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Chili for Life

It was cold and snowy outside, but things got hot and spicy at North Warren Fire Hall on Saturday. The annual Relay for Life Chili Cook-Off featured 10 different chili offerings. The best of those chili offerings, according to the panel of three judges — Pat Williams, John Papalia, and ...

‘New ATV trails’ to be considered in near future on state forest land

Pennsylvania’s state forests have almost 270 miles of trails open to ATVs. New internal policy at the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources may lead to that number increasing in the near future. The department had had a moratorium on new trail development. “The revisions to ...

‘An athlete again’

There’s no slowing Warren native Liz Dunn down. A car accident in 2010 — when she was a student at Gannon University in Erie — changed her life forever. She was asleep in the back seat when her vehicle was struck by another and she shattered her vertebrae. The spinal cord injury left ...

Warren Public Library planning $1.3M project

The Warren Public Library is thinking ahead. In other words — much like the name of its next major project — meeting the needs of tomorrow. With the rise of technology, information has never been easier to access. However, believe it or not, the library still has a plethora of ...

Missile Defender of the Year was raised in Warren

Each year, the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance recognizes excellence among missile defense operators with its Missile Defender of the Year awards. U.S. Army Capt. Cody Williams, formerly of Warren, is this year’s Army Missile Defender of the Year. MDAA advocates for the development and ...

Then & Now

Times Observer photo by Josh Cotton (below) This week’s Then & Now features people, not places, with Pat Evans’ photograph of the 1988 swearing in by Judge Robert Wolfe, far right, of, from left, Evans, Tim Greenlund, and Jack Donaldson. Below is our current Warren County ...

Funeral for Trooper Joseph Bullock will be shown on live feed Thursday at WAHS

The Warren County Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Warren County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Warren County School District, will host a live feed of the funeral of Trooper Joseph Bullock. The live feed will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, ...

Medical helicopter forced to make emergency landing

Weather conditions on Sunday evening forced the emergency landing of a medical helicopter with a patient on board. The helicopter landed near the upper reservoir at Kinzua Dam. First responders were called to the scene at 6:40 p.m. It was first thought that terrain rescue assistance would ...

W-I-N-icki

The competitors in Friday’s Warren County Spelling Bee who did not win may take solace in the fact that the student who won did so for the third consecutive time. Macy Winicki made it three straight by first qualifying for the county-wide bee through the competition at Beaty-Warren Middle ...

Warren man sent to state prison for child porn, assault

A Warren man will spend between 80 months and 20 years in prison on child pornography and indecent assault charges. Timothy A. Anthony, 30, was sentenced to the state prison term — and lifetime sexual offender registration — by Judge Gregory Hammond on Friday morning at the Warren County ...

Beaty’s preview to ‘Make a Friend Day’

On Tuesday, people nationwide will be making new friends. Make a Friend Day is celebrated every year on Feb. 11. In observance of Make a Friend Day, officials at Beaty-Warren Middle School decided to shake things up at lunch on Friday. Principal Shannon Yeager and Counselor Matt Menard ...

Warren man sentenced to state prison for standoff

A more than six-hour standoff and domestic violence charges will send a Warren man to state prison. Chad A. Gelotte, 48, 215 Canton St., was sentenced by Judge Gregory Hammond on Friday. Numerous agencies — city police, the Pennsylvania State Police Special Emergency Response Team (SERT), ...

Warren man given jail time for sex with minor

A plea for leniency by the victim’s grandmother has resulted in a county sentence instead of state prison time for a Warren man who had sex with a 13-year-old girl. Robert W. Haney, 19, was sentenced on a count of statutory sexual assault: 4-to-8 years older by Judge Gregory Hammond on ...

Sheffield man sentenced on statutory sexual assault

Tyler J. Ordiway, 20, of Sheffield, was sentenced to jail time on Thursday by President Judge Maureen Skerda at the Warren County Courthouse. Earlier this year, Ordiway entered a guilty plea on one count of statutory sexual assault: 4-to-8 years older, and one count of corruption of minors. ...

Miss PA Collegiate

Miss Pennsylvania Collegiate United States hails from Warren. Cady Ruth Stoever, a 2017 graduate of Warren Area High School, was crowned the 2020 Miss Pennsylvania Collegiate United States and will compete for the title of Miss Collegiate United States at the National United States ...

Sheffield man enters guilty plea in child porn case

A Sheffield man has pled guilty to the possession of in excess of 50 videos of child pornography John R. Castor, 30, of Sheffield, was charged back in August 2019 by Pennsylvania State Police and pled to two felony offenses — sexual abuse of children and criminal use of a communications ...

Former Beaty teacher pleads guilty to multiple drug charges

The former middle school teacher who took a backpack full of illegal drugs to work entered numerous guilty pleas on Thursday. Matthew R. Kiser, 44, of Warren, entered pleas of guilty to charges at four different dockets Thursday during plea court proceedings before President Judge Maureen ...

Warren man will register as sex offender with guilty pleas

A Warren man will have to register as a sexual offender for the next 15 years as a result of pleas entered on Thursday. Dakota L. Hepler-Kostreba, 24, pled guilty to charges at three dockets on Thursday during change of plea proceedings before President Judge Maureen Skerda. He first pled ...

DEP considering permit for gas-fired boiler at refinery

The state Department of Environmental Protection is considering the issuance of a permit for the installation of gas-fired boiler by United Refining Company. According to a legal notice published in Thursday’s Times Observer, the proposal addresses the boiler planned for URC’s facility at ...