KNOX - Knox Borough Council is seeking employment applications for two positions a part-time police officer and a full-time maintenance supervisor.

Part-time police officer Justin Swartzfager, hired Oct. 11, 2021, tendered his resignation Dec. 20. No reason for the resignation was provided. It was noted by Knox Borough Police Chief Nicole L. Bauer that Swartzfager also resigned from his part-time position in Emlenton around the same time.

Council members agreed to advertise for applications for the position.

Council also agreed to advertise for a maintenance supervisor as Jeff "Woody" McCleary announced his intent to retire from that position around the end of February.

Council members noted it is possible one of the current maintenance employees could "move up" to the supervisory position and create an opening for a crew member.

Infrastructure projects to begin soon

Marty English, an engineer with The EADS Group, told the Jan. 3 meeting of borough council he believed Columbia Gas was anticipating starting its line replacement project the week of Jan. 10.

The gas line project should be underway when the borough begins its two water line replacement projects.

The first project involves work along East Penn Avenue with added work along Ohio Street. That contract totals $1,222,222. The first project's cost is covered by grant funding from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority.

The second project includes South Main and Petrolia streets and totals $1,598,865. The cost of that project is covered by the PennVEST low-interest loan and grant.

The projects will affect 106 service connections, seven hydrants and 34 main line water valves.

With council's approval of an engineering agreement with The EADS Group, English said work on the water line replacement projects could begin around the first of March.

English noted some of the streets affected by the gas and water line replacement work will be repaved in October, with the gas company and the borough sharing the costs.

In other business Jan. 3, Knox Borough Council:

4Approved a $225 expenditure to pay for participation in the 2022 "Wreaths Across America" project. The wreathes are currently buy one, get one free.

4Appointed council member Danielle Fye as council's representative on the Knox Public Library Board of Directors.

FARMINGTON — A Jan. 12 investigation and search warrant execution at a Farmington Township camp turned up about $20,000 worth of fentanyl, methamphetamine and crack cocaine, according to the Clarion County District Attorney's Office.

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a Winter Storm Warning from 1 p.m. Sunday to 1 p.m. Monday for most of western Pennsylvania including Venango, Clarion, Mercer, Forest, Jefferson, and Butler counties.

KNOX - The Knox Volunteer Fire Department can trace its roots back to the 1870s, according to information compiled by department chief Matthew Yeager.

CLARION - Clarion County officials are looking to Harrisburg for the "authority to create an authority." If legislation is adopted in Harrisburg, local municipalities could from an authority to deal with the crisis in emergency medical services.

CLARION - Over the years, there has been one item on the Clarion Area administration's proverbial backburner which needed addressed and at the Clarion Area School Board work session Jan. 4 and Clarion Superintendent Dr. Joseph Carrico took the matter head on.

CLARION - The Clarion County Board of Commissioners Dec. 28 took the first step toward a full, physical, assessment of all properties in the county. That step was the employment of International Association of Assessing Officers at a cost of $50,000.

FRILLS CORNERS - It has been a period of uncertainty for the Lake Lucy Municipal Authority in recent months but the Washington Township Board of Supervisors took steps Dec. 27 toward solving the problems.

LAMARTINE - Salem Township supervisors Dec. 27 gave their final approval to a $285,300 budget for 2022, balancing the spending plan without a tax increase.

HARRISBURG - For the second consecutive year, Clarion County townships and boroughs face another reduction in their state liquid fuels road funding, albeit this year's reduction is far less than last year's COVID-related cuts.

CLARION - The hallways at the Clarion County Community Action building in Clarion are lined with donated food items. That is because the small office building is also the Clarion Food Pantry.

ELK TWP. - "People really don't know how dire the situation is," Elk Township Supervisor Ray Rennard said this month, speaking of the struggles Clarion County ambulance services are facing.

CLARION - On Jan. 4, for the first time in almost 40 years, Rex Munsee will not be carrying a badge. When Sheriff-elect Shawn Zerfoss is sworn in, Munsee will be a civilian.

CLARION - The Clarion County bi-annual judicial tax sale last week more than met expectations. The sale generated a total of $254,908.

CLARION - Clarion Borough and Clarion Township might get a "do-over" on the 2020 census count that showed population drops taking both municipalities under important funding thresholds.

CLARION - As COVID-19 case numbers continue to climb in Clarion County, so too, do the number of cases of influenza reported to the state Department of Health.

KNOX - The Keystone School Board Dec. 20 approved the implementation of a revised health and safety plan and/or a potential communicable disease prevention and control plan.

CLARION - Christmas is a time for traditions but those traditions change over the years. One hundred years ago, Christmas 1921, was celebrated very differently than the way the holiday is observed in 2021.

CLARION - As the winter season sets in and the COVID-19 emergency continues to sweep through the area, the state Department of Health reports influenza cases are on the rise.

KNOX - The Keystone School Board Dec. 8 tentatively agreed to cap any real estate tax increase for the upcoming 2022-23 school year to no more than 4.9 percent, or 2.52 mills.

CLARION - The holidays are a busy time of the year and no one is busier than Santa Claus. The jolly old Elf took a few minutes off from his hectic schedule to give the Oil City Derrick an exclusive interview.

FOXBURG - When the Allegheny-Clarion Valley and Union School districts entered into a football co-op in 2016, it was just the football teams that combined but now one A-C Valley resident would like to see one of the mainstays of Friday night football games merge as well.

CLARION - Clarion Borough Council Dec. 7 gave its tentative approval to its 2022 general fund budget totaling $2,508,350. The budget does not call for any tax increases.

KNOX - Just one month after the general election filled a two-year term council seat for 2022, Knox Borough Council finds it will need a person to fill that seat after all.

CLARION - For this feature, the most recent week of reporting to the state Department of Health Nov. 23 through 29 the number of COVID-19 cases by local Zip Code included:

FOXBURG - Over the course of time, things are bound to need upgrades here and there and according to some community members, the football field on the A-C Valley campus is in dire need of an upgrade.

SHIPPENVILLE - It's been a while since the Shippenville Borough Council has been able to address the town's streets but that might be coming to an end -- for certain streets anyway.

CLARION - During a recent Rotary meeting in Clarion, Tina Gibbs, Community Relations Coordinator for PennDOT District 10, addressed several questions regarding the planned replacement project of the Canoe Creek Bridge on Interstate 80 in Clarion County.