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    White Township Planning Commission Approves Plans For WCCC, Challenger Center

    5/14/2020
    The action, taken at the request of Indiana County officials, is conditioned on reviews of the sanitary sewer system needed there as well as stormwater maintenance. Plans include three retention ponds on each of three corners of the property.

    The Challenger center, which has been discussed for nearly a decade, potentially could serve 3,000 students in 187 school districts over 23 counties with specialized STEM or science, technology, engineering and math education.

    It in turn would be one of more than 40 such centers in 26 states and three foreign countries that serve more than 250,000 students.

    The nonprofit Challenger concept was born out of a legacy created by families of those who were killed when the space shuttle Challenger exploded as it was being launched in 1986.

    The complex holding the Challenger center and expanded WCCC campus would rise adjacent to the Indiana County Technology Center as well as a building under construction for the Indiana County Conservation District.

    For WCCC it would add chemistry and biology laboratories to the nursing classes now being offered at a smaller location near Indiana County Jimmy Stewart Airport.

    Byron Stauffer Jr., executive director of the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development, said it could evolve into a feeder system among ICTC, the county’s vocational-technical school; WCCC, with its two-year degrees and certificates; and Indiana University of Pennsylvania where students could finish a four-year college education.

    Stauffer said county officials are working very closely with IUP on the project. He said others involved include state Rep. Jim Struzzi and state Sen. Joe Pittman, both R-Indiana.

    The county planning official said the county board of commissioners was expected to approve an application at its meeting today for a $4.11 million state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant. That grant would include previous awards of $1.36 million from 2013, a later $2 million grant and $750,000 sought to augment those earlier money.

    Stauffer said that RACP appropriation would have to be matched by funds gathered by Indiana County, which could come from federal sources as well as what can be borrowed on the banking market, based on the land value of the property.

  • Wed, 27 May 2020 16:58:00 -0400

    S&T reports multi-million check kiting scheme

    S&T Bancorp Inc. of Indiana and its subsidiary, S&T Bank, told the federal Securities and Exchange Commission that they have become aware of a check kiting scheme conducted by a business customer, resulting in returned deposits totaling approximately $59 million.
  • Wed, 27 May 2020 09:59:00 -0400

    DCNR talks on role in forestry plan

    A spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said his agency is “actively working” with White Township on its plans for the White’s Woods Nature Center.
  • Wed, 27 May 2020 09:59:00 -0400

    Trustees amend residency requirement

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  • Wed, 27 May 2020 09:53:00 -0400

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  • Wed, 27 May 2020 09:57:00 -0400

    Salary board announces hires, promotions

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    Graduation ceremony set to recognize students at ICTC

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  • Wed, 27 May 2020 09:57:00 -0400

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  • Wed, 27 May 2020 09:48:00 -0400

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  • Wed, 27 May 2020 09:49:00 -0400

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  • Tue, 26 May 2020 12:45:00 -0400

    Updated: A map of COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania

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  • Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:00:00 +0000

    Penn State SBDC Will Now Serve Centre, Clinton, Lycoming and Mifflin Counties

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  • Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:00:00 +0000

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  • Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:00:00 +0000

    Coronavirus and the Impact on Gas and LNG

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  • Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:00:00 +0000

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  • Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:00:00 +0000

    Pennsylvania Well Report February 1 – March 27, 2020

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  • Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:00:00 +0000

    Appalachian Pipelines: Reversing the Flow of Natural Gas

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  • Wed, 27 May 2020 22:35:24 +0000

    Steelers’ Ryan Shazier’s Fox Chapel home listed for sale at $2.95 million

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  • Wed, 27 May 2020 22:31:28 +0000

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  • Wed, 27 May 2020 22:28:19 +0000

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  • Wed, 27 May 2020 22:26:52 +0000

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    The Wilson Group's Derrick Wilson adjusts product mix to better tap into emerging work-from-home market

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