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Forum is held on fate of James City Post Office

January 24, 2012

JAMES CITY – A standing-room-only crowd of 79 attended a 75-minute forum Tuesday evening on the proposed closing of the James City Post Office.
U.S. Postal Service representatives Keith Corey and Junius "JJ" Johnson presided at the informational meeting at the Highland Township Fire Hall in James City.
Corey is the review coordinator at the Postal Service district office in Pittsburgh. Johnson is the manager of post office operations at the same location.

Added fees for deeds in county to boost housing

January 24, 2012

SMETHPORT – The McKean County Board of Commissioners took action Tuesday to add fees to deeds and mortgages to generate revenue for housing programs for low-income residents.
Under the proposal, a fee of $13.50 would be added to all deeds and mortgages handled by the county Recorder of Deeds.
From the additional fees raised, the county will receive 5 percent for administration costs.
The other 95 percent will go for low-income housing programs administered by the Bradford city Office of Economic and Community Development and the McKean County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

Both sides rest cases in double-homicide trial

January 24, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Both sides in Steven Rebert's double homicide trial rested their cases Monday following a week of testimony at the Jefferson County Courthouse.
The Commonwealth seeks the death penalty in the case in which Rebert, formerly of Emporium, faces double-homicide charges in the shooting deaths of Victoria and Wayne Shugar, both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home in Brockway.

Kane council to act Feb. 1 on 'bare-bones' budget

January 24, 2012

The Kane Borough Council is expected to act Feb. 1 on what has been termed "a bare-bones' budget for 2012.
The "revised" proposed budget calls for a 1.5-mill increase in the property tax rate in Kane.
This increase would generate about $118,000 more in additional tax revenue for the borough.
The additional funds reportedly are needed to balance the budget due to rising costs for operating the borough government.

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