Human Interest

CCBC Honors Graduates, Welcomes Back Founding Faculty Leader, and Debuts Long-Lost Alma Mater

Monaca, PA – Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) held its annual Commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 4 to recognize the Class of 2017 and conclude a year-long celebration of the College’s 50th anniversary. 435 students, who completed their studies in August 2016, December 2016, and May 2017, were awarded an associate degree, certificate, or diploma from the School of Aviation Sciences; School of Nursing and Allied Health; and School of Business, Arts, Sciences, and Technology. The ceremony also celebrated the first students graduating with an associate degree in Process Technology, a program that is industry-created and approved in order…


PHOTOS: Ellwood City Prom Court 2017

The Ellwood City Prom is scheduled for Friday May 5. Promenade starts at 5:30…  Doors open at 5:00 Promenade tickets are $3, and can be buy them at the door Ellwood City Prom “A Night in Disguise” will take place at Shakespeare’s Restaurant in Ellwood City from 6:00 – 11:00 followed by the traditional Ellwood City After Prom at the Sons of Italy. Submitted photos of the 2017 girls and boys prom court below:  


PHOTOS: Ellwood City Amateur Baseball Federation Opening Day

The Ellwood City Amateur Baseball Federation hosted their annual opening day ceremony Saturday at Friedhoff Field – an event which the organizations Vice President, Michael Widmaier, said was a success. “The weather held off until the end, parents and grandparents paraded with their kids, the high school baseball players applauded the young players as they paraded onto the field, Mayor Court attended, and Nathan Scott threw the first pitch. Overall the day was successful.” The event had carnival style games including a dunk tank, raffle, parade, Chinese auction, home run derby, and the national anthem sung by a local student….


Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce Participates in Pennsylvania Small Business Week

Ellwood City, PA – In recognition of the small business community’s significant contributions to Pennsylvania’s economy, the week of April 30-May 6, 2017 will be celebrated as Pennsylvania Small Business Week. Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, will celebrate entrepreneurs and small business owners for their contributions to Pennsylvania’s economy, and draw attention to the resources available to support them. Pennsylvania is home to one million small businesses, and employs 2.5 million individuals – about half of the state’s private workforce. Small businesses play a vital role in Pennsylvania’s…


BC3 Lauds Scholarly Ellwood City Residents

(Butler, PA) Kimberly Gardner, of Second Street, was among Ellwood City residents whose academic achievements were recognized by Butler County Community College on Tuesday during Student Awards Day. Gardner, 55, a 1980 graduate of Lincoln High School, will receive two associate of applied science degrees in May from BC3, in human resource management and in business management. She was honored Tuesday for having attained President’s List honors in the spring and fall semesters of 2016. President’s List students have a grade-point average of 3.75 or higher while carrying at least 12 credits. Gardner was also nominated by Cheryl Macon, a…


Lieutenant Speaks About Importance of Drug Take-Back Programs

The Ellwood City Police Department is sponsoring a drug take-back program on Saturday, April 29 at the Ellwood City Municipal Building. Residents may use the opportunity to turn in unused or expired medication for safe disposal, which the Ellwood City Police Lieutenant says is a critical step towards improving the growing amount of drug addictions. “The importance of the program is that it takes away the ability to use prescription drugs from people who may be experimenting with them, especially the opioids,” Lt. Kingston said. The program is part of the DEA and US Attorneys 360 Degree Program, which originally…


Ellwood City School Board “Meet the Candidate Night” Recap

With four seats up for election on the Ellwood City School Board, the Ellwood City Kitchen Cabinet hosted a Meet the Candidate Night for the potential school board candidates to publicly answer questions and present their opening and closing statements. Although a wide array of topics were discussed during the evening event, one of the main topics was the potential outsourcing of cafeteria workers the school board has recently been debating. Norman Boots, a newcomer and custodian who graduated from Lincoln High in 1981, stressed his displeasure of the outsourcing option, saying that the cafeteria workers are also community tax…


PHOTOS: Ellwood City Celebrates Earth Day

From exotic animal encounters to a trashion-fashion show, live performances, Eco-friendly vendors, and much more – The Ellwood City Chamber of Commerce put together an Earth Day celebration to remember. While the annual event gets bigger every year, their newest addition to the celebration is the Trashion Show. With over half a dozen local competitors, the Ewing stage was filled with fashionable trash outfits crafted completely out of recyclable materials. The top three placers won a cash prize, third place won $50, second place won $75, and first place won $100 – but the main focus of the Trashion Show…


Ellwood City Resident Becomes Overnight Real Estate Mogul

After realizing the devastating financial effects all the local vacant properties would have on the Borough, Christina Hoffmeier of Hoffmier Holdings LLC, a family owned and operated company, was determined to make a difference in the local real estate community. Hoffmeier Holdings LLC, an Ellwood City based real estate company, recently acquired 54 Single Family homes in and surrounding the Ellwood City Area propelling them to be one of the fastest growing, woman owned and operated real estate investment firms in Western Pennsylvania. Sole Member of the company, Christina Hoffmeier, was born and raised in the Ellwood City Area and…


PHOTOS: Perry Elementary Students Visit Jurassic Library

After dedicating five weeks of hard work in the Arts & Bots after school program, the 5th and 6th graders of Hartman Intermediate finally showcased their dinosaur-robotic creations to the 3rd and 4th graders at Perry Elementary School during the Jurassic Library event Friday morning. Mr. Marsh, the elementary art teacher, Mr. Setzenfand, the Wolverine Workshop instructor and Mr. Skoczylas, elementary computer teacher, were in charge of the club and event. As part of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) program Ellwood City Area schools have been pursuing, 18 students from Hartman Intermediate were chosen to partake in…