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New Castle mayor proposes 2014 budget
New Castle Mayor Anthony Mastrangelo introduced an $18.4 million budget for 2014 to city council Tuesday night. The proposed spending plan, about $916,000 higher than the 2013 budget, requires no tax increase.
Wilmington hires new superintendent
Dr. Michelle M. Miller was named superintendent of the Wilmington Area School District last night. The board approved a three-year term for the 38-year-old and set her first year salary at $120,000.
Racing bill calls for industry overhaul
Legislation introduced last week might save Pennsylvania’s horse racing industry, which could go broke early next year. State Sen. Elder Vogel Jr., who represents Lawrence County, is one of four senators who introduced the measure.
Extension offers Bluegrass pipeline session
Penn State Extension’s Marcellus Education Team will sponsor a workshop to provide details about the Bluegrass Pipeline. The program will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Ben Franklin Learning Center, 815 Cunningham Ave.
John K. Manna: State finally has road, bridge repair plan
Pennsylvania finally has a program in place to fix roads and bridges and provide more money for mass transit. The massive undertaking — pushed by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett — will cost about $2.3 million per year, most of which will be paid by motorists in the form of increases in gas prices at the pump and fees.
Candidates elected through tiebreakers
Ed Powers was elected to Enon Valley borough council yesterday by winning a tiebreaker. Powers and Carl Braden each received one write-in vote in the Nov. 5 general election.
Remembering Kennedy: Lawrence County man stood silent watch over the body of a slain president
Like most of his generation, Thomas Franus remembers the moment he heard about John F. Kennedy’s assassination. He also vividly recalls what he did amid the chaos and confusion that filled the next few days as the nation mourned the death of its beloved leader.
Board continues to study privatizing jail
The Lawrence County Prison Board is still mulling over privatization of the county jail. The board voted 6-0 yesterday to pursue discussions with Community Education Centers Inc. of West Caldwell, N.J., to determine the cost of contracting services at the jail.
No tax hike anticipated in Hickory Township
The Hickory Township supervisors bought a building and pumped more than $100,000 into their budget for next year. The spending plan calls for no increase in property taxes, but residents can expect to pay more to the fire department.
Local family moving for marijuana treatment
Amy and Jamie Houk and their 5-year-old son, Cameron, are medical refugees. The family is moving from New Castle to Colorado, where they can legally buy medical marijuana to treat Cameron’s epilepsy. Twenty states across the country, including Delaware and New Jersey, have legalized some form of medical marijuana.
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