The Week That Was |
A chronology of news from Sunday, Feb. 23, to Saturday, March 1, 2003
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» An anti-war rally in New Castle sponsored by the Westminster College Green Party drew about 150 people, many from Mercer County, The Herald reported Sunday.
» State Rep. Rod E. Wilt said Mercer County will have to comply with state emissions testing, but "How we are going to be in it is up to us. That's the gray area." Wilt urged local leaders to ask the state to implement the least expensive and least intrusive pollution test for local cars.
» Ty Longley, a Sharon native and member of Jack Russell's Great White, was identified Sunday as one of the victims of the Feb. 20 fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, The Herald reported Monday.
» Riley Smoot Jr. was publicly sworn in Monday as chief of police for the Southwest Mercer County Regional Police Department.
» Renovation and an addition to Jamestown High School was approved Monday by a 6 to 3 school board vote. Estimated cost of the project is $7.5 million.
» Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Francis J. Fornelli dismissed a petition seeking to sever Wheatland from Farrell Schools, The Herald reported Wednesday.
» A Hempfield Township couple, frustrated by Greenville Municipal Authority's inaction to resolve their water bill woes, brought the issue to the authority board Tuesday. Matt and Cindy Blaschak disputed a $496 bill and were told by the board to wait and take legal action.
» The Bush administration's proposal to have states coordinate Head Start has sparked a great debate in Washington and locally, The Herald reported Thursday. Mercer County's Head Start Director Terri Lengyel said she is concerned that this change will cause Head Start to lose its focus.
» The state Route 285 causeway between Ohio and Pennsylvania will be closed from March 10 to May 25 in order to rebuild a bridge, The Herald reported Thursday.
» Mercer County Commissioner Kenneth A. Seamans announced Wednesday that he will not run for re-election this year. Seamans was appointed to the post in 2001.
» Details are being discussed for the $5.7 million cleanup plan for the area near the former Westinghouse Electric Corp. plant in Sharon, which has been approved by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, The Herald reported Friday.
» Wheatland Tube Co. will close one of its mills in Wheatland unless a deal with a potential buyer is completed, The Herald reported Friday.
» Jaered N. Andrews of Austintown, Ohio became the second man charged with assaulting Thomas E. Blakely before Blakely died after a fight outside a Farrell bar. Andrews turned himself in on Friday. Jerrold L. Allen was arrested the night of the fight and charged with aggravated assault.
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