Treating addiction during COVID-19

In her experience, Toni Harris, program supervisor for the Greenbriar Treatment Center’s  Washington, Pennsylvania, location, said COVID-19 has affected the opioid epidemic in Southwestern Pennsylvania. For those with a drug offense who were placed on probation during or shortly before COVID-19 restrictions began, Harris said addicts escaped their requirements of attending forced treatment. Jails, at … 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

PA CareerLink offers services to unemployed

“Compared to last year, it [unemployment] is a lot higher. But it’s better than I thought it would be for the pandemic, for our county,” Terri Cooley-Taylor, Site Administrator of Greene County’s PA CareerLink, said.  Over the last six months, the unemployment rates in Greene County have increased exponentially reaching heights greater than those recorded … Continue reading

Local workers struggle with unemployment during pandemic

Crystal McNett, Aladdin Food Services catering manager, has been filing unemployment on and off for nine years. When unemployment rates skyrocketed in March, leaving many without jobs, she was prepared. McNett works for Aladdin Food Services at Waynesburg University, a job that revolves around the university’s school year calendar. When the students are off for … Continue reading

“Buy Local, Buy Greene,” local economic action

“Unleashing the power of the consumer dollar in Greene County” is the slogan for the Waynesburg Prosperous and Beautiful initiative: Buy Local, Buy Greene. Buy Local, Buy Greene is a network of local businesses in Greene County, started in 2013, that keeps the public informed on where to shop and encourages commerce between small businesses … Continue reading

Survival as a new small business in a small town during COVID-19

ManKind Gentleman's Cuts, located on High Street in Waynesburg, faced trials though the state-mandated shutdowns

A walk down High Street, downtown Waynesburg, can reveal a candy store, a pizza place, several banks, a few clothing shops and a dance studio. This is only a small portion of what businesses reside in the borough. However, in Waynesburg, not all the businesses stay for very long. Waynesburg used to be home to … Continue reading

Local body and frame shop celebrate 60 years

Wade’s Body & Frame Shop has been serving Waynesburg’s automotive needs since 1960. The local business is located on N. Maiden St. and is one of multiple automotive shops in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. This year marks the business’ 60th anniversary. To celebrate, Wade’s Body & Frame Shop hosted a “60th Anniversary Celebration” on Fri., Oct. 30, … Continue reading

Local senior centers reopen

The month of October has seen many businesses and programs reopening after locking down for several months due to COVID-19. Several of Greene County’s senior centers have opened up, including the Carmichaels Center, Waynesburg Center and more. These centers are all under the same nonprofit, Blueprints. The process of reopening has been slow due to … Continue reading