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Shale Boom, Part 1: Activity escalating in Lawrence County
First in a Series: Impact fee and occupancy tax dollars from Marcellus Shale are rolling into Lawrence County, its municipalities and tourism. Meanwhile, the trucks are rolling in, too.
New owners in the gate for proposed track
New players will try their hand at building a racetrack/casino in Lawrence County. The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission Thursday approved the transfer of stock — the assets of the proposed Valley View Downs — from Pittsburgh-based American Harness Tracks to Philadelphia-based Endeka Entertainment.
Track/casino project to get new name
The new owners of Lawrence County’s racetrack/casino are not the only change for the project. It will no longer be known as Valley View Downs. That name was selected by Indiana-based Centaur Gaming and carried over to American Harness Tracks for the project.
Evaluation hearing scheduled for Jordan Brown
An evaluation hearing for Jordan Brown is scheduled for Nov. 2 at the Lawrence County Government Center. The 15-year-old was found responsible for the 2009 deaths of his father’s pregnant fiancée, Kenzie Marie Houk, and her unborn child.
Your Energy Future: Latest analysis suggests shale gas layer is richer than previously believed
So how much natural gas is in the Marcellus Shale? And, specifically, how much is under Lawrence County? But beyond that, how much is in the Utica Shale layer that lies below the Marcellus?
County, municipalities to get drilling fees
Lawrence County will receive $94,947 in impact fees from gas drilling this year. Its municipalities also will receive lump sums from the payments paid by drillers of Marcellus and Utica shales. Pennsylvania state agencies and local governments in places where drilling for natural gas is occurring learned Monday how much money they will get from a fund that already has collected more than $200 million in “impact fees” from drillers.
Mohawk school board OKs gas lease
The Mohawk school district is getting a windfall of more than $340,000. The board approved a lease with Shell Oil, accepting $3,250 per acre to lease approximately 105 acres. The five-year, renewable lease agreement also includes royalties of 18 percent and a non-surface drilling agreement.
Our Opinion: Sandusky jail term protects children and sends a message
There probably isn’t much new to say about the Jerry Sandusky saga at this point. However, yesterday’s sentencing of Sandusky to 30 to 60 years in prison — essentially a life term — for his conviction on child sex abuse charges, warrants additional comment.
Jerry Sandusky will die in prison, judge says
Jerry Sandusky was sentenced Tuesday to at least 30 years in prison — effectively a life sentence — in the child-sex-abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall. A defiant Sandusky gave a rambling statement in which he denied the allegations and talked about his life in prison and the pain of being away from his family.
Former PSU assistant Jerry Sandusky sentenced to at least 30 years in prison
Jerry Sandusky was sentenced Tuesday to at least 30 years in prison — effectively a life sentence — in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall. A defiant Sandusky gave a rambling statement in which he denied the allegations and talked about his life in prison and the pain of being away from his family.
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