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New Plans for YDC Property Take Shape, Bernstine Says

Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) today announced a new bid of sale has been accepted by the state Department of General Services for the Youth Development Center (YDC) property in Lawrence County. The $2 million bid was placed by Lawrence County Community Action Partnership (LCCAP), which plans to develop the property to accommodate educational, health care and short-term housing facilities, among other plans. LCCAP estimates the project will create at least 275 jobs once up and running. “This is one of the biggest wins for Lawrence County in decades,” Bernstine said. “I’m thrilled we were able to find a buyer for…


Letter to the Editor: Wampum Appreciation Post

Dear Editor, The town of Wampum is small in population, just 620 when everyone is at home, but big in heart and action.  Wampum is midway between New Castle and Beaver Falls and just a short drive west of Ellwood City.  This past Saturday, December 2nd, we held our 45th Annual Wampum Area Christmas Parade, and our little town’s population swelled into the thousands, our largest crowd ever. Thanks to many prayers, the weather was perfect and the Parade of 65 Units went off with very few glitches, and our small town of Wampum had its 1 hour and 5…


Real or Fake: Which Type of Tree Should Your Home Have?

If you haven’t already decided what type of tree you should have this year, there are many factors to take into consideration when deciding if a real tree or fake tree is the best option for your household. Unfortunately the options are not so black and white, let’s explore: Both [cut] real and fake trees leave a carbon footprint, leading to pollution: Harvested trees typically take 8-10 years to grow to a desirable size, which is 8-10 years of water consumption and pesticide use – both of which can have a negative impact on the environment. On top of that,…


Criminal Complaints: Fombell Man Eludes Officers in High Speed Chase

Fombell Man Eludes Officers in High Speed Chase Ryan Patrick Kelosky, 24, of Fombell, is facing charges of fleeing an officer and reckless driving after an incident occurred late last month. According to the criminal complaint, officers observed Kelosky stop at a green light then peel out at the intersection of Fountain Avenue and Second Street. While the officer was attempting to stop the vehicle, Kelosky sped up over 100mph around the 100 block of Portersville Road until the officer was no longer able to see the vehicle. The officer ran the plates and was able to get in contact…


PHOTOS: Light Up Night + Christmas Parade

This weekend, the streets of Ellwood City were packed full of festive families welcoming the Christmas season! The Chamber of Commerce did a great job organizing all of the events, which included Light Up Night, Christmas in the Park, and a Christmas parade. Check out the gallery of photos of Light Up Night and the Christmas Parade!


Ellwood City Area Public Library Activities for Week of December 4, 2107

Activities taking place at the Ellwood City Area Public Library include the following: Tuesday, December 5, at 6:30 p.m. — “Holiday Story Time” for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Featured will be stories, songs, finger plays and more. No registration is required, so call the library at 724-758-6458 for more information. Wednesday, December 6, at 10:00 a.m. — “Coloring for Adults,” a weekly program that is free and open to the public. “Coloring for Adults” is a program designed to help reduce the stresses of everyday life. Everyone is welcome, so call the library for more information. Wednesday, December 6, at…


Vote Connoquenessing for River of the Year

Connoquenessing Creek was just nominated for Pennsylvania’s River of the Year!  In 3 days, the “Connie” went from last place to 1st place! It was 1 of 5 nominations picked out of hundreds of submissions. As we all know, over time this local waterway had been neglected and abused leading to its rating as the 2nd most polluted waterway in America in 2000. Since then through Allegheny Aquatic Alliance and other organizations’ efforts, significant positive changes have been made to this creek and have resulted in the restoration of it. Now we have the opportunity to show our appreciation to…


Let There Be Lights Event Schedule

Let There Be Lights 2017 is starting tonight! Here is the event schedule: Friday, December 1 6-8p.m. Light Up Night on Lawrence Avenue, ft. live entertainment, free horse and carriage rides, dance performances, food and vendors 6:30p.m. Lighting of the tree and fireworks display (located in the Community Plaza) 8:15p.m. Free movie “A Christmas Story” located at the Lincoln High School Auditorium WIN A $25 AMEX GIFT CARD! Stop by The Color Center tonight from 6-8p.m. to warm up and enter our Annual Coloring Contest! We will have four age groups: 0-5, 6-9, 10-12, and 13-18. This year’s prizes are a…


Ellwood City United Fund Update

The Ellwood City area United Fund campaign is now under way. The 2017-2018 campaign runs until December 31, 2017. The fund is an independent local United Fund with absolutely no paid staff or administration. You can be assured that your donation stays here in Ellwood City. The Ellwood City United Fund has been serving the community for over 50 year provides funds to the following agencies: Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of Ellwood City. People-in-need City Rescue Mission Lark Enterprises Ellwood Family Center Human Services(Unicenter) Ellwood City Area Public Library Just one donation will provide funds to the many agencies who…


VIDEO: Elementary Student Narrates Weekend Events in School Newscast

“Attention all students – we have one really cool thing to report this week that has something to do with this weekend,” Giovanna, an Ellwood City elementary school student, stated during the Perry-Hartman school news production centered around the Let There Be Lights weekend. She then furthers on, professionally narrating the events to take place this weekend while clips of past year’s events play. The schools record news-like productions to air on the school TVs, which not only helps prepare the participating students for careers in production and media, but also keeps the students who watch it up to date…