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January 24th, 2014
After an intensive fact-finding mission, a state school evaluation team has chosen the Kane Middle School for the prestigious national "Schools To Watch" recognition.
Dr. Dwight Fox (left), a Mercer County dentist, poses with Star Nicklas (center), a third-grader at the Kane Elementary School. Fox is a member of the Mobile Dentist program that provides free and low-cost dental services to school children. His wife, Janet (right) is a dental assistant.
Kane borough officials and workers bid farewell to two veteran employees Thursday at an informal luncheon at the borough building.
Sue Holt, a 14-year member of the borough office staff, is leaving her job today. She said she has accepted "other employment in the area."
A partisan Legislature still appears to stand in the way of state pension reform as ârevenues in the Commonwealth continue to lag behind growing expenses,â one such expense being an âunsustainableâ pension plan, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).
Rising pensions costs are expected to hover around $2 billion for next yearâs budget, up from $1.4 billion for fiscal year 2013.
MT. JEWETT â The first in a series of public forums on the operation of the Mt. Jewett Police Department took place Wednesday at the borough building.
Mayor Melissa McGuire, in her first month in office, said the sessions will create an "open dialogue" between Police Chief Steve Hale and Mt. Jewett residents.
A new date will be set for a preliminary hearing for the alleged drug-influenced driver in a six-fatality traffic accident last Aug. 31 near Lantz Corners.
The hearing for Kathleen S. "Kathy" Douglas, 37, of Kane had been scheduled for Monday before Kane District Court Judge Dave Engman.
The hearing will not be held as scheduled, it was learned Wednesday. A new date is pending.
RIDGWAY â The PHARE fund appears to be gaining its footing as Marcellus Shale regions are seeing yearly allocations for local distribution.
In 2012, the base allocation for PHARE [Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement] was $2.5 million; for 2013 and beyond, the allocation has doubled.
Gary Ziegler's retirement from the Kane School Board didn't last long.
Ziegler served on the board for 12 years before deciding not to seek re-election last year. His term ended Nov. 30.
Balancing a school budget is never easy.
Developing the next Kane school spending plan will be made even more difficult by hefty increases in costs for health care benefits and the school district's share for the retirement fund.
Area agencies and volunteers continue to emphasis mentoring programs during January, recognized as National Mentoring Month.
Sara Sutter from Big Brothers Big Sisters said officials recently received a grant to expand their program but indicated Tuesday morning there are over 20 children on a waiting list for a Big Brother or Big Sister.