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School Board eyes virus impacts

Changes to the maximum gathering-size limits in Pennsylvania have a number of impacts at Warren County School District. The most common and public is to spectators at athletic events. For much of the season, outdoor events were limited to 250 total people in a facility, including players, ...

Lawmakers work on fix for DUI policy

A pre-trial diversion program is back on the table for first-time DUI offenders. A May Superior Court decision has impacted how first offense DUIs are handled in Warren County. It ties back into the ARD — accelerated rehabilitative disposition — program, which targets first-time ...

Commissioners award over $500,000 in CARES Act funding

Over $500,000 in federal COVID-19 relief CARES Act funding has been approved for local businesses and non-profit organizations as a result of action taken by the Warren County Commissioners during Wednesday’s meeting. The action was to approve a total of $539,351 in funding through the ...

Concerns Aired

The Department of Environmental Protection has released a second draft permit for the Warren Generating Station in Starbrick. While DEP says an “in-person public information session” can’t be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a “Frequently Asked Question webpage” has been crafted ...

Candidates ready for debate

There will not be a state Senate debate in Warren County this year. However, the candidates will be debating in Clarion County, and that debate will be streamed live. The League of Women Voters of Warren County is working with that event. “Due to COVID gathering restrictions the League ...

6 new COVID-19 cases reported over weekend

There have been 10 new cases of COVID-19 in Warren County announced over the past four days. Of those cases, nine have been confirmed and one is listed as probable. The county’s total is now 56 cases — up about 22 percent in a weekend. The number of cases in the county has doubled since ...

With guard down, virus numbers on rise

As individuals, communities, and states let their guards down, officials are not surprised there has been an upswing in COVID-19 cases in Warren County. It took more than half a year for the county to go from no cases to 46. It took three days to get from 46 to 56. Mask use is down. Gathering ...

Charges filed in Monday stabbing in Pittsfield Township

A Corry man faces a charge of aggravated assault stemming from a Monday stabbing in Pittsfield Township. Charles R. Earls III, 22, 25 1/2 Franklin St., Corry, was charged by Pennsylvania State Police in the wake of the incident that occurred at 175 Dey Ln. on Oct. 12 shortly after 8 a.m. The ...

YMCA program aims to ‘reset’ 2020

It’s no secret that 2020 hasn’t been the best of times for many in our community. The Warren County YMCA is looking to provide a little shot in the arm to break out of that mindset — the “STRONG Challenge.” The challenge is pretty simple — 20 minutes of physical activity, five ...

Regulatory challenges force local Habitat chapter to close

The Warren County chapter of Habitat for Humanity has dissolved. Rocco DelPrince told the Times Observer that the closure was effective June 30. “Recent regulations made it increasingly difficult for an affiliate of our size to serve people in the area,” DelPrince said. “We were ...

EMS public hearing set, hotel meeting canceled

A public hearing has been scheduled for the Warren City Council to receive comment on the proposed expansion of an emergency medical services pilot program with Pleasant Township. At the August meeting, council agreed to an arrangement that would place two City of Warren EMTs at the Pleasant ...

Trick-or-treating up to parents in Warren, with COVID guidelines

What better holiday in a time when masks are required? Whether it’s as a superhero, a supervillain, Baby Yoda, Patrick Mahomes, or a five-headed hydra, youngsters will have a chance to go disguised door-to-door and pick up treats. Pandemic or not, no one is forcing kids to suit up nor ...

Elected officials continue to grapple with EMS crisis

The Warren County Council of Governments sees itself as potentially part of the solution to the emergency medical services crisis in the county. And discussions toward what that looks like continue. Paul Pascuzzi told the COG last week that the COG Fire Services Committee spent the ...

Out for a ride

Photos submitted to the Times Observer The prek and kindergarten class at East Forest got their bikes out for the first time this school year. Students had the opportunity to ride at their level from tricycles to mountain bikes, all while learning bicycle safety and social distancing!

Six new Warren County cases over the weekend – 10 in four days

There have been 10 new cases of COVID-19 in Warren County announced over the past four days. Four cases were added on Friday, two more on Saturday, and another four on Sunday. Of those cases, nine have been confirmed and one is listed as probable. No new cases were added on Monday. The ...

Simple Gifts to perform free concerts today

Simple Gifts will perform a free concert from 3 to 4:30 p.m. today at the Chapman State Park amphitheater. “Two women plus ten instruments equal one good time, and you’re in for a very special treat,” according to a release from Chapman State Park. “Karen Hirshon and Linda Littleton ...

Benefit scheduled for family whose daughter has rare chromosomal disorder

When a sonogram showed Jupiter Manross’ long bones were not as long as they should be, her parents, Marc and Amber, went for more testing. “At 20 weeks, we discovered Jupiter’s long bones were measuring short,” Marc Manross said. After numerous tests with a variety of specialists, ...

Charges filed in August drowning of 2-year-old

Charges have been filed in connection with an August drowning in Hatch Run that claimed the life of a 2-year-old child. And one of the accused is the child’s mother. Warren-based Pennsylvania State Police filed felony child endangerment charges against Nichol V. Barrett, 25, identified as ...

Four new COVID cases brings county total to 50

Four new Warren County cases of COVID-19 were announced by the Department of Health on Friday, bringing the county’s total cases to 50. Four cases in one day is the largest single daily increase for the county so far. The previous high was three cases in a day — three times — announced ...

Appeal filed in Spring Creek manslaughter case

A Spring Creek man has appealed after receiving a maximum sentence for manslaughter. Timothy J. Doerfer, 26, was sentenced in July after pleading no contest to manslaughter, DUI: high rate of alcohol - third offense, and summary counts. According to Pennsylvania State Police, Doerfer was ...