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12/8/2016
BLAIRSVILLE-SALTSBURG SB SUSPENDS SUPERINTENDENT WITHOUT PAY
HEARING ON SUPERINTENDENT'S FUTURE TO BE HELD IN THE NEAR FUTURE
The Blairsville-Saltsburg School Board voted 5-4 to suspend Superintendent Tammy Whitfield without pay until a hearing can be held concerning her future with the district.  That suspension will be in effect from now until an Act 1080 hearing can be held.  Solicitor Krisha DiMascio with Dodaro, Matta and Cambest, explains what that hearing will entail. It’s not known right now when that meeting will take place, but DiMascio says it will take place sometime after Christmas. During the reorganization part of last night’s meeting, the board voted 5-4 both times to re-elect Beverly Carnese and Holly Hall as President and Vice President of the board respectively, and in the main meeting, the board also hired Ryan Kirsh as the district’s new business manager.
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12/8/2016
WOMAN CHARGED WITH THEFT THIS MORNING IN INDIANA BOROUGH
INDIANA BOROUGH An Avella woman was arrested by Indiana Borough Police and charged with theft.  Police were called out around 1:57 this morning to a home on North 6th Street and the victim reported that she woke up to find 21-year-old Alexandra Lynn Barr in the bedroom trying to steal items from the victim.  Barr was located and arrested by police shortly after that, and police said she was highly intoxicated.  Barr faces charges of loitering and prowling at night, theft, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.   PSP-INDIANA An Indiana man was charged with drug possession for an incident last Saturday.  Indiana-based state police say that Simon Runyan of was found on December 3rd around 1:33 in the morning lying on the sidewalk along South Carter Avenue.  He got up and tried to get away on foot but was eventually apprehended.  When police searched him, they found a baggie of marijuana.  Charges were filed with District Judge Guy Haberl’s office.   More information was released on a three-vehicle crash in Homer City that backed up traffic on Tuesday.  State Police say 20-year-old Ashley Grycko of Indiana did not see that two cars in front of her, driven by ...
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12/8/2016
WHITE TOWNSHIP ADOPTS STREET, PROPERTY ORDINANCES
The White Township Supervisors last night adopted two ordinances, one adding some roads to the list of those subject to weight limits, and the other dealing with the borders of certain properties,    The first ordinance deals with limiting the weight of trucks to ten tons on additional roads in the township. Township Manager Milt Lady says those streets include Crystal Drive, Sterling Hills Drive, Angie Lane, Andrew Circle, Minich Drive, Alex Drive, Maple Street, South 2nd Street, South 3rd Street, Carter Avenue (east & west), and Acorn Street. The ordinance was adopted by a 5-0 vote.   The second ordinance updates the types of screening, plants, and trees that are required between commercial and residential properties, as well as changes in distance between such screenings. The ordinance passed unanimously.   Finally, Lady updated the supervisors on the wooden bridge that leads to the municipal building. The state has not yet returned its findings on the potential project to replace it, so no action can be taken at the present time. 
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12/7/2016
IASD ELEMENTARY PLAN'S FOES DISCUSS PLAN OF ACTION
In September, a majority of the Indiana Area School Board voted in favor of closing Horace Mann and Dwight Eisenhower schools to consolidate into a new, larger building at the location of Ben Franklin Elementary. However, as evidenced by the turn-out at last night's "Save Our Taxes and Save Our Schools" hearing, many local residents oppose the plan, including Josie Cunningham, who led much of the discussion.     Reasons to oppose the plan range from its $30 million dollar plus financial impact and the effect on taxes, to the quality-of-life benefits for students and residents alike that "neighborhood schools" in the borough provides.   Cunningham called for a strategy to, at least, slow the progress of the plan.     A public hearing for the Indiana Area School District Elementary Building Project is scheduled for 7:00 PM on Wednesday, December 14th at East Pike Elementary. The next school board meeting is scheduled for 7:30 PM on Monday, December 19th, also at East Pike. A petition for residents who oppose the building plan can be signed at the Indiana Borough Municipal Building.
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12/7/2016
PIRATES CHARITIES DONATE TO TEDDY BEAR FUND DRIVE
At the start of the 10th  annual Teddy Bear Fund Drive Spaghetti Dinner today, the Pittsburgh Pirates Care-A-Van stopped by to make a donation to the fund drive. At a ceremony at IRMC this morning, Pirates Charities, along with members of the Pirates organization presented a check for $4000.  IRMC President Steve Wolf said the donation from Pirates Charities was very important, as it will help get much needed medical equipment for the Pediatric Department. Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon was part of the Care-A-Van party, and said that the Pirates organization takes giving back to their community seriously. Pirates Charities have become regular supporters of the Teddy Bear Fund Drive, receiving money to help sponsor the B.E. Taylor Christmas Concerts in the past.  This year, the Care-a-van is helping out in another way, by visiting children in the hospital and by serving Spaghetti and Meatballs during lunch hour at the Fundraiser.  This is just one stop that the Care-A-Van is making today. You can view the check presentation online by checking our Facebook page.
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