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If it weren’t for the existence and spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in Pennsylvania’s deer population, especially in this part of the commonwealth, last Saturday’s opening of the firearms deer season would have had virtually no major concern besides the always important issue of safety.

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Not until early 2020 will motorists who violate Pennsylvania work zone speed limits experience lighter wallets and pocketbooks under provisions of Act 86 of 2018, which authorizes speed cameras in highway construction and repair areas.

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Especially at major powers in the collegiate sports world, purely amateur athletics has been a myth for many years. Under-the-table gifts by well-to-do boosters have ensured that.

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Most Social Security recipients are rightly disappointed in the 1.6 percent cost-of-living increase that they will be receiving in 2020.

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As municipalities prepare for the annual Halloween festivities, with trick or treating at the top of the list for many area children anxiously awaiting the opportunity to be in disguise and collect a sugary bounty, safety should remain a top priority for everyone.

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Another fall season is upon us in its typical fashion of conjuring up all things pumpkin spice. Of course here in Western Pennsylvania, we have the opportunity to watch the leaves turn from healthy green to vibrant shades of orange, yellow and red.

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U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said last week that 15 defendants in cases involving the exploitation of children have been charged, pleaded guilty or were sentenced in recent weeks.

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A teen in the United Kingdom lost his eyesight to nutritional optic neuropathy, a condition most often seen in countries where nutritious food and the ability to eat a varied diet isn’t plentiful.

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Despite agreement across Pennsylvania that bullying in schools is a problem that needs much more preventive action, it is hard to imagine that proposals being prepared by state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Johnstown, will achieve passage without formidable challenges.

Death Notices

BARRY - Charles W., 65, of Dilliner, formerly of Fairmont, W.Va., January 10.

BEDILLION - Gary L., 73, of Waynesburg, January 11.

CRESS - Sonja Ann, 73, of Waynesburg, January 7.

FOX - Justin Francis, 31, of Khedive, formerly of Waynesburg, January 7.

KELLER - Karen S. Wood, 69, of Waynesburg, January 7.

MATTEUCCI - Janet Rae Welling, 90, of Redstone Highlands Senior Community in North Huntingdon, formerly of Rices Landing, January 1.

RUSNOCK - Mary Rita Antal,101, of Jefferson, January 7.

TUSTIN - Nellie Louise (Gorby), 75, of Richhill Twp., January 7.

WADE - Wilma Jean Moore, 89, of Mt. Morris, January 8.

Full obituaries can be purchased and placed through the Regional Obit Center, 800-222-6397.

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