The criminal charges filed last month against Greene County Commissioner Mike Belding and the county’s solicitor have been dropped in connection with how the elections board handled the ballot order selection process for the upcoming primary election.

The state Attorney General’s office on Wednesday withdrew all charges in both cases against Belding and Robert “Gene” Grimm after Greene County District Attorney David Russo’s chief detective filed more than a dozen misdemeanors against them April 4 following irregularities with the “casting of lots” for the primary.

Rudy Marisa, the Fredericktown native who was a player on Penn State’s only Final Four team and as a coach turned Waynesburg University into a small college basketball national power, died Tuesday night. He was 89.

They are rare but when they occur they can be brutal.

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Until recently, the last time a member of the vaunted Kennedy family was in presidential campaign mode was on the evening of Aug. 12, 1980, in New York City. The occasion was that year’s Democratic convention.