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LYONS — Closure is not a term Wayne County District Attorney Mike Calarco and Sheriff Barry Virts would use to describe the guilty plea Wednesday by Alberto Reyes to two counts of first-degree manslaughter in the 2018 deaths of 18-year-old Selena Hidalgo-Calderon and her 14-month-old son, Owen Hidalgo-Caldero.


Business and Economy

    Similar to our “What IS Your Story?” feature, the News Gazette brings you “What IS Your Business?” Where we’ll learn about some of our local businesses by posing some questions and asking for some fun facts. If you would like us to feature your business please contact us by e-mail at

PITTSBURGH — The average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is two cents cheaper this week at $2.750 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

OLEAN — Opening for business Aug. 1, Focus Physical Therapy of Olean, at 610 Wayne St., is the latest option for physical therapy after injuries or surgery in the Olean area. Here’s five things to know about the business:

Health Care

Commonly known as ALS, the condition is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, and it is always fatal. The affected motor neurons deteriorate and the brain and spinal cord lose their ability to send signals to muscles, which begin to atrophy. As muscles lose nourishment, those affected lose their ability to speak, move, eat and breathe. The average life expectancy of those afflicted with ALS is two to five years, and there is no cure.

Project Fit America is a charity that works alongside educators to create opportunities for kids to stay active and healthy. It offers fitness grants and programs to help fund resources such as equipment, teacher training and curriculum. The goal is not only to get students involved physically, but also nurture an environment in which children enjoy living a healthy lifestyle. For the past five years at Homer-Center Elementary, in Homer City, Pennsylvania, that opportunity to stay active has been the Lub Dub Run Club.

Vaping has come of age in the most perfect of social conditions. Smoking cigarettes is falling out of favor socially and even among nicotine users, and is wholly rejected by many young people today. To get their fix they're turning to what is marketed as a cleaner and safer method of ingestion. Enticing flavors, edgy technology and social media are empowering the tobacco industry to ensnare a new generation with nicotine addiction
by way of vaping. And it’s working. In 2016, 43.8% of high schoolers in New York state tried vaping, more than double the total two years prior. This trend has Ontario County officials deeply concerned.

Arts & Entertainment

    The News-Gazette presents “Scott’s Stumper,” a feature by Scott Shaffer that shows zoomed-in photos of various things around Randolph County.

    On Wednesday, May 8th at 7:00p.m., Arts Place Portland Center will present it’s ensembles in concert in the Hall/Moser Theatre. Eastern Breeze Flute, Distant Thunder and the Jay County Community Band will perform. On Monday, May 20th at 7:00p.m., A Choired Taste, the community choir of Arts Place, will be in concert. Both events are free and open to the public.