EMS plan outlined for  Clarion County borough officials

Clarion County Director of Public Safety Jeff Smathers makes a point about a proposed plan to stabilize emergency services in the county during a meeting Tuesday evening for borough representatives at the Clarion County Sorce Building in Shippenville.

SHIPPENVILLE — The Clarion County Department of Public Safety during two meetings earlier this week rolled out a plan to save ambulance services in the county.

“We have been talking about this problem for six years,” Jeff Smathers, the department’s director, told representatives from Hawthorn, Sligo, St. Petersburg, Clarion, East Brady and Knox boroughs at a meeting at the Clarion County Sorce Building on Tuesday night. Foxburg Borough attended a meeting on Monday night.

RANDY BARTLEY, reporter for The Derrick and The News-Herald, can be reached at 814-226-7000 or at randybartley.thederrick@gmail.com.



The Derrick and The News-Herald will not be published today due to the Memorial Day holiday. In addition, the newspaper offices are closed.

An Oil City man is facing a homicide charge in the death of an Oil City woman. Venango County Coroner Christina Rugh identified the victim as 40-year-old April Michelle Dunkle.

An Oil City man is facing a homicide charge in the death of an Oil City woman. Venango County Coroner Christina Rugh identified the victim as 40-year-old April Michelle Dunkle.

After Venango County jail inmate Bruce William Miller II was captured Friday afternoon after fleeing from UPMC Northwest in the early morning hours of that day, questions arose as to the circumstances that led to his escape and how to prevent such an occurrence in the future.

The Franklin Area School District operations committee has been looking into an additional layer to its emergency response system. Earlier this week, during its monthly regular meeting, the Franklin school board heard from the group.

The Franklin area school board unanimously voted Monday to approve the district’s proposed general fund budget for 2023-2024, which means another year with no tax increase.

BUTLER — Area residents who depend on Clarion Hospital now know the name its health system will go by — Independence Health System — several months after Butler Health System combined with Westmoreland County-based Excela Health.

LEEPER — The new Forest County Authority rolled out its plans for an ambulance service in parts of Clarion and Forest counties to 65 people at the Farmington Fire Department on Friday evening.

Fertigs Community Center hosted its second First Responders Day for Kids Saturday afternoon just as the day’s rain subsided.

Seneca residents had a nerve-wracking start to their Friday morning when they learned a prison inmate was on the loose in their area, but they were able to breathe a sigh of relief by early afternoon upon learning of his capture by Franklin state police.

State police in Franklin confirmed to the newspaper that Bruce William Miller II, a Venango County Jail prisoner who escaped this morning while being treated for an injury at UPMC Northwest, was captured this afternoon.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The stubbornness of high inflation is dividing the Federal Reserve over how to manage interest rates in the coming months, leaving the outlook for the Fed’s policies cloudier than at any time since it unleashed a streak of 10 straight rate hikes beginning in March 2022.

Cranberry Township has taken another step forward in broadband development as a grant application submitted by the Oil Region Alliance to the Appalachian Regional Commission has passed the first phase of approval.