caring individuals who came across a distraught man on the Third Street bridge in Jamestown are being credited with helping to prevent a potential “tragedy from happening.” Chris Murphy, who lives in and has worked in Warren County, and Steve Reynolds were ...

Appeals decision grants limited tax exemption

When the Arabic Catholic Church asked for a tax exemption in October, the Warren County Board of Assessment Appeals took its time and came back with a partial exemption. The church holds regularly scheduled religious worship — mass every morning at 8 a.m. — at the former Budget Lodge ...

More change ahead for 2020 elections

Elections moving into the upcoming presidential cycle are going to undergo some significant changes. And it’s not just the voting machines. Act 77 of 2019 brings myriad changes to election law in Pennsylvania, some of which are in effect now and others that will be implemented with the ...