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Wampum Light Up the Town Events

The borough of Wampum invites all to attend “Light Up the Night” on Dec. 3. The event is on Main Street and lasts from 6 to 8 p.m. “Light Up the Night” is sponsored by the Wampum Parade Committee and the Wampum Area Business Association. Schedule of Events: 5:30- Setting out and lighting of 225 luminaries; closing down Main Street 6- Street lights and gazebo are lit 6- Dance Expression (young group) at Marshall’s parking lot 6:15- Dance Expression (older group) at Marshall’s parking lot 6:30- Diamond Dance at Marshall’s parking lot 7- Northside kindergarten carolers at Marshall’s parking lot…

Police: Crying Baby Alerts Neighbors of Mother’s Overdose

At least three Ellwood City residents have died from heroin overdose this year and if it wasn’t for a crying baby, it may have been four. According to the criminal complaint, on Nov. 2 officers responded to a 911 call to check on the welfare of a child crying for an extended period of time. While en route to the residence on Ninth Street, officers were informed that neighbors had gained access to the residence and found a woman laying on the floor in cardiac arrest. When officers arrived at the residence, they identified the woman as Darcy Young, 28,…

Mayor’s Christmas Awards

This year will be the fourth year that Mayor Anthony J. Court will be awarding to five local businesses the “Merchants Beautification Award” for 2015. In past years, this was a great success to the area businesses and to the residents. Mayor Court is hoping that all the local businesses will participate and decorate their storefronts, in hopes of spreading Holiday Cheer throughout Ellwood City. As in years past, any area businesses can be nominated for decorating their store front in the Holiday theme that they choose. Mayor Court will present Award signs and a gift certificate from local restaurants,…

The Numbers Behind the Ratified Teacher Contract

The Ellwood City Area School Board ratified a contract with the Ellwood Area Education Association for the 2016-20 school years on Thursday, Nov. 12. The new five-year contract, retroactively  beginning July 1, is nearly identical to the previous one, which ran from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012. The changes are primarily slight increases in salaries. In the previous contract, while teachers had a pay increase for experience, there was no base pay increase. Hence, a new teacher with a master’s degree hired in 2012 would make $40,223, the same money as a new teacher with a master’s degree…

Reminder to Not Blow Leaves onto Streets

Area residents are asked to not blow or rake leaves (or grass) into the streets. Leaves and grass on the street end up int he storm sewers and could cause backups in the homeowner’s drains. The next yard waste pick up is scheduled for the week of Nov. 15. Those not using yard waste containers may put their leaves in recyclable bags available at the Municipal Building at a cost of 50 cents each. Borough employees will pick up the recyclable bags until Dec. 18, 2015.

Council Wishes to Enforce Uniform Policy on Body Armor

At Monday’s borough council meeting, council unanimously voted to re-affirm the borough’s position on the Uniform Policy on Body Armor. The policy requires police officers to wear bulletproof vests as part of their uniform and was originally adopted by council in a unanimous vote on Nov. 18, 2013. According to council, two police officers do not always wear their vests, and council intends on enforcing the policy. Council member John Todorich said the policy should be amended to say punishment is up to and including termination. “Taxpayers pay for those vests, and they cost $1000 each,” Todorich said. “They should…

Lincoln Wrestling Sub Sale this Saturday

There will be an Ellwood City/Lincoln High School Wrestling Sub Sale on Saturday, Nov. 21. The subs will be sold in the high school parking lot and downtown area beginning at 9 a.m. Subs will be sold for $6 and proceeds will benefit the wrestling program.

November Crime Watch Meeting

The next Crime Watch Meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers. Speaker at Crime Watch will be Mayor Anthony J. Court and Gary Filippone, representing the Lawrence County DA Office.

Police: Gas Station Attendant Hit During Robbery

Robbery: B&B Gas Station Attendant Hit A gas station attendant was treated for injuries sustained during a robbery at B&B on 2335 River Road. The robbery occurred around 8:20 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16. According to North Sewickley police, the attendant was attacked by a male dressed in a dark, hooded sweatshirt. The suspect hit the attendant several times in the head and threatened the employee with a knife before taking an undetermined amount of money. The suspect fled on foot. The attendant was treated at the Ellwood City hospital and released. Police have been unable to identify from the…

“Toys for Tots” Collection Spot at Senator Vogel’s Office

State Senator Elder Vogel, Jr.’s office will be collecting toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” program starting today and continuing through Dec. 4. If you would like to donate, please drop off any new, unwrapped toys at the Senator’s office at 488 Adams St. in Rochester. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All gifts will be donated to area children.