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Policy waived to hold virtual meeting

Monday wasn’t the first time Warren County School District board members have called in to a meeting. However, it was the first time a majority of them did so. The district has a policy regarding participation in meetings without being physically present. The policy limits that kind of ...

Reservoir Cleanup date ‘up in the air’

Keeping things clean is one of the keys to battling COVID-19. But, nature is not a health priority with respect to the pandemic and a long-standing event that helps keep our environment clean is in some jeopardy. The 16th annual Allegheny Reservoir Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, May ...

‘Extra special’

In a time of social distancing and school closings, kindergarteners of Youngsville Elementary found a way to wish their teacher, Barb McCluskey, a happy birthday. Youngsville Fire Department helped to escort parents with students in McCluskey’s class past her house on Yucha Street on ...

Coronavirus claims first life in Chautauqua County

A Chautauqua County, N.Y. man in his 80s who had tested positive for the coronavirus and was receiving treatment at an Erie hospital became the first casualty due to complications of COVID-19. The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the death Monday in its daily ...

Paying it forward

Like many people his age, Warren Area High School senior Ben Hampson has some free time on his hands. What he’s doing with that time goes well above and beyond the norm. Hampson took it upon himself to design “Mask Mender,” a device to tighten and adjust face masks. It’s a ...

Teacher finding a more important way to use a coffee filter

Dan Passmore has been teaching at the Warren County Career Center for 25 years. Like other teachers, he’s being forced away from school due to the coronavirus, and has some time on his hands. He’s using that time wisely. “I hate when you feel like there’s nothing you can do,” ...

County shutdown extended

An initial shutdown of Warren County governmental operations originally slated to expire on March 30 has been extended for at least another week. According to a statement from the county, “most county workers will continue to be on leave or will work from home until Monday, April ...

Kane Borough has its first case

Kane Borough Mayor Brandy Schimp reported on Sunday that McKean County’s one positive case thus far “is a resident of Kane.” “I have been asked to keep the person’s identity confidential,” said Schimp, “but the person and family are in quarantine at their home here. The person ...

‘We miss you’: Drive-through parade held for St. Joseph’s

School has been out for two weeks so far and teachers at St. Joseph Catholic School were missing their students. On Friday, the teachers held a Drive-Through Social Distancing Parade. “We miss the children,” music and computer teacher Judi Danielson said. The entire staff — every ...

‘Phase One’: WCSD will provide educational packets next week

Warren County School District is rolling out the first phase of its education continuity plan. “Some families are anxious for educational materials and frustrated we haven’t provided them sooner,” Superintendent Amy Stewart said Friday. “We are thankful to all families for their ...

Trout season ‘operating under a consolidated statewide schedule’

Fishing is essentially a form of social distancing before social distancing became a key part of our lexicon. But that doesn’t mean that the COVID-19 crisis isn’t impacting trout season in the Commonwealth. The Fish & Boat Commission has issued a statement as well as a FAQ on ...

PennDOT ‘moving forward’ with roundabout design

Warren City Council has settled on the roundabout option for the intersection at Pennsylvania Ave. and Market St. So when will we see it? “We are currently in the process of executing the preliminary engineering agreement,” Jill Harry, PennDOT district press officer told the Times ...

Ogden offers $1M advertising matching grant program

Warren County businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of the Times Observer, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing local ...

State announces additional 531 cases Friday

It might sound like a broken record but COVID-19 case counts continue to rise, though Friday’s new cases are slightly lower than the number disclosed on Thursday. The Pa. Department of Health announced an additional 531 cases on Friday, bringing the state-wide total to 2,218 in 50 of the ...

Gov. approves legislation allowing schools to use ‘alternative means’

Gov. Tom Wolf has approved legislation to give district latitude to try to educate students during the COVID-19 criss and ensure teachers continue to be paid. A section of the SB 751 entitled “Pandemic of 2020” applies “only to the school year 2019-2020.” The rest of the bill ...

Concealed carry permits

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry The Warren County Sheriff’s Office will begin processing applications again starting Monday. The office will be open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Only two people will be allowed in the lobby at a time and visitors are asked to maintain a social ...

Tidioute Charter plans for activity packets

The Tidioute Community Charter School will be sending activity packets to students starting next Tuesday. That’s according to an update that Chief Educational Officer Dr. Doug Allen provided to the Times Observer on Friday. Allen said the school continues to follow the governor’s ...

Federal REAL ID enforcement deadline postponed to October 2021

PennDOT announced Friday that the Department of Homeland Security has postponed the enforcement date for REAL ID from October 1, 2020, to October 1, 2021, in response to COVID-19 and the national emergency declaration. PennDOT closed all driver and photo license centers on March 16 and paused ...