Communities get funds
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Lawrence County commissioners agreed to give $70,000 to four communities for various projects.
Enon Valley received $20,000 to replace culverts, storm runs and paving; Pulaski received $30,000 for a paving project; Hickory Township received $10,000 for engineering costs to replace McConnell's Mill Road Bridge; and Ellwood City received $10,000 for the 2002 street cleaning program.
The money comes from the County Liquid Fuels Tax Act, which is derived from the county's share of state gasoline taxes. Money from this fund can only be used for traffic-related work, commissioners said.
Findings from audit
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- An audit of the Shenango Area School District in Lawrence County found accurate records for 1998-99 and 1999-2000 school years, said Pennsylvania Auditor Robert P. Casey Jr.
The audits were conducted to ensure that the district received accurate state funding and that money was properly spent. The Shenango School District spent $9.8 million and received $6.2 million in state funds in 1998-99 and spent $10.9 million and received $6.4 million in state funding for 1999-2000, the report says.
Annual address at SRU
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Dr. G. Warren Smith, president of Slippery Rock University, will deliver his annual "State of the University" address at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in Swope Music Hall.
Smith will update the university community on program success and accomplishments of the past year and outline and summarized issues facing SRU for the coming academic year.
Improving ball fields
SALEM -- Ball fields in the city's Centennial and Waterworth Memorial parks will receive improvements in coming months.
During its meeting Tuesday, city council authorized the parks department to seek bids for the improvements, which will include new bleachers and shelters for the players' benches.
Cost of the upgrades is expected to be about $169,000.
Funding for projects
CLARK, Pa. -- The Clark Volunteer Fire Department and the Jefferson Township Civic League will get state funding for some capital-improvement projects.
Sen. Robert Robbins of Greenville, R-50th, said the Department of Community and Economic Development has awarded a $7,550 grant to the fire department for paving of the firehouse entrance, replacing a gravel driveway.
The civic league will get $5,000 to help it relocate from the township municipal building to the Jefferson Township Fair building, which it owns.
Crash injures driver
JACKSON CENTER, Pa. -- State police said Robert A. Lenhart, 43, of Terrace Avenue, Grove City, escaped serious injury when the truck he was driving crashed along state Route 965, pinning him beneath it.
Police said Lenhart was eastbound at a high rate of speed around 1:30 p.m. Monday when he lost control and the truck ran off the road and struck several large rocks at the entrance to a private driveway.
Lenhart, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the truck when it hit the ground after being airborne for several feet. He became lodged under the rear wheels, police said. The Jackson Center Volunteer Fire Department freed him, and he was treated at United Community Hospital in Grove City for minor injuries, police said.