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DEP considering permit for gas-fired boiler at refinery

The state Department of Environmental Protection is considering the issuance of a permit for the installation of gas-fired boiler by United Refining Company. According to a legal notice published in Thursday’s Times Observer, the proposal addresses the boiler planned for URC’s facility at ...

Youngsville Television continuing broadband efforts

Youngsville Television Corporation (YTC) continues efforts to bring broadband service to the most rural parts of the county. YTC has been awarded two federal grants to build broadband within the region. It will be working with the Northwest Planning Commission, the administrator for the ...

Unemployment rate rises in December

The unemployment rate rose in Warren County to a seasonally-adjusted 5.1 percent in December. That’s a .3 percent increase from November and a .6 percent increase from the 4.5 percent rate in December 2018. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Center for Workforce Information ...

Transportation officials outline long-term goals

Regional transportation officials have laid out a vision for the future. That future is defined as 2020-2045 and is encapsulated in a long range transportation plan. A draft of the document has been published by the Northwest Commission’s Rural Planning Organization, of which Warren ...

School Board mulls LERTA, audit results

There are LERTA proposals and then there are LERTA proposals. Warren County has asked Warren County School District to approve and join in a county-wide Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance program that would give individuals and entities that develop property a break on their ...

Grants available energy efficiency

The Met-Ed/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund will distribute nearly $200,000 in grants throughout the Pennsylvania service territories of the Met-Ed and Penelec energy companies in 2020 for projects and programs that support the development and use of clean energy technologies and energy ...

Weilacher new agent for JC Warren Real Estate

Lou Weilacher is a new agent at JC Warren Real Estate (jcwarrenrealestate.com). Lou is a lifelong resident of northwestern Pennsylvania and currently resides with his better half, Jan, and their horses and dogs on a farm in Russell. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock ...

Ludy promoted by Haines & Co.

Haines & Company has announced the promotion of Erika J. Ludy, CPA, to Partner. Erika has been with the firm since 2015 and has been the Audit Manager since 2017. She has 8 years of experience providing audit, accounting and consulting services to various industries. She specializes in ...

Hotel project talks persist

Warren City Council is still exploring the possibility of a downtown hotel. Mayor Maurice Cashman announced that council met in executive session to discuss property matters, and then identified those property matters as relating to a hotel developer and parking. After the meeting, City ...

Officials developing broadband strategies

The Warren County Commissioners would like to lead the way to bring broadband to underserved portions of the county. Commissioner Jeff Eggleston said at this week’s work session the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania is “trying to make a push with the state legislature” ...

Hardware choices

Valu Home Centers is closing its Warren location among three “underperforming locations,” the chain said on Tuesday. “As a result of changes in the retail industry, Valu Home Centers is refocusing resources towards its online platform and closing three underperforming locations,” ...

Bent Run hops to the head of the pack two years in a row

For the second year in a row, Bent Run Brewing caught the eye of the judges at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. One might say the competition paled in comparison. Bent Run’s Pearl O’ My Eye won a blue ribbon in the Farm Show’s Specialty IPA (India pale ale) category. Technically, ...

Ellwood to get DEP approval for boiler install

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced its intention to approve a plan for the installation of a natural gas-fired boiler at Ellwood National Forge. According to a notice from DEP published in the Times Observer, the plan approval is for the proposed ...

Bush Industries acquired by Canadian furniture manufacturing company

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — Bush Industries, a Jamestown-based furniture manufacturing company that celebrated its 60th anniversary last year, announced Tuesday it has been acquired by the Canadian firm Bestar. Specific details regarding the acquisition were not released. Bestar, based in Quebec, ...

California man charged with defrauding area business

A California man has been charged with hacking a Warren County company’s email and receiving tens of thousands of dollars that company should have received. Chen Hsing Fang, 61, of Monterey Park, Calif., is charged with knowledge that property is proceeds of illegal act (a felony of the ...

Valu Home Centers to close its Warren location

Valu Home Centers is closing its Warren location among three "underperforming locations," the chain said on Tuesday. "As a result of changes in the retail industry, Valu Home Centers is refocusing resources towards its online platform and closing three underperforming locations," according to ...

Officials seek meeting with Truck-Lite

Several elected officials say they have been reaching out to Truck-Lite following the company’s announcement last week it tentatively planned to cease production at its manufacturing facility in Falconer by the end of the year. Officials who have attempted to contact Truck-Lite for a ...

North Warren Dairy Queen awarded by corporate

The DQ Grill & Chill at 1067 Market St. in North Warren recently received a Personal Responsibility in Delivering Excellence (PRIDE) Award from the Dairy Queen system for achieving a high level of cleanliness and food safety. “We felt honored to have received such a prestigious ...

Recycler contests Starbrick recycling proposal

A local recycler has challenged a county recycling center proposal, suggesting the county should ditch its proposal and buy out his business. John Mortenson, Mortenson Recycling in Chandler’s Valley, spoke to the Warren County Commissioners on Monday. He said his business has run a ...