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CLARION – With more than two weeks to spare before the Jan. 1 deadline, Clarion County officials on Tuesday approved the county’s 2019 final budget.

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CLARION – Clarion University of Pennsylvania’s Donald C. Peirce Planetarium is hosting a series of presentations in December highlighting the role of astronomy in wintertime celebrations around the world. The area’s residents are invited to visit the planetarium’s solstice-related shows for …

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KITTANNING – Armstrong County officials announced Monday that while a settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by the county’s tax collectors, the hit to the county’s operating budget could require a property tax increase to offset the added costs.

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RIMERSBURG – After a year in which one board member was removed from his post, and the entire Union School Board has come under fire from parents and community members, the school board last week opted to start the new year with new leadership in place.

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RIMERSBURG – Four students from Rimersburg Elementary School recently took part in Cyber Robotics Coding Competition, advancing all the way to the state finals in Harrisburg.

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EAST BRADY – While most people are thinking about the long winter still to come, East Brady Riverfest organizers are already looking ahead to warmer times as plans are underway for the 34th annual festival next July.

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SLIGO – Sligo Borough Council did not approve a previously adopted preliminary 2019 budget at its December meeting, but instead decided to trim a proposed 3 mill tax increase to 2 mills.

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CLARION – Damien Ditz, 22, of Clarion was found guilty of third degree murder for the killing of Katrina Seaburn, 22, of Curwensville on Friday by a jury of seven women and five men.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Finances and safety were two points of discussion at Monday’s meeting of the Redbank Valley School Board.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Singers, accompanists and a new conductor rehearsed for the upcoming 31st annual New Bethlehem area Christmas cantata on Monday evening. Their new director, Bill Young, led them through their next-to-last rehearsal in the sanctuary of the First Church of God, located along Ro…

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RIMERSBURG – A Rimersburg man is facing multiple sexual assault charges stemming from an incident that took place sometime between midnight and 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 10, 2017 at a home along Chestnut Street in Rimersburg.

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CLARION – The murder trial of Damien Lawrence Ditz, 22, of Clarion got underway before Judge James Arner on Tuesday at the Clarion County Courthouse.

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EAST BRADY – Representatives of East Brady Borough Council and the East Brady Area Development Corporation (EBADC) last week highlighted improvements to the downtown area as four new projects were recently unveiled.

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EAST BRADY – East Brady officials said this week that they were surprised and concerned about a letter recently issued by the Petroleum Valley Regional Water Authority (PVRWA) warning customers about elevated levels of lead found in drinking water purchased from East Brady.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – A Redbank Valley High School senior, with political aspirations of his own, was recently named one of 10 finalists from Pennsylvania for the U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Program.

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RIMERSBURG – Meeting for the second time in November, Rimersburg Borough Council unanimously adopted a preliminary budget for 2019 on Monday, Nov. 19, holding the line on property taxes.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – New Bethlehem officials are eyeing a 1 mill property tax increase to help offset a $13,000 deficit in the borough’s 2019 general fund budget.

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SOUTH BETHLEHEM – Two years after fulfilling a long-time dream of taking a train trip around the country, local train hobbyist Rolly Miller took to the tracks for a second trip earlier this fall.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – More than 300 participants braved the cold to complete the 8th Annual Kessa’s Blessings Turkey Trot 5K race on Thanksgiving morning. A segment of the Redbank Valley Trail in New Bethlehem has been the venue since the event’s inception.

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HARRISBURG – Clarion County was awarded a $663,400 state grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program to further develop the Armstrong Trail in Brady Township, according to state Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R-Oil City).

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KITTANNING – Pointing to increasing costs and some big projects on the horizon, Armstrong County officials approved a preliminary 2019 budget which includes a $1.6 million deficit that remains to be addressed in the next few weeks.

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MAYPORT – “If I hadn’t looked in the mirror and seen that car going around me, my kids would have been hit.” This account from a school bus driver in the Redbank Valley School District highlights some of the dangers area bus drivers experience on a daily basis.

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RIMERSBURG – Union High School graduates have gone on to do great things and to find success in a variety of fields. School officials are hoping to use those stories to inspire younger generations of high school students.

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BRUSSELS, Belgium – As many in the area paused this week to thank local veterans for their service to our nation, one area native is not only actively serving the United States of America, but is also working with one of this country’s most important alliances.

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CLARION – “It’s a lean mean budget. It’s very good.” That’s how Clarion County Commissioner Wayne Brosius described the county’s 2019 tentative budget, which does not project a tax increase for residents in the coming year.

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FAIRMOUNT CITY – As the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I — Armistice Day — one local family is looking back on the life of a relative who gave his life in the service of his country only weeks before the war would officially be over.

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The Hometown Hero banner project that began locally several years ago in Rimersburg, and which spread through a number of neighboring towns in the past few years, grew even larger in 2018, as a host of new communities set out to honor their areas’ veterans.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – “It’s pretty tough over here right now. Plenty is happening.” That’s how New Bethlehem area resident Harry “Sneeze” Snyder depicted life in World War II Europe first hand as a U.S. Army serviceman.

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HARRISBURG – State Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion) will continue her advocacy of rural issues and the 63rd District by advancing within the leadership ranks of the House Republican Caucus in Harrisburg, as she was elected yesterday (Tuesday) to serve as chairman of the House Majority Polic…

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ALCOLA – Young people from the New Bethlehem area rolled smoothly, fell down or hung out with friends at the Redbank Valley Municipal Park’s skating rink last Friday night. A mainstay of the area park for more than 70 years, it has provided active entertainment for generations of area residents.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Police work can be life changing. Southern Clarion County Regional Police Chief Robert Malnofsky Jr., who recently began work for the regional police force, knows that well.

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CLARION – The Clarion Area Chamber of Business & Industry invites the community to celebrate the 2018 holiday season with Customer Appreciation Day and the following holiday events:

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Banquets, family gatherings, class reunions and other special occasions have found a new home in New Bethlehem as two local business owners celebrate the opening of their new banquet facilities at their existing Broad Street location.

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MONROE TWP. – Clarion County will soon have a new way of measuring precipitation totals throughout its area thanks to a donation from the Walmart Foundation.

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POLK CITY, Fla. – He probably never went barefoot while working as superintendent of Redbank Valley Schools, but a former district official has continued to make waves as one of the top barefoot water skiers of all time.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Psychology and security were two points of concern Monday evening for the Redbank Valley School Board.

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KITTANNING – Armstrong County officials opened a lot of bid packages last week for proposed improvements to the Belmont Complex near Kittanning. But they didn’t like what they saw.

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CLARION – State Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion) won re-election to the state House in the 63rd District, winning handily in a hard-fought battle against Democratic challenger Conrad Warner of Knox.

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CLARION – In an effort to energize and inspire the party faithful, incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Casey made a campaign stop in Clarion last week, just days before the mid-term elections.

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ALCOLA – The snow may not be glistening in the lane just yet, but planning is underway for the 4th Annual Christmas Wonderland at Redbank Valley Municipal Park in Alcola.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Last Wednesday evening, residents of the Redbank Valley School District had an opportunity to get to know Dr. John Mastillo, the newly hired superintendent of the Redbank Valley School District.