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Commissioners avoid tax increase in ‘18 county budget

Warren County’s 2018 spending plan is now on the books and it does not include a tax increase. The nearly $16 million budget was approved by the county commissioners at a Friday meeting. Commissioner Ben Kafferlin thanked his fellow commissioners and the fiscal office for “pulling this ...

County tidying up 2017 budget

Part of approving the 2018 budget is tidying up the 2017 edition. And while the Warren County Commissioners can’t close the 2017 budget until well into 2018, they took a step in that direction on Friday. Commissioner Ben Kafferlin said that the 2017 budget was structured to have a $95,000 ...

Phone scammers don’t stop ‘spoofing’, not even around the holidays

Don’t always believe what your caller ID says. City of Warren police have told the Times Observer that reports have been received regarding scammers “spoofing” the phone numbers of UPMC Hamot and the City of Warren offices as part of their scamming efforts. According to the Federal ...

County to analyze wages

Warren County is undertaking a wage analysis for non-union employees. The commissioners approved an agreement Friday with Hummelstown-based N.J. Hess Associates. Commissioner Ben Kafferlin said the firm was recommended by the County Commissioners Association of Pa. “We asked for several ...

County commissioners approve two union contracts

Warren County has approved new contracts with two major collective bargaining units. The county commissioners signed off the agreements with SEIU and AFSCME during Friday’s meeting. Commissioner Ben Kafferlin said the “general idea was to bring employee (wages) to the mid-point averages ...

Out in the cold

The cold snap will continue. According to meteorologist Joe Ceru, of the National Weather Service in State College, while wind chill advisories for regions surrounding Warren County were expiring Thursday morning, the cold will remain for a while. “The lows will continue through the next ...

Corry man sent to state prison

A Corry man is headed to state prison on charges that he used an open fire pit on state game lands to dispose of waste from methamphetamine production. Senior Judge William Morgan sentenced Thaddeus L. Czech, IV, 22, on Thursday on charges of possession with intent to deliver, deposits, ...

Drug task force nets alleged meth dealer

A Warren man is behind bars on charges stemming from an alleged sale of methamphetamine that occurred in August. Chevy Allen Haskins, 23, 10 Cook St., was arrested on Wednesday night by members of the Warren County Drug Task Force and Warren County Sheriff’s Office, according to WCDTF ...

Next chapter

The United Fund of Warren will be seeking a new leader this spring. Jim Goodling, United Fund Director, announced on Wednesday that he will be stepping down from the directorship effective June of 2018. This year is Goodling’s fifth Torchlight Campaign and, he said, his last. Goodling ...

Game Commission adopting new titles

For the first time in its 122-year history, the Pennsylvania Game Commission will call its law-enforcement officers “state game wardens.” The change takes effect January 1. “The job titles previously used to describe our field officers — game protector and wildlife conservation ...

What to do with that tree now?

What to do with a dying Christmas tree after the holiday? Drop it off on Oak Street. For 24 years, the City of Warren, the Allegheny National Forest, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Kinzua Fish and Wildlife Association have partnered to take discarded Christmas trees off the hands ...

WCCC junior excelling in health field

John Fankhouser has known since the age of nine that he was going to be an anesthesiologist. The Warren County Career Center student and resident of Warren said his interest in the ability to prepare patients for medical interventions came to him in second grade. “I cut my thumb open,” ...

Tracks in history

My great-grandfather Fredrik Wilhelm Jonasson and his brother Axel Henrik Jonasson emigrated to America from Sweden around 1890. Upon arrival, the Jonassons adopted the Anglicized “Johnson” spelling for their surname. While Axel operated a 60-acre farm between Mayville and Sherman, New York ...

Our turn?

“You are going to get some snow, but it’s not going to be anything like Erie’s had.” That’s what Forecaster Paul Head said of the upcoming winter weather expected in Warren County. Right now, said Head, there are snow squalls around Lake Erie, which will be making their way into ...

Two killed in crash on Economite Rd.

Two men were killed in a one-vehicle crash early on Christmas Eve in Limestone Twp. Warren-based state police responded to the scene on Economite Road. Through an investigation, police said that a vehicle driven by Clifford Wayne Johnson, 38, Tidioute, was traveling east on Economite Road ...

Local students qualify for DECA state championship

Six Warren County Career Center students are headed to the DECA state championship. The DECA district competition was held on Dec. 20 at the University of Pittsburgh Bradford, with a 100 question multiple choice test. The top four students in each event advance to states, said DECA Advisor ...

Eight WCCC students headed to state FBLA

Eight local students will be headed to the state level Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competition this April. Warren County Career Center (WCCC) students tested into the FBLA competition online, according to advisor Beth Hornick. Out of 11 students who tested in from Region One, ...

Increased outflow planned

The level of the Allegheny River is on the rise. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced on Tuesday that “significant increased in outflow from Kinzua Dam” is planned. “This increased flow may cause substantial rises in river levels downstream from the dam,” Corps officials ...

Rivers and trails get plenty of coverage, for different reasons

We live in such a beautiful place. A place with a host of recreation opportunities. Here’s a few of the stories we followed in 2017 on recreation in the county: January 10: River of Year — Allegheny River gets the official nod on Monday As a result of online voting through the ...

A brief look at the major crime stories from 2017

Here are some of the most prominent crime stories reported in the Times Observer in 2017: April 29: Life without parole — James McDaniel pleads, sentenced for murder of Marcus Mattson James A. McDaniel entered a plea of guilty to a charge of murder in the first degree in the February 2016 ...