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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 ...

Commissioners reach out to Trump, USDA

International trade disputes can impact local industry. And in support of one of those industries, the Warren County Commissioners reached to — and heard back from — the USDA and the Trump administration. Commissioner Ben Kafferlin detailed the initiative at a recent commissioners ...

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 ...