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Fire Destroys The Ranch

The Ranch, a Wayne Township restaurant and bar, was destroyed in a fire yesterday afternoon. The fire originated in the kitchen as a grease fire shortly after 1:30 p.m. and spread to the entire building. Nine fire departments rushed to the scene as state police directed traffic. By 2:30, the fire had gone through the building’s roof. Firefighters from Wayne Township were still at the scene at 6:30 p.m. Fire companies that responded include Wayne Township, Ellwood City, Wurtemburg-Perry Township, Chewton, Frisco, Portersville, Shenango, Slippery Rock Township and North Sewickley Township. The Ranch, on 4628 Ellwood Road (Route 65), was…


Weekly Basketball Recap: Ellwood City Girls Defeat Hopewell in Conference Game

The Ellwood City girls basketball team played two conference games this week, losing a close away game to Beaver 42-35 on Monday, Jan. 25 and defeating Hopewell 51-30 at a home game yesterday. In Monday’s game, the Lady Wolverines trailed Beaver 38-24 by the third quarter. However, a fierce counterattack in the final quarter gave Ellwood 11-4, closing the gap but not enough to even the score. For Ellwood, Breonna Streit and Karrington Ketterer led the offense with 11 points each. Nine of Streit’s points came from three-point shots. In a social media post, assistant coach Dena Noble congratulated Streit,…


Police: Stealing Personal Checks

Stealing Personal Checks According to the criminal complaint, on Nov. 27 of 2014, Drew Hall, 26, of Ellwood City had reportedly removed several checks from the residence of the victim, who is the grandmother of the accused. Hall then cashed the checks to multiple Woodforest Bank locations, which he signed in the victim’s signature without permission, totaling to $460. Video surveillance from a Woodforest Bank confirmed that Hall had cashed a check. On Jan. 14, 2016, he was charged with forgery, theft by deception and theft by unlawful taking. Attempting to Return Stolen Keg According to the criminal complaint, on…


Local Businessman Aaron Bernstine Announces Run for State House

New Beaver Borough – Businessman and farmer Aaron Bernstine announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 10th District. The district comprises parts of Beaver, Butler and Lawrence Counties, and embraces what Bernstine termed “core Western Pennsylvania values that have been ignored for too long by Harrisburg.” “The unprecedented budget gridlock and continuing ethics scandals in Harrisburg are an insult to the hard-work and high-principles found in places like the 10th District,” Bernstine said. “I am running because the special interests and bureaucrats in state government need to hear our voices, not…


Aspen Institute Names CCBC One of the 150 Best Community Colleges in America

Washington, DC, Jan. 26, 2016 –Highlighting the critical importance of improving student success in America’s community colleges, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today named Community College of Beaver County as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize funds, as well as Siemens Technical Scholars Program student scholarships. CCBC is the only Pennsylvania community college included on the list. The Prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges and recognizes institutions…


Local Projects Receive More Than $1 Million in State Grants

Four major projects to improve recreational facilities in Beaver and Butler counties will receive state grants totaling $1,090,000, according to Senator Elder Vogel (R-47). Brighton and Darlington townships in Beaver County and Lancaster Township and Zelienople Borough in Butler County will receive Community Conservation Partnerships Program (CCPP) grants from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, according to Senator Vogel. CCPP provides financial and technical assistance to local governments, land trusts, river and trail organizations, and other non-profit organizations for the planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation, and greenway areas. CCPP is supported by Key 93 (Keystone…


Mayor and Holy Redeemer Honor School Choice Week

Mayor Anthony J. Court was honored to present to Sister Joanne Kokosinski on behalf of Holy Redeemer School’s students, staff, and school leaders a proclamation designating Jan. 31 through Feb. 5, 2016 as School Choice Week in Ellwood City. This will be Sister Joanne’s 19th year at Holy Redeemer to celebrate this National School Choice Week with the children and families of Ellwood City. School Choice Week helps communities to raise awareness of the many public and nonpublic schools that serve our students and families throughout the city. Mayor Court was honored to spend time at Holy Redeemer School with…


Drug Sweep Arrests Three in Ellwood City Area

The Lawrence County District Attorney Drug Task Force arrested nine people Monday and Tuesday in a countywide drug sweep, including three in the Ellwood City area. Heroine Dealing The Drug Task Force arrested two people for heroin dealing following an incident on Oct. 15. According to the criminal complaint filed on Jan. 22, Amanda Hasan, 25, of Ellwood City, and Timothy Wilkes, 27, of New Castle, were caught after attempting to sell heroin to an informant in a pre-planned operation. On Oct. 15 at approximately 10:40 p.m., the informant met with Wilkes on 13th Street and purchased .4 grams of…


Dawnlyn Valli Kicks Off Campaign for PA 10th District House Seat

North Sewickley Township – At the Valli Victory Kickoff Rally, Dawnlyn Valli together with friends, family and supporters announced her intention to run for PA State Representative in the 10th District, which includes parts of Beaver, Butler and Lawrence Counties. This district has been held by a Democrat for several decades and continued promises of local community revitalization, economic prosperity and a better life for its citizens have fallen short year in, year out. “As an educator for 23 years, I’ve been in the classroom working with students and fellow teachers,” Valli said. “I have a unique perspective, and it’s…


Riverside Wins Important Conference Game Against Neshannock

The Riverside girls basketball team is on a drive for the section title. Yesterday, there was one obstacle: Neshannock’s powerful team. However, the Lady Panthers thrashed Neshannock 55-34 in a home game, putting them a half-step ahead in their Class-AA section rankings. Although victory is often expected among a team with a 15-2 record, the girls went into the game knowing Neshannock would be tough competition. Back in December, Neshannock handed Riverside its first taste of defeat in a 51-39 game away game. Riverside would steamroll through eight wins before experiencing their second loss against Beaver Falls on Thursday. The…