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9/19/2014
MISSING HOMER CITY BOY FOUND AFTER TWO HOUR SEARCH
A boy that went missing this morning in Homer City was found at his home. Homer City Police were called out around 7:45 this morning to find the young man who went missing from his home in the 100 block of Oakland Avenue.  Homer City, Coral Graceton and Blacklick Fire departments joined in the search later on, along with Indiana County sheriff’s deputies, and groups from Westmoreland County were called in.  Around 9:30, Homer City Police got a report that the young man was back home. Sgt. Anthony Jellison of the Homer City Police said that when he asked the boy why he ran away, he said that the boy was confused, but was checked by medics and is doing ok. 
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9/19/2014
HOMER-CENTER HIRES FORMER IRMC SECURITY DIRECTOR
Homer-Center school board hired a familiar name to be their security consultant in an effort to make the school more secure.  Dan Sacco, the former head of security for Indiana Regional Medical Center, was officially hired by the board last night at a cost of $35 an hour not to exceed 100 hours.  Sacco has already spent some time at various school events trying to find ways to improve school security.  Superintendent Dr. Charles Koren said that Sacco’s prior experience will benefit the district in the long run. In other business, the board approved accepting the terms and conditions of a tentative agreement between the Homer-Center Education Support Professionals and the district concerning 23 district aides who were not a part of any professional organization.  They are now a part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which will expire in the summer of 2015.  The board also approved some agreements concerning some upgrades to Memorial Stadium: Ray I. Winters and Sons, Inc will be preparing a site for a building at memorial field that will house restrooms at the field.  The contract work includes top soil removal, stone placement for the building foundation, installation of water and sewer lines, downspouts and ...
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9/19/2014
IUP TRUSTEES APPROVE NAMING HALL FOR FORMER MUSIC PROF
The IUP Council of Trustees met Thursday afternoon and approved the naming of a hall in honor of a long-time IUP music professor. The hall will honor Daniel Dicicco (dih-SEE-ko), a 1954 graduate of the Indiana State Teacher’s College with a bachelor of science degree in music education.  He would get his masters and doctorate in musical arts at the University of Michigan before returning to the Indiana State Teachers College as a member of the music faculty in 1956.  He would serve as a teacher for 33 years, retiring from IUP in 1989.  During his time there, he directed the Symphonic Band, the Marching Band, and the Mellowmen along with founding the Wind Ensemble in 1961 and the IUP Honors Band program in 1974.  On hand for the ceremonies were Dana Piccolini, Daniel’s daughter, who said that that Daniel loved music and teaching, and was touched the University was honoring her father this way. In other business, IUP President Michael Driscoll talked budget concerns during his comments, and said that they were working on a new budget model.  Details on the new model were not given, but Driscoll said that taking small cuts “here and there” isn’t working so ...
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9/19/2014
INDIANA COUNTY LEGISLATORS EARN SMALL BUSINESS HONORS
Advocacy group name 133 as Guardians of Small Business
The state’s leading small business advocacy group, the National Federation of Independent Business, has designated 133 state lawmakers “Guardians of Small Business” for their voting record in the 2013-14 fiscal year.   All of Indiana County’s lawmakers - Senator Don White and Representatives Dave Reed, Jeff Pyle, and Sam Smith - were named to the list, which salutes legislators for their votes on issues such as health care, legal reform, private property rights, competition and tax measures.  The group identified ten House bills related to small business and rated the representatives based on their votes on those bills.  Reed, Pyle, and Smith all scored 100 percent, up from 89 percent for each the year before, on votes favorable to small business. In the Senate, Don White scored 100 percent, up from 90 percent the year before, on six small business-related bills.   The NFIB says small businesses account for half of all private sector jobs in Pennsylvania.  98 percent of all businesses operating in the state employ fewer than 100 workers.
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9/19/2014
CHALLENGER PLANS TO BE UNVEILED TONIGHT
Event open to the public at KCAC
The Indiana County Chamber of Commerce holds another Business After Hours event tonight at the Kovalchick Complex, but this one comes with a twist: after the normal event for Chamber members, the public is invited to the public unveiling of the plans and budget numbers for the Central Allegheny Challenger Learning Center, which will be located on the Indiana County Technology Center campus in White Township.    First proposed in 2012, the Challenger Learning Center will serve elementary and high school students in 22 counties.  Earlier this month, ICTC’s Joint Operating Committee approved a contribution of $600,000 for the 30,000 square foot addition that will house the Center, and Senator Don White and Representative Dave Reed recently announced another $500,000 in state funding.  In January, the state committed $1.365 million toward the construction of the $8.9 million center.   Walter Schroth of the Challenger Board of Directors says it’s important that the public come out to see the plans tonight.  He says the public portion of the event begins at 6 o'clock, and there will be illustrations of the Center and some budget news. As of the early part of September, the Center was at about 50% of its fundraising ...
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