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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.
Couple make deal in charges over girl’s school
A Philadelphia husband and wife whose daughter attended a suburban school district while living in the city have reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Bank robbery suspect facing more charges
City Police Chief Bobby Salem said bank robbery investigators had received multiple calls from Richard J. Bruni Sr.’s family. Those calls tipped them off to Bruni’s identity as the alleged robber shown in photos online and in the newspaper from three recent bank robberies in Lawrence County.
Electric grid may be stressed today
No power outages were reported because of winds over Sunday night, but local electrical concerns linger. Chuck Jackson, area manager of Penn Power, said there are worries about electric overload Tuesday and Wednesday when demand increases as electric furnaces and heating devices struggle to keep homes warm in subzero windchills.
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