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Penelec urges balloon caution over Valentine’s Day

This weekend marks one of the most popular weekends of the year for the mylar balloon — Valentines Day. But those foil, metallic balloons have been responsible for hundreds of electric outages in the region in recent years. In short, the metallic coating on the balloons conducts ...

Boosting Numbers

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has repeatedly said that second doses of the COVID-19 vaccines would be available when the time comes. There is a 21-day waiting period between the first and second doses. While the two doses are not chemically different, the distribution of the doses ...

Vaccinations are growing slowly, but surely

The vaccination numbers are growing, but slowly. On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health added 225 Warren County residents to the ranks of those fully vaccinated, and 17 to those who had received their first dose. According to the latest numbers, 1,267 county residents are ...

Legislature reduction bill is introduced again

Rep. Valerie Gaydos, R-Allegheny, is trying again to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Gaydos has introduced House Bill 482, which would decrease the size of the House from 203 members to 151 members. Gaydos’ legislation was referred to the House’s State ...

Garland man charged in meth ring seeks bond

A Garland man facing a possible life sentence for his role in a multi-state methamphetamine ring is citing COVID-19 as a reason to be let out of jail pending trial. A total of 16 individuals were charged last fall in connection with the operation at “The Farm,” located at 530 Hunter ...

Draft park plan offers look at city’s future

By JOSH COTTON jcotton@timesobserver.com A draft of the City of Warren’s parks plan details an ambitious slate of projects for the city’s park resources. The plan is part of a joint effort with county government to develop new comprehensive plans — of which the park plan is a part ...

No new deaths, two new cases announced Friday

There were two new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths in Warren County according to the latest data. The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Friday announced a total of 2,091 cases to date and 95 COVID-related deaths. The last time there were only two new cases on a day was Nov. 23 – at ...

Contraband charges added to mom charged with providing 2-month-old suboxone

A Warren woman charged earlier this week with lacing her child’s breast milk with suboxone now faces a felony charge of contraband for sneaking the same substance into the county jail. City of Warren police charged Bridget G. Putman, 29, 301 Par. Ave., Apt. A, for the second time in a week ...

C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N

The ‘scuttlebutt’ around Warren County is that the spelling bee featured a comeback story for the ages. The Warren County Spelling Bee started with 15 participants. There were some ‘goofy’ words, but the students were generally able to ‘remember’ their lessons and studies. ...

Sheffield schools set to reopen after closure

The mandated two-day closure of Sheffield Area Elementary School and Sheffield Area Middle High School has done its thing. “We are all set to open on Thursday,” Warren County School District Superintendent Amy Stewart said Wednesday. “As a district, we had to sign an Attestation in ...

Man faces charges after Tues. stabbing

A Glade Township man faces a slate of charges — including aggravated assault — in connection with a stabbing that occurred Tuesday evening at his Cobham Park Road residence. Nicholas K. Bennett, 35, 2882 Cobham Park Road, was charged by Warren-based Pennsylvania State Police through ...

Few new virus-related deaths are reported

There were no new deaths and 11 new cases of COVID-19 in Warren County, according to the latest report from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The number of COVID-related deaths of county residents remained at 95 for the seventh straight day. Wednesday was only the second day in ...

Precinct location still up in air

The Warren South Side precinct still doesn’t have a home. For the second straight meeting, the Warren County Board of Elections struggled to find a home for voters from the south side. Commissioner Jeff Eggleston said he approached the Warren Forest Counties Economic Opportunities ...

Three new cases, no new deaths

There were three new cases of COVID-19 and no new COVID-related deaths in Warren County announced on Thursday. According to information on the Pennsylvania Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard, there have been 2,089 total cases, 1,717 confirmed and 372 probables. About 5.3 percent of the ...

Bank Growth

Northwest employees heard some big news on Tuesday. During a weekly all-employees call, leadership announced an expansion of the company’s hub in Columbus, Ohio. Leaders also stated that that expansion will not change the status of Warren as headquarters of Northwest Bank. “Later this ...

Cashman won’t seek another office seat

Maurice Cashman will not be seeking another term as the City of Warren’s mayor. Cashman was first elected to the post in 2013 and then re-elected in 2017. He said the decision not to run again was one that he made several years ago. “As I’ve said, I spent 16 yeras on the school ...

Wolf pitches minimum wage hike

Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday called for an increase in the state’s minimum wage. The proposal — which faces a steep, uphill climb in the General Assembly — would raise the rate to $12 this summer and 50 cents each year up to $15 in 2027. Wolf noted the $7.25 rate in place now hasn’t ...

Search begun for missing city man

A search is underway for a missing Warren man. John C. Nelson, 55, was last seen on Friday, Feb. 5. Nelson is described as a white male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 160 pounds, with green eyes and brown hair. The City of Warren Police Department is heading up the search. “We’re following ...

COVID-19 patients at WGH remain low

For each of the last two days, there were three new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths reported in Warren County. The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced 2,072 total cases on Monday and 2,075 total cases on Tuesday, with 1,707 confirmed and 368 probables. The COVID-related death ...

Council may stop hotel plan in city

Warren City Council in a meeting next week is expected to put the brakes to the development of a downtown hotel. Mayor Maurice Cashman told the Times Observer that he’s spoken with two councilmembers that “want to put a stop” to the proposed development at the “downtown ...