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SLIGO – Not satisfied with the Republican or Democratic political parties? Zeb Baccelli, owner of Clarion River Organics in Sligo, might have an answer.

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I have to admit it. Tractor Sunday, over the years, has produced some of the most interesting conversations that I have gotten to have — and some of the weirdest looks as well. When people find out that you are having a Tractor Show at church, it does not seem to compute with them right away…

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DISTANT – A local elected official, the area’s police chief and several prominent business people will be among a group of volunteers who are auctioning off a chance to shave their heads for a good cause.

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HAWTHORN – Customers of Hawthorn-Redbank-Redbank Municipal Authority (HRRMA) will see a $6 rate increase in their sewage bills effective this July.

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CLARION – Standing as a visual reminder of its impact on county business, governance and private life, the Clarion County Courthouse has been one of the most recognizable and continuously active buildings in the county for more than a century.

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RIMERSBURG – School security. Allegations of plagiarism. Plans to switch to Mass Customized Learning. Sports hirings. A cheerleading controversy.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Residents in the Redbank Valley School District should expect to pay more in school taxes for the 2018-19 school year.

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CLARION – It may be the smallest municipality in Clarion County, but Brady Township topped the minds of county officials earlier this week as the commissioners offered support for two different projects in the area.

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RIMERSBURG – Union School District directors gave tentative approval last week to the district’s 2018-19 budget, which relies heavily on reserve accounts to balance the spending plan.

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KITTANNING – ACMH announced this week that it is once again the recipient of the Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that recognizes “superior performance of hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients…

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KITTANNING – “I’m very proud of the staff that we have,” Armstrong County Jail Warden Phil Shaffer said last week following the county commissioners’ proclamation of May 6-12 as National Correctional Officers and Employees Week.

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SLIGO – For the second straight month, the Sligo Borough Council and Sligo Borough Authority held two executive hearings related to the hiring of Tim Switzer as a full-time maintenance employee.

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CLARION – Clarion University took no chances in planning the official groundbreaking of the $42.7 million Waldo S. Tippin Gymnasium Renovation Project held last Friday.

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CLARION – As springtime brings more foot traffic to local streets and sidewalks, state and local safety officials once again came together at one of Clarion Borough’s busiest intersections to raise awareness of pedestrian safety.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – After several months without a director at the helm, the Redbank Valley Public Library announced last week that a new director has joined the local facility.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – The second annual Redbank Valley Day of Giving will be held on Thursday, May 10 to benefit eight participating charitable organizations who, through their volunteers, are working to improve the Redbank Valley.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – A fire that damaged a Lafayette Street home in New Bethlehem on Monday afternoon remained under investigation by authorities late Tuesday.

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CLARION – Susan Boser and Wade Jodun, the two candidates in the U.S. Congressional 15th District in the May 15 Democratic primary election, met for a debate last Thursday night in Clarion and quickly demonstrated that while they both may be qualified for the position and often agree on issue…

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CLARION — As springtime brings more foot traffic to local streets and sidewalks, state and local safety officials once again came together at one of Clarion Borough’s busiest intersections to raise awareness of pedestrian safety.

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MILTON – It’s been more than 40 years since its last revision, but the Master Plan for managing Mahoning Creek Lake is getting a much needed update.

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EAST BRADY – In a collaborative effort between East Brady Borough and Bradys Bend Township on Saturday, April 28, a total of 32 local volunteers and 11 probation workers participated in the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania.

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RIMERSBURG – All eras converged last Saturday as several dozen supporters and patrons of the Eccles-Lesher Memorial Library celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Main Street facility.

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CLARION – The Clarion County Planning Commission made short work of approvals and requests during its April meeting at the County Administrative Building last week.

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RIMERSBURG – The hirings of a new high school principal and district business manager were somewhat overshadowed at last week’s meeting of the Union School Board as local residents packed the meeting room to voice concerns on several issues, including school security.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Beginning next month, Redbank Valley Municipal Authority customers should expect an increase in both their water and sewage bills across the board.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – A new garbage truck, a new dump truck, a new pickup truck — those were the options debated at last week’s meeting of New Bethlehem Borough Council.

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KITTANNING – Armstong County officials, along with several dairy farmers from the area, encouraged local residents and businesses last week to learn where the milk and dairy products they consume are being produced.

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CLARION – Several of Clarion County’s many recreational amenities will once again be showcased on the small screen this summer.

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CLARION – For nearly half a century, its been only a phone call away. It’s there for all emergencies, and answers every call for help by sending assistance in times of need.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – In a special meeting of the Redbank Valley School Board Monday night, the seven voting board members unanimously approved a Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) request from superintendent Michael Drzewiecki.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – After a meeting full of talk about upcoming summertime events, members of the Redbank Valley Chamber of Commerce elected a new president to lead the group this year.

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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.