New Castle News

Local News

August 28, 2013

Board approves precinct changes

NEW CASTLE — The Lawrence County Board of Elections approved a recommendation Tuesday to make changes with some election precincts.

Under the plan, some districts will be consolidated and some will be added. The net result will be a reduction of four precincts, bringing the total in the county to 75.

The changes, which involve the city of New Castle and seven townships, must be approved by the Lawrence County Court of Common Pleas and finally by the Pennsylvania Department of State.

Ed Allison, county elections director, said the maps are being redrawn to bring voter registration rolls in compliance with the state election code. The code requires precincts to have no fewer than 300 voters and no more than 1,200 voters.

Every municipality, regardless of population, is guaranteed at least one polling site.

Allison said the goal is to have the new maps take effect for the 2014 primary election.

Under the proposal, New Castle would lose one precinct through the consolidation of two districts in the Sixth Ward.

Scott, Neshannock and Shenango townships would each gain a precinct.

North Beaver and Wayne townships would lose two precincts each and Mahoning and Slippery Rock townships would lose one apiece.

The boundaries of Union Township’s four precincts would be redrawn to shift voters in the two larger precincts to the two smallest districts. The two larger precincts have more than 1,500 voters each and the other two have fewer than 400 apiece.

The elections office redrew the maps, which were reviewed by a committee made up mostly of county employees. The committee then recommended the changes to the board of elections, which is made up of the three county commissioners.

Allison called the reconfiguration “a collaborative effort,” but singled out the efforts of Susan Kite, deputy elections director, and Allen Miller in the county planning office.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • 01.jpg Photo Gallery: Church’s tradition of Easter countdown continues

    Easter is keenly anticipated by Christians around the globe. But perhaps nowhere is its arrival more heralded than at Independent Methodist Church.

    April 18, 2014 11 Photos

  • Lawrence county receives state grant

    Lawrence County will receive state funding to update its comprehensive plan. The county will receive $47,000, in the form of a Municipal Assistance Grant, from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, according to state Sen. Elder J. Vogel.

    April 18, 2014

  • Mahoning Township sets spring cleanup

    Mahoning Township will have its spring cleanup the weeks of April 28 and May 5. Residents should place items at the curb the day before their scheduled collection. They should be neatly bagged or bundled.

    April 18, 2014

  • Vo-Skills.jpg VoTech team claims silver medal state honors

    The Lawrence County Career and Technical Center boasts a team of disciplined, well-spoken winners. The school’s SkillsUSA team, comprised of 21 students, stood against other schools from throughout Pennsylvania last week in Hershey.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Columbia Gas announces pipeline replacement work

    Columbia Gas has scheduled a pipeline replacement project for New Castle. Beginning this month, the company will replace approximately 2,800 feet of existing steel pipe along Eastbrook and Paper Mill roads and Cascade Street. The project is expected to be completed in July.

    April 17, 2014

  • ESB Financial reports earnings increase

    ESB Financial Corp., parent company of ESB Bank, has announced an increase in earnings for the quarter ended March 31.

    April 17, 2014

  • Author.tiff Arthur the author: Children’s writer/illustrator visits Neshannock Elementary

    A story about a grandmother and her granddaughter flying over a city grew from the vivid imagination of children’s author Arthur Dorros. “Abuela” also spurred the creativity of students at Neshannock Memorial Elementary School who had eagerly awaited a visit from Dorros yesterday.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Greer House changes name

    Greer House, a provider of assisted living services and care to seniors, has unveiled its new name. “We are thrilled about our new name — Clen-Moore Place,” said executive director Susan Leise, “because it better reflects our commitment to provide a vibrant environment where our residents thrive each and every day.

    April 16, 2014

  • Huston.jpg Greg Huston: Pirates pitching is porous and LeBron’s a phony

    The Buccos got swept this past weekend in their own personal house of horrors, otherwise known as Miller Park in Milwaukee. The Pirates will hover around .500 this year mainly because they do have some stars in Marte, McCutchen and Alvarez, and they play the right way with grit.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 01.jpg Photo Gallery, Story: Students team up on paper pantry

    Food is not the only thing that sometimes is in short supply for those in need. With that in mind, students from seven Lawrence County high schools joined Westminster College sororities and fraternities Saturday in preparing a paper pantry for local residents.

    April 14, 2014 8 Photos