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Touching The Past

“At every battlefield the boys heard the sound of Capt. Alexander’s voice, clear, calm and collected. Then the regiment formed ‘front to rear’ on Co. D at Gettysburg on that hot July morning, and left them on the corner with both angles of the lie of rebels pouring the storm of lead ...

After ALS diagnosis Educator reflects on her career

Michelle Johnson-Anderson never intended to become a nurse. It was a guidance counselor at Panama Central School in New York who pointed her in that direction. That advice ultimately set into motion what ended up being a 40-year career in the field, early on at Warren General Hospital and ...

Three new COVID Cases are reported in area

There were three new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths reported for Warren County among Friday’s data. The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced a total count of 2,198 cases, up three from Thursday, and 98 COVID-related deaths in the county. Of the 2,198, 1,776 are confirmed ...

Corry man sentenced for sex assault

By JOSH COTTON jcotton@timesobserver.com A Corry man who pleaded guilty to repeated sexual assault of an 8-year-old will register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life as a result of a sentence handed down on Friday. Judge Gregory Hammond sentenced Breydan C. Olander, 19, to a ...

Construction permits of new homes spikes

The COVID-19 pandemic upended much of life in 2020. But, interestingly, county zoning officials saw increases in permit activity across a broad range of activities — the most significant being new home construction. The Warren County Planning Commission discussed the findings during a ...

Roundabout

While construction on a roundabout at the intersection of Pennsylvania Ave. and Market St. will not commence until 2022, PennDOT has settled on how the roundabout will be built and what detours will be in place through the process. “The project is currently in the design phase, heading ...

Panel Pushes To Set Direction

When the Trestle to Trestle Task Force’s Lodging Committee met on Tuesday, the members were hoping to set a direction. They set out with the goals of determining if there was a need for lodging in the project footprint — between the trestles on the Allegheny River in Warren, north to ...

More than one vaccine may become available

There were six new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths announced for Warren County on Thursday. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, there have been 2,195 cases in the county — six more than the 2,189 reported on Wednesday. Of that total, 1,775 were confirmed and 420 ...

Rapp introduces teledentistry resolution

Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Warren, is working to improve access to dentists in rural Pennsylvania. Rapp recently introduced House Resolution 68 in the state House of Representatives. It was referred to the Health Committee for discussion in an upcoming meeting. “I plan to introduce a ...

Former nurse is charged after incident

By JOSH COTTON jcotton@timesobserver.com A former hospice nurse faces charges that she filled prescriptions for patients and then stole the substances — morphine, ritalin and oxycodone. The state’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation under the Office of the Attorney General filed ...

Three new cases, no new deaths

There were three new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths reported for Warren County among Friday's data. The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced a total count of 2,198 cases, up three from Thursday, and 98 COVID-related deaths in the county. Of the 2,198, 1,776 are confirmed and 422 ...

‘Excited To Help’

About 100 second doses and 100 first doses were administered in Warren on Wednesday. A clinic hosted by Experience Inc. Warren-Forest Counties Area Agency on Aging and Gaughn’s Drug Store at the Allegheny Community Center brought the COVID-19 vaccine to 200 Warren County arms. In the ...

Timeline comes in view for officials

City officials have been excited about the development of a new, project-driven comprehensive plan for several months. A timeline for that process is now coming into view. The City of Warren Planning Commission met on Wednesday morning to review the RFP (request for proposals) document ...

Planners discuss preliminary response to solar farms

The idea of a commercial solar farm might sound foreign in a county — like Warren — that is heavily forested. But there’s been enough discussion about possibilities here that county officials are exploring whether the county needs regulations to manage such development. Zoning ...

Panel talks reassessment

The concept of a property-wide reassessment keeps coming at various levels of government in the county. Tuesday night marked the Warren County Planning Commission’s opportunity to discuss the topic. “We would participate in reassessment if the commissioners did,” Chairman Paul ...

State schools can delay standardized testing until fall

Pennsylvania’s 501 school districts will have the option to delay federally mandated standardized tests until fall. The Department of Education confirmed over the weekend it drafted a letter to the federal government indicating that its schools can reschedule the assessments for the ...

Former hospice nurse charged with stealing controlled substances

A former hospice nurse faces charges that she filled prescriptions for patients and then stole the substances - morphine, ritalin and oxycodone. The state’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation under the Office of the Attorney General filed charges against Michele L. Wills, 55, 24 Walnut St., ...

On Track

The infrastructure of the Trestle to Trestle Task Force is in place. The initiative — under the auspices of the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry and aimed at focusing on development in the City of Warren between the two railroad trestles to the west and east — has settled ...

Timeline emerges on Irvine Distribution Center closure

Time marches toward the closure of the Irvine Distribution Center as additional details have emerged about the status of operations — and the employees — at the facility. The Times Observer received a copy of a WARN — Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act — notification ...

CEO: law could use an update

Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed changes to the state’s charter school law. That law has changed little in over 20 years. And, COVID-19 is driving many more people to cyber charter schools — and sending tax dollars with them. “The urgent need to hold charter schools and cyber charter ...