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FirstEnergy donates to its service area’s food banks

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 ...

WCCBI: ‘Spread the word’ on small biz loans

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 ...

Business exemption submission period ends Friday

Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced Wednesday that the exemption application process for businesses created in response to Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine’s orders to mitigate the spread of the novel ...

Many changes to unemployment claims due to coronavirus pandemic

Hundreds of thousands of people in Pennsylvania have lost their jobs temporarily to COVID-19 shutdowns. And hundreds of thousands have filed for unemployment benefits in the past three weeks. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry is reporting that, between Sunday, March 15, and ...

Warren woman wins $20K in Tops’ ‘Rip It and Win It’

Sometimes all you need is a little bit of luck. Leilani Baxter of Warren was the second $20,000 winner in the Tops Friendly Markets Monopoly Rip It And Win It game. Amid concerns in the world right now about the COVID-19, Tops is still making sure people’s baskets are filled with their ...

WGH changes schedule, hours

Warren General Hospital’s schedule and hours of operations have changed recently in some departments, including: 1. LAB — Still open, with regular hours. Hours of operation in outpatient phlebotomy will run from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. starting Monday, March 30. 2. Hospital Home Health ...

Ogden offers $1M advertising matching grant program

Warren County businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of the Times Observer, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing local ...

Businesses impacted due to COVID-19

In an attempt to slow/stop the spread of COVID-19, businesses and organizations are shutting down or restricting access and hours. - Warren General Hospital will implement a NO VISITOR policy. The exceptions will be Maternity Health Care and those patients near end-of-life. In these cases, one ...

Warren County companies suing Gov. Wolf over closure order

Two Warren County companies are among four that have sued Gov. Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine over Wolf’s order to close non-life sustaining businesses. The filing seeks “extraordinary relief” on an “emergency application” to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Two ...

Times Observer entrance closed for safety

Due to COVID-19 concerns, The Times Observer is closing its front doors to local foot traffic until further notice. The newspaper is still open for business by calling 723-8200 and making an appointment. Subscriptions can be paid online, slide between the front doors in an envelope with ...

WCCBI provides assistance

Surely you or someone you know owns or operates a local business. The coronavirus emergency is predicted to heavily impact businesses in our area, and they are potentially eligible to receive assistance once this crisis is over. All business owners are encouraged to print and fill out the ...

Limited hours

Walmart, Tops and other chains have temporarily limited hours for precautionary reasons during the coronavirus public health issue. Both Walmart (above) and Tops have signs on their doors in Warren notifying the public of a change to 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily hours of operation until further ...

PUC temporarily prohibits utility terminations

Public Utility Commission (PUC) Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille has signed an emergency order prohibiting electric, natural gas, water, wastewater, telecommunication and steam utility terminations. Under the unique circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, establishing a termination ...

Distinctive stamp

Chapman State Park will host a Simple Gifts Workshop and Concert on Friday, July 3, at its amphitheater. Two women plus ten instruments equals one good time, and you’re in for a very special treat. Karen Hirshon and Linda Littleton play a wide variety of ethnic folk music, and you’ll hear ...

Local businesses address pandemic

Local companies have responsibilities. They have employees and families to consider. They have to think about their customers, clients, and suppliers. And, they have a responsibility to the greater community. As COVID-19 spreads across the globe and throughout the United States, ...

Bluestem hearings wrap up March 31

The first day of hearings in the bankruptcy case involving Blair LLC, its parent company — Bluestem Brands — and 16 other related businesses is in the books. The court approved a number of motions for the time being, but denied one involving the businesses’ proposed use of net operating ...

Hearings shed light on Blair bankruptcy

Blair, Bluestem Brands, and the other 16 affiliated companies that have filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy may be playing a little too fast and loose with their parent company’s tax breaks. On the first day of bankruptcy hearings, Bluestem Group Inc. (BGI) objected to a motion filed by ...

Clipping away

Jeff Frailey has been cutting hair for most of his life. Nearly 50 years makes it sound even better. What’s even more interesting, he had done it since 1971 from the same place, Frailey’s Barber Shop at 200 Hickory Street in Warren. And that location — essentially a basement at the ...

‘Learning to adult’

Practice doesn’t make perfect. But, it does make progress. Senior students from the Warren County Career Center participated in their annual Mock-Interview Day on Thursday. About 80 senior high school students were in attendance along with a number of local business reps. The event ...

Officials meet to talk small business microloan plans

The idea of a microloan program for small businesses in Warren County has been floating around the commissioner’s office for a few years. It took a significant step forward after a recent meeting was held with representatives from the Northwest Commission, Warren County Chamber of Business ...