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Ellwood City Man Facing Child Pornography Charges

A local Ellwood City man pleaded guilty yesterday to distributing sadistic child pornography on a peer-to-peer network from a computer at his house, where he lived with his parents. Lucas Klobetanz, 40, was state-investigated and charged in 2015 after he admittedly stalked Amish children in Lawrence and Mercer County in an attempt to lure them into outhouses near Amish school grounds. Separate to the previous incident, Klobetanz was being federally investigated by the FBI when they discovered he possessed and shared child pornography, tracing the shared data to his Ellwood City home location. After agents and officers obtained a search…


Property Tax/Rent Rebates Now Available at District Offices

Applications are now available for the Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program and qualified individuals should file as soon as possible, according to Senator Elder Vogel, Jr. The maximum standard rebate is $650. The program is open to state residents age 65 or older; widows and widowers age 50 or older; and, 100 percent disabled people 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, with half of Social Security income excluded. The deadline for filing an application is July 1 and applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis after that…

CCBC Major Gifts (3)

Enthusiam Builds at CCBC for First Major Gifts Campaign in College History

Three-Tiered $12 Million Campaign to Support Regional Success through Student Learning  Monaca, PA – A growing need for an educated workforce and a transformational vision that develops partnerships and pathways for progress have prompted the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) to launch a comprehensive major gifts campaign entitled “Expanding Pathways – Achieving Success.” Administered through the CCBC Foundation, the five-year campaign has a goal of raising $12 million by June 30, 2022. “The CCBC community is focused on becoming the most student-centered, workforce-ready institution of higher learning in the region,” observed George Pacinda, Chair of the CCBC Foundation Board…


February Agenda Meeting Brief

Yesterday held the first of two monthly reoccurring council meetings, next week the following items will be voted on by council:   Visitors Dave McQuaid took a brief moment to stand in front of council to express his thanks for their active work on the proposed bike trail.   Finance Exonerate tax collector for collection and deposit of 2016 tax duplicate   Public Works/Utilities Payment- Charter Machine Company $7839.10, belt replacement at WWTP; paid from the sewage fund   Parks/Recreation EC Community Enrichment- Earth Day Celebration, April 22 from 10-2p.m. EC Community Enrichment- Storytelling Festival, September 16 from 4-7:30p.m. EC…


Bernstine Announces State Funding for 18 Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Companies

HARRISBURG – Eighteen fire and ambulance organizations in the 10th Legislative District have been awarded more than $235,000 in funding through the 2016-17 Pennsylvania Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) announced today. “Our local volunteers stretch every dollar to help meet their expenses for insurance, training, equipment and vehicles,” Bernstine said. “These grants will help ease the financial burden each of these companies has in helping to protect our communities.” The funding comes from an ongoing grant program created by the Legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the…


Ellwood City Graduate Found Dead

An investigation is ongoing after Bradley Grinnen, a graduate of Lincoln Junior-Senior High School was found deceased Sunday morning around 11:22a.m. in a dorm room on the campus of Waynesburg University, the college he was attending. After graduating high school playing both football and wrestling, the 21 year old furthered his football career performing as a junior defensive lineman for the university. The Rev. Jim Tinnemeyer, university chaplain, sent an email to students and staff on Sunday announcing the loss and vigil of the fellow student. “We are deeply saddened to inform you of the loss of one of our…


Forever Family 5K Run & Fun Walk

Adoption Connection is hosting their annual Forever Family 5K Saturday, May 20, 2017. Registrations can be made at https://runsignup.com/race/pa/beaver/adoptionconnectionpa or www.adopetionconnectionpa.org Official flyer below


Free Community Pasta Dinner

Calvin Presbyterian Church located at 615 Crescent Ave., is hosting a free Community Pasta Dinner on Friday, February 17 from 5-7 p.m. Enjoy a rigatoni and meatball dinner, along with salad, bread and beverages, and neighborly fellowship! Please R.S.V.P. to the church office at 724-758-4258 and indicate the number of adults and number of children that will be attending.


Ellwood City Area Public Library Activities for Week of Feb. 13, 2017

Activities taking place at the Ellwood City Area Public Library include the following: A “Valentine Heart Contest” for children 10 years of age and younger from Monday, February 13, through Saturday, February 18. – All area children are welcome to participate in this week-long activity. Just find and count the number of hearts hidden in the Children’s Area of the Library, report that correct number to a staff member at the desk and receive a special valentine prize. For more information, call the library at 724-758-6458. Wednesday, February 15, at 10:00 a.m. — “Coloring for Adults,” a weekly program that…


Lost Pig Recovered in Franklin Township

Lost dogs are a common occurrence – but a lost pig is something we don’t hear of often. Franklin Township Police Department uploaded a photo to their Facebook page yesterday containing a pig in a cage, and a caption reading, “solid black pig, approx 60 lbs, friendly & hungry. Found near 400 block of Route 288 near car wash…” The post had over 85 shares by concerned community members, trying to find the pig its home. The pet pig has since been claimed by its owner and is happily back at home.