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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.
City pension fund has good year
A booming stock market resulted in a strong performance for New Castle’s employee pension fund in 2013. “It was a great year,” Eugene Gabriel of Ameriprise Financial said at Monday’s quarterly meeting of the city’s pension fund board of trustees.
Freeze-thaw creates ice jam, flood concern
Emergency officials are advising residents of low-lying creek areas to prepare for potential flooding and ice jams as ice melts. Of particular concern is the Neshannock Creek, which historically rises when ice jams form in the stream after a deep freeze, then a thaw.
Oakland's Zookeeper: Neshannock High graduate leading the cheers for Pitt’s zany student section.
From the Lancer Lunatics to the Oakland Zoo, Jordan Shoup has seen it all. The 2010 Neshannock High graduate and current University of Pittsburgh student has led both schools’ student sections.
Bad-guy blog: Scotsman’s focus on New Castle crime earns Internet praise
A New Castle-themed blog has received national recognition for its tales of transgressions captured in a “Dragnet” motif. Diarmid Mogg’s “Small Town Noir” details the misdeeds of local criminals during a 30-year period beginning in the 1930s.
County gets healthy pension fund report
Lawrence County government’s retirement fund had a prosperous 2013. At the beginning of last year, the account held $47,303,321, county controller David Gettings reported.
Local police on alert for tainted heroin
A rash of Fentanyl-tainted heroin deaths in the Pittsburgh area has put local law enforcement on alert. New Castle Police Chief Bobby Salem said the tainted heroin is evident by stamp bags with a different appearance. Stamp bags are how the heroin typically is packaged for sale.
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