Bids for high school
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- City school officials opened bids for construction of a new high school Thursday.
Nine companies bid on the general construction contract, and Nello Construction Co. of Carnegie, Pa., appeared to have the lowest base bid at $14,817,590.
The school district also accepted bids for work on the heating and air conditioning, plumbing, electrical work, and asbestos removal.
School officials hope to start work on the new school in the next few months. It will replace the 90-year-old high school on East Lincoln Avenue.
School officials have estimated the entire project will cost about $30 million.
Sentenced in shooting
MERCER, Pa. -- A Warren, Ohio, man will serve 12 to 30 months in prison for a drive-by shooting in February.
Judge Michael Wherry of Mercer County Common Pleas Court sentenced Donnell Stubbs, 20, for aggravated assault, a felony.
The judge also ordered Stubbs to pay costs for carrying firearms without a license, also a felony. Judge Wherry said Stubbs was eligible for the state's boot camp program.
After an argument with two men, Stubbs fired a handgun several times from a car at the men, who were in another car in the 200 block of Roemer Boulevard, Farrell. No one was injured.
Veteran job fair
SHARON, Pa. -- A veteran job fair will be from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Sharon American Legion, 1395 E. State St., to help veterans with employment and training opportunities.
Local employers, veterans organizations, service officers and social service agencies will attend.
A national service officer from the Disabled American Veterans will be present to assist veterans with claims.
Veterans are asked to bring proof of military service and copies of their r & eacute;sum & eacute;s.
The 12th annual veteran job fair is sponsored by the Sharon American Legion Post 299, Mercer County CareerLink, the Mercer County DAV and the Mercer County Employer Advisory Council for Workforce Development.
Because of construction, the main entrance will be at the back of the building.
COLUMBIANA -- A special meeting of the Columbiana Board of Education will be at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the high school.
The board will discuss placing a levy on the Aug. 6 special election ballot.
The deadline for filing with the board of elections for the August election is May 23.
Charges in assault
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- A 40-year-old New Castle man is in Lawrence County Jail today after failing to post $20,000 bail on charges of burglary, attempted rape and aggravated assault.
Pennsylvania State Police said a 30-year-old woman told police a man pushed his way into her house on Orchard Terrace at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday. The intruder was unknown to the victim, police said.
Police said the woman was strangled and knocked to the floor, and the suspect attempted to rip off her clothing. The woman fought back and the man ran away, they said.
Police said the woman was later brought to state police barracks, where she identified her attacker.
She had injuries to her neck, nose and thighs.
he woman's wedding band and engagement ring were missing, police said.
A preliminary hearing is at 9:30 a.m. Monday before District Justice James Reed.
Opposed to road
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- City council has joined a group of residents opposed to a proposed road being built for a future industrial park.
Council members passed a resolution in opposition of a road that would connect routes 65 and 422 on property owned by Bruce & amp; Merrilees Electric Co.
Councilwoman Patricia May said the road would be in Shenango Township, but borders New Castle, and residents don't want large trucks going past their homes.
Council is sending its resolution to Lawrence County commissioners and Shenango Township supervisors. May said they are asking those elected officials to find an alternative route for the road.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The week of May 14-20 was declared National Women's Health Week in Youngstown by Mayor George McKelvey.
The national Office on Women's Health is launching a new nationwide campaign, called Pick Your Path to Health, designed to help women take simple and time-sensitive steps to improve their health.
National Women's Health Week is a reminder that women must not forget to nurture themselves while taking care of their loved ones, said Charlotte Stahl, city health department administrator.