E-cig sellers respond to proposed federal ban

With the rise in deaths and illnesses connected to e-cigarette usage this year, President Donald Trump proposed a federal ban on most, if not all, flavored e-liquids for e-cigarettes Sept. 11. Vape sellers in Waynesburg, however, think banning is not a good decision based on their knowledge of e-cigarettes, human nature and history.  In regards … Continue reading

Joint effort

Greene County split on recreational marijuana

One thing is for sure: the culture around marijuana has changed. That’s according to John, a Greene County resident and regular recreational user of cannabis, whose full name is being withheld for his privacy. When he was growing up in the late 60s, with Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd playing on the radio, smoking marijuana … Continue reading

Report finds coal ash damaging water

Unsafe levels of several toxins have been found in the region's groundwater

In Greene County, the coal industry is omnipresent, said Veronica Coptis, executive director for the Center for Coalfield Justice. Whether it’s the mining plant over the horizon or the coal ash site around every other road bend, Coptis said residents here have gotten used to living amongst the production. So, when the Environmental Integrity Project … Continue reading

PA gives away Naloxone for ‘Stop Overdoses in PA’ week

Sept. 16-20 and Sept. 23-27 was officially Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week in Pennsylvania. The initiative aimed to provide Pennsylvanians with the overdose-reversing naloxone drug, commonly referred to as its brand name Narcan. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website, the goal of the week is to, “get help for residents … Continue reading

Community Spotlight: The Cherry Door helps local hospitals

The Cherry Door, located on E. High Street in Waynesburg, is an auxiliary thrift shop that donates all of its earnings to hospitals in order to support various operations. The Cherry Door currently donates their earnings to support Washington Health System Greene, here in Waynesburg. They also help struggling students by aiding with scholarships.  The … Continue reading

Historical Society to host 48th Harvest Festival

The Greene County Historical Society Museum will host their 48th annual Harvest Festival Saturday, Oct. 12, to Sunday, Oct. 13. The events will start at 10 a.m. both days and will commence at 5 p.m.  After 48 years of Greene County hosting the annual Harvest Festival, people still look forward to coming year after year. … Continue reading

County’s United Way celebrates 40 years of service

For the past 40 years, a nonprofit organization nestled on High Street in Waynesburg has contributed to the economic of Greene County. Greene County United Way is a catalyst for change, care and community, said MaChal Forbes, executive director of Greene County United Way. Though many do not know of their existence, it is felt … Continue reading

Farmer notices climate change

Shields Herb and Flower Farm has provided Greene County with plants of all types since 1982.  “Since then, we’ve definitely noticed a change,” said Alex Shields, the son of the owner Leigh Shields. The change Shields is talking about is a rising global temperatures.  The Department of Environmental Protection of Pennsylvania reported the state’s climate … Continue reading

Greene mines surviving despite county closures

This past March, two large coal mines in Wyoming shut down after filing bankruptcy, Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr. They were the fourth and sixth largest coal mines in the country. While the ripple effect of their closures was felt by Wyoming taxpayers and vendors, how far has the ripple effect spread though, and how … Continue reading

PAMX president reflects on motocross history

Motocross is a growing sport, and continues to increase in its popularity.  “PAMX is an organization that promotes motocross in Pennsylvania,”  President of PAMX Jeff Cernic said.  The PAMX season is from March through Oct. With only a month left in the season, there are still a few more races to look forward to. Some … Continue reading

PennDOT receives automated vehicle research grant

On Sept. 23-27, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced they have received a grant of $8,409,444 to utilize.  “The intent of PennDOT’s application is to develop a consistent approach to allow for AVs to safely operate in work zones. Knowing that there is unlikely a single solution, the PennDOT proposal focuses on a combination of … Continue reading

Solar Festival endorses cleaner energy option

Though the sun is setting earlier and earlier as winter approaches, it is just now rising for the future of renewable resources, especially that of solar energy. The Center for Coalfield Justice and Solar United Neighbors have pooled their resources to provide vital information and resources to the people of Greene County through the Greene … Continue reading

Mason-Dixon Line Festival commemorates historical significance

The Mason-Dixon Historical Park in West Virginia hosted the third annual Mason-Dixon Line Festival this past Saturday, Sept. 28. With free admission, this event took place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Along with the festivities, a home-cooked buckwheat pancake breakfast was available for purchase from 8 a.m. till 12 p.m. Buckwheat pancakes are sour … Continue reading