PUNXSUTAWNEY â Libraries in Pennsylvania are facing yet another five-percent budget cut from Gov. Tom Corbettâs new fiscal year budget proposal.
âI think the state does alright by us, considering that all of the libraries are caught in dire straits right now with the proposed budget cuts,â library Director Coral Ellshoff said.
âIâm not saying that I welcome a five-percent cut in state funding; I think itâs understandable,â she said. âWhere it creates an imbalance, the local governments need to pick up the slack.â
BROOKVILLE â Next month, teen drivers in Jefferson and Clarion counties will put their driving skills to the test for the annual Clar-Jeff Regional Safe Driving Competition.
But Jefferson County Sheriff Carl Gotwald thinks this year is more important than ever before because of two new state laws that affect teen drivers.
âThere has been a lot of recent changes,â he said. âThere have also been some very high-profile car accidents where kids have been killed. So I think itâs a good program to educate teen drivers.â
A new state law requiring Pennsylvania drivers to pull over and stop if they want to use text-based communications takes effect today, although it remains legal to use a hand-held cell phone behind the wheel. The statewide texting-while-driving ban carries a $50 fine and gives police authority to pull over suspected violators on sight.