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Licensing Board Reform passes state legislature, signed by governor

Gov. Tom Wolf has signed legislation preventing occupational licensing boards from considering some criminal convictions. Senate Bill 637, sponsored by Sen. John DiSanto, R-Dauphin/Perry, and Sen. Judith L. Schwank, D-Berks, passed the House of Representatives and the Senate unanimously ...

Masks required when leaving home

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Expanding on the business safety order signed by Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine in April that requires the wearing of masks in businesses, Governor Tom Wolf has announced a new order signed by Dr. Levine that takes the mask-wearing directive one step further. With ...

Funding available for museum groups

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania has made $20 million in grant funding for cultural organizations and museums to offset lost revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting shutdown order. The Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved the program guidelines for the COVID-19 Cultural ...

Public comment sought for Tionesta Creek Vegetation Management Project

The Allegheny National Forest is accepting public review and comment on the East Branch of Tionesta Creek Vegetation Management Project located in Elk and McKean counties, Pennsylvania. The East Branch Tionesta Creek project area is generally located west of Kane and encompasses 15,795 acres ...

No in-person events at University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

BRADFORD – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will not hold public in-person events this fall in an effort to protect the health and safety of the campus community and its neighbors in Bradford and the surrounding region. Popular events that will not be able to take place include ...

Wolf signs law to help with General Election

HARRISBURG — Governor Tom Wolf signed into law House Bill 2502, now Act 35 of 2020, that requires the Department of State to publish a report on the June 2, 2020, primary election. The report will help identify any necessary changes to the Pennsylvania Election Code before the general ...

Engine Society Summer Show canceled

The Board of Directors of the Pioneer Steam and Gas Engine Society of Northwest Pennsylvania has made the decision to cancel its three-day Summer Show that had been scheduled for July 17, 18 and 19. The show was to feature Ford tractors and New York-built engines. We will extend the features to ...

Riverfront Redo

The City of Warren and an adjacent property owner are working on an agreement with the Redevelopment Authority that would result in the development of a downtown hotel. The scenario discussed on Wednesday would result in the elimination of Breeze Point Landing as a public park in order to ...

Man charged waives his preliminary hearing

The Jamestown, N.Y. man charged with impersonating an officer an invoking COVID-19 to get out of work has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Christopher M. Hawkins, 46, 120 Fulton St., was charged by City of Warren police earlier this month. He faces two misdemeanor counts — ...

School board will look at final reopening plan

When it comes time for students to go back to school in the fall, it looks like they will return in person. The school board did not formally approve a reopening plan at Monday’s special meeting. However, the members unanimously approved a direction for the administration in providing a ...

Panel discusses green space for roundabout

It might not be until 2022 until it comes to fruition but the city’s Street Landscape Committee is discussing how to handle the greenspace center of the roundabout set for the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Market Street. City Manager Nancy Freenock approached the committee on ...

Another tests positive in county

A seventh individual with a Warren County address has tested positive for COVID-19. The additional case was announced as part of Wednesday’s daily Pennsylvania Department of Health data update. That data shows a total of seven cases in Warren County - five confirmed positive tests and two ...

Driving Force

One of the oldest single family-owned Chevrolet dealerships in the country turns 100 this year. And it’s in Warren County. What started as the Sheffield Garage selling Hupmobiles in 1918 turned Chevrolet dealer in 1920, Jones Chevrolet in Starbrick is celebrating its 100th ...

School taxes will stay flat

The budget approved Monday by the school board will put a significant dent in the district’s fund balance. But, it won’t put additional tax burdens on the residents of the district. The board unanimously approved a zero-tax-increase budget despite facing a $4.7 million deficit. Director ...

Fireworks repeal bill to be introduced

State Sen. Judy Schwank, D-Berks, plans to introduce legislation to repeal Pennsylvania’s Fireworks Act of 2017. The legislation is inspired by municipalities and police and fire departments across Pennsylvania unable to mitigate resident complaints about fireworks that are lit day and ...

Committee discusses Poulin statues

Sculptor Dave Poulin died a few weeks ago at the age of 59. His death prompted a discussion at Tuesday’s City of Warren Street Landscape Committee meeting — what should the city do with five Poulin pieces currently in storage at the city’s Department of Public Works garage? Committee ...

Sixth COVID-19 case in county

There is a new case of COVID-19 in Warren County. It had been almost a month since the previous report. The details of the case are not being released, but the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported late Tuesday morning a total of six cases in the county. On its COVID-19 dashboard, ...

Pitt-Bradford buys 145 acres of land

BRADFORD — The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has purchased 145 acres of forested mountaintop along Quintuple Ridge above South Avenue, which will be used for academic and recreational use. The university bought the land for a reduced rate from Harold Lindgren of Smethport, who set ...

Fourteenth Annual Art in the Wilds show goes virtual

This is a year for adaptation. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Art in the Wilds show goes on. This year, its virtual! The online art show — artinthewilds.org — runs through Sept. 7. Between the pandemic and social upheaval, there have been signs since February that this year would ...

Bill seeks to reinstate Turnpike workers

Pennsylvania legislators are trying to reverse Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to lay off hundreds of Pennsylvania Turnpike workers. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission voted June 2 vote and affected some 500 workers, mostly fare collectors, many of whom had been led to believe the turnpike’s ...