PITTSBURGH CATHOLIC DIOCESE TO CLOSE HOLY REDEEMER SCHOOL IN ELLWOOD CITY

LOCAL PARISHIONERS ARE DISAPPOINTED BY A DECISION BY THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH TO CLOSE A LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL. CITING DECLINING ENROLLMENT, THE DIOCESE HAS DECIDED TO CLOSE HOLIDAY REDEEMER SCHOOL IN ELLWOOD CITY AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR. HOLY REDEEMER SCHOOL HAS 42 STUDENTS IN KINDERGARTEN THROUGH SIXTH GRADE…AND ANOTHER 13 STUDENTS IN PRE-KINDERGARTEN FOR THE CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR. THE DIOCESE HAS PROMISED TO ASSIST HOLY REDEEMER PARISH PARENTS CONTINUE THEIR CHILDREN’S CATHOLIC EDUCATION…AT SAINT GREGORY SCHOOL IN ZELIENOPLE…AND SAINT MONICA CATHOLIC ACADEMY IN BEAVER FALLS, BOTH OF WHICH ARE ABOUT 10 MILES FROM ELLWOOD CITY.

POLICE FIND 4-YEAR-OLD WHO WENT MISSING IN CHIPPEWA

POLICE HAVE FOUND A 4-YEAR-OLD BOY WHO WENT MISSING IN CHIPPEWA TOWNSHIP OVER THE WEEKEND. BEAVER COUNTY EMERGENCY DISPATCHERS SAY THE CHILD DISAPPEARED FROM THE 200 BLOCK OF OAKVILLE ROAD IN CHIPPEWA AROUND 4 P-M ON SUNDAY. AROUND 5:45, OFFICIALS AT THE SCENE SAID THE CHILD HAD BEEN FOUND, ALIVE AND WELL, IN A NEIGHBOR’S CLOSET, AFTER FOLLOWING THE NEIGHBOR’S DOG HOME.

Suspicious Car At Downtown Pittsburgh Amtrak Station Prompts Bomb Squad Response

A suspicious car at the downtown Amtrak station prompted a response from Pittsburgh police and the bomb squad this morning. Amtrak officials initially contacted police about a car that had been parked overnight. When bomb-sniffing dogs checked out the car, something alerted them and the surrounding area was shut down. However, the vehicle was opened and nothing was found. The roads have since been reopened.

College Basketball Brawl Between Geneva And Westminster Caught On Camera

A college basketball brawl between Geneva and Westminster earlier this week was caught on camera. Three players were ejected from a the game Wednesday after a brawl between the two teams broke out on the court. Westminster was taking on rival Geneva. After Geneva made a shot, a Westminster guard threw a Geneva forward to the ground. Those two players began throwing punches and pretty soon, everyone became involved. Neither school said whether there will be any discipline beyond the ejections. Westminster won the game.

Rochester Parents Were High On Heroin Before Crashing On I-79 With Baby In Car, Police Say

Two Rochester parents are accused of being high on heroin with their baby in the car when they were involved in a crash in Interstate 79, police said. The incident was reported Wednesday around 7 p.m. in Jackson Township. Police said Emily Shontz lost control of the car when she noticed her boyfriend, Nathan McKee, had stopped breathing while seated in the passenger seat. Investigators said the car veered off the highway and crashed into the grassy median. When police arrived, they said Shontz was slurring and glassy-eyed and McKee was not breathing. Medics revived McKee with Narcan. The couple’s 1-year-old baby, who was in the backseat, was not injured.
State police said the couple admitted to using heroin right before they got in the car with their child and headed to the interstate. The couple lives in Rochester, and police said it’s not clear what they were doing in Butler County. Both are charged with child endangerment, and the baby is staying with family, police said

DEP: Earthquakes In Lawrence County Were Result Of Fracking

Pennsylvania environmental regulators are set to release the findings of their investigation into a series of minor earthquakes that took place near fracking operations by an oil and gas company. The quakes, all too weak to be felt by humans, were recorded last April in Lawrence County,  three-quarters of a mile from a natural gas well owned by Houston-based Hilcorp Energy Co. No damage was reported.
The state Department of Environmental Protection has been investigating. Regulators are releasing their findings on Friday. DEP notes the quakes had a “marked … relationship” to Hilcorp’s drilling operation in terms of timing and location.
Fracking, a method to extract gas or oil from underground shale, has been tied to earthquakes in neighboring Ohio and other states, but never in Pennsylvania, the nation’s No. 2 natural gas-producing state.

Gov. Wolf’s Proposed Budget Focuses On Education

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Governor Wolf’s proposed budget includes new investments from pre-k through higher education..These new investments include $75 m for pre-k/Head Start. $100 m for Basic Education, $25m for special ed, and a 2% increase for the state system of higher education, according to Beaver County Radio News Correspondent Sandy Giordano.  In addition, the budget includes a new plan of accountability to target 15 under performing schools in 3 districts.  The plan invests $2 m in state funding to leverage $1 in federal funding.  These funds will be used to conduct diagnostic audits to determine specific district and school needs, to develop improvements plans, and to prepare for implementing these plans in the following school year.. The districts will have 3 years to demonstrate improved performance.  For those that fail to  improve performance the Dept. of Education will assess the next steps, which could include placing the school under state control or closing the school. A school breakfast initiative will have a $2m state investment, it will be drawn down up to $20m to expand in schools where at least 60% of the students are eligible for free and reduced price lunches. The investment, under the proposal includes funding to offer competitive grants to help  schools address current barriers to participate.

Ambridge Area School Board Meeting Focuses On Winners Of Oratorical Contest Winners

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Ambridge School Board recognized. MLK<Jr Oratorical contest winners at last night’s meeting  and junior high school Science Fair Winners  Beaver County Radio News Correspondent Sandy Giordano reports that the winners of the oratorical contest were 4th and 5th graders from the district’s schools, 4th grader Madelyn Palmer from Economy placed first, Mackenzie Sutton from State St., a 5th grader.First place won $50, and 2nd place winners Jared Astorino, highland Elementary Madison Holcomb , State St.2nd place won $25 The winners received a plaque and certificate of Achievement from the PA House of Representatives and the Senate,  The CCBC STEM ACADEMY   is being added to the high school curriculum..  The district participates in CCBC’s Aviation and Health Academys.    The programs allow students to receive college credits while in high school.