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Elections Board hears update on litigation

County officials continue to take a conservative approach to multiple lawsuits regarding the upcoming presidential election. Solicitor Nathaniel Schmidt updated the Board of Elections during a Wednesday meeting. District Judge Nicholas Ranjan left the door open for a federal case to move ...

Warren man to state prison for attempting to sell fake methamphetamine

A Warren man is headed to state prison for - in part - attempting to pass off baking powder as methamphetamine. John W. Soderberg, 45, was sentenced to a total of 41-82 months in state prison on two dockets by Judge Gregory Hammond on Friday morning. His attorney, Assistant Public Defender ...

Traffic control

New PennDOT data suggests that fatalities, injuries and crashes have decreased at 22 roundabouts throughout the Commonwealth. The data was collected from intersections that had previously been controlled by stop signs or signals and were included due to three years of available crash ...

2 polling places to be relocated

Two polling places will move while one will remain unchanged for the upcoming election as a result of decisions made Wednesday by the Warren County Board of Elections. Polling places in Eldred Township and Farmington Township are the ones to be moved. Elections Director Lisa Rivett told ...

3 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 announced

There were three new confirmed cases of COVID-19 announced in Warren County on Wednesday. Added to the one announced over the Labor Day weekend, that brings the county’s total to 40 — 31 confirmed cases and nine probable. Three new cases in a day is the most for the county so far and ...

CDBG projects are outlined

Infrastructure projects will be the focus of Warren County’s 2019 federal Community Development Block Grant funding. A public hearing was held on Wednesday to outline the projects to be addressed with the county’s $245,852 allocation for the 2020 federal fiscal year. Grants ...

Rapp challenges state disaster declaration

Last week, Gov. Tom Wolf renewed his COVID-19 disaster declaration. Warren County remains under a disaster declaration, as well. But the arguments put forth by elected officials clearly show a belief that the county declaration and state declaration serve vastly different purposes. In a ...

Sweeping through

For seven years, Peter Beck has tried every day to improve his property in some way. Beck is only the third owner of the Locusts — the nationally listed historic home on Route 62 in Pine Grove Township. He has a 185-year-old home, 23 stately, 200-year-old black locust trees, and ...

Former fire chief honored

“Retired City of Warren Fire Chief Frank Viola has answered his final alarm and has been called home.” “Chief Viola faithfully served the City of Warren for 15 years and shall not be forgotten.” Frank Viola Jr. died Friday, Sept. 4. He was 85 years old. Viola served as the City ...

Restaurant capacity to expand

Indoor restaurant capacity in Pennsylvania will be expanded to 50 percent starting Sept. 21. According to a Wednesday statement from Gov. Tom Wolf, restaurants will “commit to strictly complying to all public health and safety guidelines and orders through a self-certification process” as ...

First CARES Act disbursements set for Wed.

The Warren County Commissioners plan to make its first CARES Act distributions on Wednesday. The county received roughly $3.5 million in federal COVID-19 aid and have decided to keep between $1 million and $1.5 million for county-related COVID-19 expenses with the rest — roughly $2 ...

3 more positive for COVID-19; county tops 100 cases per 100,000

There were three new confirmed cases of COVID-19 announced in Warren County on Wednesday. Added to the one announced over the Labor Day weekend, that brings the county's total to 40 – 31 confirmed cases and nine probable. Three new cases in a day is the most for the county so far and has ...

City man is finalist for SilverSneakers Swanson Award

There’s a term for people like John Colvin — workout warrior. Colvin, of Warren, is dedicated to his fitness. He’s in the gym every day. He’s pumping iron and working up a sweat. When his trainers give him a challenge, he meets it every time. Unlike most of the people that are ...

Former Rep. Clinger backs Biden

Former Republican Congressman William Clinger is one of 27 past Republican members of Congress that has signed on to endorse Democrat Joe Biden in the upcoming presidental election. Clinger, now 91, served in the House of Representatives from 1979 until 1997 in both the 23rd District and 5th ...

GOP, Dems spar over evictions

Warren County hasn’t seen much of an uptick in landlord-tenant complaints since the state’s eviction moratorium ended. Since Aug. 31, the day the moratorium ended, three landlord-tenant complaints have been filed with District Judge Raymond Zydonik, whose jurisdiction includes the city ...

Eisenhower grads receive scholarships

Recent Eisenhower High School graduates are seeing some scholarship dollars roll their way. AMVETS Post 50 and AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 50 awarded scholarships to three Eisenhower grads who are continuing their education. Brielle and Brodie Whitney are children of Tom (member of Sugar ...

Creative Writers Series to feature five authors

ERIE — The fall Smith Creative Writers Reading Series at Penn State Behrend will feature Joanna Lowell’s 2016 novel “Dark Season” and feature five authors. Lowell, whose real name is Joanna Ruocco, is a winner of the FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize. The fall series ...

Storm damage

A downed tree blocks Old Route 62 Monday in Pine Grove Township in Warren County.

Conquering Dividers

In terms of work, COVID-19 has meant different things for different people. Warren County Courthouse shut down from March 19 through May 4. Some operations slowed. Some shut down. Others kept up at normal or even elevated pace. The two-person maintenance office was in the latter ...

Council of Governments sees path to be part of EMS solution

Could the Warren County Council of Governments be the vehicle for some of the answers to the emergency medical services crisis? They’re going to at least explore the possibility. “I think the COG needs a reset,” Alan Kugler, the COG’s consultant explained. “(We’ve) done a lot ...