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Seussical the Musical: Q&A with Leads

The Riverside High School Theater will present the family musical, “Seussical” on March 3 through March 6 in the high school auditorium. A cast of over 100 students from the high school, middle school and elementary will participate in the production. This is the 53nd Anniversary of Theater at Riverside, so we hope you can join us for this landmark show. “Oh, the things you can think” when Dr. Seuss’s best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper. Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners Lynn Ahrens…


Photos: St. Agatha is No More

Wednesday morning, a few walls of St. Agatha were standing but by 11 a.m., only rubble remained as the final upright structures were demolished. The gallery below shows the staircase still intact. Construction has begun on a pit, presumably for the foundation of CVS. According to the design plans, much of the land where St. Agatha was will be used for a parking lot while the pharmacy building itself will be where the apartment buildings were. Photos by Jonathan Cortez/EllwoodCity.org


Police: K-9 Team Assists in Drug Arrests, Man Uses Someone Else’s Identity When Pulled Over

K-9 Team Assists in Drug Bust The Ellwood City K-9 team assisted in the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force in an arrest on Pittsburgh Circle on Jan. 25.  According to a criminal complaint filed on Feb. 24, the K-9 team assisted in the arrest of Amanda Hasan and Tim Wilkes, who were wanted for heroin dealing. In addition, the K-9 team confiscated several items in the residence, including a baggie containing 7 grams of cocaine and about 50 white pills from Wilkes’ room. The K-9 team also discovered baggies of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia belonging to Korrie Asif…


Support Group for Foster and Adoptive Mothers at Fountain First Baptist Church

If you’re a foster or adoptive parent/guardian, come join us on Sunday’s from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Fountain First Baptist Church. We meet in the church parlor, and the group is led by Shivonne Costa, MSW, a foster and adoptive mom and counselor. Enjoy refreshments as we offer and receive support from others in our community. We’ll discuss topics of attachment, mental health and services available as well. The group is ongoing and casual, so come as you are! The Fountain First Baptist Church is located on 220 Fountain Ave. in Ellwood City. ***** Also, consider joining the…


Veterans’ Specialists to Visit Gibbons’ Office Next Week

March 1 – State Rep. Jaret Gibbons today announced he will host two veterans’ specialists in his Ellwood City office next week. “I am happy to provide this service so veterans they can understand their rights and benefits,” Gibbons said, D-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence. Stephanie Bengoa and Ryan Paglia will participate in the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 to lend help to veterans and their families. Bengoa, of the American Legion Veterans Assistance Program, will be in Gibbons’ office to assist veterans with understanding what benefits they have earned, filing appeals to existing claims, enrolling in the Veterans…


Police: Driving Under the Influence of Methadone, Stealing Thermal Socks, Donuts in the Parking Lot, and More

Methadone-Influenced Driver Causes Accident According to the criminal complaint, on Feb. 10 at approximately 8:30 a.m., a vehicle traveling west on Lawrence Avenue failed to stop at a stop sign and hit a vehicle traveling south on Fourth Street. Investigating officers identified the driver as Luke Garrett Hogue, 29, of New Castle, who admitted to having recently left a methadone clinic. Hogue was charged with failing to stop at a stop sign and following a blood test, was charged with two counts of DUI. Retail Theft According to the criminal complaint, on Feb. 16 at approximately 12:21 a.m., officers responded…


Relay for Life Upcoming Events

Looking For A Few Good Persons As the Ellwood City Relay For Life starts its 2016 year, we are in search of individuals that are outstanding in working with the community to lead our committee to greater rewards than in years past. Even if you have just a few moments in your busy schedule, we could use your guidance and knowledge. Openings are in the areas of Chairperson, Sponsorship, Team recruitment, Chinese Auction, Logistics and Survivors. You are invited to join us at our committee meetings to learn more about these openings and other places your service can be helpful…


Photos: 17th Annual Mr. Lincoln Pageant

The 17th Annual Mr. Lincoln Pageant was held on Sunday, Feb. 28 in the Lincoln High School auditorium. This year’s participants were: Brian Hudson, Nicholas Fleeson, Devin Cortez, Dominic Nocera, Hunter Bailey, Scott Miller, Norman Ballard, Vincent Romanio, Shawn Brown and Corey Hobbs. Dominic Nocera was named Mr. Lincoln 2016. Norman Ballard was the talent winner, and Corey Hobbs had the highest ticket sales. All proceeds from Mr. Lincoln benefit the March of Dimes.


Photos: St. Agatha Deconstruction

St. Agatha’s roof is half gone and the north wall has been demolished. It’s half-destroyed look combined with storm clouds made it a particularly haunting image today.       Photos by Jonathan Cortez/EllwoodCity.org


Sanctuary Jazz Band to Perform at Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church

The Sanctuary Jazz Band will be in concert from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 27 at Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church’s fellowship hall, 291 Wurtemburg Road, Wayne Township. The performance will be open to the public. A goodwill offering will be accepted to benefit the Carpenter’s Project.