EDITOR’S NOTE: The dates listed are either when the event occurred or the day a story was published. Some stories developed over weeks or months, and every development might not be included here.


4 – County commissioners and row officers take their oaths of office, including newcomers commissioners Scott Boyd and Tim McGonigle, district attorney Miles Karson and coroner John Libonati.

4 – Chris Hosa is sworn in as Sharpsville police chief, succeeding retiring Keith Falasco.

4 – The only Farrell policeman killed in the line of duty will have his name engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., during a ceremony in May. Joseph Giola, 35, had been on the force for only five months on June 21, 1922, when he slipped trying to climb aboard a moving fire truck and was crushed underneath its back wheels.

5 – Austin Langdon, 21, and Robert Hites, 22, of Greenville have been charged with four and 11 counts, respectively, of animal cruelty after Mercer County Humane Society found eight dead animals and others living in deplorable conditions at a Delaware Township farm.

6 – In the wake of a Sharon Regional Health System employee being struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in front of the hospital, city and PennDOT officials hope the Streetscape Project will improve not only the appearance along East State Street but also the safety of pedestrians.

6 – Wheatland council and volunteer fire department spar over funding changes in this year’s budget.

7 – Merrell “Moe” Sanders, 49, formerly of Pymatuning Township, pleads no contest at his sentencing to repeatedly raping a girl starting when she was 10, saying she initiated sex with him.

8 – A confession of convicted robber Chad Runyan, of South Pymatuning Township, during a preliminary hearing supports charges against two men, Stevie Duane Dean of South Bend, Ind., and Marlin Maurice Freeman of Sharon, who police say were co-conspirators in the July 2014 robbery of a 71-year-old Sharon gun collector.

10 – Sharon Regional Health System’s first tax bill since being bought by for-profit Community Health System Inc. totals just over $791,000. The biggest beneficiaries: Sharon City School District, collecting more than $350,000, the city of Sharon with $156,000 and Hermitage School District with $112,000.

11 – Mercer County Area Agency on Aging’s senior centers reopen after having been closed for two months because of the state budget impasse.

17 – A Sharon landlord got extra time to repair three fire-damaged houses the city said he made no effort to fix or demolish until he was ordered to appear in court. Jonathon Martin, owner of J. Martin Rentals, Stoneboro, was given a reprieve under strict conditions by District Judge Dennis M. Songer.

17 – The Rev. Francilla V. Allen, a speaker at the Shenango Valley Ministerial Association’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day service, says people are still judging others based on skin color and not the content of a person’s character.

18 – AmeriCorps volunteers work on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to spruce up Sharpsville Gardens preschool and day-care building and the community building at Centennnial Place in Farrell.

18 – Students are establishing a Veterans Resource Center at Penn State Shenango in Sharon.

20 – After a man was hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning, Hermitage Fire Chief John Flynn stresses the importance of homeowners installing carbon dioxide detectors.

20 – Chester M. Burger, 92, of Hermitage, a World War II Army veteran, receives several medals, including a Bronze Star and for being a prisoner of war, due him for his service. Presentations were made by U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly in his Sharon office.

21 – A bomb threat called into Greenville High School forces the evacuation of 700 students. Another threat was called in five days later. No bomb was found either time.

22 – Two Sharon men, Tom Runyan and Eric Pagan, are organizing the collection and shipment of bottled water to families in Flint, Mich., where municipal water is contaminated with lead.

25 – Glenn W. Siminick, 62, of 662 W. Seventh St., Sharpsville, is found guilty of one of two trespassing charges at Buhl Farm in Hermitage. Siminick is a frequent critic of park management and has limited access to the grounds. In March, he is is ordered to pay costs and serve 90 days of unsupervised probation by Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher J. St. John.

25 – Julian “Zeus” McClurkin of the Harlem Globetrotters, in Youngstown for a basketball game, visits Brookfield Elementary School for an anti-bullying assembly.

26 – The Community Library of the Shenango Valley board president takes responsibility for not notifying Farrell officials or residents about the temporary closing earlier this month of Stey-Nevant Library for construction work. The Sharon-based library has taken over management of the Farrell library. The Farrell library reopens March 1.

26 – Nine pounds of raw heroin is found in a vehicle stopped for traffic violations on Interstate 80 in Wolf Creek Township. A man from New York City and another from the Bronx, N.Y., are charged with possession with intent to deliver.

27 – The state Department of Environmental Protection has fined waste hauler Vogel Holdings of Mars, parent company of Tri-County Landfill near Grove City, $682,500 for several violations.

28 – Patrick S. McCamey, 40, Liberty Township, is sentenced to life in prison for strangling Michael A. Johns Sr., 60, Pine Township, to death in September 2014. Ryan P. Bowers, 24, also of Liberty Township, was sentenced to life in prison in November for his part in the slaying.

28 – Hermitage School Board names Matt Ristvey, 45, of 2574 Cherry Hill Lane, to replace Tim McGonigle, who resigned after being elected Mercer County commissioner.

29 – A Hermitage woman is dead and her husband wounded in a domestic shooting at 3760 Sample Road. Police later say Cheryl L. Tremmel, 44, was shot by her husband, Edward Tremmel, 51, who then shot himself. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. He died of his injuries on Feb. 24 in the hospital.


4 – Sharon City School District officials question city council’s proposed amusement tax, wondering about the impact on school events requiring ticket purchases.

5 – The TMK IPSCO pipe plant in Brookfield has given notice to its employees to expect layoffs in the near future.

7 – A Sharpsville boy, Camren Klenke,12, sings in a choir for a Super Bowl commercial called “Super Bowl Babies.”

7 – In what is described as an early-morning drive-by shooting, bullets smashed through a picture window, a car window and the side of the house at 229 S. Otter St., Mercer. Four people live in the house but no one was injured. Mercer Police Chief Dave Fockler later disputed the description by Mayor Ross Vernon that the shooting was a drive-by, saying he didn’t think the house was the target.

8 – Greenville council hires a consultant to study the circumstances that led to closing of Main Street for three months at the end of 2015. PennDOT closed the road over fears the former N.N. Moss building was in danger to collapse.

10 – Hermitage Zoning Hearing Board gives its OK for a Kia dealership to be built across from Wal-Mart on North Hermitage Road.

14 – An increase in domestic violence is linked to abuses of drugs and alcohol and to financial stress, say Nikki Cadman, associate director of AWARE, and Mercer County Sheriff Gary Hartman.

14 – The sixth annual Buhl Farm Winter Fest draws cold-weather lovers to the Hermitage park for a variety of snow-related activities.

15 – American Industries Inc. is moving part of its operations to its Sharon plant from Mexico. The move affects about 10 jobs.

16 – An overnight snowstorm dumps up to 12 inches of snow on Mercer County, forcing school and county courthouse closings, sports postponements and other delays.

16 – Craig Michael Candiotti, 34, of 55 Delmar Drive, Greenville, is charged in a bank robbery in Boardman, Ohio, just days after being reported missing by his family.

16 – A 69-year-old Etna, Pa., man is in jail after police said he visited the campuses of Westminster and Grove City colleges, Slippery Rock University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, carrying a concealed handgun and impersonating a public servant.

17 – Invited school board members and city residents attend the 27th annual National African-American Read-In observance at Farrell Elementary School, some participating as readers.

17 – John “Jack” Moore, 52, of West Salem Township, is killed in a head-on crash in Sharpsville.

20 – Approval of a state grant will allow for street improvements in downtown Sharon, including bike lanes.

22 – A Masury man tells a 911 operator that he shot his girlfriend at their Masury home. Marvin Jules, 33, of 8041 Ulp St., is arrested and Lynda R. Campbell, 54, is taken for surgery to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. He later pleaded not guilty in court.

25 – D akota Stainbrook, 22, of Sharpsville dies and three others are injured in a one-car crash on Charleston Road in Jefferson Township.

27 – Glenn Bickel, 81, of Pine Township is the oldest person in the U.S. to finish the Jacobs Ladder challenge, climbing the equivalent of the height of Mount Everest – 29,035 feet.

29 – Two leap-year babies – Cecily Elizabeth Taylor, daughter of Amelia and Maurice Taylor of Mercer, and Joshua Caleb Byler, son of Karen and Thomas Byler of Carlton – are born in UPMC Horizon, Farrell.


1 – Mercer County Metropolitan Planning Organization awards $555,000 to Mercer borough for a streetscape project across from the county courthouse.

3 – Electricity costs have soared in Mercer County, triggered by FirstEnergy Corp.’s first distribution rate increase in 20 years, then Penn Power’s supply-rate increase for December to February.

3 – Vickie L. Hawk, 57, of Jamestown admits to assaulting a school psychologist in October after her grandson was out of control at Jamestown Elementary School.

4 – The Sharon home rented by the Chad Hanna family at 817 Wallis Ave. burns to the ground. The family was out of town at the time of the fire.

4 – Jermaine Montel Green, 22, of Youngstown is sentenced to prison for the August robbery at Marco’s Pizza in Sharon. Brandon Derrell Williams of Youngstown and getaway driver Teresa M. Yurcich Shannon of Sharon later receive prison sentences for their roles in the robbery.

6 – George Joseph Bisceglia, 33, is charged with attempted homicide after stabbing a woman in his 361 Ohio St., Sharon, home.

6 – Co-owners Linda Smiley and Mike Sakony have moved their Blissed Out Design business making drink coasters into part of the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp. from the eCenter@LindenPointe in Hermitage.

8 – Brookfield Township Road Supervisor Jamie Fredenburg, whose department handles the opening and closing of graves in Brookfield Cemetery, asked trustees to raise the prices to help offset the costs of maintenance.

9 – There’s a baby boom of drug-addicted newborns in Mercer County, according to treatment records at the Sharon and Farrell hospitals. A later story reports that few of the mothers get drug treatment before their babies are born.

11 – Mercer County Tourist Promotion Agency awards $90,000 in grants to five recipients: Stone Church Brew Pub, Hermitage; Mercer County Trails Association; Hell’s Hollow Wild Life Adventure Trail, East Lackawannock Township; DJ’s Greenhouse, Delaware Township; and the fledgling Mercer County Wine and Brew Trail.

11 – Art Brown, 79, who lives on Virginia Road in Hermitage, agrees at a civil hearing before District Judge Ronald E. Antos, Farrell, reaches agreement with the city to turn off indoor and outdoor lights shining off his property, which had been the subject of complaints by neighbors for years. Brown had testified that he put up the lights because of vandals.

12 – A just-turned 16-year-old faces charges of attempted homicide in the shooting of an 18-year-old in a McClure Avenue home in Sharon.

12 – “Hungry for the Arts,” which celebrates the talents of Brookfield Elementary School students who can paint, sing and make music, helps raise more than $3,000 for the school’s backpack program.

14 – Donald Trump brings his campaign for the Republican nomination for president to Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna. Democrat nomination challengers Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton later campaign in the Pittsburgh area.

16 – A 13-year-old sixth-grader at Brookfield Middle School faces charges after police said he brought an 18-inch machete to school.

17 – Margaret Orchard, longtime librarian at Stey-Nevant Library in Farrell, retires.

18 – Darryl M. Cleveland, 49, of 1100 Negley St., Farrell, is jailed for cutting a woman with a knife, then sticking a loaded gun in her mouth the next day.

22 – Maurice Antwan “Red” Briggs, 31, of Youngstown, is in Mercer County Jail after he allegedly sent threatening emojis to Hempfield Township police Chief David Morgan, who had taken part in executing a search warrant at a residence in Greenville where Briggs was staying.

22 – The state attorney general’s office approves the long-delayed merger between the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Jameson Health System in New Castle.

24 – Hermitage commissioners are considering a zoning change that would allow Laurel Technical Institute to move its industrial training programs to the former Mercer County Automotive Warehouse building near interstates 376 and 80 from its South Dock Street site in Sharon.

27 – Hosanna Industries, a Christian outreach ministry, resurrects a house in three days during Holy Week for a needy couple in Sandy Lake Township.

30 – Ethan Tabaka, 11, a fifth-grader at Oakview Elementary School in West Middlesex, wins the Mercer County Spelling Bee at Hickory High School.


1 – Executive Editor Jim Raykie closes out his 42-year career at The Herald.

3 – Joseph Koscinski, 41, of Sharon jumps to his death from the Oakland Avenue Viaduct.

4 – Farrell council has approved the purchase of two new, fully equipped police cruisers, valued at $35,839 each.

4 – Fire destroys a vacant house at 671 New Castle Ave. in Sharon, the fourth in a one-block area since last fall. Two days later, fire guts a fifth house, this one at 225 Orchard St.

4 – Pine Township supervisors approve an updated zoning ordinance that draws some protests for not seeking input for the changes from the public.

5 – Greenville Area School District will close East Elementary School and move students to an expanded Hempfield Elementary School by 2018.

5 – The state police Special Emergency Response Team say they found heroin, cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, including evidence of drug dealing at the home of Prentice L. Miller, 27, of 645 Barkeyville Road, Pine Township.

8 – A FirstEnergy Solutions program is ending in June, meaning electric bills will spike unless customers find suppliers offering lower rates.

9 – Reaching Up and Reaching Out, a Mercer County ministry whose mission is to support women on the journey from jail to new life in Christ, will hold a grand opening for its Twice Blessed thrift shop later in the month. Proceeds will fund the nonprofit’s Manna House, a residence for women in crisis.

11 – Trenton Brown, 39, Hempfield Township, is charged with operating with another person a meth lab in his mobile home.

13 – Work begins to repair a break in a large sewer line in downtown Sharon that led to a sewage discharge into the Shenango River. Officials said drinking water would not be affected.

13 – Sharon City Manager Scott Andrejchak says he’s leaving to accept the post of chief clerk and director of administrative services for Butler County. The job pays $89,000.

13 – Bomb threats are called in to UPMC Wellness Center on Conneaut Lake Road in Hempfield Township and to Greenville High School.

13 – Greenville Area School District will close East Elementary School and 300-plus students in grades four to six will be moved into Hempfield Elementary School as part of a $17.8 million project.

14 – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf talks state issues during a stop at The Herald.

15 – Ten churches in Mercer County are affected by a preliminary plan of restructuring throughout the Catholic Diocese of Erie. Driving the proposal is diminishing membership and advancing age of priests. The final plan is unveiled Sept. 21.

15 – The family of Evan Roth, who was found floating in a swimming pool of a Hermitage home, has sued the city, its police department and the former county coroner, alleging they did a poor job of investigating the June 2014 death. The city later responds with a motion to dismiss the suit, calling the allegations false and disturbing.

15 – In an ongoing legal saga that has stretched over several years, Jeannette Rowan’s former partner Lisa Lewis is awarded full custody of Rowan’s biological daughter, now a 14-year-old seventh-grader. Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher J. St. John cites more nurturing living conditions for the girl with Lewis than Rowan.

16 – James D. Baker-Myers, 21, of New Vernon Township is found guilty of corruption of a minor but not guilty of rape and other charges in a case that alleged he lured a 17-year-old girl to a wooded area to rape her in July 2015.

18 – Plans to study the athletic facilities and repair work outside Musser Elementary School top Sharon City School District’s housekeeping spending list.

19 – State police arrest a Nashville, Tenn., truck driver after pulling him over for a traffic violation on Interstate 80 in Wolf Creek Township and finding a 17-year-old girl reported missing from Illinois in his sleeper cab.

20 – A year-old Springfield Township girl, Pheylin Cline, drowns in a swimming pool across the road from relatives her family was visiting. She had been reported missing before the discovery.

21 – State Department of Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera stops at Sharon High School on his Schools That Teach Tour.

22 – Matthew D. Randall, 27, of 416 Liberty St., Jamestown, pleads guilty to 13 burglaries over a four-month period.

24 – D’Onofrio’s Food Center is celebrating its 100th anniversary, spanning four generations and locations in Farrell and Hermitage.

25 – The Diocese of Erie-directed restructuring of Catholic schools will likely include staff cuts in Mercer County, local officials say.

26 – Mercer schools are placed on lockdown for an hour while police search for and find Robbie Abraham, 19, walking in the area carrying a gun. His mother had called 911 saying he was homicidal and suicidal.

29 – Residents who receive monthly food assistance from the Salvation Army will be able to get fresh milk for the first time, the result of a combined effort of Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County, Dean Dairy and Community Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio.


1 – The merger between Jameson Health System and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center becomes official. The New Castle hospital will be known as UPMC Jameson.

2 – A 2-year-old dog named Comet, a Labrador and pitbull mix, is removed from owner DeAnna Kellar’s home in Sharon by the Humane Society of Mercer County after agents were given a video of Kellar’s fiance beating the dog. Kellar, who kicked the boyfriend out of the house, filed a petition for injunction in Mercer County Common Pleas Court, and the sides reached a settlement that allowed Comet to return home June 10.

4 – Some 150 residents turn out for a town meeting in which Sharpsville school officials outline the district’s proposals to renovate the middle-high school and develop a sports complex at the football field that could include a new fieldhouse and artificial turf.

4 – The Greenville Senior Center celebrates the grand opening of its new location on Alan Avenue at the entrance to Riverside Park. The building, which was used by the USO during World War II, was the former longtime home of the Greenville Recreation Center and later the Greenville branch of the Shenango Valley YMCA.

4 – High school students entered in the Entrepreneurship Academy at LindenPointe, Hermitage, present their final business plans.

5 – Law enforcement and emergency personnel stage a prom season mock crash scene at West Middlesex High School to highlight the dangers of drunken driving.

6 – The Rev. Michael P. Allison announces his resignation as president of the Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools. He also is pastor of Church of the Beloved Disciple in Grove City.

7 – Bob Beach, executive director of Arc of Mercer County, will retire at the end of June, concluding a 38-year career of helping people with intellectual disabilities.

8 – Mercer County Catholics are sad but resigned over the merger of churches done by the Erie Diocese.

10 – Sherris Moreira is named new executive director of the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce. She is a former Herald reporter and editor of the newspaper’s Views & Voices magazine who most recently was director of group tourism for Pittsburgh Transportation Group.

11 – Mercer County United Way members, who have undertaken to direct donations to agencies that help those in poverty, are told that barriers to work, including benefits outpacing entry-level incomes, leave many on welfare.

12 – Gunfire hits a two- story apartment house in Sharon, narrowly missing residents.

13 – Tim Saxton, who has been Brookfield Local School District superintendent since 2009, confirms he has taken a similar post at West Branch Local School District in Ohio.

14 – Ben Carson, a one-time candidate for the Republican nomination for president, gives the commencement address at Grove City College’s 136th graduation ceremony.

15 – The recently formed Mercer County Coalition for Drug Awareness holds its first gathering and draws nearly 100 people to St. Bartholomew Church in Sharpsville.

18 – Thiel College names its first woman president, Dr. Susan Traverso, who will take office in August. She was provost and senior vice present at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College.

18 – Current and retired law enforcement personnel from northern Mercer County departments honor deceased colleagues in a ceremony in Greenville.

20 – United Way of Mercer County holds its sixth annual economic summit, focusing on the schools’ roles in preventing poverty by citing 15 children who made up the first class of Success by Six program being on target to graduate next year.

21 – Buhl Park holds its second Armed Forces Day celebration.

23 – Brookfield Elementary School students plant seeds as a symbol of a growing community in a project directed by township Trustee Gary Lees.

25 – Fire and police chaplains, EMS personnel, clergy and mental health professionals attend trauma training in Hermitage in the eighth year of workshops sponsored by Hermitage fire and police departments and St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. Attendees came from as far away as Louisiana.

25 – In ongoing discussions about the county’s addiction epidemic, a panel of law enforcement, elected and community officials hold a town hall meeting that draws a crowd of 150 in Greenville.

26 – Hermitage Police Chief Brian Blair, 55, is retiring effective June 3. A day later, Deputy Chief Paul Eric Jewell is promoted to succeed him.

27 – Carissa Lee Vadala, 19, of 2385 Anchorage Road, South Pymatuning Township, is arrested for allegedly taping herself performing sex acts on a young girl and sending the videos out over the internet.

29 – Renee Carey is named editor of The Herald. A Cleveland-area native and the first woman editor of The Herald, she previously was editor of The Goldsboro (N.C.) News-Argus and of the Griffin (Ga.) Daily News.

30 – Memorial Day ceremonies are held across Mercer County in commemoration of the nation’s war dead.


2 – Sharon firefighters put out the fourth suspicious fire at a vacant house in less than two weeks.

4 – Buhl Farm hosts its inaugural Health and Fitness Festival includes clinics, speakers, demonstrations, screenings, a 5K run and 2K walk, a kids race and a USA Cycling event.

4 – Abdul Sani and Alizabeth Sani of Hermitage are jailed after their arrests for allegedly using stolen identities and stolen credit cards to obtain thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, including 30,000 T-shirts.

4 – A vigil in Farrell marks the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of Jasmaine Smith, who had most recently lived in the Warren, Ohio, area.

5 – The death of boxing champion Muhammad Ali had Shenango Valley resident reminiscing about his visit to the Shenango Valley Urban League in Farrell in 1993.

6 – Vicki L. Hawk, 57, of 227 Kinsman Road, Jamestown, is sentenced to jail and probation for assaulting a Jamestown Elementary School psychologist after she was called to the school by officials who said her grandson was out of control.

7 – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says Farrell Area School District’s latest audit shows a failure to maintain proper financial and other documentation.

8 – Burger King is testing a new menu item, the Whopperito, at restaurants in Hermitage, Mercer, Hubbard and Youngstown.

9 – Veteran Matthew D. Randall, 27, of 416 Liberty St., Jamestown, who was injured in fighting in the Middle East, admits to a three-county burglary spree with 35 victims, all to feed a heroin habit that started with addiction to pain medication.

10 – Area developers are excited about the ethane cracker plant for shale gas being built in Beaver County, envisioning an opportunity to lure companies and jobs in related industries including plastics and auto parts.

10 – Nearly 200 counts of sex-related charges are filed against Terry Lynn Bowser, 38, of 3939 Tamarack Drive, South Pymatuning Township, and Victoria Marie Poling, 26, of 303 N. Mercer Ave., Sharpsville. They are alleged to have abused two minor girls for years.

11 – Velina Joe Taylor has been hired as superintendent of Brookfield Local School District, succeeding Tim Saxton, who left for another job.

11 – Walkers raise money for cancer research and awareness at the county’s oldest Relay for Life, which has spanned 23 years at Mercer High School.

12 – Steven McNabb, a South Buhl Farm Drive resident in Hermitage, assists police by tracking a knife-wielding man in the neighborhood, following him until authorities apprehend him. The man was identified later as Shawn M. Cantelupe, 36, of 624 S. Buhl Farm Drive, who admitted to an attempted robbery.

14 – A ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the completion of a $1.4 million project a renovated Greenville Area Library.

16 – New Castle developer Michael Wish, a Kennedy Catholic graduate, is building a business park in Shenango Township that already has a tenant lined up and another in the works.

17 – Elyssa Griffin, a rising sophomore at Sharon High School, is killed in a traffic accident on Interstate 80 in Trumbull County. Her mother, Monica Griffin, dies two days later of injuries suffered in the crash.

17 – The new Hermitage Growers and Artisans Market opens a planned 20-week run in the parking lot of the Shenango Valley Mall.

18 – A former inmate determined to turn his life around shares his story at Farrell’s Juneteenth celebration. Maurice Atwood, a Farrell native and 1986 Sharon High School graduate, is looking for an apartment as part of a plan for release from a Sharon halfway house.

19 – A Sharon man, Troy Scott Hall, 29, of 139 Fifth Ave., is found dead in a city alley, the victim of an apparent gunshot wound.

19 – The 34th Annual Father’s Day Car Show attracts car guys and many others among a crowd along East State Street in Hermitage.

20 – Hermitage School Board raises property taxes nearly two mills, the maximum it could without sending the issue to voters.

21 – A Slippery Rock-area man, Zion A. Scriven, 19, is charged with breaking into Tower Presbyterian Church in Grove City in December and Galilean Baptist Church in Pine Township in February.

22 – Concerned neighbors in East Lackawannock Township pitch in to care for animals discovered abandoned by a homeowner who had moved to Tennessee.

22 – Mercer County CareerLink and the county’s domestic relations office hold a jobs fair designed to bring together employers and those most in need of work.

25 – After a two-year hiatus, the Small Ships Revue returns as a more family-friendly event in downtown Sharon, drawing fewer but more-behaved onlookers.

25 – Thiel College announces $1.4 million in campus improvements.

25 – Wilma Torres will succeed retiring longtime Executive Director Ron Errett at Comprehensive Community Action Partnership of Mercer County.

29 – Sharon school directors dip into nearly half of their $8 million savings in order to pass a balanced budget for the fiscal year.

29 – Mercer County’s Critical Incident Response Team practices a rescue situation at a Sharon gun range as part of ongoing training for members who have regular jobs with their respective law enforcement agencies.

30 – Amy Emmett has been ruled competent to stand trial for the July 2015 murder of her husband William in a parking lot of Sharon Regional Health System.


2 – Family and friends of Monica and Elyssa Griffin gather to pay tribute to the mother and daughter who died after a June 17 crash on Interstate 80 in Trumbull County.

3 – Investors have hung out the welcome sign in the Greenville area with the ground-breaking for a Cobblestone Hotel in Hempfield Township.

3 – Fireworks return to Buhl Park, drawing an estimate 10,000 spectators. A spooked deer running through the crowd after the event injures a woman and a boy and damages a car.

4 – Many Hermitage residents awake to a power outage. Penn Power reported some 1,600 customer were without electricity for about 2½ hours. A day later, company officials blame squirrels or birds for damaging equipment.

4 – Another suspicious fire destroys a vacant house at 833 Division St. in Sharon. Firefighters have battled more than two dozen fires so far this year.

7 – The city of Sharon is awarded a state grant to develop Riverfront Park at Shenango Avenue and Pitt Street.

8 – Fallen N. Dovidio, 20, of 362 E. Market St., Mercer, is charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence of drugs in the death of her boyfriend, Nicholas R. Furman, 21, of Slippery Rock.

11 – Donald Fedorczyk of Greenville was a volunteer for a weeklong sporting event in June at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

12 – The Sharon Beautification Commission together with several groups and individuals work to make the downtown a rosy place, planting and maintaining flowers and plants.

13 – Shenango Valley YMCA officials are pumped up over a $150,000 state grant that will help upgrade the Hermitage fitness center.

13 – A man is injured when a telephone pole that hadn’t been removed or barricaded after being damaged by a car earlier in the day went through the windshield of the car he was riding in.

16 – Karen Anderson, land operations manager, expects 20,000 visitors to the first of three WaterFire events in Sharon.

16 – Stoneboro police Chief Tyler Valimont wants to raise about $3,000 to send his purebred German shepherd to a K-9 training academy to be able to sniff out drugs.

18 – Buhl Regional Health Foundation will seek the community’s input before disbursing health care-related grants after a transfer of $21.9 million from the Christian H. Buhl Legacy Trust. The money was generated when a for-profit company bought Sharon Regional Health System.

19 – Youngstown police are investigating the death of Anthony Bianco, 51, of 1314 Stevenson Road, Masury, who was found shot in his burning car a day after being released from Trumbull County Jail on theft charges.

19 – State Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino tours Wendell August’s Springfield Township factory.

20 – A handful of residents and Sharon police officers meet at Penn State Shenango to share experiences and perspectives in the wake of fatal shootings around the country.

22 – A broken water main in Sharon caused by excavation for road construction leaves many in the city without water or with little water pressure.

22 – Hundreds are treated to a day at Shenango River Lake at the Leslie Coloucci-Sparano Memorial Summerfest for clients of Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission and others. Marilyn and Frank Colucci host the event in memory of their daughter, who was an agency support coordinator killed in a 2004 car crash.

23 – United Methodist Church members pack more than 13,000 meals at the Shenango Valley Mall to feed starving people around the world through a national organization, Stop Hunger Now.

24 – A lightning strike sparks a roof fire at Grove Manor nursing home in Pine Township, but no residents were in jeopardy and all were able to be taken back to their regular rooms.

25 – About 60 people turn out at St. Bartholomew Church in Sharpsville for another in a series of forums about the heroin epidemic in Mercer County.

28 – New evidence has prompted police to refile attempted murder charges against two Farrell men, Cory Lamar Hilton, 18, and Cory Allen Adkins, 19, both of Shenango Boulevard. They are accused of firing shots at a couple exiting a vehicle on Oct. 1.

29 – The Japanese national championship high school football team plays a squad of western Pennsylvania players in Greenville as part of the American Scholar Group founded in 2009 by David Ho. The local team wins, 17-15.

30 – National Fuel Gas raises its rate nearly 41 percent for the actual natural gas customers use, effective Aug. 1.

30 – Tom Flynn, president of America’s Cemetery and creator of the Avenue of 444 Flags Foundation, is building ossuaries to house cremains of veterans that have been left in funeral homes, forgotten or abandoned by families. Flynn also has plans for online features to tell veterans’ stories.

31 – Pokemon Go, the video game craze for cellphone users sweeping the nation, has locals searching in real places for virtual characters.

31 – Buhl Park hosts Touch a Truck, attracting an estimated 1,000 adults and children who get an up-close look and listen to big rigs, including trucks, farm equipment and emergency vehicles.


1 – Brookfield trustees defend their plan to critics to place two half-mill levies on the November ballot that would cost every taxpayer $50 a year for the upkeep of the community park and cemetery. Both levies failed in the November election.

2 – Hundreds turn out in Farrell for National Night Out Against Crime, which included various activities for community members.

2 – Community Library of the Shenango Valley hosts a summer program that shows children how to build model rockets and eventually launch them.

3 – The Catholic Diocese of Erie announces a new leadership team for Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools. The Rev. Jason Glover will be president of the school system. Other leadership posts will be filled by William Lyon and Heidi Patterson.

4 – The Vietnam Moving Wall goes on display for five days in Hermitage. The half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., features the names of the 58,307 Americans killed in that Southeast Asia war.

4 – The Meszaros Family Charitable Foundation FUNdFEAST kicks off festivities of the Bavarian Fun Fest over the next three days.

5 – Korner News in downtown Sharon is going out of business after 40 years, with owners citing in part a big state tax increase on cigarettes, which make up a large portion of its business.

5 – Three people are sworn in as county humane officers, giving the department four members. Officer Renee Dorogy will be joined by Courtney Ivan of Hermitage, Carl Miller of Sharon and Paul Tobin of Greenville.

6 – Coroner John A. Libonati warns of a new wave of illicit drugs that have killed dozens of people east and west of Mercer County. Carfentanil and W-18 are incredibly potent painkillers, used to tranquilize elephants, that drug dealers are using to cut heroin.

9 – State troopers and Sharon police descend on a property along West Middlesex-Mercer Road in Shenango Township for what was later reported as a tip that a body was buried on the property. Days of intense searches including dogs and spotlights discovered partial human remains in a shallow grave, which were later identified as likely being those of a missing Sharon man, Joseph C. DiFrischia.

10 – Thunderstorms caused flooding in Sharon, Sharpsville and Greenville and power outages in Hermitage, Coolspring and Jackson townships, and along the Hempfield Township-Otter Creek Township line.

14 – The National Association of the Church of God Campground in Shenango Township has been in operation for 100 years.

14 – A late-night shooting leaves a man dead and a woman in critical condition near New Castle Avenue in Sharon. Killed was Percy Lee Godfrey Jr., 46, and injured was Kimberly Odem, both of 408 Malleable St. Calvin Lamar Norris, 28, of 247 Baldwin Ave., Sharon, who is under guard in St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown with stab wounds, is charged in the fatal shooting.

17 – A Sharon man whose apartment at 52 S. Oakland Ave. was searched, neighbors say, by police in connection with the investigation into the human remains found in Shenango Township was arrested days earlier, court records show. Christopher Lee Shelatree, 40, is listed as an inmate in the State Correctional Institute at Mercer on traffic and drug charges.

18 – Union workers at NLMK’s Farrell plant overwhelmingly reject a labor contract. The union represents more than 400 production and maintenance workers.

19 – In the wake of the discovery of a body in Shenango Township, the family of Jasmaine Smith, who has been missing for more than a year, experiences a range of emotions. “You don’t want this to be your child, but you do. Then you are happy when it’s not,” said Danielle Wilder of Farrell, Jasmine’s mother.

20 – The second of three WaterFire Sharon events is held downtown. In addition to the food and crafts vendors and lighting of braziers in the Shenango River, the event included a history walking tour and the Mobile Learning Adventure, a children’s activity that is part of PNC Bank’s “Grow Up Great” program.

22 – Sharon Regional Rehabilitation Center’s Trucks and Tiaras Appreciation Day highlights children’s accomplishments in the pediatric rehabilitation program that specializes in treating patients from infancy through adolescence.

22 – Ceremonial groundbreaking marks the start of Greenville Area School Districts’s $17.5 million plan to consolidate elementary schools by expanding Hempfield Elementary School.

23 – A graduating class of 10 completes the Summer Welding Academy, a six-week, 90-hour program for recent high school graduates. The program was offered at Laurel Technical Institute in Sharon by Penn-Northwest Development Corp., West Central Job Partnership, local schools and private employers.

24 – A short film, “3 for the Money” debuted before a near full house at Cinema 8 in Hermitage.

26 – Investigators are probing the death of a Sheryl L. Minto, 56, who died of asphyxiation in a Sharon house fire.

27 – Labor leaders and management at NLMK Pennsylvania in Farrell will head back to the negotiating table after a majority of workers rejected the company’s latest offer. The 400 steelworkers have been working without a contract since April.

29 – A fire closes the popular Corral drive-in in Hermitage.

29 – A spike in the number of inmates who are mentally ill is putting a strain on prison guards trying to handle situations they aren’t fully trained for, says Mercer County Jail Warden Erna Craig.

30 – TravelCenters of America has moved much of the Quaker Steak & Lube’s office jobs out of Sharon to Westlake, Ohio, where TravelCenters offices are located.

30 – Gavin J. Ivy, 26, a Mercer County Jail inmate formerly of Farrell, is charged with sexually and physically abusing a woman over a two-month period in 2014, forcing her compliance by saying he would harm members of her family.


1 – Dr. Anthony F. Rossi, 66, of 192 N. Buhl Farm Drive, Hermitage, pleads guilty in federal court to possession of an opioid painkiller with intent to distribute and health care fraud.

3 – Travis L. Burge, 23, of Sharpsville is killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash in Crawford County.

4 – James Neal Beck, 27, of 625 N. Stone Base Road, East Lackawannock Township, is accused of causing head trauma to his 3-month-old child, who is fighting for his life with severe brain injuries.

4 – The United Way of Mercer County sets a goal of $1 million.

5 – Buhl Day draws thousands to Buhl Park for a day of entertainment, food, family and friends, and capped by fireworks. The trio of honored guests are Marlin Jackson, Lynne Knott and Margaret Orchard.

7 – Hermitage Zoning Hearing Board approves two variances allowing for the construction of a 122-apartment, independent-living senior housing complex on South Buhl Farm Drive.

9 – Rumors of the demise of the Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools are over-exaggerated, say officials from the Catholic Diocese of Erie and the Hermitage-based system.

10 – The local agricultural community predictably saw mixed results this growing season, depending on the type of farmer and location of the farm, with rainfall varying enough across the county to make a difference.

10 – Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County is promoting awareness of food insecurity during National Hunger Action Month.

10 – Sharon Regional Health System is not among the hospitals that for-profit owner Community Health System has put up for sale.

10 – Chelsea Mae Rowe, 27, dies when her car is hit by a tractor trailer on North Hermitage Road in South Pymatuning Township.

11 – On the 15th anniversary of 9/11, local residents recall that fateful day when terrorists attacked the nation.

11 – Alaina Aring, whose physical challenges caused her to be bullied by some older girls in school, is surprised when much of the Greenville High School senior class show up at what was supposed to be a small party and vow to support her.

12 – Retired teacher and local astronomer and philanthropist Ted Pedas makes a $50,000 donation to his alma mater, Farrell Area School District. Over 47 years, he has donated more than $830,000 to the district.

12 – Ralph Nasser, 83, of Sharon is killed in a two-vehicle crash in Erie County. He was a passenger in one of the vehicles.

13 – Tracy Linn Hassell admits to repeatedly stabbing Frank Crash to death in 2013 when the businessman found her burglarizing his Hempfield Township home. She is sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison for the murder and 10 to 20 for the burglary.

14 – Students, faculty and staff christen a time capsule at Penn State Shenango, to be opened in 2065. The campus is marking its second 50 years this year.

15 – Sharon council appoints Bob Fiscus as city manager, adding to his duties as fire chief and code enforcement officer. Fiscus had served as acting chief executive for four months since the departure of Scott Andrejchak, reprising the role he held for nine months before Andrejchak’s hiring in 2011.

15 – Solar Atmospheres unveils the world’s largest commercial vacuum furnace, which will enable the Hermitage plant to more efficiently service the aircraft and shipbuilding industries. The 48-foot furnace tops the company’s previous world-best 36-footer.

17 – AWARE has been awarded a $200,000 federal grant to upgrade the Shirley Bursey House in Sharon and Williams House in Greenville, homes which provide temporary safe havens to abuse victims.

19 – Reynolds School District Superintendent Joseph M. Neuch unexpectedly announces his immediate resignation. He had served in the post since 2010. Two days later John Sibeto, assistant superintendent and special education coordinator, is named acting superintendent. Neuch later reveals he departed with a “year’s salary severance, according to state law” – $125,000 – and leftover vacation days.

21 – Mercer County Regional Council of Governments hires longtime employee Kim DiCintio as executive director, prompting county Commissioner Tim McGonigle to threaten withholding the county’s third-quarter assessment payment to COG pending disputed COG audits for 2011 through 2014. The issue is later resolved with DiCintio initiating new financial practices.

24 – The third and final WaterFire Sharon of the year caters to children with the theme of “Destination Imagination.”

24 – A Sharon woman’s life goes up in smoke when a possible arson fire destroys a garage she had moved her belongings into while her landlord fixed the plumbing in her home.

27 – Brookfield developer Steve O’Brien plans to open a million-dollar, in-patient detox center near the entrance to UPMC Horizon, Farrell. The 21-bed hospital would be the only place in Mercer County where addicts can receive medical treatment and counseling while staying on-site.

28 – Sharon police cruisers have been equipped with donated AEDs. Two weeks later, Patrolman Geoff Ballard uses the equipment to help save the life of a Sharon man who was having a heart attack.

30 – Thomas R. Tulip retires after 11 years with Mercer County Council of Governments, where he was executive director.

30 – County officials and the Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission will provide a mobile doctor’s office offering a once-monthly shot designed to thwart heroin use.

30 – A fire reduces the Anchorage Bar and Grille, an institution in the Jamestown area, to ashes and rubble on the same day a celebration was scheduled to mark the 37th anniversary of Bill Trgovic, the longtime owner who died in May.


2 – Combined Systems Inc., in Greene Township will receive $2 million in state funding to expand its plant that manufactures and markets “less lethal” munitions that can be used by law enforcement and the military.

2 – Hickory graduate Maxwell Cianci, a junior at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, returns to his high school to shoot a student film.

2 – A 14-year-old autistic boy from Hermitage who was missing for several hours is found safe walking along a road in Springfield Township.

3 – Steven Yoder, 37, of New Wilmington is killed in an industrial accident at Omega Inc., a sawmill in Wheatland.

4 – Farrell City Manager Michael P. Ceci says the city’s economic outlook is “as strong as it has been since the closing of Sharon Steel Corp. some 30 years ago.” Ceci was presenting the 2017 budget proposal.

4 – Sharpsville council appoints Patty Cardwell to fill the remaining term of her husband Jack, who died in September.

5 – The refurbished and expanded Aldi supermarket reopens in Hermitage.

5 – Hermitage Zoning Hearing Board approve variances to enable Joy Cone Co. to expand operations.

10 – Austin Rubber Co. LLC, a startup company based in Texas, is settling in Sugar Grove Township. The company recycles used rubber into clean rubber using a chemical process.

10 – Rescue crews collaborate for a mass casualty drill at West Middlesex High School.

12 – A student credit union through Meadville Area Credit Union is open in Sharpsville Elementary School.

12 – District Judge Lorinda L. Hinch announces her retirement, effective Jan. 5, after 35 years, during which she also was an assistant public defender and assistant district attorney.

13 – Workers at NLMK reject a tentative labor contract.

13 – Brookfield patrolman Terry Gigax, 42, of Masury, a 13-year member of the force, is fired after township trustees find him guilty of five charges related to an off-duty incident in July.

16 – Despite Buhl Park’s ongoing financial crunch, Director of Operations Tom Roskos is keeping a busy schedule of events going.

17 – Speaking to the Mercer County Coalition for Drug Awareness in Sharpsville, filmmaker and motivational speaker Michael R. DeLeon, a former drug addict and gang member who founded Steered Straight Inc., calls the drug problem the worst public health crisis the country has ever seen.

17 – Race Street at Main Street in Greenville opens after contractors complete months of work on the former N.N. Moss building, whose deteriorating condition had forced the downtown closure. Plans for a refurbished building include a banquet center and food court.

17 – Lance Davis, 57, of 8311 Sharon-Mercer Road, East Lackawannock Township, dies in a one-car crash.

18 – Greenville council proposes a balanced budget and no tax increase for three years in its ongoing efforts to exit state Act 47 distressed status.

18 – Sharpsville police conduct an active-shooter drill at Sharpsville High School.

18 – State Department of Corrections officials file criminal charges against two nurses – Tammy D. Barrett and Kristina E. Lutgen – alleging they removed an inmate’s oxygen in an attempt to have the patient transferred to an outside hospital.

20 – Farrell City Manager Michael P. Ceci confirms fire Chief Bill Mortimer is no longer employed by the city.

22 – Allegations involving mishandling of client funds have resulted in Attorney Nicole M. Howard’s law license being temporarily suspended, effective Nov. 20.

24 – Lawrence M. “Crusty” Owens, 58, of Farrell, out of jail on parole, threatens at a Farrell council meeting to “beat senseless” the code enforcement officer who sent him multiple citations totaling nearly $2,000.

24 – High school principal Kevin Briggs is leaving West Middlesex Area School District to become superintendent of Valley Grove School District.

24 – Downtown businesses have purchased laptop computers for Sharon police cruisers.

25 – Patrick William Hicks, 39, of New Castle, a security guard at Musser Elementary School in Sharon, is charged with burglarizing a service station in New Castle.

28 – Ultralight pilot Gary Fobes of West Middlesex and a passenger walk away from a crash at an airstrip in Shenango Township.

30 – The presidents of the UPMC hospitals in Farrell and New Castle say they are trying to take full advantage of the investment in the UPMC system in Mercer and Lawrence counties by developing a regionalization plan.


3 – Mike Lisac, owner of Warehouse Sales in Sharon, is honored as the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Business Ambassador of the Year. Lisac has been buying properties with empty store fronts, refurbishing them and renting them to new business owners. He’ll also be the grand marshal of the Hermitage Holiday Light Parade later this month.

3 – James D. Parsons Jr., 26 of Sharon is sentenced to spend 10 to 40 years in state prison for firing a shotgun nine times into a Crawford County home more than two years ago.

3 – City and hazardous materials crews quickly isolate diluted contaminates from paint runoff into the Shenango River from a building in Sharon.

3 – Zachary Thomas McClimans, 22, of 935 Linden St., Sharon, faces charges in connection with the shooting of Jayson Hall, 42, of Sharon, a co-worker at Wal-Mart in Hermitage. Police say McClimans was reacting to threats and comments about his announcement that he had decided to transition to a woman.

4 – Mercer County officials plan a one percent cut in property taxes.

5 – Veterans ranging from their teens to their mid-90s tell their stories at the Veterans Storytelling Breakfast, hosted by the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce in the casino at Buhl Park.

7 – An 81-year-old Shenango Township woman, Pearl Frisk, who according to police is in the “early stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia” is reported missing by family, who said she was going to meet her granddaughter in Hermitage. She is found unhurt the next day in West Virginia.

8 – Mercer County votes straight Republican in national, state and district races, including Donald Trump for president and Pat Toomey for U.S. senator.

8 – Sharon Regional Health System announces staff cuts, with furloughs and reduced hours affecting more than 70 employees.

8 – City Manager-Fire Chief Bob Fiscus calls Sharon’s financial situation “healthy,” noting taxes will remain unchanged in 2017.

11 – Veterans Day events include the valley’s annual parade, this year held in Sharpsville.

14 – Tails of Hope has not opened its spay and neuter clinic but has a suitor in the Shenango Valley Animal Shelter, which is interested in the two entities working together.

14 – Greenville council appoints Samantha Iliff to fill the seat vacated by Kristy Fox.

15 – Russell Ealy, 85, of 1882 Lake Road, Jefferson Township, is struck and killed by a car while police say he apparently was getting his newspaper at the mailbox.

15 – East End Fire Department firefighters have been called to three fires over a week’s time, one ruled an arson.

16 – Former Lackawannock Township supervisor Willis J. Swartz, 75, of 112 Nych Road, is accused of public indecency for exposing himself to a 13-year-old girl on Garrett Road in Wilmington Township. Swartz has been convicted of the same crime three other times.

16 – The Wal-Mart Foundation awards a $40,000 grant to the United Way of Mercer County’s “Lifting Families Out of Poverty” campaign.

16 – The Mercer County elections office reports that 69 percent of registered voters went to the polls on Nov. 8.

16 – NLMK union workers in Farrell approve a labor contract after twice voting down proposals.

16 – Mercer County Regional Council of Governments approve an agreement to keep operating the Shenango Valley Animal Shelter in Hermitage.

18 – Sharon council has approved a two-year contract, effective Feb. 1, for garbage services with Tri-County Industries after Waste Management did not renew its contract.

18 – Flora Cafaro, 58, of Brookfield dies a day after being found unconscious by firefighters called to a house fire at 5752 Stewart Sharon Road. A noted philanthropist, she was part of the Cafaro family of developers, whose properties include Eastwood Mall complex in Niles.

22 – City Manager Mike Ceci cites Farrell’s decision to start its own police force as a key driver in what he estimates will be a $250,000 budget savings this year.

24 – Hendley Hoge is named superintendent of Lakeview School District. A former teacher and retired principal in Mercer Area School District, he has served as interim superintendent in districts including Sharpsville and Greenville, as well as interim principal of the Mercer County Career Center.

26 – Mom-and-pop enterprises across Mercer County report good crowds and great sales on Small Business Saturday.

27 – A $3 million state grant has been awarded to Winner Development toward developing the former Westinghouse Electric Corp. plant in Sharon.

27 – A Pulaski woman, Patricia Sue Yhelka, 34, of 103 Elm Drive, is one of two suspects jailed on attempted homicide and other charges related to a stabbing in Lawrence County.

28 – Nicole Rust of Mercer is found not guilty of cruelty to animals by District Judge Lorinda Hinch. She had been charged after neighbors complained to the Humane Society of Mercer County that she abandoned a blind horse in East Lackawannock Township.

29 – Attempted-murder and related charges against Zachary T. McClimans, 22, of Sharon, are bound over to Mercer County court. A transgender transitioning to a woman, McClimans is accused of shooting a former co-worker at Wal-Mart in Hermitage for allegedly making threats and disparaging comments.

30 – The 45th annual Phi Theta Phi Walk-a-Thon to benefit the Free Care Fund of UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh is underway, with the Thiel College fraternity aiming to raise $35,000.


1 – Law enforcement is looking for the public’s help after a shooting in the 1200 block of Dakota Street in Farrell leaves an unidentified victim hospitalized. He was later identified as Vernon Stewart II and police said another shooting the next day was part of a dispute between two groups.

2 – A bank robber is at large after stealing an undisclosed amount of cash at the PNC Bank branch in downtown Sharon. A suspect, Dana L. Haynes of Coalport, Pa., formerly of Farrell, was identified the next day from surveillance footage and he turned himself in a day after that, when he was charged with the robbery.

5 – A Fredonia woman, Cheryl Rosser, pleads guilty to charges of animal cruelty after humane society officials found five emaciated dogs on her property.

6 – A written bomb threat found by a student caused the evacuation of Greenville Junior-Senior High School.

7 – Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools officials say a shake-up beginning six months ago has brought financial recovery.

8 – After an all-day search, Hermitage detectives hunt down Justin Hepfl, 28, of Sharon and Brookfield Township, a suspect in a shooting at the Chalet Apartments that landed two men in the hospital, one with a serious injury. A police search of an apartment found marijuana, guns and suspected stolen property.

8 – Sharon and Hermitage firefighters battle a blaze on Liberty Street in Sharon.

8 – Hermitage commissioners have approved a land-development plan for Sandy Lake-based Mercer County State Bank to build a branch in the 1200 block of North Hermitage Road in front of Wal-Mart.

9 – About a dozen cows die in a large barn fire at 36 Condit Road in New Vernon Township. Sheakleyville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tim Buck said there did not appear to be any suspicious cause of the fire.

11 – Sharon council is reviewing how the city awards federally funded loans after questions arose about a former city employee’s housing rehabilitation application. The loan was processed as a multi-family home even though former human resources manager Tammy Fuchs has a single-family home.

11 – The Father’s Day Car Show will be held on State Street in Sharon after 33 years in Hermitage. Roadwork on nearby streets and some complaints from business owners about East State Street being closed for the day prompted Hermitage officials to suggest the car show be held in Buhl Park; organizers chose Sharon instead.

11 – District Judge Ron Antos announces he plans to retire when he finishes his second six-year term at the end of 2017.

12 – The first significant snowfall of the season brings a week of ice, single-digit temperatures and even rain. Slippery driving conditions caused many traffic accidents, including a hit-and-run involving a Hermitage school bus; no students were injured.

12 – A group of Sharon citizens have formed a neighborhood revitalization committee, with representatives of each city neighborhood.

14 – Giant Eagle’s GetGo station in Hermitage Towne Plaza along East State Street is closing. The supermarket chain’s newer GetGO on the Shenango Valley Freeway in Hermitage will remain open.

15 – Farrell police officers Joy Rusek and Tyler Valimont are under investigation for unrelated incidents, according to City Manager Mike Ceci. Without elaborating on the circumstances, Ceci later confirmed Valimont was terminated Dec. 16 and Rusek resigned effective Dec. 31.

15 – Sharpsville Middle School has implemented three separate medical lockdowns in recent days, but Superintendent Brad Ferko said he has been assured by health officials that there is nothing environmentally, mechanically or operationally linked to the school building. The lockdowns, he said, are for the safety and privacy of students.

15 – Hermitage officials open a time capsule that was placed in the cornerstone of the municipal building built in 1966. Items included photographs, copies of official papers, an invitation to and a program for the building dedication ceremony, and a copy of what was then the Sharon Herald with a photo of city officials breaking ground for the building.

17 – A Jamestown-area man, Scott Chizmar, 43, dies in a one-car crash in Greene Township.

18 – Members of Second Missionary Baptist Church and Farrell High School football players load a tractor-trailer with food, clothes and more to help Hurricane Matthew victims in North Carolina.

19 – Farrell council approves a settlement with former fire chief William C. Mortimer after a dispute over overtime pay he wrongfully claimed.

19 – A new MRI system is delivered to the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System, by crane through the roof.

19 – Primary Health Network continues opening parts of its new downtown Sharon headquarters.

20 – Community members come to the aid of the Salvation Army in Sharon to meet the agency’s goal for Christmas toys for children in need.

21 – NLMK Pennsylvania Corp. announces it is embarking on an $80 million improvement project for its Farrell steel plant. NLMK also was awarded a $1 million state grant to improve its 13-mile rail network.

26 – In its 26th year, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has surpassed $3 million in grants to charities, organizations and individuals.

28 – District Attorney Miles Karson admits it was “stupid” to have talked to a district judge about bond for a defendant he knows.

29 – John Sibetto, acting superintendent of Reynolds School District for three months, is given the job permanently with a contract through June 2021.

30 – Employees of the Sears department store in Hermitage are told the store will close this spring. Sears has been an anchor store in the Shenango Valley Mall since the mall opened a half-century ago.

Compiled by Jeff Turk, Herald copyeditor