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CLARION – Clarion County residents seeking help for mental health crises could soon have another option for housing accommodations outside of a hospital setting.

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MONROE TWP. – Three weeks and four days before the mid-term elections, dozens of Clarion County business professionals, elected officials and state representatives gathered at the Park Inn by Radisson last Friday morning for the annual Legislative Fall Breakfast.

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KITTANNING – Recommendations made last week by the Armstrong County Prison Board to add staffing at the county jail will be taken up today (Wednesday) by the county’s Salary Board. However, early indications are that the two boards may not see eye-to-eye.

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KELLERSBURG – Leisure Acres Llamas, located outside Kellersburg in the rolling hills of northern Armstrong County, is home to 22 fiber-bearing animals and their owners, Charles and Sonia Leach. A source of high-quality and very warm yarn, the llamas are kept for the pleasure of their company…

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BROOKVILLE – The Towns and Trails Regional Coalition will hold its next quarterly meeting in Brookville at the new Chateau D’Argy at 345 Main Street on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

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RIMERSBURG – The pouring rain and wet sidewalks didn’t deter the small group of people who gathered in Rimersburg Monday afternoon for the Venango County Association for the Blind’s White Cane Walk.

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RIMERSBURG – Union School District officials confirmed yesterday (Tuesday) that five people have applied for the vacant school board seat, which is expected to be filled at the board’s meeting this Thursday.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Members of the Redbank Valley High School Robotics Team will once again put their engineering, design and marketing skills to the test as they construct a working robot that will go head-to-head with similar robots from other regional school districts in a competition next weekend.

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KITTANNING – After finding mold growing on the upper floor of the old county jail, Armstrong County officials last week agreed to have other county buildings checked for mold as well.

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EAST BRADY – As excess storm water continues to cause issues along Verner Street in East Brady, borough officials are once again hoping to obtain grant funding to alleviate the problem.

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EMLENTON – Emclaire Financial Corp., the parent holding company of Farmers National Bank of Emlenton, announced Monday that, as of October 1, it has completed the acquisition of Community First Bancorp Inc. of Reynoldsville, and its banking subsidiary Community First Bank.

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KNOX – For the 98th year, area township officials gathered together at the Knox Fire Hall last week for the Clarion County Association of Township Officials (CCATO) Convention.

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KITTANNING – With a little more than a month to go until election day, Armstrong County officials are scrambling to fill a number of poll worker positions, including a key position in Redbank Township (Armstrong County).

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SUMMIT TWP. – Two local men were killed in a two-vehicle crash on Thursday, Sept. 27 along Route 68, near its intersection with Linwood Drive, in Summit Township, Butler County.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Following up on concerns raised at last week’s school board work session, Redbank Valley School District cafeteria manager David Reitz addressed the board’s questions regarding an apparent increase in hours for cafeteria staff.

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SOUTH BETHLEHEM – South Bethlehem Borough Council members weighed taxing group homes within the borough, replacing non-functioning fire hydrants along Broad Street and reimbursing volunteer emergency responders during the regular meeting on Monday evening.

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LEATHERWOOD – A Porter Township outdoorsman harvests more than wild game from the woods and fields of Western Pennsylvania. John Royer IV is always on the lookout for edible mushrooms nesting on the forest floor or clinging to tree trunks.

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RIMERSBURG – Streets in several area communities are expected to get a little brighter in the coming weeks as plans are in place to replace the existing street lights with energy-saving LED fixtures.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – One school building in the Redbank Valley School District was recently named one of the Department of Education’s top performing Title I schools in Pennsylvania.

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The summer of 2018 just flew by. As I write this week’s column, the calendar says that today is Oct. 1, or the first day of Halloween to some people.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Businesses in the area aren’t the only ones feeling the effects of a regional labor shortage, as New Bethlehem Borough officials have been scrambling to fill a number of vacancies in the local police department.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Leaks and foul smelling water are the targets of a new grant the Redbank Valley Municipal Authority (RVMA) received from the state last week.

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RIMERSBURG – In a surprise move toward the end of last week’s meeting of the Union School Board of Education, members voted to remove one of their own.

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CLARION – Two deputies from the Clarion County Sheriff’s Department recently traveled to California to retrieve a 47-year-old former Fairmount City man who faces more than 1,500 charges of sexual assault in Clarion County.

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KNOX – Deer farmers across the state, including those in the local area, are in the crosshairs of a combination of disease and government regulations that are treating to put many out of business.

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STRATTANVILLE – The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board has received official notice that a fact-finding report has been accepted by the Clarion-Limestone Area School District and rejected by the Clarion-Limestone Area Education Association, according to a PLRB news release on Monday, Sept. 17.

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PAINT TWP. – As contraband smuggling continues to be a concern around the country, inmates at the Clarion County Jail will now have a constant reminder of the consequences they could face if they bring illegal substances into the jail.

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STRATTANVILLE – Clarion-Limestone High School unveiled its improved gymnasium on Friday during its homecoming pep rally. The gym improvements added to the spirit of the pep rally, with school pride splashed all around the room.

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HARRISBURG – The Redbank Valley Municipal Authority (RVMA) will be better able to detect leaks and lost water in its system after a state grant was approved to purchase necessary equipment yesterday (Tuesday) in Harrisburg, state Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion) and Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R…

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RIMERSBURG – With the budgeting process for 2019 ready to begin, Rimersburg Borough officials said Monday that they are still considering whether or not to levy a fire hydrant maintenance fee on surrounding townships.

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MAYPORT – “If you plant it, they will come.” This philosophy sums up the efforts of a local woman in her quest to help preserve nature. The “it” is milkweed and “they” are Monarch butterflies.

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CLARION – The sounds of celebration, fellowship and remembrance filled the Clarion Eagles Pavilion last Thursday as the Cancer Center at Clarion Hospital welcomed current cancer patients, survivors and their families to its Light Up Night event.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – An old, unused fire truck from New Bethlehem has become a valuable firefighting tool for a small community in the Dominican Republic.

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KITTANNING – Less than 10 years after Armstrong County’s multi-million dollar emergency communications network was built, county officials are seeking millions more to build a new network within the next two years.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Two proposed educational programs received the green light for further investigation and possible implementation at last week’s regular meeting of the Redbank Valley School Board.

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SLIGO – A request to allow ATVs on the streets of Sligo that was rejected at the borough council’s August meeting brought continued discussion at the group’s September meeting.

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KITTANNING – An area woman last week entered a guilty plea for her role in the July 11, 2017 murder of George Edward Burdette Jr. in East Brady, Sugarcreek Township (Armstrong County).

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HARRISBURG – State Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion), state Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R-Oil City) and the Board of Directors for the Clarion County YMCA (Scenic Rivers YMCA) yesterday (Tuesday) announced that a $1 million grant from the Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program (RACP) will benef…

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SLIGO – At the end of Sligo Borough Council’s September meeting, council members agreed to look at different alternatives to current operations such as a second maintenance/authority employee who might be part-time, contracting out snow removal, and even considering the transfer of operating…

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SHIPPENVILLE – As in years past, Clarion County Park in Shippenville will once again be filled with recyclable items ranging from newspapers, plastic bottles and glass to old television sets, computer monitors and batteries to unused paints, household cleaners and pool chemicals as Clarion C…