Monday, March 19, 2007

Grove City Council Recommends Chestnut Street Bridge Name Change

Grove City Borough Council voted tonight to recommend to Mercer County Commissioners that the Chestnut Street Bridge be renamed to memorialize a local casualty from the Iraq War. The proposed name is the Staff Sergeant Shawn A. Graham Veterans Memorial Bridge.

SSG Graham was killed in action on September 25, 2005 in Balad, Iraq. He was a 1989 Grove City high School graduate.

The council voted 7-2 in favor of the name change. Beth Cooney and Rick Slagle were the dissenting members. Before the vote, Graham's sister, Sheila Berry spoke to council about her family's feelings about Shawn and the honor of naming the bridge after him.

The next step is for the borough to forward the recommendation to the Mercer County Commissioners for action.

EXTRA: Watch the implosion of the Chestnut Street Bridge! (Hat tip to Moonlight Photo Services!)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Chestnut Street Bridge Imploded

The Chestnut Street bridge in Grove City, built in 1930, was brought down this morning. The bridge was in complete disrepair and was shut down to all traffic in 2004. Mercer County will be building a new bridge with an estimated completion date of October 12, 2007.

Grove City Borough Council is lobbying Mercer County (the "owner" of the bridge) to name the bridge the Staff Sergeant Shawn A. Graham Veterans Memorial Bridge. More info can be found here...

Moonlight Photo Services captured some great video of the implosion! Click to watch...




Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Primary 2008 Candidates Announced

In case you were wondering...

Mercer County has posted the list of the 2008 primary candidates. There are a few races of interest.

All three Mercer County Commissioner seats are available this year, but surprisingly only 10 candidates are going for the seats.

Democratic
- Kenneth R. Ammann
- Brian Beader (I)
- Jim Kaibas
- Dave Ryan
- Timothy P. Templeton

Republican
- Mary A. Buckwalter
- Michael M. Cooney (withdrawn 3/20)
- John N. Lechner
- Lewis P. McEwen
- Phillip P. Steele

Another interesting race is the Ward One Borough Council race in Grove City. Incumbent Beth Cooney is facing opposition from GCC professor Dr. Michael Coulter.

Here are the other ward races, which have candidates with no opposition (all are Republican):

Ward Two
- Patrick J. Chapman

Ward Three
- Joseph M Pisano

Ward Five
- Jeffrey P. Black


There are no candidates for Ward Four.

Unfortunately, there seems to be no real change in the Grove City School Board:

Democratic/Socialist/Communist/Liberal
- William G. Berger
- James L. Crow
- Barbara Hedegore
- Susan Herman
- David L. Rothman


Five seats are open, so that means one of the prolific tax hikers isn't running for re-election, but the other four are. I don't know who William Berger is - but I hope he isn't hand picked by the board. Ugh. Get ready for more tax hikes!

Monday, March 05, 2007

Dunn Hearing Postponed

Scott Dunn's hearing to suppress his statements to police has been delayed because of scheduling conflicts.

Hat tip to The Herald (Sharon, PA):

...the hearing — at which the judge will also consider a request for a venue change — will be at 1:30 p.m. April 4 before Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas R. Dobson.