School board members Nov. 18:
• Hired Kaila Hawley as a long-term kindergarten substitute teacher and Roslyn Lumpp as a long-term fifth-grade teacher. The pay for the Hermitage women will be based on an annual salary of $45,625.
Commissioners on Nov. 26:
• Approved a subdivision consolidating two parcels in the 3000 block Spencer Road. There is a home on one parcel and the owners of both properties, John C. and Cathy A. Moroco, want to build a garage on the second. The city requires that accessory buildings to a main structure be on the same parcel.
• Approved a land development plan for Judson and Kathleen Paknis of Quantum Holistic Consultants to convert a home at 42 Wick Ave. to an office for their natural therapy business. The property, behind Wick Plaza, is mostly in a central commercial zoning district, but the southern portion is in a single-family residential zone. Hermitage Zoning Hearing Board in October approved three variances.
• Adopted an ordinance establishing stop intersections on Alexander Crossing at Pierce Bluffs Drive; Briarwood Road at Lakeview Drive and Northwoods Drive; Tanglewood Drive at Lakeview and Northwoods; and four intersections in the Quaker Meadows development between Valley View and North Hermitage roads.
• Accepted the resignation of Sally T. Jazwinski as member of the board of the Community Library of the Shenango Valley, and appointed Marci Radcliffe, 174 Lyle Drive, to replace her.
• Appointed Amy B. McKinney, 2002 Bonny Lane, as an alternate member of the Hermitage Zoning Hearing Board, serving if one of three regular members cannot attend a hearing. She is Lawrence County planning director.
School directors in a combined reorganization and work session Monday:
• Elected Melvin Bandzak as board president and Daniel Gill vice president.
• Read the certificates of election and administered the oath of office for these newly and re-elected board members: Pamela Corini, John Heutsche, Tony Molinari and Susan Torr.
• Reappointed Victor Heutsche, Sharon, as board solicitor at $125 per hour, and Andrews and Price, Pittsburgh, as special counsel at $130 per hour for 2014.
• Approved regular meetings for 2014 at 7 p.m. ing Bennett Educational Service Center: work session, second Monday of each month; business meetings, third Monday of each month, Tuesday if there’s a Monday holida; one meeting only in July; reorganization and work session, Dec. 1; and business meeting, Dec. 8.
• Announced that the high school made the College Board’s fourth annual honor roll for an increase in the number of students taking Advanced Placement courses and in a higher percentage of students with a high score. The high school offers 11 AP courses.
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Intruder hurts woman, takes $5
A home invasion in Hermitage Friday night sent an elderly woman to the hospital and netted the robber $5.
March against crime set for Aug. 5
At the last Southwest Mercer County Regional Police Commission meeting, Chief Riley Smoot Jr. presented the number of incidents for each of the four communities in May.
Farrell topped out at 819.
History buffs and picnickers in the Shenango Valley won’t have to drive to Sharpsville to hang out at the old Erie Canal extension lock. They’ll soon have the option to walk or roll in on bicycles and even powered chairs to visit Canal Park near the outflow of Shenango Dam.
Balloon Quest celebrates 25 years
Today is the final day of the 25th annual Western Pennsylvania Balloon Quest at Scotland Meadows Park.
News briefs from July 26, 2014
Man faces bomb threat charges
June building tops $4 million in Hermitage
Elderly man survives plane crash
An elderly man survived wrecking his plane into a bank, then landing into a wetland, about 200 feet south of Runway 28 at Grove City Regional Airport in Springfield Township on Friday.
Man arrested for April gunfight
Federal marshals and local police arrested Dontae Rashad Pinkins Thursday on a warrant accusing him of involvement in an April gunfight with another man in a Sharon alley.
Hearing changed in starving case
The time and place for the preliminary hearing of a Greenville mom accused of starving and beating her 7-year-old young son has been changed.
Drawn to Mexico
Jason Schell probably is not exaggerating when he says that millions of people have seen his art.
Farrell man, 24, arrested on warrant in connection with April shooting
Federal marshals and local police arrested Dontae Rashad Pinkins Thursday on a warrant accusing him of involvement in an April shootout in Sharon.
Pinkins, 24, of Farrell, is in Mercer County Jail after failing to post bond on gun charges.
Additional details to follow.
Firm will study timing of traffic signals
Hermitage commissioners on Wednesday hired Whitman, Requardt and Associates LLP to study the timing scheme of traffic signals along parts of Hermitage Road and East State Street.
3 area fire depts. awarded grants
Three area fire departments will share in more than $590,000 in grants meant to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities guard against the threat of fires in forests and other undeveloped areas, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti announced.
One suspect in home shooting is jailed
The first of three suspects police say were involved in an attempted robbery that ended in a shooting is in jail.
Hoping to reach children at just the right age, when they are old enough to understand but not past the point where it may be too late, Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission counselors held an “alternative activities” day at the courthouse Thursday, complete with music and dancing, hot dogs and treats, games and T-shirts.
Grant available to boost security in district courts
County officials are looking to quickly upgrade security systems in the five district judge offices, not due to an increase in risk, but because current systems are antiquated and there is a short window to apply for some financial help with the costs.
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