Safe driving in a school zone: September is the heaviest month for school zone violations. Over the last five years, 30,862 Pennsylvania drivers were cited with school zone violations for either speeding in school zones or illegally passing a school bus.

(Editor’s note: They run into danger while most run away from it. They work long hours and seemingly endless shifts. They are always there when citizens call for help. They are the first responders. From the men and women who answer the phones when a citizen calls 9-1-1, to the police officers, firefighters and paramedics who rush to help total strangers, they are the safety net that catches people when they fall — literally and figuratively. In today’s edition, we are launching a weekly series called “First Response.” We will ask a series of questions to a first responder, and give you a glimpse into the lives of these men and women who give so much to their fellow man.)


PERE MARQUETTE TWP. — State legislators talked budget and roads while Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole announced his plans to run for sheriff again in 2020 as a part of the Mason County Republican Party picnic Sunday afternoon at Suttons Landing Park in Pere Marquette Township.

Crime and Courts

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.


NEW ORLEANS, La  The New Orleans Saints have signed coach Sean Payton to an extension running through the 2024 season. Payton had been earning about $9 million per year in a contract that was due to expire after the 2020 season.

Business and Economy

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:

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