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Mahoning’s new building won’t require tax hike
Mahoning’s proposed budget for 2014 includes $2 million for a new township building. And an anticipated windfall from gas drilling means taxpayers will not have to foot the bill for the structure.
Mahoning ready to act on delinquent sewer bills
About a fifth of Mahoning Township’s sewer customers are delinquent on their sewer bills and officials are getting impatient. At this week’s meeting, solicitor Lou Perrotta announced that with passage of a new ordinance last month, the township is ready to begin filing civil complaints with the district magistrate against those residents.
Obamacare proving to be anything but affordable for state residents
For many Pennsylvanians, the Affordable Care Act is proving to be anything but affordable. State regulators say that 250,000 Pennsylvanians are losing health coverage due to changes required by Obamacare. Many others are dealing with sticker shock from dramatic premium increases.
Pulaski adopts information policy
The Pulaski Township supervisors have approved a resolution to address right-to-know requests. Supervisor Sam Varano said the measure was unanimously adopted so the public will be charged consistent fees for various public records requests. The fee for copies is 25 cents each.
County appoints disaster agent
The Lawrence County commissioners have designated Brian Melcer as the county’s agent to apply for federal disaster funds.
Light Up Night: Church members to accept donations for Operation Christmas Child
Thursday’s annual downtown Light-Up Night provides local residents with an infusion of holiday cheer. Members of New Creation Free Methodist Church are inviting parade-goers to pay it forward.
Gas line replacement work planned in city
Columbia Gas will launch a pipeline improvement project in New Castle this month. The $770,000 project will replace 2,000 feet of existing pipe along Stanton Avenue, between Adams and Cascade streets.
Pension funding creates headache for lawmakers
While lawmakers struggle to come up with a plan to deal with skyrocketing pension costs, there is one option that has remained off-limits: Tinkering with benefits for the retirees.
John K. Manna: Taking a look at Tuesday’s election results
What to take away from Tuesday’s election in Lawrence County. Maybe not much, but let’s try. Voter turnout was awful — just below 20 percent. Based on records of the county Board of Elections, it was the worst turnout for a general election within the last 30 years.
Former Penn Power building hosts K-9 training
What’s all that barking about? Dogs barking in cadence echoed through the downtown. Their baying was coming from the parking lot of the former Penn Power building downtown on North Jefferson Street, where officers from five municipal departments had gathered with their eager-to-work drug-sniffing canines for training.
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