District mulls spending
NEW WILMINGTON -- The Wilmington Area School District is looking into ways to spend the $69,805 they received from the state.
Pennsylvania Legislators granted monies to all school districts across Pennsylvania. The money was allocated after most school districts closed their 2002-03 budgets.
Superintendent Dr. Michael Hink said Wilmington received the lowest amount of money in Lawrence County.
Hink said the state recommends school districts use the money in one of three ways: reducing debt service, reducing taxes, or restoring any programs that were eliminated do to budget restraints.
He commented that the district is looking into the best way to use the money. The updated budget for 2002-03 totals $13,566,138.
Rig overturns on I-80
WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. -- A 36-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y., trucker escaped injury when he rolled his tractor-trailer over at the Pa. Route 60 exit ramp on Interstate 80 in Shenango Township early today.
Pennsylvania State Police said the driver was wearing a seat belt when his rig overturned at 4:20 a.m. The rig suffered extensive damage, and police said it will undergo an inspection to determine if any mechanical problem contributed to the crash.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Police cited Sandra Bennett, 56, of 19 N. Montgomery Ave., for animal cruelty after authorities discovered her two large pit bulls without food or water and barely able to move.
The animals, whose leashes were tangled together, were without shade and barking incessantly around 5:50 p.m. Saturday when they were discovered, police reports state. The temperature, the report notes, was 86 degrees.
The dog warden also cited Bennett for not providing proper insurance or properly confining dangerous animals.
BEAVER -- The Beaver Township crime-watch meeting is 7 p.m. July 23 in the activity center of Shepherd of the Valley, 9111 Sharrott Road.
Part of drivers' ed
COLUMBUS -- Driver education students would have to spend time learning about anatomical gift procedures as part of their instruction, under a bill signed into law by Gov. Bob Taft.
The bill, signed by the governor Friday, is sponsored by state Rep. Stephen P. Buehrer, R-Delta, and mandates informing students of anatomical gift procedures during drivers' education.
The new law also transfers jurisdiction of driver education classes from the Department of Education to the Department of Public Safety.
The new law becomes effective 90 days after it's filed with the secretary of state's office.
Under previous law, driver education courses must require 24 hours of classroom instruction and eight hours of actual behind-the-wheel instruction.
This new law would ensure students learn about organ-donation procedures as well, proponents say.
The Ohio House passed the bill in February; the Senate passed it in June.
A night of polkas
NORTH LIMA -- The Eddie Vallus II Band will present a night of polkas at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Woodworth Park as part of the Beaver Township Park Board's Music in the Park series.
Paying for false alarms
GIRARD -- The police and fire departments will enforce the city's Alarm Response Fee Program beginning Aug. 1.
The program permits three false alarms per year as a result of equipment malfunction or human error at a residence or business.
A $50 fee will be charged for more than three false alarms.
The administration says enforcement of the fee will encourage alarm owners to correct system malfunctions and better monitor the operations of their alarms.
Festival to kick off
NILES -- The 69th Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church festival begins Wednesday.
Held on the church grounds on Robbins Avenue, the festival is open from 6 to 11 p.m. through Sunday. There will also be a matinee from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Lunch will be served daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; carryout is available.