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Band Festival Saturday

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry From the double bass to the contrabass clarinet, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 2 Band Festival at Warren Area High School will feature more than 150 of the region’s finest student musicians playing a full complement of instruments. ...

Warren County Commissioners approve tax exempt settlement

The Warren County Commissioners have approved a settlement agreement with subsidiaries of Journey Health regarding the tax exempt status of several Warren County properties. The agreement has numerous parties — companies including the Children’s Home of Bradford, Pa., Ramsbottom Center, ...

Irvine man sentenced for high-speed chase in county

A high speed chase in Southwest Township has landed a man in the Warren County Jail. Garrett J. Anderson, Irvine, was sentenced on Friday by President Judge Maureen Skerda. The incident at the heart of the charges occurred in Southwest Township on March 24. District Attorney Rob Greene ...

Up in flames

Over three years after fire ravaged the former Barley Home on S. State St. in North Warren, efforts are now underway that will result in the demolition of the remnants of the historic structure. Crews were working at the site on Thursday and Conewango Township Secretary Jennifer Riggin said ...

County properties get 15 bids

The Warren County Commissioners have approved 15 bids for properties from the county’s repository. Tax Claim Director Phil Gilbert said that the properties sold didn’t sell at the last judicial sale. With a minimum bid of $250, Gilbert said that 15 bids were placed starting Dec. 1. ...

Charges are withdrawn against two at prelims

Three defendants pleaded guilty, charges were withdrawn against two and one was held for court during preliminary hearings held on Wednesday at the Warren County Courthouse. The following pleaded guilty: ¯ Ryan Sydney Monaco, Warren, to possession of drug paraphernalia and required ...

Two plead guilty, eight not at change of plea

Two guilty pleas were entered and eight defendants pleaded not guilty during arraignment and change of plea proceedings before Judge Gregory Hammond on Thursday at the Warren County Courthouse. The following defendants pleaded guilty: ¯ Clifton B. Larson, Warren, to DUI: General ...

All in favor?

Commissioner Cindy Morrison voted in opposition of appointing John Shreve as the county’s solicitor in August 2016 when he was initially appointed and again in May 2017 when his contract was renewed. She did the same thing on Wednesday. Commissioner Ben Kafferlin said that the positions ...

Outdoor Show will be held at Warren YMCA

The Darin Freeborough Memorial Outdoor Show will be changing venues this year. “The mall is doing some work in the stores and things we used to use,” said WCCBI Director of Chamber Operations and Tourism John Papalia. So, this year, the outdoor show will be at the Warren YMCA, on ...

Couple arrested on drug charges

A Youngsville couple has been charged with manufacturing drugs and endangering children. William J. Sullivan, 42, was arraigned on Friday before District Justice Todd Woodin and held on charges including: four counts of possession of firearm prohibited; receiving stolen property; four counts ...

River Landing project to get Act 13 funding

The Warren County Commissioners moved some Act 13 dollars to a county project and talked about moving some more during Wednesday’s meeting. The commissioners unanimously approved a request from the River Landing at Warren project for $15,000 in funds coming from the state’s Marcellus ...

County seeking new fiscal director

Warren County is on the hunt for a new fiscal director. Commissioner Ben Kafferlin confirmed to the Times Observer that former Fiscal Director Judy Albaugh is no longer in the position. When asked about the circumstances that prompted the vacancy, Kafferlin declined to comment. The ...

Warmer temperatures allow city to do some sewer maintenance

With a break in the weather, the City of Warren took the opportunity to get a truck without a plow into action. The city’s sewer cleaning truck blasted away at 3,000 psi at some sanitary sewer lines. A crew fed the cleaning head into the sanitary line opening revealed by removing the ...

‘Times are changing’

Most of a century ago, women would gather at the Pittsfield Community Center and write to the men in their lives who were serving overseas in World War II. Over the years, it has hosted many meetings, from local Scouts to exercise, Weight Watchers, and scrapbooking. Now, the members of the ...

Libre’s Law reminds owners to keep pets out of the cold

If you’re cold, so are they. That’s what Libre’s Law, enacted last June, hopes to remind pet owners. The law includes a number of animal cruelty protections, but leaving dogs out in the cold is of particular concern, Paws Along the River Director Karen Kolos reminds Warren residents. ...

County schools hosting district band this week

Talent from all over northwestern Pennsylvania is on its way to Warren County this week. The Warren County School District high school instrumental music programs will collectively host the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 2 Band Festival. “The PMEA band, ...

Legalized gray area

Will Pennsylvanians with medical marijuana cards have to turn over their guns? It depends on who you ask. Pennsylvania State Police acknowledge that state law allows those with “validly issued patient Medical Marijuana” cards to possess marijuana in the Commonwealth but they’ve ...

Board approves educational reform items

The era of school reform in Warren County School District has finally begun. After years of development, administration brought some of the first few key pieces of what started as high school reform and eventually involved all educational levels in the district for a school board ...

2018-2019 WCSD calendar approved; Deppen honored

The calendar for Warren County School District’s 2018-2019 school year has been approved. The school board approved the calendar at its regular meeting Monday night. “We always want the calendar as fast as we can get it,” Superintendent Amy Stewart said. The district will begin the ...

Commissioners set upcoming priorities

The Warren County Commissioners used Monday’s work session to set priorities for the next few months. A host of projects were outlined but a few drew specific discussion. Commissioner Ben Kafferlin said that they met with an architect on the parking lot as well as renovations at the ...