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Plows prepared as first major snowfall expected

When the snow flies — and in Warren County the snow will fly — PennDOT will be ready. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Warren County effective through noon Wednesday. The NWS is calling for 5 to 10 inches of snow in most locations with 10 to 14 inches ...

Attempt to formalize complaints has failed

An attempt to formalize the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s objections to the results of the November general election has failed. Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-65th) was one of 21 sponsors of a proposed resolution in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives “declaring the results of statewide ...

New county COVID-19 cases tally is at 267

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 26 new COVID-19 cases in Warren County over the weekend and another 10 on Monday, bringing the county’s total to 267. Of those, 239 are confirmed and 28 probable, according to the department. Areas with new cases in the county since Friday ...

No more face shields allowed in schools

Students who have become accustomed to wearing face shields in school will have to adjust. The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s most recent statistics put Warren County in an area of “substantial transmission” of COVID-19 for a second consecutive week. In order to continue to offer ...

Care packages

Lowe’s of Warren donated $2,500 of care packages supplies to the Blue Star Mothers of Kinzua. With the help of this donation the group was able to send 160 care packages to troops that are deployed. The Blue Star Mothers of Kinzua will be doing another packing at the beginning of February. ...

The Right Answer

For some offenders, especially some of those with addiction problems or mental health issues, state prison isn’t the right answer. Since 2010, Warren County has had an alternative for offenders who are the right fit — Treatment Court. “Our program is about giving people a chance at ...

General Assembly approves bill for oil and gas regs without brine

A bill that outlines regulations for the oil and gas industry has been sent to the governor for his approval. SB 790 has ping-ponged in the General Assembly throughout this year. It was formally presented to the Gov. Tom Wolf for consideration on Nov. 18. The state Senate concurred on ...

Report takes state-wide view of broadband challenges

It’s no secret that there are areas of Warren County underserved from a broadband perspective. A Joint State Government Commission report has examined precisely where those areas are and also made a host of recommendations to the General Assembly about what should be done in ...

Then & Now

Photo above courtesy of Warren County Historical Society Times Observer photo at right by Brian Ferry The second story of the old dry goods store on the south side of Main Street in Sugar Grove has changed little through the years and the transition to Wilcox Brothers Hardware.

Warren To Dakota To DC

Westward expansion took people to some interesting places in the 19th century. It brought people to Warren County who stayed for generations. At times, Warren County served as a launching point further west. Add in some national political clout, though, one can go ever ...

Surge of new COVID cases continue in Warren County

Warren County continues to see dramatic increases in COVID-19 cases. On Thursday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced 25 new cases. There were 12 new cases announced on Friday. The addition of 37 new cases brings the county’s total to 231 — 204 confirmed and 27 probable. The ...

Forest Service outlines first Great American Outdoor Act

In a rare case of federal bipartisanship, Congress approved — and President Trump signed — the Great American Outdoors Act this summer. The legislation fully funded the Land and Water Conservation Fund and aims to address nearly $12 billion in deferred maintenance on federal lands. The ...

Election litigation working through courts weeks after election

The election was held three weeks ago and it’s been at least a week that the outcome — at least on the presidential level — has been clear. But that doesn’t mean there still aren’t many challenges working their way through the state court system. While there have been no ballot ...

On Their Doorsteps

More than 50 Warren County families didn’t have to worry how they might be able to have hearty and festive Thanksgiving dinners on Thursday. Those dinners — turkey, stuffing, potatoes and gravy, vegetables, biscuits, pie, and cranberry sauce — showed up on their doorsteps. The Warren ...

WGH official: There’s ‘constant need to stay vigilant’

The message hasn’t changed much for six months. Wear a mask. Maintain social distance. Wash your hands. With COVID on the rise, it is important that the message not be tuned out. “Since April, people have become tired and burned out,” Warren General Hospital chief nursing officer Joe ...

Getting an upgrade: ANF signs replaced

The Allegheny National Forest is making a better first impression following some Thanksgiving week work. The 12-year-old wood sign at the supervisor’s office wasn’t holding up. “The old Administrative Site signs were made of plywood and were beginning to delaminate and needed ...

Commissioners continue to allocate CARES Act funding

The Warren County Commissioners continue to spend down the county’s CARES Act allocation. Federal guidelines require that the county spend or allocate the money by the end of the year and the commissioners will still have funds to spend next month. During Wednesday’s meeting, one ...

‘I’m Thankful’

Thanksgiving means many things to different people. Even in the midst of a surging pandemic, it is a time of family and togetherness. “I’m thankful that we’re still having a dinner, even though it’s a tough time right now,” Warren Area Elementary Center third grader Lillian ...

Largest single-day COVID hike seen

Wednesday saw the greatest single-day increase of new COVID-19 cases in Warren County so far. The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 22 new cases. The previous daily high was 21 (as updated by the Department of Health), on Friday, Nov. 20. There have now been a reported 194 cases in ...

Titusville man faces rape charge

A Titusville man is behind bars in Warren County for allegations that he raped a minor back in August. Rodney J. Boyle, 25, was charged by Pennsylvania State Police on Tuesday. According to a statement, the incident was reported to Pennsylvania State Police back on Nov. 16. “A ...