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County needs to be ready for advancing shale boom
Lawrence County’s workforce and businesses need to prepare for an economic boom from Marcellus Shale, an expert said. Marcellus Shale is changing the geopolitical climate of the nation, and the county is in a good location to benefit from the gas and oil drilling that is evolving in western Pennsylvania.
Jordan Brown Case: Observers comment on teen’s first treatment review
Kenzie Houk’s family and friends fear Jordan Brown is not receiving the help he was promised. After Friday’s evaluation hearing, the father and sister of the woman Jordan had been found responsible for killing expressed concerns the teen may be a victim of abuse perpetrated by the system, his family and defense counsel.
Jordan Brown Case: Victim’s family disappointed at evaluation report
Jordan Brown visited Lawrence County on Friday. As in the past, he said nothing. In April, Jordan, 15, was found responsible for the 2009 deaths of his father’s pregnant fiancée, Kenzie Marie Houk, and her unborn child.
Ex-PSU president Spanier charged in sex abuse scandal
Former Penn State President Graham Spanier on Thursday became the latest high-ranking school official to face charges in the child sex-abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Additional charges were also filed against two other school officials already charged in the case.
Racetrack owners pursue permit applications
Endeka Entertainment has applied for permits required to develop a racetrack/casino in Mahoning Township. The Lawrence County commissioners were notified this week by the Michael Baker Jr. engineering firm of Beaver that the new Philadelphia-based owners are applying to renew permits sought in 2008 when Centaur Gaming owned the project.
Shale Boom, Part 4: Meetings on shale-related issues scheduled
Fourth in a series: Several meetings are planned in Lawrence County to address Marcellus Shale issues. The meetings address progress, zoning issues and other concerns. The sessions are:
Shale Boom, Part 3: Drilling work generates tourism, conservation dollars
Third in a series: Lawrence County’s conservation district and tourist promotion agency both stand to receive financial boosts from Marcellus Shale revenues. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission recently released a report of the allotments of impact fees to each county and municipality in the state.
Shale Boom, Part 2: Seismic testing going on in county
Second in a series: A Texas-based seismic testing company is making a blueprint of underground rock to better prepare companies for shale drilling. Discovery Acquisition Services of Muldoon, Texas, has been in Lawrence County for a few months mapping out underground rock formations over 380 square miles on more than 30,000 tracts of land.
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.
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