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Backing The Blue

Youngsville Borough recognized a local hero on Monday. As a firefighter and EMT for both Youngsville and Garland volunteer fire departments, Jody Rowland would qualify as a hero every day, but that’s not why he was recognized. Borough Council singled him out for an act of valor and ...

Virtual Academy readies for heavy use

As families make decisions about how to return students to school, Warren County School District’s Virtual Academy is gearing up for heavy use. “We have a team of educators working hard to get everything prepared and ready for our students,” Virtual Academy Principal Misty Weber ...

Incomplete ballot applications approved by state

The Pennsylvania Department of State will be approving the processing of mail-in ballot applications provided to voters by third parties but technically incomplete. The county has received hundreds of mail-in ballot applications that have a printed name and address and the voter filled out ...

Eagle Scout finishes project

Photo submitted to the Times Observer Adam Strandburg, at left, recently completed a project at the bocce court at Betts Park. Adam, with the help of fellow Scouts, friends and family, worked for more than 150 hours on the project, which will enable him to receive his Boy Scout Eagle Award, ...

New Deal Program

It’s been nearly 80 years since the Civilian Conservation Corps — a New Deal program aimed at providing work for young men during the Great Depression — was disbanded. But if you’ve been to just about any state park or driven through the Allegheny National Forest, you see the ...

Two injured in diving accidents Saturday near Kinzua Dam

It was a beautiful day to be on and in the water. The water just below the surface of the Allegheny Reservoir was about 70 degrees. But, the surface was lower than usual and it wasn’t deep enough for some activities. Two people were seriously injured Saturday afternoon in separate ...

WCCBI takes part in campaign

Few things have been more controversial in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic than face coverings. But for the business community, complying with state and federal mask guidance might provide a path to ensure businesses stay open. That’s at the heart of the Warren County Chamber of Business ...

CVS to undertake remediation from past gas station

A downtown Warren business is in the process of remediating “gasoline-related constituents” present at the site for 40 years. CVS has filed a Notice of Intent to Remediate with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection regarding the 100 Market St. property. “This ...

Sheffield grad receives scholarship

A Sheffield Area High School graduate has received a statewide AMVETS scholarship. Carter O’Donnell, a 2020 graduate, was awarded a Bernard Gorman Scholarship by the AMVETS Department of Pennsylvania. Successful applicants must be graduating high school seniors who are the children or ...

Prep Work

The City of Warren is having some of its infrastructure painted ... but not for the aesthetic value. One of the two large clarifiers at the sewage treatment plant was drained last week to prepare it for preventative maintenance. The clarifier is one of the middle steps in the treatment ...

TCCS opens Aug. 20; fall sports nixed

Tidioute Community Charter School is less than two weeks away from opening day. The first day of school for more than 300 students from four counties is Thursday, Aug. 20. On Monday, the charter school held a focus group meeting to help share information about how school will ...

Commissioners continue to untangle CARES Act

The Warren County Commissioners continue to sort out the bureaucratic web of CARES Act funding. During Monday’s work session, the commissioners discussed bids for the financial firms that will review applications and one proposal for business liaison services, another needed part of the ...

Officials eye incomplete applications

Roughly 200 mail-in ballot applications that have been received by Warren County are in limbo. The specific mail-in applications are being provided to voters by some third-party entity. The applications are coming to voters with their name and address already printed on the application. The ...

WCSD students to return on Sept. 1

Teachers are on schedule to return to Warren County School District buildings for the 2020 school year on Thursday, Aug. 27, and students will return on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued new recommendations for delivering instruction in the COVID-19 pandemic ...

Harborcreek man killed in Sunday crash

A Harborcreek man was killed and an Erie man was flown from the scene of a Sunday afternoon traffic crash in Brokenstraw Township. Warren-based Pennsylvania State Police responded to the Matthews Run Road at the intersection with Seneca Lane shortly after 3 p.m. Police say that a 2005 ...

Distanced Alzheimer’s walk set

COVID-19 has caused many things to be changed and canceled. It hasn’t stopped Alzheimer’s. And it isn’t stopping the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s. “The Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee is excited to announce that the annual fundraiser and awareness event will happen this ...

First Front Porch Day spreads community spirit

The inaugural Warren’s Front Porch Day was a hit. People throughout the community spent time on their porches and walking around the community. There were even signs letting visitors know a home was participating and postcards inviting people to join. One of those signs was in front of ...

With Fair canceled, 4H moves forward virtually

It’s Fair Week. Only this year, it’s not. The COVID-19 pandemic led the Fair Board to cancel the Fair. That means, among other things, that young people who have worked all year long to be ready to put their efforts on display at the Fair need another outlet. As many as 175 4H ...

Rapp in D.C. as president signs prescription drug executive orders

Mrs. Rapp went to Washington — for the second time in about a year. State Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Warren/Crawford/Forest, was recently invited to the White House to witness President Donald Trump sign four executive orders to decrease prescription drug costs and increase Americans’ access to ...

Pittsburgh Dem proposes citizen police review boards

Counties would be allowed to create citizen police review boards under legislation proposed recently in the state Legislature. Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, introduced House Bill 2691 to amend state law allowing second through eighth class counties to create the boards, which would have ...