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Family loses everything in early morning fire
A Neshannock Township family lost everything in a fire that gutted their home Wednesday morning. In addition, James Cross, 16, was taken by helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh where he is listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
Traffic study sought for fatal accident intersection
Officials will ask for a safety study at the intersection where a woman died in a Jan. 11 traffic accident. The North Beaver Township supervisors agreed Monday to ask the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to study the intersection of Route 317 and State Line Road.
Transit lawsuit settlement reached
A mechanic who filed a federal lawsuit against the New Castle Area Transit Authority has reached a settlement. Dale W. Doutt of West Middlesex has settled for $32,500, according to a release issued by the authority.
Iconic child star Shirley Temple dies at 85
Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died, according to publicist Cheryl Kagan. She was 85.
Sense of Safety: Cameras help deter, solve crime
Smile. If you’ve committed a crime in downtown New Castle — or anywhere else — you may be on candid camera. Security cameras mounted at businesses are becoming one of the most valuable tools for police in solving and deterring crimes.
Villa Maria program lets members share the cost, work and bounty of a community garden
From inside his workplace at The Villa Farm, John Moreira looks out on snow-covered fields. But already the beginnings of the upcoming growing season have started inside the greenhouse. And in April, those six-packs of frost-tolerant plants such as onions, mesclun, spinach and sweet peas will be transferred into the ground.
Snow days disrupting school calendar
Mother Nature and Old Man Winter are toying with the school calendar. The New Castle district canceled classes again Wednesday because of the impending snow and ice storm that hit the area.
Board discusses options for three schools
The New Castle school board is contemplating what to do with three elementary buildings when they close. At its public work session Monday, solicitor Charles Sapienza told the board that should the district decide to the sell the school — John F. Kennedy, West Side and Thaddeus Stevens — it has three options under the Pennsylvania School Code.
Commissioners dole out more shale funds
Three local organizations will benefit from Lawrence County’s Marcellus Shale funds. The commissioners Tuesday agreed to give $12,500 to Feed My Sheep Outreach Ministries on Sciota Street to help the organization with facility improvements.
Pulaski supervisors balk at $10 wage rate
Two Pulaski supervisors have rejected the $10 per hour granted them by township auditors last month for roadmaster work. When the supervisors met Monday, Sam Varano said he and Lori Sniezek will not accept the reduced wage but instead explore the possibility of hiring a full-time township manager to do the work.
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