TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2022

Parents in the Mohawk Area School District are voicing concerns over the handling of recent hazing allegations among the varsity football team.  Individuals addressed school board members at their meeting yesterday evening, with some asking what the district is doing to protect children.  Solicitor Russell Lucas says officials are looking into how athletic programs are supervised.  The Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office says charges against three students could be filed this week.

Gas prices are 17 cents lower in Western Pennsylvania this week at $4.01 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. In New Castle the average price is at 4.03 a gallon while drivers in Sharon are paying 3.99.  The national average for a gallon of gas fell seven cents in the past week to $3.77. The national average is 31 cents less than a month ago but 59 cents more than a year ago.

Ninth District State Representative Chris Sainato announced Lawrence County has received nearly 554 thousand dollars in grant funding for major improvements to two county parks. The funding is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Community Conservation Partnerships Program. Nearly 375 thousand dollars will go to Pearson Park in Neshannock Township and 179 thousand dollars for further development of Quaker Falls Recreation Area in Mahoning Township.

State Police in Lawrence County report a two vehicle accident in Slippery Rock Township from last month. According to police 91 year old Donna Nagel pulled from the intersection of route 65 and Frew Mill Road into the path of a vehicle operated by 68 year old Linda Bernd of Ellwood City. Bernd and a passenger where both taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown for treatment. Nagel was not hurt.

A Beaver Falls man was sentenced to seven years in prison for conspiring to deliver cocaine and crack. 27 year old Cadee Atkins Jr., was sentenced Friday in federal court in Pittsburgh. Atkins was convicted for conspiring with his father Cadee Akins, Sr., and others to possess with intent to distribute and distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and 28 grams or more of cocaine base. The investigation revealed that from November 2017 to September 2020, the defendant supplied other drug dealers with cocaine or personally distributed crack to end users in Beaver Falls.  Atkins will be on four years of supervised release after serving his sentence.

Green energy leaders in Pennsylvania say the state will benefit from the new climate law that President Biden recently signed.  The “Pittsburgh Post-Gazette” reports that advocates agree that a key benefit will be for project developers who will receive clean energy tax credits. They say the new law will particularly benefit communities that have been tied economically to mining or those that have seen factories, power plants and mines close.

Governor Tom Wolf says he’s restored the state’s emergency reserves.  Governor Wolf said today that Pennsylvania’s Rainy Day Fund is at its highest balance in history.  He said it’s finally on par with other states.  The Democrat added the reserve funds protect critical services during uncertain times.

An estimated 8-thousand residents of Beaver County remain under a boil advisory this morning.  The Beaver Falls Municipal Authority says that a water main break in the City of Beaver Falls has caused a loss of water pressure that could lead to contamination.  Residents of Beaver Falls, Eastvale, College Hill, Big Beaver, Homewood, Chippewa, South Beaver, White Township, West Mayfield, Patterson Township, Patterson Heights, Brady’s Run Park and Par & Divot Lane in Fallston are advised to boil water before using it for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes or preparing food.

Governor Tom Wolf has announced nearly 300-thousand-dollars in new funding to train people for masonry trades.  Apprentices in 29 counties can take part in the programs, which will teach them about bricklaying, tile setting, terrazzo work and stone masonry.  They will get on-the-job training under the supervision of journeymen workers.  The training program is a four-year commitment.