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Clarion County Judge Sara Seidle-Patton Jan. 3 administered the oath of office to election workers from across Clarion County Tuesday morning. The election workers guarantee the integrity of local elections. The judge also administered the oath of office to the county sheriff, coroner and treasurer. Also sworn-in were numerous municipal officials, school board members and others. About 60 elected officials attended the ceremony. Other newly elected officials had been sworn-in earlier at different venues.

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Clarion state police said 33-year-old Jonathan Broadnax, of Clarion, was found safe after he had been reported missing Sunday. It was not clear when he was found.

KNOX - The Keystone School Board May 16 gave its tentative approval to a $17,530,919 million budget for the 2022-23 school year but stopped short of setting tax rates for the upcoming year.

FOXBURG - For 135 years, the Foxburg Country Club has been a recreation spot for people near and far but the club's survival has come into question in recent years so the club's board of governors wanted to do something about it before it's too late.

STATE COLLEGE - Because so many deer hunters are aging out of the sport -- and new hunters are not being recruited to replace them -- deer management strategies will need to change to manage populations of whitetails in many states.

CLARION - People "give back" in a variety of ways. For Limestone's Linda Schirmer, a breast cancer survivor, it's using her crafting background to make wall hangings from recycled jewelry as a way of raising funds for The Cancer Center at Clarion Hospital.

CLARION - The physical reassessment of Clarion County could begin in the next few weeks. The Clarion County Board of Commissioners May 10 issued a press release notifying county residents that a full reassessment for the properties within the county is expected to begin in the spring of this…

PAINT TWP. - For many years, the Clarion County Career Center and its sending schools had been living under the assumption vocational reimbursement funds from the state for the career center should go to the seven sending schools in the county.

RICHLAND TWP. - The Richland Grange, now 113 years old, is looking to revitalize the organization with new members and a May 16 visit from Pennsylvania State Grange President Wayne Campbell.

CLARION - Finalizing the transportation contract between the Clarion Area School District and Paul R. Brown Busing hit a snag at the Clarion School Board's May 3 work session.

CLARION - Residents and elected officials from Clarion and Jefferson counties last week let PennDOT know how they feel about Interstate 80 bridge tolling and the rippling effects it would have on their communities.

FOXBURG - It's no secret the football field located on the A-C Valley School District campus is in serious need of repair and renovation but finding the funding to pay for the project is where it gets dicey.

LUCINDA - Sewerage customers of the Knox Township Municipal Authority could get the go-ahead to start construction of their lateral service lines in the coming the weeks.

FOXBURG - Approving a tax increase is never an easy decision for a school board but sometimes it has to be done which is the predicament the A-C Valley School Board found itself in April 18.

LEEPER - Pending a few details, Farmington Township supervisors have agreed to a tentative plan to reduce the amount of sewerage sludge at the township treatment plant.

FOXBURG - Last month, as fuel prices shot upwards, Allegheny-Clarion Valley bus contractor Rich Bobbert appealed to the school board to consider a fuel stipend for his company and other transportation contractors.

FRILLS CORNERS - The Washington Township Board of Supervisors recently approved drafting an ordinance to allow for use of recreational vehicles on township roads.

CLARION - "'The Fragrant Cow' is an extension of my own interest," said John-Scott Port, a partner in the family farm. "I like to garden and I like better tasting food. I started making my own compost and once I started it kind of dragged me into it. I fell into it backwards. I didn't intend…

KNOX - The Keystone School Board next month will consider a review audit of its policies by the Pennsylvania School Board Association at a cost of $10,650.

Marienville state police said two 15-year-old boys who escaped from the Abraxas Foundation in Jenks township on Sunday morning are no longer in the local area, as they continue to elude capture after a lengthy search of the Marienville and Clarion areas, and surrounding communities.

CLARION - The "No P3 Bridge Tolls Coalition" April 14 reaffirmed its opposition to PennDOT's plan to toll nine bridges in the commonwealth. The group held a press conference in Clarion in an effort to gain support.

ELK TWP. - Saying he cannot be part of an organization that does not try to save taxpayers money, Elk Township Supervisor John Knight resigned from that position April 11.

KNOX - The Keystone School Board this month gave its approval to a slate of new football coaches and volunteer assistants.

FRILLS CORNERS - The North Clarion School Board April 11 unanimously approved a five-year contract with Joseph Muccio Transportation LLC to provide student transportation.

Clarion state police said they are searching for two 15-year-old boys who escaped from the Abraxas Foundation in Jenks township, near Marienville, at about 10:30 this morning and were last seen on foot in the Paint Township area of Clarion County.

CLARION - The Clarion County Board of Commissioners April 12 unanimously approved a $1.7 million contract with Vision Government Solutions that begins the process of a county-wide property reassessment. The action is dependent on approval of county legal counsel.

CLARION - Food costs are taking a bite out of the budget at the Clarion County Jail. The jail prepares about 600 inmate meals daily at annual cost of $175,000.

KNOX - Susannah Wolfe didn't hesitate when the public comment portion of the April 4 Knox Borough Council meeting came around. She stood up, faced council and made her case.

KNOX - Keystone School District Business Manager Vern Lauffer April 11 said the district can probably get through the upcoming school year without raising real estate taxes.

CLARION - For the past few months, the Clarion Area School District administration has planning for the formation of a middle school for sixth- through eighth-grade students to open in the fall but those plans were put on hold this month.

CLARION - As predicted, Clarion Borough Council April 5 rejected a lease extension agreement offered by Clarion Area School District, but council members also said they believe the agreement was written to be rejected.

FRILLS CORNERS - Due to ongoing litigation, the Washington Township Municipal Authority's planned sewage extension project ran into a pair of roadblocks recently but the municipal board took steps to remedy the situation.

KNOX - The Keystone School Board March 21 OK'ed a new option for online learning, approving Rocket Online Education for student use from April 1 through June 30 for this school year and for all of the 2022-23 school year.

FOXBURG - A proposed business venture coming to Western Clarion County could have a significant impact on the Allegheny-Clarion Valley School District and its access to fiber optic Internet.

CLARION - The Clarion County Board of Commissioners recently agreed to seek proposals for a countywide property reassessment, but what is a reassessment and what does it mean for each and every property owner in Clarion County?

CLARION - Gardeners are unwittingly damaging the environment. To avoid the contamination of water supplies by pesticides and fertilizers the Clarion County Conservation District recently conducted a seminar at Clarion Farms in Clarion Township.

KNOX - The Keystone School Board March 21 hired a new high school principal but faculty and students will immediately recognize her.

KNOX - "Reading a book about X or Y doesn't mean a person will do X or Y," Jim Lyle told the Keystone School Board at its most recent meeting. "The content in our library is fine."

STRATTANVILLE - Strattanville Borough Council March 9 voted to move ahead with street and parking lot maintenance for 2022, trying to lock in prices at an uncertain time.

CLARION - When Joan H. Young goes for a walk, she means business. The 73-year-old Scottville, Mich., resident passed through the Clarion area earlier this week as she hikes the entire length of the North Country Trail a trek of nearly 4,800 miles spanning from Middlebury in central Vermont t…