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The Greene County Messenger website provides additional stories to those seen in our print additions, such as monthly school board meetings. Check those out at www.heraldstandard.com/gcm.

Internet bill

State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Jefferson, introduced a measure that would amend the state’s Municipal Authorities Act to allow local governments the ability to deploy a publicly owned broadband internet network. “One thing that has been successful in rural areas is to have a rural co-op,” Snyder said “It’s not something they have to do, but it puts another piece of the puzzle on the table to get high-speed internet to rural areas.” She said getting high-speed internet to rural areas has been an issue she’s been working on for several years, as 53% of Americans in rural areas do not have access to high-speed services. Her bill, known as HB2055, is currently under consideration in the House Local Government Committee.

Shortage of snowplow drivers

PennDOT District 12, which covers Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties, is looking for snowplow drivers. According to PennDOT District 12’s winter services guide, the agency estimated needing 104 temporary operators for the area. It’s a challenge to fill these roles due to high demand from other industries for operators with commercial driver’s licenses. If interested in applying for a snowplow driver position, visit www.penndot.gov/Jobs.

Fatal crash

Tony Cooke, 44, of Nemacolin was killed during a one-vehicle crash in Monongahela Township on Dec. 4. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred around 11 a.m. on South Eighty Eight Road, according to state police. Police said Cooke failed to negotiate a curve while driving south and his vehicle went off the side of the road and swiped a tree. His car continued through the grass, striking another tree and going airborne. According to police, he wasn’t wearing his seat belt.

Highest DUI rate

Pennsylvania State Police Troop B, which covers Fayette, Greene, Washington and parts of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties, reported the highest number of DUI arrests and DUI-related crashes during Thanksgiving holiday from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1. The troop also reported the highest number of seat belt citations, according to data from state police in Harrisburg.

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