Shenango Township supervisors last week approved a new five-year contract with its police department that includes a 2.75 percent pay raise. The New Castle News reports the new contract will expire Dec. 31, 2026. The department consists of nine full-time officers and one part-timer. The supervisors also approved the purchase of 11 body cameras for its officers.

In keeping with the national trend, new daily COVID cases are increasing in Pennsylvania. State health officials affirm that, saying over the past week there were nearly 160 new daily cases of the coronavirus for every 100-thousand people across the state. That compares 80 point four new daily the week prior. Of all states, Pennsylvania reported the 20th largest uptick in average, new infections per day over the last week. The current average daily infection rate in Pennsylvania ranks as the 16th highest of all 50 states.

State Police in Lawrence County report a one vehicle accident in Wayne Township. According to police 28 year old Samantha Kohl of Cranberry Township lost control of her vehicle while traveling west on West Lawrence Avenue. She travelled off the roadway and struck a parked vehicle. No injuries were reported.

The coronavirus hospitalization rate in Pennsylvania has set another new record. As of Thursday, the state Health Department reports just under 65 hundred Pennsylvanians
hospitalized with COVID, surpassing the previous daily record of 63-hundred set on December 16th of last year. Of those currently in the hospital, heath officials report 1,057 in intensive care, with nearly650 on ventilators. Statewide, hospitalizations have increased nearly 22-percent in the last week and up over 43 percent in the last month. The number of new coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania averaged 18,300 for the week ending January 2nd.

State and federal authorities are on the job today at the site of Friday’s deadly mine collapse in Fayette County.  Forty-nine-year-old David Hayden was reportedly at work in the Laurel Aggregate Lake Lynn Mine at around 3 p.m. when the roof collapsed.  Crews brought Hayden’s body out about eight hours later and he was pronounced dead at the scene.  The mine’s owners issued a statement over the weekend expressing their sympathies to the victim’s loved ones and saying that they are cooperating with investigators as they look into the cause of the accident.

A Pennsylvania state senator who has pushed to overturn last year’s presidential election has announced his candidacy to be the state’s next governor. Senator Doug Mastriano, a state senator and former Army colonel from Franklin County, became a leading national figure in former President Donald Trump’s push to overturn certified election results. He officially started his candidacy Saturday afternoon in Gettysburg.

Registrations are now being accepted for a free webinar on recycling and waste reduction.  Next Tuesday’s event in Mercer County is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Resource Council promises to address issues including the types of material that can be recycled and where most items can be taken for recycling purposes.  More information on the council and the free webinar can be found at

Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey says he supports the city’s efforts to host the Republican National Presidential Convention in 2024.  Gainey said yesterday that he wrote a letter to the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee praising Pittsburgh as a world-class city experiencing a downtown revitalization and recovery from the pandemic.  GOP officials say they are looking at Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Nashville, and Milwaukee as possible hosts.   

Primanti Brothers Restaurant is giving away sandwiches as part of a limited special promotion to honor the Steelers’ win on Sunday.  The restaurant says any fan named Chris or Boswell with a valid ID is eligible for a free classic sandwich for dine-in or call-in only.  Pittsburgh kicker Chris Boswell made the game-winning field goal on Sunday to lead the Steelers to a needed victory that helped them qualify for the playoffs. 

The Pennsylvania State Police say one of their troopers was arrested over the weekend after getting into an altercation off-duty.  According to reports released yesterday, Trooper Scott Myers was taken into custody early Saturday at a home in Cambria County.  Myers allegedly got into a confrontation with another adult male and is facing felony charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, making terrorist threats, and harassment.  Officials said Myers has been suspended without pay pending the results of the criminal case.