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TEMPLETON – Beekeepers from Armstrong, Butler, Clarion and Indiana counties are looking forward to a day-long seminar on the care and feeding of feral bee colonies to be held at the Belmont Complex in Kittanning on Saturday, Jan. 19. The wild bees are proving to be a more robust option in th…

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CLARION – Drew Welsh, who has served the past eight years as Clarion County’s first assistant district attorney, announced last week that he will seek the Republican nomination for district attorney in the May primary election.

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PAINT TWP. – A Brookville man accused of slashing another patron’s throat at a New Bethlehem bar last fall had all charges held for court following a preliminary hearing on Jan. 11 before District Judge Timothy Schill at the Clarion County Jail.

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CLARION – Clyde “Ed” Heasley, 65, a lifelong resident of Farmington Township, has announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for re-election to a four-year term as Clarion County Commissioner in the May 21 primary election.

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CLARION – 2018 ended on a high noted for the Clarion County Jail, as the Paint Township facility finished the year more than $135,000 under budget.

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REDBANK TWP. – Jeffrey A. Himes of Redbank Township, Clarion County, announced last week his intention to seek a fourth term as Clarion County Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – It started with a dream and some help from family. Now, 20 years later, it is one of the area’s most recognizable restaurants.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – With the success over the past several years of the New Bethlehem Peanut Butter Festival’s Wine Walk, Redbank Valley Chamber of Commerce organizers announced last week that the event will branch off from the Peanut Butter Festival, and expand to include much more than wine.

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CLARION – Clarion County Commissioners brought in the new year on Jan. 2 with a reorganization meeting filled with appointments that generally mirrored last year’s appointments.

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EAST BRADY – East Brady officials had barely finished going over the December police report with New Bethlehem Police Dept. Chief Robert Malnofsky when two local women arrived at the Jan. 2 meeting to complain that increased police patrols were bad for business.

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SALEM TWP. – Rodney L. Sherman of Lamartine, Salem Township, has announced he is seeking election to the position of district judge for District 18-3-03 in Knox.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – On the heels of a successful Hometown Heroes banner project, veterans in the Redbank Valley area are ramping up efforts to bring a more permanent place of recognition to those who have served the United States.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Incumbent District Judge Jeffery C. Miller is seeking re-election for his third term as magisterial district judge in District Court 18-3-04, based in New Bethlehem, Clarion County.

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REDBANK TWP. – The start of a new year did little to dull the longstanding feud among Redbank Township (Clarion County) officials, as Monday’s reorganization meeting turned more toward disorganization.

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RIMERSBURG – In their first meeting of 2019, Rimersburg Borough Council members listened to New Bethlehem Police Chief Robert Malnofsky’s report of the borough’s police activity for December, as well as accepted the resignation of the council’s vice president.

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SOUTH BETHLEHEM – South Bethlehem Borough Council discussed several topics at its regular monthly meeting on Monday night. The ongoing issues of replacing inoperable fire hydrants along Broad Street and a lagging police protection agreement dominated the session.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – As budget talks continue, and in light of a deficit projected at a little more than $800,000 based on initial reviews of the budget for the upcoming school year, the Redbank Valley School Board earlier this week voted to take preliminary steps toward deficit reduction for the…

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FAIRMOUNT CITY – A local business spent the final days of 2018 celebrating 15 years in the New Bethlehem community, and 10 years in the Rimersburg area.

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SLIGO – Sligo Borough has a new budget for the new year, along with new taxes. But what it doesn’t have, again, is a new maintenance employee.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Few companies have the opportunity to call themselves official partners of Google, but one local tech firm has announced its official partnership with Google as well as a $10,000-plus investment in their clients and local community.

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MORE THAN 250 people from around the region rang in the new year by running into the Allegheny River at Parker during the 13th Annual Polar Bear Plunge yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. The annual event, organized by the Parker Polar Bear Club, raises money for Camo Cares, local fire department…

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REDBANK TWP. – A Christmas Eve fire that destroyed a Redbank Township (Armstrong County) home remains under investigation by authorities.

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CLARION – A new year brings a new election cycle, and although the 2019 primary elections for local offices are not until May 21, interest is already growing in many the offices that will be up for grabs, particularly several judicial races.

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CLARION – “Good management,” watchful spending and “common sense” — that, according to county officials, is the recipe that helped Clarion County end 2018 in the black.

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SLIGO – A series of break-ins in Sligo Borough have kept New Bethlehem Police investigators busy leading up to the year-end end of their contract to provide services in the Sligo community.

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SUMMERVILLE – Several dozen area residents turned out last week at the Summerville Fire Hall to see what’s in store for local traffic along Route 28 a year and a half from now.

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RIMERSBURG – Whether she’s selling candy bars, organizing bus trips or participating in an annual run, one local woman takes every opportunity she can to raise awareness and funds for the ongoing battle against Alzheimers Disease.

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KITTANNING – Armstrong County officials last week decided to use more than $1 million in reserve funds to balance the county’s 2019 budget, rather than raise property tax rates to make up the difference.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – A planned 1 mill property tax increase for New Bethlehem was finalized last week as borough officials adopted the town’s 2019 budget.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Colin Sheffer, a senior at Redbank Valley High School, has been selected as one of only two students to represent Pennsylvania as a delegate to the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) to be held in Washington, D.C. March 2-9.

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MAYPORT – The 2018 whitetail deer harvest has been underway for about a month. Clarion County hunters lacking butchering skills rely on the services of a handful of local processors to turn their deer into steaks, bologna and jerky.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – Redbank Valley Municipal Authority (RVMA) customers should expect to see an additional charge on their water bills beginning in the new year.

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RIMERSBURG and NEW BETHLEHEM – FedEx makes a lot of deliveries during the holiday season in this area, but none were more special than the one local FedEx driver Dan Mastri made to the Rimersburg and New Bethlehem areas leading up to Christmas.

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RIMERSBURG – What started as an annual fundraising trip for a local Alzheimers walk recently became a full-fledged mission trip to help the homeless in New York City this holiday season.

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Due to the Christmas and New Years holidays, deadlines for the next two editions of The Leader-Vindicator will be earlier.

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RIMERSBURG – Like kids with their faces pressed against the department store window to see the holiday displays, for many people in the Union community, it just wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to the Union High School lobby to see what creative display the art students came up with this year.

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HARRISBURG – Christmas came early for a local trail group, as funding was approved by the state to fund a feasibility study of a proposed ATV trail through Clarion and Jefferson counties.

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CLARION – Dozens of Clarion County business owners, university representatives and local and state elected officials gathered in the James Gemmell Student complex at Clarion University on Wednesday, Dec. 12 for the annual meeting of the Clarion County Economic Development Corporation.

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DISTANT – With costs increasing and some residents speaking out against paying for police services, Mahoning Township officials last week decided to wait until March before deciding whether or not to maintain New Bethlehem Police Department patrols in the municipality.

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ROCKLAND TWP. – A 65-year-old Rimersburg man was killed in a head-on crash at approximately 6:10 p.m. on Dec. 10 along Route 322 in Rockland Township, Venango County.

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PUTNEYVILLE – Mahoning Township officials have been notified that Putneyville Road will be closed the day after Christmas, Dec. 26, for work related to the removal of the old railroad overpass near the bottom of the hill.

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NEW BETHLEHEM – “...and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them,” (Luke 2:7).