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CLARION – Emergency management services took centerstage at Tuesday’s meeting of the Clarion County Commissioners, as officials announced a new name for the department as well as an updated payment structure for equipment used for emergency response calls.

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MONROE TWP. – Two Pittsburgh residents are facing charges after they allegedly robbed the BP gas station along Route 68 in Monroe Township on Feb. 7.

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A FEW INCHES WAS the difference between a tractor trailer truck balanced over the edge of a bridge abutment and a much greater disaster on Friday morning. According to Southern Clarion County Regional Police Chief Scott Ryan, a tractor trailer owned by Miley Logistics Corp. of New Jersey, an…

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EAST BRADY – It’s out with the old and in with the new, as East Brady Borough officials continue their quest to bring some of the borough’s oldest ordinances into the 21st Century.

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PORTER TWP. – Porter Township residents spoke, and their elected leaders listened on Monday as plans for the township to purchase the former Oakwood Presbyterian Church were abandoned.

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SLIGO – Efforts by former Sligo Mayor Suzie Wyant to regain an appointment as mayor prompted her hasty exit from the Feb. 7 Sligo Borough Council meeting with a profanity-laced outburst, tearing paper and throwing it, and slamming the door on her way out.

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CLARION – Trinity Point Church of God hosted a presentation on human trafficking and suspicious activities on Monday night. Sponsored by state Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion) in conjunction with the Clarion state police barracks, the event attracted more than 400 area residents.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – When Jim Lamont of Rimersburg recently saw a television news report about a young boy in Texas who is suffering from kidney disease, and then learned that the boy had dreams of being a firefighter, the story really hit home.

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RIMERSBURG and NEW BETHLEHEM – Niche.com recently released its classification of the best school districts in Pennsylvania for 2018, and Union and Redbank Valley both earned spots on the list, with the website ranking Union School District 222 out of 497 of districts in the state.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – The fundraising phase for New Bethlehem’s Downtown Planter Project has begun, and Mayor Tim Murray said that if the money can be raised soon, the decorative flower planters could be blooming in Newbie by late spring.

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RIMERSBURG – On the heels of last month’s boil water emergency in Rimersburg, borough officials are now looking at implementing an automated call system to alert residents of emergencies.

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INDIANA – When the cast and crew of “A Wish for Giants” heard the words, “that’s a wrap,” it marked the end of another phase in the ongoing saga of a local filmmaker’s venture to bring the concept of his sophomore novel to the big screen.

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PUNXSUTAWNEY – Visitors from around the world gathered on Gobbler’s Knob last Friday to watch arguably the most famous weather prognosticator in the world deliver the bad news. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow at 7:35 a.m., signalling another six weeks of winter.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – In his report to the Redbank Valley School Board Monday night, district superintendent Michael Drzewiecki noted that ongoing discussions regarding special education concerns culminated with the implementation of a new plan of action in all three buildings and the introduction…

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HARRISBURG – State Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion) said yesterday (Tuesday) that the governor’s proposal may strike the right tone in terms of addressing the biggest issues facing Pennsylvania, but the plan is still much too high to be realistic for taxpayers.

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REDBANK TWP. – A 46-year-old Fairmount City man is facing charges after he allegedly exposed himself to two U.S. Postal Service workers multiple times between May and September 2017 along Townline Road in Fairmount City, Redbank Township (Clarion County).

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BUTLER and Clarion – Five Karns City School District students were recently charged with sending sexually explicit images stemming from an incident between Dec. 1, 2017 and Jan. 24 in Clarion and Butler counties.

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STRATTANVILLE – Dozens of bugs were not squashed but were honored for their achievements Friday afternoon at Clarion-Limestone Elementary School.

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HARRISBURG – When it comes to protecting the interests of rural parts of Pennsylvania, one local state representative feels that plans to shrink the size of the Legislature may do more harm than good.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – It’s a harrowing adventure involving ice, rushing water and wild animals, and the hope is that in the end all will be well on Red Bank Creek.

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CLARION – Forget mascots, school colors and names — and look ahead to the future. Other decisions have to be made first.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – It’s the same menu and the same venue, but one local business is sporting a whole new look.

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CLARION – More than two dozen Clarion County elected officials, law enforcement and community leaders joined U.S. Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-Howard) last week to discuss the opioid epidemic impacting communities across the country.

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CLARION – During their regular meeting on Tuesday, the Clarion County Board of Commissioners approved updates to the criteria and guidelines for the Clarion County Tourism Grant.

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KITTANNING – Armstrong County District Attorney Katie Charlton announced yesterday (Tuesday) that criminal homicide charges have been filed against Melanie Sue Snyder in the death of her husband, Thomas Snyder.

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KITTANNING – In her first weeks in office, Armstrong County’s newly elected district attorney is already making changes to improve the way the office operates.

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CAMP HILL – Cook Forest State Park has been named the 2018 “Park of the Year” by the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF).

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CLARION – The Clarion County Planning Commission granted final approval for three projects last Wednesday night, including an 11,772-square-foot adult day care center and a letter of support to Clarion Borough for the construction of a new 4,772-square-foot Sheetz store.

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KITTANNING – Efforts to develop a countywide “land bank” to help Armstrong County municipalities battle blighted properties was advanced last week.

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PUTNEYVILLE – Not even injury or illness could stop 10-year-old Keihin Rupp of Putneyville from making history this past October by becoming the first person to win three series motocross championships in the same year.

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CLARION – “I’m most proud of saving children’s lives,” said Clarion County Director of Human Services Kay Rupert, as she looks back on her 28 years and looks forward to her Feb. 2 retirement.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – A new member of New Bethlehem Borough Council has proposed looking into rental inspection efforts in Rimersburg and Clarion in an attempt to clean up the community.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – The recent flooding and ice movement may have created some problems for the Redbank Valley Municipal Authority’s drinking water intake, but thanks to the quick thinking and dedication of water authority employees and other area businesses, the water ran continuously without i…

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EAST BRADY – A boil water advisory was issued Saturday, Jan. 13 for water customers in the East Brady, Rimersburg and Petrolia areas, after the East Brady water system may have been compromised by flood waters.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – During their monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 8, members of the Redbank Valley School Board received a five-year projection for the financial condition of the school district.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Redbank Valley Chamber of Commerce officials announced last week that the leadership structure for the group’s signature event, the Peanut Butter Festival, will take on a new look this year.

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TRAILERS, SHEDS, CAMPS, boats and other items were bombarded with rushing water and large chunks of ice as the Allegheny River at East Brady swelled and spilled over its banks last Friday. Among the hardest hit were the Bradys Bend Township properties just downstream from the bridge (pictured).

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RIMERSBURG – With the first day of deer hunting season treated like a major holiday in this area, and with school’s closed for a day or two each year due to buck season, it’s no secret that hunting remains a popular pastime for many local youngsters and their families.

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SEVERAL PROPERTIES ALONG the Allegheny River in the village of Rimer in Madison Township (Armstrong County) sustained ice and water damage on Friday, Jan. 12, as above-freezing temperatures and heavy rain the night before caused flooding in some areas along the river.