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Still Burning

The Cobham Hill Road fire in Watson Township settled down some overnight, but it was still burning on Friday. The wildfire was up to an estimated 150 acres – including consumed and involved – as of Friday afternoon. As of Friday afternoon, there had been no injuries and no buildings ...

Fire crews request more resources

A Watson Township wildfire will face some high-profile opposition. As the fire grew, those responsible for battling it requested more resources. That order was passed to the U.S. Forest Service regional headquarters in Milwaukee. Some assets were available in the region and will be ...

Broadband planning continues

One of the most significant challenges facing rural America is a lack of reliable, high-speed internet access. The county previously created a Broadband Task Force to explore the issue, highlighted specifically by the COVID-19 pandemic. That group has been reconstituted and is in the ...

Sentence stands in child sex assault case

Reconsideration of a sentence for a Corry man facing years in state prison for sexually assaulting an 8-year-old has been denied. The motion was before Judge Gregory Hammond on Friday in the case against Breydan Olander, 19. He was sentenced last month to between two and seven years in ...

Brine language included in new oil and gas regs

Legislation has again been introduced that would create separate regulations for the conventional and unconventional oil and gas industries. And Warren County’s representation in the General Assembly is in the middle of the fight. Companion pieces of legislation were introduced ...

Local, state, regional assets used to battle wild fire

A wildfire blazed through a swath of Watson Township on Thursday and was expected to continue burning through the night. The call for a vegetation fire on Allegheny National Forest land went out at about noon. Windy conditions led to difficulty containing the fire and by 6 p.m., it had ...

City RDA to auction three properties next week

The City of Warren is holding a public property auction later this month for three properties that the city took title to for delinquent sewer bills. It’s a shift in approach — for years the city has handled the sale of property by sealed bid. The three properties are located at 111 ...

Cable Hollow secures liquor license after successful referendum

For the first time since prohibition, there’s a permanent liquor license in Pine Grove Twp. The voters of the township approved a referendum last fall to permit liquor licenses in the township, which has been “dry” since the 1920s. On March 18, a liquor license was granted by the ...

Gun rights waiver bill introduced

The idea of relinquishing the right to gun ownership has come to Pennsylvania. Rep. Darisha Parker, D-Philadelphia, has introduced House Bill 1077 which would allow those who believe they are a threat to themselves to relinquish their right to purchase a gun. Similar legislation was proposed ...

Cobham Hill Road closed due to wildfire

Cobham Hill Road will be closed into next week due to wildfires that have consumed in excess of 100 acres in Watson Township. PennDOT made the announcement Friday morning. The road is closed from the intersection at Route 62 to the intersection with Hearts Content Road. “The closure is ...

Strong Viewpoints

There have been strong opinions expressed on both sides of the fence in response to the possibility of development at Washington Park. The City of Warren Parks & Recreation Commission has decided to hold a special public session to hear from anyone with an opinion on the issue. The ...

House Dems introduce charter school funding tweak

Several House Democrats want to help local school district budgets by reigning in Pennsylvania’s cyber charter schools. Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, and Rep. Ryan Bizarro, D-Erie, have introduced House Bill 1074 with support from eight fellow Democrats and Republican ...

ERAP Funds are available to renters

Emergency Rent Assistance Program (ERAP) dollars are flowing in Warren County. On Tuesday, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller held a briefing about the program. She said it helps provide stability to those who rent their homes and to those who own those ...

Registration, mail-in deadlines are approaching

Primary elections in Pennsylvania are often the sole domain of those who are registered in one of our two major political parties. The primary gives voters the chance to have input into those parties’ nominees — who will be on the ballot in November. This May, voters who are ...

Opinions mixed on NY legalization of marijuana

Recreational marijuana use is now legal in New York. If smoking and vaping are legal in a location, smoking pot is legal there, too — according to the state. There are, of course, differing opinions about that law. And it remains to be seen what impacts the change will have in ...

Board moves forward with county fair plans

For now, the Warren County Fair is on the calendar. The 2020 fair was canceled in May, but the Fair Board is moving forward with planning for the 2021 Fair. “We’re planning, cautiously optimistically, to go ahead with the full Fair,” President Dave Wilcox said. “We’ve been getting ...

5-pound chocolate egg found during Easter event

A slice of normal returned Saturday with a successful community Easter Egg Hunt at Betts Park. The hunt was a joint effort with the local Fire/EMS Explorer Post and Northern Pa. Regional College. To maintain social distancing, the entirety of Betts Park was utilized to safely hold the ...

Freenock issues an apology to panel

“We’re moving forward with these programs.” That’s the word City Manager Nancy Freenock brought to the Parks & Recreation Commission on Tuesday regarding the city’s Summer Playground Program and the operation of the C.A.R. Pool. Staff had made the decision to keep both of those ...

County planners recommend zoning change

The county’s Planning Commission has recommended a change to the zoning ordinance to permit multi-family residences in business zoning districts. Zoning Officer Michael Lyon said he was approached by someone who has a property in a business district on State St. in North Warren who ...

City compost program returns for 2nd year

The City of Warren compost program has returned for a second year. City crews place hundreds of cubic yards of compost at Betts Park on Tuesday. “This comes from all the leaves that we collect during leaf season, all the brush and debris that we chip, and all the yard waste that we ...