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RIMERSBURG – Fifty years ago, Rimersburg businessman Ralph M. Eccles saw the creation of a library as his way of presenting a gift to the communities that supported his many businesses over the years.

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RIMERSBURG – With the fate of the community festival at stake, several new volunteers stepped up last week to help keep Rimersburg’s annual Cookie Daze afloat.

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REDBANK TWP. – “The township code doesn’t really address who’s authorized to have keys and who isn’t; so the supervisors as a board would have the authority to set that policy.”

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Four local men are facing charges following a violent altercation outside Diddy’s Bar along Broad Street in New Bethlehem March 18.

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KITTANNING – The adoption of a proclamation for Sexual Assault Awareness Month took a personal and poignant turn last week as the executive director of Armstrong County’s domestic violence advocacy agency shared her own story of a case of abuse from years ago.

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SLIGO – It took two executive sessions for Sligo Borough Council and Sligo Borough Authority at their April meetings, but they approved a request from part-time employee Tim Switzer that he be considered for a full-time position and a raise.

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NORTH BUFFALO TWP. – Details remained sketchy this week regarding the shooting death of a New Bethlehem man that took place Saturday night near Worthington.

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CLARION – On April 4, nearly 60 area residents attended “Developing a Survival Mindset: Preparing for an Armed Intruder.” The event, held at the Clarion Mall and sponsored by the Clarion Chamber of Business and Industry, took attendees through possible active-shooter scenarios that are becom…

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ALCOLA – Clarion County Fair officials recently announced an expanded schedule of shows and events for this summer’s 80th anniversary edition of the fair.

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EAST BRADY – Water system discussions dominated last week’s agenda of the East Brady Borough Council, as council members addressed concerns regarding the water surcharge rate and mentioned a proposed plan to address elevated copper levels detected in some home lines.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Donald J. Cooper, the former pastor of St. Charles Catholic Church in New Bethlehem, and Joseph F. Meisinger of Clarion, were among a list of 51 priests and other Catholic Church employees “credibly accused” of sexual misconduct dating as far back as 1944 in the Diocese of Erie.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – To many throughout the Redbank Valley area, the Rev. Roger Smith is a pastor who retired — from a lengthy stint of service — to an Armstrong County farm that has been in his family for well over a century.

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SLIGO – Alison Mills Monrean was recently named as the new administrator of Clarview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center near Sligo.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – A statewide milk surplus is driving down wholesale prices, and causing dairy farmers in Clarion and Armstrong counties to churn with anxiety over the future of their businesses.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – If you’re looking for a familiar face, try his new place.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Following three motions and much discussion, the Redbank Valley School Board earlier this week once again made changes to the mandatory budget support required of all extra-curricular activities.

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CLARION – The Clarion County Planning Commission last week officially adopted a letter of support for the Allegheny Valley Land Trust’s efforts to restore the Brady tunnel near Phillipston.

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HAWTHORN – A record setting crowd was on hand Saturday night at the Hawthorn Fire Hall as the Redbank Valley Chamber of Commerce presented four awards to individuals and businesses during its annual membership dinner.

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CLARION – On the heels of a decision earlier this month to split the Human Resources department with the creation of two new positions, Clarion County Commissioners earlier this week filled the remaining vacancy of director of employee relations and asset management.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Redbank Valley School District voters will be asked this May to approve a 13 percent property tax hike.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – With a cost estimate that came in higher than expected, New Bethlehem officials last week looked at various options for repairs to the borough-owned Penn Street bridge over Leasure Run.

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CLARION – Ag Literacy Week (March 19-23) is a time set aside by the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and the PA Friends of Agriculture Foundation to tell our communities about the importance of agriculture.

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EAST BRADY – Residents at the Allegheny Hills Retirement Residence in East Brady held a retirement luncheon for longtime facility manager Lenny Livengood last week.

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KITTANNING – Three Armstrong County bridges will be replaced if a grant application is successful, county officials announced last week.

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CLARION – Two librarians were selected for top awards at Saturday night’s Clarion Area Chamber of Business and Industry Annual Awards Dinner.

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RIMERSBURG – Starting with the new school year in the fall, third grade students in the Union School District will attend Rimersburg Elementary School.

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RIMERSBURG – Union School District board members had little to say last week about their decision to replace the high school football coach; however, the large crowd on hand for the board meeting wasn’t as short on words.

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BRADYS BEND – A company that owns a growing all-terrain vehicle park in Lawrence County was awarded a grant last week to study a Bradys Bend Township property to see if it’s feasible to transform it into an ATV park.

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CLARION – Although some parts are still under review, Clarion County earlier this week settled the salary portion of a new contract with the probation officers’ union after nearly a year of negotiations.

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CLARION – In an effort to fill the void left by last month’s resignation of Clarion County Human Resources director Trisha Douglas, the Clarion County Salary Board earlier this week created two new county positions to handle the administrative responsibilities of the Human Resources Department.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – In the span of an hour-and-a-half last Wednesday, March 7, Ben Kundick Jr. of New Bethlehem added three new grandchildren when his two daughters gave birth to three children at two different area hospitals.

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RIMERSBURG – Organizers for Rimersburg’s annual summer festival, Cookie Daze, are making a last-ditch effort to find volunteers to help keep the event from being cancelled.

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RIMERSBURG – Rimersburg Borough Council on Monday night discussed the possibility of assessing a monthly maintenance fee for fire hydrants located in Madison, Toby and Brady townships.

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NEW BETHLEHEM and RIMERSBURG – In the aftermath of the Parkland, Fla. school shooting, local school districts are revisiting and familiarizing faculty, staff and students on emergency procedures.

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CLARION – As costs associated with transporting local inmates to state prison continue to rise, Clarion County officials are once again asking the state to consider a closer State Correctional Institution (SCI) facility for inmate transfers.

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HAWTHORN – The Redbank Valley School Board held its monthly meeting at the Intermediate School in Hawthorn Monday night so board members could become acquainted with the physical condition of the building.