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CLIMAX – Trail enthusiasts will join with local and state officials this Saturday to celebrate the grand opening of the Climax Tunnel on the Redbank Valley Trail.

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SLIGO – New members of Sligo Borough’s council and authority took their places at the August meetings of both boards, replacing former council and authority member Dave McElravy, who recently passed away.

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RIMERSBURG – Union School District residents are riled up, and a group of about 40 of those folks confronted school board members and administrators last Thursday to voice their concerns on a number of issues.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Several area teams competed in the 3rd Annual Amazing Race in New Bethlehem last Saturday. The town-wide scavenger hunt’s proceeds benefit the Redbank Valley Public Library.

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EAST BRADY – With the serenity of nature as the backdrop, more than a dozen people gather in East Brady’s new riverfront park each week to exercise mind, body and spirit through the practice of yoga.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Two administrative hirings topped the agenda at a special meeting of the Redbank Valley School board on Tuesday, July 31.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – The new acting superintendent for the Redbank Valley School District tells it like it is — and he told school officials Monday night that everyone needs to be more positive about what he sees as a good school district.

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RIMERSBURG – Rimersburg’s annual Cookie Daze festival returns this weekend, with a “Down on the Farm” theme and new events such as a petting zoo, hayrides, tractor show and more.

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DAYTON – Event organizers are preparing for the start of the 2018 Dayton Fair, which begins Sunday, Aug. 12. Prior to that, pre-fair events will be held at the Dayton Fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 11.

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SOUTH BETHLEHEM – South Bethlehem Borough Council discussed an unexpected wrinkle in the bidding process for an upcoming street revitalization project during its regular monthly meeting on Monday. Council members also considered the ways and means of dealing with ongoing problems in one sect…

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RIMERSBURG – Rimersburg Borough Council members discussed the possibility of fixing a “ponding” issue on Baker Street during their meeting on Monday.

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CLARION – Even though Clarion County has not increased property taxes in recent years, it has been able to collect more real estate tax simply by making sure that taxes are being paid on all structures.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Issac Herzog wrote, “Auschwitz will forever remain the black hole of the entire human history.” One local history teacher was part of a group who recently returned from visiting that black hole and other equally notorious sites from this bleak time in history.

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CLARION – Northland Forest Products recently announced plans for a kiln drying facility on a 20-acre site in Clarion Township that will need an estimated new 25 employees.

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ALCOLA – Despite a slight drop in the number of animals from last year, the Clarion County Fair’s 2018 4-H Livestock Auction drew a large crowd of local business owners, state and county officials and community members, whose support garnered nearly $4,000 more in purchases from 2017.

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ALCOLA – Attendance and revenues were up, the weather cooperated for the most part, and nearly everything went smoothly all week, making the 80th anniversary edition of the Clarion County Fair one for the history books.

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BROOKVILLE – For anyone walking the Rebank Valley Trail from Brookville to New Bethlehem they now have a convenient resting area near Baxter thanks to a Boy Scout.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – A fire that completely destroyed the slaughterhouse at Hirsch’s Meats in Kossuth on July 19 is still creating issues, albeit for those who relied on Hirsch’s for processing animals.

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CLARION – A 27-year-old New Bethlehem man, currently serving time in state prison, is facing charges after he allegedly threatened a corrections officer at the Clarion County Jail in a letter dated July 4.

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KITTANNING – The last tenants have moved out of the Armstrong County-owned Armsdale building in Rayburn Township, and now county officials are seeing what interest there might be in selling the old county home structure.

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ALCOLA – Clarion County Fair week got off to a great start, according to organizers who said they are looking forward to a big end to the fair’s 80th anniversary edition.

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ALCOLA – Actress and author Naya Rivera once said, “Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can.” This week, visitors at the Clarion County Fair can experience the truth of Rivera’s words.

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RIMERSBURG – When Union students return to school in a little more than a month, they’ll do so under the watch of a new team of security officers at each of the district’s three schools.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – The recent flap over New Bethlehem’s resident family of swans on Red Bank Creek is being dealt with, borough officials acknowledged in the past week.

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HAWTHORN – More than $3.2 million in state financing from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) will help two Clarion County municipalities better manage stormwater and reduce flooding in their towns, said state Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion) and state Sen. Scott…

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CLARION – Members of the Clarion County Prison Board last week heard concerns from county residents regarding the physical condition of the jail, the board’s current meeting time, and procedures available for prisoners to raise civil rights grievances.

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ALCOLA – In it’s 80 years, the Clarion County Fair has been known by several names; it has grown from a one-day event to a weeklong fair; and it’s attractions have changed over time.

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CLARION – Grant applications for improvements in two local communities garnered the support of Clarion County officials at their regular meeting last week.

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ALCOLA – Area fire departments brought their trucks and emergency gear to the 4th Annual Firemen’s Jubilee held at Redbank Valley Municipal Park in Alcola on Saturday. While the event was held in Clarion County, departments from Armstrong and Jefferson counties also made the trip to the fundraiser.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – With the event less than two months away, Redbank Valley Chamber of Commerce members last week unveiled the schedule for the 2018 Peanut Butter Festival, which includes a full weekend packed with returning events and some new twists.

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PAINT TWP. – Two people were killed in a two-vehicle crash at approximately 7:25 p.m. July 16 at the intersection of Route 66 and Wisner Road in Paint Township.

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CLARION – Lights! Camera! Action! The spotlight was on Clarion County last week, as crews filmed in and around a few of the county’s most popular landmarks to be highlighted on a new episode of a Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) series.

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RIMERSBURG – A split vote by Rimersburg officials appeared to have defused a dispute last week between the borough council and the borough’s maintenance workers.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Nearly two weeks after a surprise decision to part ways with superintendent Michael Drzewiecki, the Redbank Valley School Board earlier this week heard an update on the ongoing process to fill the vacant position.

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BROOKVILLE – “If the weather is good, we should have a good week,” Wayne Jackson, president of the Jefferson County Fair Authority said. The 2018 Jefferson County Fair opens Sunday afternoon, and according to Jackson, “the fair board is ready in all departments. We all seem more prepared tha…

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DEANVILLE – Area residents braved heat and humidity June 30 in support of Just Us For the Animals, a low-cost cat- and dog-spaying program. The event was held at the Stumble Inn, a private campground located just south of New Bethlehem near the village of Deanville in Madison Township, Armst…

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DAYTON – Camping and barbecuing have long been strong staples of summertime fun and relaxation. Now, Gearhart’s Milton Loop Campground in Dayton is adding a little folklore and paranormal activity to the mix.

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SOUTH BETHLEHEM – At the July 2 regular meeting of South Bethlehem Borough Council, residents were vocal in their dissatisfaction with a lack of ordinance enforcement in their corner of town. The public comments portion of the agenda occupied 45 minutes of the meeting.

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EAST BRADY – With work soon to begin on a storm sewer project along Purdum Street, East Brady Borough officials last week made a last minute change to its scope.