When the Wall Street Journal reported on Jan. 3 that the coming tax season is destined to cause headaches for filers, many taxpayers no doubt already were fearing the worst.
To watch a Neshannock High School girls basketball game is to feel every emotion in the gymnasium emanating from coach Luann Grybowski.
The Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program mourns the loss of Shenango Township resident and longtime volunteer Fred Fair, who passed away Jan. 12.
Americans got financial support from Democrats and President Joe Biden in March of 2021 at the height of the pandemic when the Democrats passed the American Rescue Plan Act, that provided taxpayers and their dependents with $1,400 each.
Over the past year, still building off the big lie that has simmered for 14 months now, hundreds of restrictive voting bills were sponsored nationally, which led to 34 laws in 19 states making it more difficult for people to vote.
In an article last February headlined “Do Facebook, Twitter and YouTube censor conservatives? Claims ‘not supported by the facts,’ new research says,” USA Today’s Jessica Guynn wrote, “Despite repeated charges of anti-conservative bias from former President Donald Trump and other GOP critics, Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube are not slanted against right-leaning users, a new report out of New York University found.”
There are times — far too often you could argue — where transparency is a myth in Harrisburg's Capitol. Lawmakers like to talk a good game, but when push comes to shove, the curtain goes up and voters are left in the dark.
Winter is officially here and if you are like me, I tend to look for indoor ideas to keep the family or guests entertained. With the roads also sometimes becoming icy, I do not always want to make an epic road trip to parts far away as well. So let’s stick a bit closer to home as the new year starts and visit or possibly revisit an old favorite.
That's why it's puzzling the Lawrence County Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation voted to remove Boyd on Friday morning from the chamber/economic development board. Boyd was the lone elected official on the board and was asked to resign because he voiced displeasure over how it was spending taxpayer money on Forward Lawrence, a $175,000 initiative to drive economic development.
Chamber CEO Alex McCoy told The News in 2019 the goal of the just-launched Forward Lawrence was to create programs and plans to capitalize on the county's strengths and market itself to investors. Coincidentally, foundation board chairman John Cournan — the same John Cournan who asked for Boyd's resignation because he had a difference of opinion on the spending of taxpayer funds — told The News in that 2019 story Forward Lawrence would benefit from the county's biggest asset, it's people.
So why then did the board vote to remove the only person who actually represents and has to answer to the people?
When Forward Lawrence was formally unveiled to the public at a Nov. 29 luncheon in early December, the action plan presented said the county needs a positive image and upgraded entranceways to business parks. There were other recommendations and ideas.
Forward Lawrence could be the engine that drives Lawrence County into the future. Or it could be another big idea that uses taxpayer money with little oversight and nothing more than a pinky promise they'll be used correctly and efficiently.
Regardless of whatever personal disagreements could be at play, the taxpayer has a right to be heard when their future and their money is on the line. Unless his seat is filled by another publicly elected official, at the least Boyd's ouster looks nothing but a political move made after feelings got hurt.
In this file photo taken April 12, 1963, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, left, and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. lead a column of demonstrators as they attempt to march on Birmingham, Ala., City Hall. Arrested for leading a march against racial segregation in 1963, King Jr. spent days in solitary confin…
In past midterm election cycles an event like Wednesday’s debate featuring candidates for Pennsylvania governor and U.S. Senate would have been held in one of the state’s largest cities. Instead, it took place in New Castle.
It’s rarely a good thing when North Carolina politics trend on Twitter. Normally, it’s thanks to national embarrassments like transphobic legislation or men who want to aid an insurrection. On Monday, it wasn’t really embarrassing — just nonsensical.
While many people are looking forward to February to see whether the traditional groundhog sees his shadow in Punxsutawney, those in the political circles are waiting to see when they can start circulating nominating petitions for the May election.
The world lost one of its greats Thursday. And while he lived a long and dignified life, his death at age 94 presents a solemn moment to honor his accomplishments.
Over the past few months, I have voiced several concerns related to the operations of the Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation.
On Jan. 4 the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association released its list of football classifications for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years.
Everyone’s dealing with something during this pandemic, but thousands of parents caring for children with physical or intellectual disabilities are facing a catastrophic crisis. They can’t get help to take care of their families at a time when they need it most.
There’s been a lot of coverage and commentary about what President Joe Biden said Thursday about his predecessor, including his pointed failure to mention him by name.
We’ve gotten a lot accomplished the last couple of days. The Christmas decorations are gone and I no longer have to fight with Mary and Joseph for the space where I usually put my glasses before I go to bed.
President Joe Biden on Thursday memorialized the anniversary of Jan. 6 Thursday with powerful words that provided a sober reminder of the fragility of our democracy.
The U.S. Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, was among the darkest moments in our nation's history and the fallout continues as those responsible are brought to justice even as a false narrative about the incident persists.
As winter’s grip grabs harder, the dangers of carbon monoxide deaths intensify as we seal up our homes against the cold.
Antonio Brown tossed his jersey and shoulder pads toward the bench, threw his glove and undershirt into the stands and ran off the field bare-chested, waving a peace-out sign to fans in the end zone while Tom Brady huddled the offense for an important play.
Locally and across the state, historic markers have recently been revised or removed to better reflect modern sensibilities.
The ball drops in Times Square, fireworks light the night sky in large cities and small, the Rose Parade makes its way through the streets of Los Angeles, stadiums vibrate with enthusiasm as the best college teams face off against each other.
One of the most critical yet opaque decisions that governments make is the redrawing of legislative district lines every 10 years after the U.S. Census.
When Gov. Tom Wolf recently vetoed a bill that further would have politicized public schools, he also exposed the legislative majority’s skewed priorities regarding education.
Here’s a barely talked about dynamic of the pandemic: The United States experienced its lowest population growth rate since at least 1900, when the Census Bureau began doing estimates.
This is probably a minority position, but I feel very confident in saying that 2022 will be a very good year for the economy. We are looking at a situation where we have low unemployment, falling inflation and rising real wages. It is likely to be the best economy we have seen in many decades.