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Tubular Production Plant to Close in Ellwood City

On Thursday night, the Borough of Ellwood City received a letter from Sabre Industries, a steel tubular production plant located on Second Street, informing them that they would be closing their Ellwood City factory. According to a published report, the Alvarado, Texas based company plans to stop manufacturing for good between July 29 and August 13. The elimination of this branch will cause up to 80 employees to lose their jobs. Sabre Industries, also located in Sioux City, Iowa, will offer the Ellwood City employees the opportunity to continue their work with the company in either Iowa or Texas. According…


Game Zone Close-Out Sale

Seven years ago, Ryan Venezie introduced the gaming world to the Ellwood City community when he opened his Game Zone store. The business immediately took off at its Fifth Street location backed by a thriving economy. “Ellwood City had nothing like this at the time,” Venezie said. With the store being such a success, Venezie soon decided to move his business to a more prime location. His father, Keith, had recently purchased the emporium to revamp into the City Centre Shops. The opportunity for a move was nearly staring Venezie right in the face. The City Centre Shops, located on…


Council Gives No Answers on Police Chief

Former councilwoman Judy Dici submitted a series of questions at the last Ellwood City Council meeting regarding the investigation and research done before eliminating the position of Chief of Police. At the Monday, May 19 meeting, Dici got her list of answers, but not necessarily the ones that she wanted. Borough Manager Bob Villella responded to Dici’s questions with the following answer: “The information you have requested is part of the confidential deliberative process a Borough Council is authorized to engage and the Executive Session is such a forum where the general public is not authorized to attend. This information…


Citizens Question Council on Police Chief Elimination

The Ellwood City Council voted to eliminate the position of Chief of Police at a special meeting held on Monday, May 5. A short statement was released to the public the following day by council’s solicitor, Edward Leymarie, regarding the decision. The position’s eradication seemed to have come as a surprise to most community members. Controversy over whether this special meeting was properly advertised immediately erupted. In a meeting held to ratify the council’s decision prior to the scheduled meeting yesterday evening, Leymarie stated that last week’s meeting was announced twice in the Ellwood City Ledger. Despite council’s justifications, Ellwood…


Chief of Police Position Eliminated

The Ellwood City Borough Council, at an advertised public meeting on May 5, 2014, voted to eliminate the position of Chief of Police in a vote of 5-2, effective immediately. In accordance with the Borough Code, the mayor will continue to have full charge and control of the police force which includes directing the time, place and manner in which the police perform their duties, as well as determining the delegation of duties over the department.


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Real Estate Agents Encourage Attendance at Council Meeting

On Monday, the Ellwood City borough council will vote on whether or not to implement a new inspection code ordinance. If it passes, and a betting person would say it will, then all residential, not commercial, buildings in the borough will require code inspections prior to sale. What does this mean for residents? Anyone planning on buying, selling or renting real estate must comply with a strict structural code. If the building or structure fails to meet code standards, then the owner must either pay for significant repair costs or receive less return on their investment. Also, the inspection costs…


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National Grind Grand Opening

The coffee shop wait in Ellwood City is finally over. National Grind, located at 400 Lawrence Ave., will be opening their new doors this weekend as a part of their Grand Opening. As of today, Bob Rivers begins his very first business venture of his lifetime. The shop will mark the first coffee shop and business ever for the twenty-four year old. Don’t let that fool you, Rivers has been in the hospitality industry for the past ten years. From dishwasher to bartender to sous chef, he has truly done it all. Rivers will soon be able to add barista…


Ellwood School Board Cuts Music Teacher Position

“I’m asking you to reconsider hiring an Elementary Music Teacher,” Renee Pitrelli, a parent at yesterday’s Board meeting, said. “It would be in the school district’s best interest even just part-time.” Last night’s Ellwood City School Board meeting seemed to be much more mild than the one last month. The flood of forty parents concerned over the Elementary Music Teacher position who rushed May’s meeting dwindled down to six yesterday. With the budget to be decided, it seemed like most of the supporters had already given up hope before receiving the final decision. For those of you who don’t know,…


Police Arrest Area Residents Operating North Side Meth Lab

Ellwood City Police were led by an anonymous tip to a house in the North Side neighborhood on Thursday leading to the arrest of two residents who were operating an “extremely dangerous and fully functional” methamphetamine laboratory inside a home. Reports said the house had no electricity and was later found to have lanterns and large amounts of kerosene inside. Richard Brian Lumley, 43, of 332 Orchard Ave. and Timothy Bill Locke, 32, of 4446 Hollow Road, Wayne Township were arrested and arraigned on charges related to operating a meth lab. After the search and arrest of the suspects, police…


Borough Ordinance Now Allows Free Parking After 5 P.M.

At a special Ellwood City Council meeting held last Thursday, borough council changed its parking enforcement rules to now allow free parking after 5 p.m. within the borough. This comes after a wave of parking tickets were issued on Lawrence Avenue during business after-hours. Over 25 tickets have now been voided per the request of Mayor Anthony Court. The original metering ordinance called for enforcement from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. but had gone largely unnoticed until the wave of ticketing after 6 p.m. in late-February was brought to light. This also comes after a meeting in January when council…