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County adjusts to unbalanced budget

Greene County’s 2021 budget includes a property tax increase of an average of 4.25% per residence, as well as several other changes made to restructure funding including reduced staffing, offering an early retirement program and restructuring long-term debt. The deficit in the budget has decreased from $5.45 million to $4.18 million in 2020. The new … Continue reading

Rec center to host 48th annual wrestling tournament

The EQT REC Center of Waynesburg is partnering with the Waynesburg Youth Wrestling Program for their 48th Annual Youth Wrestling Tournament on Feb. 21 at 9 a.m. “The members of the wrestling board, along with High School Varsity Coach, Joe Throckmorton, our employee and coach, Adam Dicken and myself have put together, what I believe … Continue reading

Unpacking Black History Month

Now more than ever you’d have to be living under a rock to be unaware that February is Black History Month. February was chosen to honor Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays. What isn’t more obvious, is what people are supposed to do with that information.  As an Afro-Latina on an overwhelmingly white campus, I … Continue reading

Blueprints’ lasting impact on Greene County ties community needs

“There are many community action groups, but we’re different,” Anastasia Barr, Communications Manager at Blueprints said. Barr has been working at Blueprints since March of 2019, doing advertising campaigns and promoting services, running social media and working alongside program services to recruit, holding an office in both Greene and Washington counties. Barr started her position … Continue reading

Wisecarver Development Grant Updates

On Sept. 24, the Greene County Department of Planning and Community Development and Department of Recreation received $200,000 in grant money that was applied for in April of this year.  According to a news release from Greene County’s website, “the county was awarded a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Grant to work on … Continue reading

How did we get here?

Imagine an estranged child running away from his abusive parents. Imagine the hardships that have shaped his perspective. Imagine the determination it took to separate from the pain of the known to the unfamiliar. He grows up asserting he will never perpetuate the same offenses. In fact, not only will he never practice these injustices, … Continue reading

Greene County in need of foster homes

Approximately 13,000 – 15,000 Pennsylvanian children are currently in foster care and part of the child welfare system, according to the Pennsylvania State Resource Family Association. According to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System, that is a 9.6% increase from 2013.  “The biggest issue is the lack of foster homes in our … Continue reading

Why the Census is so important

The United States Census 2020 is a count of every person in the United States of America and it’s five territories, according to their website. As it is mandated in the U.S. Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, the reason the Census exists isn’t just to count the population, but it can be used to help … Continue reading