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3 properties before City Blight Committee

Three properties were before the City of Warren’s Blighted Property Review Committee on Thursday. One was tabled because progress has stopped, one was tabled to give a property owner more time, and a second declaration of blight was passed against the third. Code Official Ken Hinton said ...

If you build it…

On spring days in the late 1800s, it was fairly common to see huge rafts of timber floating through Warren County on the Allegheny River. The timber was floated down to Pittsburgh and sometimes much farther. Then, another common sight was those men and maybe women who drove the rafts walking ...

Jamestown Police Release Video Of Dog Shooting

WARNING: The video linked below contains graphic images that may not be suitable for everyone. Jamestown police have released surveillance video that shows an officer shooting a charging dog during a warrant check Wednesday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6pQ5hholRo The video's release ...

Warren man faces child porn counts

A Warren man has been charged with possession of child pornography. According to Pennsylvania State Police, Thomas Wolosyn, 58, has been charged with 111 counts of sexual abuse of children and 111 counts of criminal use of a communication facility. Police say they responded to the Warren ...

Crash results in gas leak

A two-vehicle crash on Warren’s east side resulted in a gas leak Wednesday afternoon. According to City of Warren Police Chief Brandon Deppen, the call came in at approximately 1:33 p.m. as a “motor vehicle accident with entrapment and a gas emergency.” Both of the vehicles were ...

So what? Here’s what we think of WCSD’s regional representation

So Warren County isn’t wed to the way that school directors are elected. Given what state law indicates, what the court ruled in 2002 and what we’ve deduced from re-drawing some map lines, there are numerous potential possibilities to consider. Could our school board election process be ...

Commissioners handle county finances at regular meeting

The Warren County Commissioners talked fund balance, approved an agreement with the Child Advocacy Center and finalized the county’s solid waste plan during Wednesday’s meeting. Commissioner Ben Kafferlin said that the county had $735,000 in the general fund with another $197,000 in funds ...

To be 3, or not to be

Warren County School District has four attendance areas. The board of education is elected from three regions. Those two don’t seem to make sense, and it does not have to be that way. The board regions have remained the same since 2002 when the Warren County Court of Common Pleas found ...

Why it’s drawn the way it is

The Warren County School District’s three-region model for the election of school board members has been in place since 2002. That was when the Warren County Court of Common Pleas chose between two competing proposals – one submitted by a group of citizens — that advocated for the ...

Average elementary class size is 22, but it varies widely

There are expected to be 1,826 elementary students in Warren County School District schools next year. With 81.7 teachers for those students, the average class size is over 22. There is some variation in the classes, but most fall in the 17 to 25 range. All of Eisenhower, Sheffield, and ...

Car fire delays traffic just outside of city

A vehicle fire broke out shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday in Starbrick — on Route 6 west just outside the city. One vehicle was involved, said Conewango Township Chief of Police Jason Peters. City of Warren and Starbrick Fire Departments responded as did Conewango Township Police. ...

School board votes Friday on max tax increase

The recommendation is to approve a 1.8 mill tax increase. When the school board votes on its final budget this Friday, the members will be faced with a $2.2 million deficit. A tax increase bringing in about $720,000 would help take some of the sting out of that deficit. During Monday’s ...

‘Thank you for everything’

The Warren County school board said farewell to some long-time employees on Monday and hopes to do the same to some trees, sooner rather than later. Seven retirees — Debra Brown, John Bonavita, Kathy Bowley, Barb Kersey, Mary Ann Mead, Donna Shagla, and Terry Stanko — attended Monday’s ...

Sobriety checkpoints planned for 4th

Enjoy the upcoming holiday. But do it responsibly. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, over 10,000 of the 37,000 people killed in fatal crashes last year involved impaired drivers. The Pennsylvania DUI Association notes that of the 381 crashes involving ...

High cost of gas

Gasoline prices in Pennsylvania have fallen 3.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.98/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s recent survey of 5,269 stations in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s average compares with a national average that has fallen 5.3 cents per gallon versus last ...

Curb your enthusiasm

Curb your enthusiasm. But not until July 1. Because the City of Warren is not entertaining the annual parade of parade-goers setting up their viewing stations along the parade route before that date. According to the city’s Director of Public Works Mike Holtz, if chairs go out before ...

Seiffert named president, CEO at Northwest Bank

Ronald J. Seiffert has been named the next president and chief executive officer at Northwest. Detailed in a Friday announcement, Seiffert will serve in the same position for both Northwest Bancshares, Inc. and Northwest Bank. “Mr. Seiffert joined Northwest in November, 2017 as President ...

Monster acts… of kindness

“We want people to smile.” Jefferson Defrees preschool teacher Mandie Englert and her “turtle” classroom are working on a project that helps them be mindful of kindness, as well as pass it on. “If I have a feeling I don’t like, I don’t want anyone else to feel that feeling ...

Dave Ferry joins Times Observer news team

Dave Ferry is the newest member of the Times Observer team. Ferry, a Lander native, has been hired as a Reporter and Page Designer. His first day on the job was Sunday. Ferry graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1995. While there, he was active in arts and theater, as well as “Harris ...

Salty situation

It was a long, winding legal road. But an appeal of a Warren County woman filed against the Department of Environmental Protection has essentially resulted in DEP temporarily prohibiting – and reconsidering – the use of brine on roads for dust suppression. The appeal was filed by Siri ...