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Bedford County Inquirer (Newspaper) - June 10, 2005, Bedford, Pennsylvania
Established 1812 192nd year 42 june 2005 uses 04772000 single copy 75 cents county building bids Are okayed by Elizabeth Coyle Gazette associate editor the Bedford county com missioners awarded about million in bids tuesday for construction of the new office building in Bedford Bor the general construction contract went to Cullen construction of the same firm handling the renovation and additions at Chestnut Ridge Middle John Hall of Ligonier won the ventilation and air conditioning contract Darr construction won the plumb ing construction contract and Church and Murdock electric of Johnstown won the electrical construction Fred project Man Ager for Dobson and said groundbreaking should be held by the end of the commissioners will be ready to move into a new office building in 18 months follow ing the Mel Lott the project will be completed in two the first phase will be the construction of the three Story office building that will connect the rear of the courthouse to the rear of the Lyons also known As the courthouse this phase also includes of the Lyons and construction of the parking the second phase will be the renovations of the court House and the two unnamed annexes which currently House the county treasurers and veterans affairs Cullen landed the general contracting bid with a million the lowest of three the firm was Given High Marks by Chestnut Ridge continued on Page 5 task Force makes two drug busts the Bedford county drug task Force reported the apprehension of two suspected drug dealers in the past according to the task Heidi Lynn of Riddlesburg was charged with three counts each of posses Sion with intent to deliver and delivery of a controlled sub stance following her arrest on june officials said Morrow made three deliveries of the prescription drug often used in treatment of narcotic to under cover Morrow was arraigned and remanded to the Bedford county jail in lieu of on the task Force arrested William Joseph of Central on charges of Possession with intent to delivery of a controlled substance and pos session of a controlled sub Lenhart is alleged to have delivered half an ounce of cocaine to an undercover offi cer in Napier Lenhart was arraigned and remanded to Bedford county jail in lieu of the Bedford county drug task Force is hard at work seeking out drug dealers throughout Bedford county and bringing them to said District attorney Bill i am extremely proud of the efforts of Bedford county Law enforcement in this anyone with information on drug trafficking in their area Are urged to Call the drug task Force hotline at 1866 drug graduates say Farewell students urged to be Happy at Tussey by Elizabeth Coyle Gazette associate editor Saxton Tussey Moun Tain High school graduated its 44th class its class leaders urging fellow students to pursue and healthy and prosperous Tussey mountains class president Jordon Bollman had Sage words for graduates live life to the he said in his it Only comes around once and it will be gone before you know be no matter what it he valedictorian Megan Ann continued on Page 5 to loses funding for Early dismissal by Danielle Hart Gazette staff writer Sancton graduation ceremony to accommodate parents could end up costing the Tussey Mountain school District More than in Basic subsidy Tussey Mountain seniors graduated on Friday while other students will be Fin Ishing classes on Origi graduation had been planned for tuesday school Board Secretary Lisa Rankin and Board president Bill Ritchey both said there were numerous requests from Stu dents parents and relatives to have the graduation ceremony on a Many family Mem Bers work out of town and hav ing graduation in the Middle of the week makes it difficult for relatives to attend the Ceredo they on Page 5 Gazette Hart following the graduation 146 Chestnut Ridge seniors congregated at the end of the football Field to toss their Caps in the air on Friday Gazette Coyle members of Tussey Mountain High schools class of 2005 flip their tassels to a tumult of applause and a standing ovation Friday night after receiving their education theme at Ridge by Danielle Hart Gazette staff writer Fishertown despite the dreary weather and the threat of 146 Chestnut Ridge seniors received their diplomas outside before bleach ers filled with rela friends and teachers at the Larry Giovacchio stadium on following the theme free Dom and the Cere Mony featured six senior superintendent Tom Otis and Board members Annette Godissart and Karen the six seniors included Casey valedictorian Daniel Novak Samuel salutatorian Angela Jerod Gordon and Jesse Shaffer started the evening by reminiscing about the first Day of school 13 years he said Many kids were crying because they did not want to leave their he said tears were expected at graduation As because class mates did not want to leave the he said unlike other coun tries around the Stu dents in the United states have the right and privilege to a free Public the Opportunity to express their opinions and to he added that the Power of human Shar ing is the responsibility to teach what he or she has Learned to Novak continued the discus Sion of Freedom and education by saying the United states ensures education for everyone not just the Ameri Ca is the greatest nation because it gives her citizens choices and opportunities the Choice to stay in school and earn a he education cant be bought or sold its we have earned Novak with education comes said in other the select few with an education use the advantage to suppress on Page 5 teacher suspended for test Security breach by Elizabeth Coyle Gazette associate editor Everett an Everett elementary teacher is under suspension for violating a Security provision for the statewide assessment the school Board of directors approved the 45day suspension of James a fifth Grade in an agreement worked out with the his last Day of suspension will be the which didst name the teacher in a Public statement issued last night but did list his name on the Agenda for a motion on the also didst say exactly what Eichelberger did to warrant the the District received a report that an alleged violation had occurred in the Security the districts state ment the District investigated the allegation and determined that the test Security proce dures were the state ment the in accordance with state also reported the infraction to the professional standards and practices the commission investigates ethics violations of Public employees and determines if any action should be taken related to the teachers professional Cert Ifica the District whether Eichelberger gave out test questions in test assisted students during the or otherwise violated testing Koontz confirm or the Pennsylvania system of school assessment tests Are administered to every Pennsyl Vania student in eighth and Lith Grade is assessed in math and the test scores Are used to deter mine whether the student is meeting benchmarks set by the state measuring his or her satisfactory academic perform the violation Means the District will have to give up stand ing As a no child left behind Blue ribbon school for the District this is a highly desirable award and its loss to the District is unfortunate because the recognition rewarded and reinforced the hard work and achievement of our students and the statement the Everett area education association provided Legal assistance and was part of the bargaining Koontz pending any actions by professional standards and practices commission to suspend or revoke his the District will reinstate the elementary teacher for the 2005 06 school the District is convinced that the teacher understands the Gravity and seriousness of his inappropriate the District Eichelberger also served As assistant baseball coach this in other personnel the Board accepted the resignation of Andy assistant High school Hedrick has accepted a mathematics teaching position at Black Hawk High school where he also willbe a basketball his departure Means that the new school year will see an administrative lineup that is continued on Page 5 unemployment rate improves a fraction by the Gazette staff Bedford county unemployment rate improved a fraction in partially due to the season and partially due to a shrinking labor the department of labor and Industry figures for april were released for Bedford aprils seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was that Down from 8 percent in the March rate was reported at per making it the highest in the at Bedford county int on the Bottom in that spot belongs to Forest county with 9 the other figures for bed Ford in april were labor Force of res which was Down from in March unchanged at Down from people in March to in because the labor Force shrank and there was a Small dip in the county jobless rate the number of residents employed did not the departments seasonally adjusted figures exclude changes that Are strictly sea without such adjust be Fords unemployment rate would have been percent in that is based on a labor Force of Resi with jobs and out of the department did not explain Why these figures were smaller than the season ally adjusted the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was percent the National rate was elsewhere in the april unemployment rates were Somerset percent and Hunting Don in its report of jobs within the the department found some gains in total jobs Rose from in March to in april exactly the same level As one year in the Good producing Sec jobs in construction and natural resources increased increased by 100 to a total of manufacturing remained at jobs the same As for the previous two months and 100 jobs april total goods pro during jobs were reported at in the service producing there were 100job gains in educational and health and Leisure and hospitality jobs in the service which also includes warehousing and business totalled in
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