Wednesday August 28, 2019

Black Forest Express

Hebron Township Bee Balm                                                                         –Gerri Miller

Tuesday’s high, 74; Overnight low, 64; .53” of rain







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Unemployment rate increases across region….Lebanon County Republican Lawmaker wants to end property taxes….Elkland man arrested for harassment  Lawrenceville woman…..Tioga County vandals spray paint white siding and burned pile of pallets……

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Unemployment in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area continues see sawing.  After showing improvement between May and June with decreases, all five counties in the region saw an increase in the rate between June and July. Potter County’s jobless rate went up from 4.7 to 5.2%; McKean County saw an uptick from 4.2 to 4.6%; Cameron County’s rate increased from  4.3 to 4.7%; Tioga County’s went   up from 4.5 to 4.8% and Elk County ‘s increased from 4.0 to 4.2%. Adams County had the best rate, with a 1/10 of a percent increase from 2.8 to 2.9% and Snyder, still feeling the hit from a major employer going out of business went up from 6.1 to 6.2%. Pennsylvania’s jobless rate went up from 3.8% to 3.9% while the national rate held steady at an all time low of 3.7%.

Legislation to eliminate school property taxes in Pennsylvania was unveiled by Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) Tuesday in the state capitol. The measure, House Bill 13, the School Property Tax Elimination Act, would replace 100% of school property taxes. Ryan’s legislation would broaden the sources for the funding of Pennsylvania’s schools to some expanded and new levies, so that burden of paying for education does not fall squarely on the backs of homeowners. Ryan added that these changes will also help prepare the state’s 500 school districts to deal successfully with an upcoming financial crisis.

A 33 year old Elkland man has been arrested for harassment. State police at Mansfield did not release the suspect’s name but allege he went to the apartment of a 34 year old Lawrenceville woman at around 8:30 pm August 12 and began yelling at her when she locked the door and refused to come out. The suspect then left the Pease hill Road residence in his 2003Ford Windstar.

State police at Mansfield have investigated a couple of  recent vandalism cases. Someone set fire to a pile of pallets on Route  6 in Richmond Township between 8 and 11 am July 11 which had been gathered by a 51 year old Mansfield resident for a bonfire. Damage to the yard and pile of pallets was estimated at $150.

Vandals also caused $150 in damage when they sprayed black paint on the white siding of a house on Route 6 in Richmond Township Monday evening. The house  is owned by a 36 year old Conneaut, PA woman between 4:00 pm Sunday and 7:00 pm Monday.