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‘Full force’: Gov. advises wearing a mask

Local News

Gov. Tom Wolf and state-health officials are now advising anyone leaving their home to wear a mask. “(We are) beginning to see our first glimpses of the full force of the pandemic,” Wolf said on Friday. “We know we have community spread in many different areas. The only way we can cut ...

Brief…

Local News Briefs

County recycling event postponed The county-wide electronics and household hazardous waste recycling effort scheduled for Saturday, April 18, at Sheffield Area High School has been postponed. No make-up date has been set.

FirstEnergy donates to its service area’s food banks

Business

The FirstEnergy Foundation is donating $500,000 to 42 local food banks and hunger centers in communities served by FirstEnergy Corp. electric utility operating companies in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia and Maryland to help provide essential food and nutrition to those who need ...

Self-explanatory

Community

Collage submitted to Times Observer It’s self-explanatory. Teachers at Sheffield Area Elementary sent their students a message, from left, by row, on Friday. They posted it on Facebook, but the Times Observer is sharing it as well as people are finding more and more unique ways to stay ...

With stay-at-home order, city suspends meter enforcement

Local News

A stay-at-home order doesn’t open up a ‘Purge’ situation where anyone willing to leave home can do whatever they want. But, there are some changes in the law enforcement community. “We have adjusted our operations in some ways to reduce contact with the public when possible,” City ...

Senior center information

Community

In light of the recent events due to the COVID—19 Virus, Experience, Inc., our local Area Agency on Aging, is committed to helping our senior population in Warren and Forest Counties stay well and safe. We are calling our consumers to check in on them to ascertain what needs that they have. ...

Ask the WGH medical team

Local News

The Times Observer asked the Warren General Hospital medical team to help us get information out to our readers through the COVID-19 FAQ-3. Twice a week, or more, we will pose our questions, and your questions, to the experts. If you would like the Times Observer to submit a question to the ...

St. Joseph School’s enrichment day

Local News

In the name of continuity of education, St. Joseph Catholic School families picked up materials from students’ desks on Friday. School officials set up a drive-up school resources pick-up. Workbooks, papers, and other resources were bagged and hand-delivered by personnel wearing gloves. ...

Mental health support during COVID-19

Community

The Department of Human Services (DHS) announced Thursday the launch of a statewide Support & Referral Helpline, staffed by skilled and compassionate staff who will be available 24/7 to assist Pennsylvanians struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 ...

Seniors, still

Local News

We’re all aware of how much students are being impacted by the school closure. Obviously, education is first and foremost. But high school seniors are missing out on memories they will never get back, possibly their last prom, or graduation ceremony. WAHS Guidance Counselor Lori Hahn is the ...

States demand help with ventilators as feds ration limited supply

Coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two weeks ago, the Pentagon promised to make as many as 2,000 military ventilators available as the federal government strains to contend with the coronavirus pandemic. As of Wednesday, less than half had been allocated, despite a desperate need across the country. At FEMA, ...

Tornado, virus push Tennesseans to the limit

Coronavirus

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Jose Cojom’s house collapsed around his family in a tornado that struck after midnight, he knew his life was going to get much harder. But that was just the beginning. A few weeks later, the restaurant where he cooks closed its doors because of the coronavirus. ...

WCCBI: ‘Spread the word’ on small biz loans

Business

Relief is available for small businesses. And, businesses should now prepare to apply for financial assistance due to the COVID-19 crisis. James Decker, President and CEO of Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry (WCCBI), wants to make sure no one falls through the cracks. There ...

Cardboard cutouts pose as wedding guests amid virus

Coronavirus

DOWAGIAC, Mich. (AP) — Cardboard cutout wedding guests will make for a not-so-cookie-cutter wedding as a Michigan couple prepares to tie the knot during the coronavirus pandemic. After Amy Simonson and Dan Stuglik’s wedding plans were disrupted amid the outbreak, a packaging company ...

With US border work on track, rural towns fear virus spread

Coronavirus

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Major construction projects moving forward along the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico are raising fears the coronavirus could race through temporary work camps and spread to nearby rural communities unable to handle an outbreak. Despite a clampdown on people’s ...

WGH partner, Allegheny Health Network, making test kits

Local News

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the problems in the United States has been a shortage of testing capability. One of Warren General Hospital’s partners is taking steps to help alleviate that shortage. Allegheny Health Network announced Thursday that it was setting up a test kit ...

Carnegie Hall projects $9M deficit, expects cuts next season

Coronavirus

(AP) — Carnegie Hall is projecting a $9 million operating deficit on its $104 million budget after canceling the rest of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic and anticipates making changes to its schedule for 2020-21. “We’ve obviously sold a lot of tickets for next season, but ...

Man captured in Conewango Creek after police pursuit

Local News

A man with an active warrant for absconding from state parole led numerous Warren County law enforcement agents on a pursuit Wednesday into an occupied house and ended with his capture from Conewango Creek. David W. Jenkins III, 31, address unknown, is charged with felony criminal trespass, ...

‘Changed for life’

Local News

DUNKIRK, N.Y. — Ronni Thompson first noticed something was amiss in early March when she couldn’t clear her throat. She was painting her living room inside her Dunkirk home, so she figured the dust was causing some irritation. Three days later, her world went hazy. “I was just ...