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Appeals court allows Pennsylvania to restrict crowd size

Pennsylvania can restore pandemic restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, putting on hold a judge's ruling that threw out statewide limits on crowd size and other measures meant to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court ...

Second round of CARES Act requests under review

The second round of county CARES Act disbursements is set to be awarded in about two weeks. Over $2.2 million has been set aside from the $3.5 million the county received to be provided directly to non-profit organizations and small businesses. Round one included nearly $1,000,000 in ...

Hearings on county spending plan continue

Day two of the county’s budget hearings saw a couple capital requests but — on the whole — little year-over-year change. Eric Hern, the county’s director of finance and administration, noted that revenue dropped out of the prothonotary’s office. Prothonotary Jennifer Phillips ...

House GOP pushes ahead plan for ‘election integrity’ panel

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal to set up a Republican-majority state House panel to review the fall election, with subpoena power and money to operate, was muscled out of committee Wednesday over loud Democratic objections. The resolution would establish a Select Committee on Election ...

Warren adds Sheffield football players

Warren County School District has been spending more time than usual on football. Officials have been working on pandemic-related attendance restrictions and having to cancel the remainder of the season for one of the three programs, then offering players from that school an opportunity to ...

New COVID-19 case reported in Warren County

After 10 days, Warren County has a new case of COVID-19. A new case — the county’s 43rd — was reported on Saturday. The last time there was a new case reported was Wednesday, Sept. 16. Of the county’s cases, 33 are confirmed and 10 probable. There has been one death reported in the ...

New COVID-19 case reported in Warren County

After 10 days, Warren County has a new case of COVID-19. A new case - the county's 43rd - was reported on Saturday. The last time there was a new case reported was Wednesday, Sept. 16. Of the county's cases, 33 are confirmed and 10 probable. See Tuesday's edition for complete coverage.

Annual Veterans Day dinner canceled

The annual 4 Paws 4 Veterans Veterans Day Dinner will have to wait a year. Due to COVID-19 and restrictions related to the pandemic, organizers have canceled the event for this year. Tammy Rogers of New Hope Assistance Dogs and Warren County Veterans Affairs Director Delores Stec said they do ...

‘Highly involved’

It’s no secret that the economy took a serious hit as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially during the most restrictive period back in March and April. But it wasn’t the only market affected. The drug trade in the county was impacted, as well. Chief County Detective Brian Zeybel ...

Senate OKs Rollback of restaurant restrictions

A Republican-backed bill to eliminate three of Gov. Tom Wolf’s restaurant restrictions has been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration. Sen. Pat Stefano, R-Fayette/Somerset/Westmoreland, amended House Bill 2513 to set the minimum capacity for restaurants at 50%, with the ...

House approves restaurant capacity bill Wolf says he’ll veto

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House on Wednesday approved a bill to loosen pandemic restrictions on bars and restaurants, a proposal the governor has said he will veto. Lawmakers voted 145 to 56 in favor of the bill, which would end a requirement that customers buy food when they ...

CARES Act funding being distributed in the county

The first round of federal CARES Act money that came to the county is hitting the streets. The county was awarded just over $3.5 million in federal coronavirus relief, known as CARES Act funding. About $2.2 million will be awarded to business and non-profits in the community with the remainder ...

Judge declines to stay ruling on Pennsylvania crowd size

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday declined to stay his own ruling that Gov. Tom Wolf's size limits on gatherings are unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV said the administration had failed to show "imminent and irreparable harm will occur" if the state ...

Pennsylvania launches new virus exposure notification app

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's new coronavirus exposure notification app became available in app stores Tuesday could soon be compatible with those of three neighboring states, including New York. The release is part of Pennsylvania's effort to more quickly break chains of ...

Civic Beautification Awards presented in joint Arbor Day celebration

The COVID-19 pandemic may have wiped out Arbor Day this year, but an event last week celebrated both the trees and civic beautification in the City of Warren. Held at the Midtown Lot near where the Arbor Day tree - a serviceberry - was planted earlier this year, the city’s Street Landscape ...

Secrecy envelopes will cause electoral chaos, official warns

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphia's top elections official is warning of electoral chaos in the presidential battleground state if lawmakers there do not remove a provision in Pennsylvania law that, under a days-old court decision, requires counties to throw out mail-in ballots returned ...

Wolf vetoes school sports bill; override attempt planned

Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday vetoed a bill that would give school districts the sole ability to make decisions on sports, including whether and how many spectators to allow, and lawmakers in the GOP-controlled General Assembly said they would try to override it. The Wolf administration's limits on ...

Right In Step

“Dark days are gonna go away. They won’t have the final say.” The Youngsville High School Marching Eagles are performing in a season fit for the opening line of the Afters song that is part of their repertoire. The Eagles may not be on the field in front of their fans — and their ...

No COVID cases reported at area nursing homes

Nursing homes in Warren County are reporting COVID-free conditions. “The Rouse Home received all negative results from the fifth round of universal COVID-19 testing that was conducted on Sept. 10,” Marketing Director Kelsey Angove said. “The safety of our residents and our employees ...

Visitors Bureau ready to get back to promoting Warren County

“We need to get back to doing what our mission is and that is to promote Warren County a little more.” The Warren County Visitors Bureau has been in an interesting pickle — encourage people to come to Warren County because of low COVID-19 case counts or encourage them to stay away for ...