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2017 Wampum Area Christmas Parade

11/28/17 Police Standoff Ends With Man in Custody
11/28/17 Police surround a house on New Castle’s lower east side and after a nearly 2 hour stand off, take a man into custody.

Man Falls From Wall in New Castle

09/19/17 Young Woman Hit By Car on Route 18 in Big Beaver
Shortly before noon today, a young woman attempting to cross Route 18 near Penndale Road in Big Beaver, was struck by a southbound mini-van. The woman was critically injured and was taken to a nearby landing zone to be transported by a Stat-Medevac helicopter.

Cedar Street Vacant House Fire
Fire destroys a large vacant house that may have contained, at one time, three apartments. An occupied home, eight feet away, was saved by firemen.

Amish Horse Barn Fire
09/11/17 Three horses are rescued after an Amish barn catches fire in Mercer County

Fire Destroys a Mahoning Township Farmhouse
Farmhouse destroyed by early morning fire.

09/04/17 Woman Rescued in Pulaski Township Trailer Fire
A woman, along with several dogs, escaped their burning trailer.

Mini Van Crashes Scott Township Fire Department Sign
Mini Van Crashes into Scott Twp. Fire Department Sign. One man flown to a Youngstown Hospital.

Shenango Frank Ave House Fire
August 21, 2017  A vacant house destroyed, a neighboring home seriously damaged by noon time fire. A resident at 800 Frank Ave. uses a garden hose to keep the fire next door to his home at bay. 

7-16-2017 Car Overturns Into House
One man is flown by medical helicopter while two residents escape injury when a vehicle  slams into a house on Mercer Road, North Sewickley Township.

06/25/17 Lutton Street House Fire
Firemen called to a vacant house fire early Sunday morning. The house was in flames when firemen arrived. It took several hours to completely extinguish. The previous tenants had moved out about two weeks ago because of code violations to the property. 

Union Township House Fire
An elderly man escapes the fire at his home around 7 am this morning. Firemen tell us the hole second floor was engulfed with flames when they arrived, The house appears to be a total loss. New Castle Fire Department assisted Union Township in fighting the fire. The fire marshal has been called to the scene.

Old Train Station Burns in Beaver Falls
The old train station near Geneva College was destroyed by fire shortly after noon today. Beaver Falls Fire Chief Mark Stowe told KDSTV that the fire is most likely arson. 

06/07/17 Kildoo Falls Rescue
An 18 year old man was rescued after falling approximately 25 feet from a water falls at McConnells Mill State Park.

Car Into Cascade Quarry Lake
Reported stolen rental vehicle ends up submerged in Cascade Quarry Lake in New Castle. A woman fishing at the lake, Ashley Ferree, tells KDSTV what she heard and saw. Crews spent several hours removing the vehicle from the lake. No one was inside.

1 year-old Amish boy drowns in pond
04/30/17 A one year-old Amish boy was found unresponsive in a pond early Sunday morning. Attempts to revive him were futile. 

04/18/17 Shenango Township Hoover Road House Fire
Elderly woman escapes devastating house fire

Shenango Township Mercer County Fatal House Fire
A 70 year-old Mercer County woman died this morning after her home on Buckwalter Road in Shenango Township went up in flames.

2016 Wampum Area Christmas Parade
The largest Christmas Parade in Wampum’s history was held on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Therese McShea and Barry Cody co-host the parade on KDSTV.com, Armstrong Cable and Westminster College’s TV channel 183 on Comcast. A schedule of the parade’s airing will be available later this week on KDSTV.com.

2015 Wampum Area Christmas Parade
Join us on December 3, 2016 at 1 pm for the 44th Wampum Area Christmas Parade. In the mean time, enjoy the 2015 Christmas Parade.

Motorcycle Crashes Into Rear of Pickup Truck on Route 422
Man flown by medical helicopter after crashing his motorcycle into the rear of a pickup truck in Mahoning Township.

New Beaver Boro ATV vs SUV
11/17/2016  One man is seriously injured when he crashes is ATV into a SUV on Route 168 in New Beaver Boro around 8 am this morning.

Governor Wolf Signs Bill at Scott VFD
Today, State Representative Jaret Gibbons joined Governor Tom Wolf in signing House Bill 2025 at Scott Twp. fire hall, 

Route 422 Slippery Rock Township SUV vs Pedestrian
A 48 year-old man was struck by a SUV while attempting to cross Route 422 near the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle shop.  The man was unresponsive and was being administered CPR by persons at the scene. He was flown by medical helicopter to Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh where he is expected to be in critical condition. PSP New Castle is investigating the accident and do not expect to file charges against the driver.

Hickory Township Harlansburg Road Accident
Three people sent to hospitals, two by medical helicopters after a head on crash in front of the Hickory Township Fire Department . 

K-9 Pattys New Ride Unveiled - Beaver Falls, PA
An unveiling was held to show off the new ride for Beaver Falls FD arson dog Patty.

Wampum Fire Department Fire
Wampum Fire Department’s truck bay severely damaged by fire. Fire Chief Charles Kelly, Jr. tells us what led up to the fire and how they will continue to respond to calls.

Cats Dumped at Local Humane Society
Two cats were dumped at the Lawrence County Humane Society the evening of September 19, 2016. Security cameras caught the SUV traveling through the lot and the cats scrambling to take cover after they were let out.

Edinburg WWII Veterans Memorial Monument Dedication
After the original monument was destroyed in a truck accident, a newly constructed monument was dedicated at the site of the former Edinburg School.

Two Houses Destroyed in Wampum Fire
Two houses in Wampum, one occupied and another vacant, were destroyed by fire around eight o’clock this morning. The occupants, an elderly woman and her son, escaped without injury. Charles Kelly, Jr., Wampum’s Fire Chief, told us the fire marshal was on scene and will be investigating the cause of the fire. Wampum’s fire hydrants, one just across the street from the fire, could not be used as a source for water because the borough’s reservoir is currently being replaced. Kelly said he immediately called for water tankers from a multitude of fire departments and had an adequate supply of water. Residents we talked with were heart-broken over the family’s loss of their home. They feel the town’s residents will pitch-in and help in any way they can.

02/14/2015 Local Sea of Blue March Salutes Police
02/14/2015 Nearly a hundred marchers battled the cold temperatures and snow flurries in downtown New Castle on Saturday to honor police officers for their service. The local Sea of Blue event was organized by New Castle resident, Amy Smock. The walk began at Cascade Galaria and ended at the New Castle Police station on North Street with a short ceremony and balloon launch. The video runs approx. 17 minutes.

12/06/14 Ellwood City Honors Fallen Firemen (Preview)
A memorial service for two Ellwood City Firemen who died while fighting a hotel fire twenty-five years ago, was held in the downtown area this morning. David "Ernie" Martino and Paul Frederick were honored with a procession from the fire department to the vacant lot which once housed the Elton Hotel. A memorial wreath was laid at the site in their remembrance. A complete video with interviews with the current chief Rick Myers, family members and firemen who fought the deadly blaze will be available later.

2014 Wampum Area Christmas Parade
Despite the rainy weather and chilly temperatures, the 42nd Annual Wampum Area Christmas Parade provided plenty of excitement and Christmas spirit to all who attended. Barry Cody again supplies the commentary for the parade which in its edited version runs 46 minutes. The Light Up The Town Video will be available later this week.

07/08/14 Mahoning Twp Business Nearly Destroyed By Fire
Police responding to a burglar alarm at SealMaster Manufacturing on W. State Street in Mahoning Township, found the building on fire. Fire departments from Pennsylvania and Ohio fought the blaze for several hours before bringing it under control. Fire chief Francis "Poncho" Exposito talks about how the fire was discovered and the difficulties firemen encountered bringing it under control. A complete nine minute video is now available  for "emergency personnel".

Past Memorial Days in Ellwood City Revisited

05/03/14 Richard Hogue Fundraiser
05/03/14 A fund raiser was held Saturday in Ellwood City for the family of homicide victim Richard Hogue. Hogue was fatally shot in November of last year at a home on Loop Street in Ellwood City. Friends and family gathered on Lawrence Ave. to celebrate his life and raise money with a motorcycle run to benefit his 7 year-old son, Richard Jr. Approximately 50 riders traveled throughout the county spreading awareness about victims of  homicide and what their families must endure. The shooting suspect is awaiting trial in the Lawrence County Jail.

03/27/14 New Castle Honors Basketball Team (High Lights)
03/27/14  View highlights of the downtown celebration honoring the New Castle High School Basketball State Champs. The complete program will be available later this week along with last weeks pep rally and the team’s return to New Castle.

2014 Lawrence Co Habitat For Humanity Douse For A House

Today, hundreds of people were on hand for the 4th annual "Douse For A House" at Moraine State Park sponsored by Lawrence County Habitat For Humanity. The youngest participant was 8 years old and the oldest was 79. The air temperature was in the low twenties and the water temperature just a bit below freezing. A large hole had to be cut in the ice to allow access to the water. Many wore colorful costumes and some wore almost nothing. KDSTV’s Joe Sobczak spoke with some of the participants and Habitat For Humantity’s executive director, Shereee Cunningham.


Ex Fire Chief Dan Gallatin Funeral Now On KDSTV.com

First time on KDSTV.com /

Ex Scott Township fire chief Dan Gallatin was laid to rest during a burial ceremony at Parkside Cemetery on May 11, 2013.

Dan was fatally injured in a car / motorcycle accident a few days earlier.  A memorial service was held at the Cunningham Funeral Home in Neshannock Township. A procession of private vehicles, fire trucks and motorcycles traveled from the funeral home to Parkside Cemetary.


01/18/2014 The Search For Christopher Sean Story
Family and friends are searching for a missing New Castle man. Christopher S. Story, who would have celebrated his 41st birthday on Monday, January 20, has been missing from his home since August of last year. Search dogs from K9-SOS and psychic criminal investigators were also on hand to comb the area where Chris Story was last seen. Unfortunately, the search had negative results. Monday, a balloon launch was held in front of Chris’s home in honor of his 41st birthday. KDSTV was on hand for the search and Chris’s sister, Lindsey Dover, provided still pictures from the launch.

2013 Wampum Area Christmas Parade
The 2013 Wampum Area Christmas Parade is now available on KDSTV. This 41th annual parade is in memory of Rose Cody. Rose served as the parade secretary for 30 years. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

2012 Wampum Area Christmas Parade
Come enjoy the Christmas season at Wampum Borough’s "2013 Light Up The Town Night" on Thursday, December 5th at 6PM on Main Street. There will be music, entertainment, carriage rides and a visit from Santa at Peggy’s Floral Shop. Then on Saturday, December 7, view the 2013 Wampum Area Christmas Parade live at 1PM on Main Street in Wampum. You can view high lights from the 2012 Light Up The Town and the 2012 Christmas Parade now on KDSTV.com.

2012 Wampum Light Up The Town Night High Lights
Come enjoy the Christmas season at Wampum Borough’s "2013 Light Up The Town Night" on Thursday, December 5th at 6PM on Main Street. There will be music, entertainment, carriage rides and a visit from Santa at Peggy’s Floral Shop. Then on Saturday, December 7, view the 2013 Wampum Area Christmas Parade live at 1PM on Main Street in Wampum. You can view high lights from the 2012 Light Up The Town and the 2012 Christmas Parade now on KDSTV.com.

11/10/13 Woman & Son Recieve Habitat For Humanity Home

11/10/13  A woman and her son were handed the keys to their new home in New Castle today by members of the Lawrence County Habitat For Humanity organization. Amber Norman, who celebrated her 26th birthday today, and her son, Jayden were greeted by nearly fifty guests at the dedication of their home. The crowd went on to sing happy birthday to her after giving mother and son many symbolic gifts for their new home. Chad Weatherby, construction supervisor, presented a unique gift made from a piece of a tree and a part of chain link fence pulled from the property during construction. It now adorns a wall in the Norman home also displaying pictures of Jayden and his mother. Hear from home owner Amber Norman and Sheree Cunningham, Executive Director of the Lawrence County Habitat for humanity in an one on one interview here on KDSTV.com.

 


10/19/13 Stand Down Event Held for Homeless Veterans

08/16/13 Salute to the American Soldier Crusade

08/16/13  Pastor Randy Crum  of Vision Ministries of Lawrence County begins the 1st Annual  Salute to the American Soldier Crusade with a motorcycle ride featuring the Patriot Guard Riders at Cascade Park today. Around 150 motorcycles participated in the ride that ended at the Lawrence County Fairground with a patriotic march and a crusade for the American soldier. Crum talks to KDSTV at Cascade Park just before the ride began and said he is excited about the turnout.

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07/13/13 Jameson Health System Run For Your Heart 5-10K

07/09/13 Seven Honored For Rescuing Perry Twp Fire Victim

Celebrating Ellwood City Memorial Days in the Eighties
This video recorded in the early eighties in Ellwood City is being made available for the first time on KDSTV.com. The memorial day parade and ceremony at Legion Park will help memorialize many of the local residents who appear in the video but are no longer with us. The video runs nearly 30 minutes.

05/16/13 Lawrence County Honors Fallen Heroes
05/16/13  Police and local residents gathered today in front of the New Castle Police Station on E. North Street to honor our fallen heroes from Lawrence County. The video is 11 minutes and is available in full screen.

4/28/13 $5000 Raised for the Wounded Warrior Project
04/28/13  Local VFW Post 315, the National Guard and local softball teams joined forces to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. Money was donated in part by sponsors and a check in the amount of five thousand dollars was donated today to the project after a softball tournament at the Taylor Twp. Soft Ball field near West Pittsburgh. The team from Tuscany Square Restaurant in Neshannock took first place in the tournament. Tom Lane, commander of VFW Post 315 in New Castle and head of the event, talks about the importance of the project with KDSTV reporter and videographer, Joe Sobczak.

03/11/13 Darlington Township Honors Rescuers in 2-12-13 Fire

02/11/13 Darlington Township Honors Rescuers of Fire Victims
02/11/13 Members of Darlington Township Boro Council honored two private citizens and two Darlington Township firemen for rescuing two victims from a burning home in the early hours of January 27, 2013.

12/05/12 Christmas Display Earns Money For Womans Shelter

Leslie H. Sabo, Jr.Bridge Renaming Event
The full video of the event is currently delayed for several more days. Please check back. We are sorry for the convenience.

Local Megabus Passengers Talk About Near Disaster
08/28/12 Three local residents escape with their lives after a Megabus traveling on the Pennsylvania Turnpike nearly crashes. George Allison, Michelle Kolch and her fiancé’, Joseph Allison, were returning to Pittsburgh on Monday from a concert in Philadelphia when the driver of their bus became incoherent and nearly passed out. Several passengers took control of the bus and brought it to a safe stop. No one was injured and after nearly four hours, a replacement driver arrived to finish driving the bus to Pittsburgh. We talked with the local passengers about their ordeal.

08/19/12 The 2012 Battle in the Boro
08/19/2012  Fire companies from Lawrence County gathered on Sunday, August 19 to participate in the annual "Battle in the Boro" held at the South New Castle Boro fire department on Byers Ave. The event brings local firemen together for a day of fun utilizing their firefighting skills in 6 separate competitive areas. Shenango Township VFD won the overall honors for the second straight year and were able to retain the coveted traveling trophy.

08/05/12 Prayer Vigil For Shenango Township Drowning Victim
08/05/2012  Ronald Christopher Poloka, age 20, died in a drowning accident on August 2, 2012.  About sixty friends and family members held a prayer vigil Sunday along the Beaver River in Taylor Township.

07/21/12 Retired Ellwood City Fire Chief Honored at Banquet
07/21/12  Nearly 100 friends, relatives and fellow firemen gathered to honor recently retired Ellwood City Fire Chief, Connie MacDonald. The event held at Wurtemburg-Perry fire hall, consisted of a sit down buffet and a program hosted by Franklin Township Fire Department’s Sam Ferrante. A short video of recent fires in the area was narrated by MacDonald. Chiefs of several mutual aid companies spoke and gave praise for all his efforts and leadership over the years.

05/04/12 West Hill Elementary School Holds Relay Recess

05/04/12  Sharon - Students of West Hill Elementary School participated in Relay Recess Week raising over $2000 for the American Cancer Society. The program provides the opportunity for students, teachers and administrators to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remembering loved ones lost and fighting back against a disease that has taken too many lives.


05/31/12 School Bus and Semi Collide in North Beaver Twp
Video is in "Special Events" category to permit non emergency personnel to view the whole video in full frame mode. Corporal James Sheldone of the Pennsylvania State Police in New Castle talks to KDSTV about the accident.

05/29/12 Suspected Meth Labs Found in Lawrence County
05/29/12 Two homes in Lawrence County suspected of having meth labs were raided today by local and Allegheny County drug enforcement agents. The first home was located on Balph Avenue in South New Castle Boro and the second on Atlantic Avenue near W. Washington Street in New Castle. Several people were taken into custody and several children were also removed from the homes. KDSTV talks with local authorities concerning the raids.

02/19/12 "Douse For a House" Plunge at Morraine State Park
02/19/12 Lawrence County Habitat for Humanity held its second annual "Douse For a House" Saturday at Morraine State Park. The polar bear plunge style activity raises money for construction of houses for needy families in Lawrence County. According to Sheree Cunningham, executive director of the Lawrence County Habitat For Humanity, 95 plungers raised over $20,000. Many friends and supporters were also in attendance to bring the crowd on hand to over 300 people. KDSTV talked with Sheree Cunningham and many of the participants. Make sure to click the icon for full frame video. 

01/17/12 House in Daugherty Township Damaged By High Winds
01/17/12  High winds were predicted in the area but really hit home for Daugherty Township resident, Elizabeth "B.J." Green. She was away when she received a call that her home was damaged by high winds. After arriving home, she found her 60 foot porch awning had been blown up on to the roof of her house. Emergency workers arrived to remove the awning and damaged tv antenna. Tarps were also placed on the roof to  prevent rain from entering throgh the damaged areas. Damage estimates were not immediately available.

01/01/12 Man Rescued After Dirt Bike Accident in Beaver County
01/01/12 A dirt bike accident on private property sends the victim to the hospital. Firemen from West Mayfield were called around three o’clock in the afternoon after another rider notified 911. After locating the individual on a hillside near West Mayfield Park, mutual aid was called to help extricate the victim from the White Township side of the property. Joe DeMuzio, the private property owner, used his ATV to move the victim from the hillside to an awaiting ambulance. Information on his condition was not immediately available.

12/15/11 Meeting Concerning Possible New Castle P.O.Closing
12/15/11 A public meeting was held this evening by the United States Postal Service concerning the possible closing of the New Castle mail processing center on Cascade Street. About two hundred people attended the meeting held in the Neshannock High School auditorium to hear and voice their opinions on the closing.

2011 Wampum Christmas Parade (unedited promo)
The unedited video of the main section of the 2011 Wampum Christmas Parade in now available. Pre-parade festivities and children meeting with Santa to receive their treats will be available later in the week of December 5, 2011.

10/14/11 Wampum VFD Getting New Fire Hall
10/14/11 After two years in the planning, the Wampum Volunteer Fire Department’s new fire hall is under construction and is expected to be ready early in November. KDSTV talked with Wampum’s fire chief, Charles Kelly, Jr. and he gives us details on the new structure and why the old one had to be replaced.

09/23/11 Lawrence County POW / MIA Recognition Day Ceremony
 Lawrence County held its 17th Annual POW / MIA Recognition Day Ceremony at the Gettings Building Assembly in New Castle on September 23, 2011. On hand were local dignitaries, former prisioners of war and family members of the mia’s. Charles W. Garbett, a highly decorated Viet-Nam veteran and local attorney, was the main guest speaker.

08/21/11 Shenango VFD Wins Battle in the Boro
08/21/11 Despite periods of rain, the Battle in the Boro went on for the fifth straight year, ending with the Shenango Township Volunteer Fire Department as champions for the first time.  Additional video, including complete coverage of the games, will be available later this week.

08/17/11 Lawrence Co Police Training at Shenango High School
08/17/11 Training was conducted today by members of the New Castle State Police Special Emergency Response Team at Shenango High School for local police officers. Bill Phillips, Shenango Township police superintendent, said the exercise was to help local police gain experience in dealing with "An Active Shooter"during a possible standoff at local schools. Lawrence County Department of Public Safety provided their mobile Command Unit as a base for monitoring the activities.

07/12/11 Marine From Grove City Gets Date With Movie Star
07/12/11 22 year-old Marine Sgt. Scott Moore from Grove City, PA scores a date with movie star, Mila Kunis. Moore, serving in Musa Qala, Afghanistan, posted a You Tube video asking Kunis to be his date at the Marine Corps Ball in November. Kunis and "Friends With Benefits" co-star, Justin Timberlake, were appearing on a Fox News show when she was informed of the video. After consulting with her publicist, she agreed to be his date at the ball. KDSTV talked with Moore’s parents in Grove City today and they say their phone hasn’t stopped ringing since the Fox Show aired. We’ve also posted a few links to get you to the You Tube video and an excerpt from the Fox News Show.

06/18/11 Fund-Raiser Held for Son of Murder Victim

06/18/11  A fund raiser was held to day for 6 month old baby Gaven whose mother Joie Lordi, was brutally murdered on May 22, 2011 in Ellwood City. The funds will be used to defray funeral expenses and to help secure a future for Gaven who is being raised by his grandfather, Joseph "Mo" Lordi.

www.joielordi.bravehost.com/


06/11/11 SSGT Edward Mills Jr Funeral Held Today
06/11/11 SSGT Edward D. Mills, Jr. was laid to rest today at Parkside Cemetery Mausoleum in Shenango Township. Mills was killed in an explosive attack in Afghanistan on May 26. After a 11 o’clock service at the Ed & Don DeCarbo Funeral Home, a procession wound its way through the city and to Shenango Township for burial. Additional video is available by selecting that story. Also the video "Fallen Soldier Returns Home to New Castle" is also available by clicking that story on June 08, 2011. This video shows the procession from the Vienna, Ohio air base to the funeral home in New Castle.

06/11/11 Mills Funeral Additional Video
06/11/11 SSGT Edward D. Mills, Jr. was laid to rest today at Parkside Cemetery Mausoleum in Shenango Township. Mills was killed in an explosive attack in Afghanistan on May 26. After a 11 o’clock service at the Ed & Don DeCarbo Funeral Home, a procession wound its way through the city and to Shenango Township for burial. Also see the preview video "Edward Mills Funeral Held Today" which has interviews. Also view the video " Fallen Soldier Returns Home To New Castle" posted on June 08, 2011. This video shows the procession from the air base in Vienna, Ohio to the funeral home in New Castle.

06/08/11 Fallen Soldier Returns Home to New Castle
06/08/11 The body of 29 year-old SSgt Edward D. Mills of Union Township was returned to New Castle after being killed in Afghanistan on May 26. His plane arrived shortly before 9 a.m. this morning at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna, Ohio. From there, a procession traveled along Interstates 80 and 376 to the Ed & Don DeCarbo funeral home in New Castle. Mills will be buried at Parkside Cemetery in Shenango Township on Saturday.

04/10/11 Qn.of Heaven Parishioners Worship at Koppel VFD
04/10/11 Nearly 100 parishioners attended the 11 a.m. mass of the Queen of Heaven Parish held at the Koppel Volunteer Fire Department. The church was damaged in a fire about a week and a half go after a funeral service earlier in the day. While awaiting assessments from a structural engineer on the integrity of the building and the eventual repair of the church, mass is being held at the Koppel Fire Department. Last Sunday, the first Sunday after the fire, mass was held at Holy Redeemer Parish in Ellwood City. No specific cause of the fire has been released.

Something Old, Something New

New additions at Ralph’s Barber Shop won’t change the overall image which has lasted in Ellwood City for over 50 years.


03/22/11 Students & Faculty Rally Against Funding Cuts
03/22/11 Students and faculty rallied today at Slippery Rock University protesting Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s plan to cut the amount of funding to the states fourteen colleges and universities. The event which was held outside Old Main on the SRU campus, was echoed by similar rallies throughout the state.

02/14/11 Beaver Falls Fire Dept Conducts Training Exercise
Beaver Falls Fire Department conducted a "Control Burn" training evercise last fall in the city. Several buildings were to be torn down but were first made available to the department for training. Several other mutual aid departments participated in the training exercise. Currently available only to viewers with "Emergency Personnel" accounts.

Franklin Township Mutual Aid Training

12/07/10 Kids Enjoy "Shop With a Cop" at Union Wal-Mart

More "Shop With a Cop" video available on Monday, December 27, 2010.

12/07/10 Kids were treated to a shopping spree at Wal-Mart courtesy of local law enforcement agencies. Funds were raised by various police departments throughout Lawrence County so that many needy and underprivileged kids can have a Merry Christmas. Children were permitted to select clothing and toys up to a certain total value. This is the 10th annual event that has been hosted by Lawrence County Polices agencies and Wal-Mart every year.


10/24/10 Memorial Bench Dedicated For Crash Victims
10/24/10  It was one year ago today that three young friends lost their lives in a tragic auto accident in South Beaver Township, near Darlington, Beaver County. A passenger in another vehicle, twenty-five year-old Jessica DeMarco, was also killed. Today, friends and family of the three friends gathered at the West Mayfield Community Park to dedicate a granite bench in their memory. Louis Young, Bryan Atkinson and Joshua Tate’s pictures and names are inscribed in the bench which over looks the playground and ballfields. A covered bridge and monument built by Joshua’s father, Robert, with support of friends, also stands nearby. A candle light vigil was also held later at the crash site located at the intersection of routes 168 and 51. 

09/23/10 Police Canines and Handlers Honored in Ellwood City
Jozek, a five year-old German Shepard canine who is Ellwood City’s police dog, was honored on Thursday at a birthday party in front of the municipal building. The event was held in conjunction with K-9 Appreciation Day in Ellwood City which honors all area police canines and their handlers. KDSTV was on hand to cover the event and a sixteen minute video is now available.

09/18/10 Canines in the Cascades Preview

09/17/10 Ellwood City VFD Celebrates 100 Years

09/17/10  Ellwood City Volunteer Fire Department celebrated its 100th Anniversary at a banquet at Shakespeare’s Restaurant near Ellwood City on Friday. Over 100 guests ate dinner, listened to speakers who had nothing but praise for the department and were presented the history of the department which covered the last ten decades. Doug Ries of Flip Disc Productions provided the music and magic show. Members of the department had their picture taken with a fire truck outside the restaurant in a way similar to a black and white photo showing the departments first truck with members in 1915.  


06/27/10 2010 Tour de Cure For American Diabetes Assn

The 2010 American Diabetes Association’s Pittsburgh Tour de Cure held its annual fundraiser on Sunday, June 27, 2010 at Seneca Valley High School in Harmony, PA.  Funds raised for this cycling event support the ADA’s mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The Tour de Cure is a ride, not a race, with routes designed for everyone from the occasional rider to the experienced cyclist. Steve Shivak, executive director for the Western Pennsylvania American Diabetes Association, said this years event saw a twenty-five percent increase in participants. KDSTV covered part of the event for WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh and you can view the beginning of the 20/30 mile group which began their route around 9:30 a.m. Temperatures in the high eighties and excessive humidity didn’t make it easy on the riders but most finished with a high degee of accomplishment in help fighting this dreaded disease.


04/23/10 EMSI Training Day 1 / First Time on KDSTV.com

01/31/2010 New Castle - Troops Prepare to Leave For Haiti

Friends, family and troops from the 326th Quartermaster Company gathered Sunday at the Lawrence County Veterans Memorial USAR Center in Union Township for a departure ceremony. The group, which specializes in water purification, is leaving for Haiti to assist in "Operation Unified Response".


01/04/2010 Lawrence County Swearing-In Ceremony
On Monday, January 04, 2010, a swearing-in ceremony was held at the Lawrence County Government Center for seven elected officials. One newcomer, Joshua Lamancusa, was sworn in as the new Lawrence County District Attorney, replacing John Bongivengo. Lamancusa won over incumbent Bongivengo in last year’s Democratic primary. View a short preview and then select to watch the complete 30 minute ceremony.

12/05/09 2009 Wampum Area Christmas Parade

12/04/09 Noga Ambulance New Castle Station Grand Opening
12/04/09  Noga Ambulance Service held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at its newest station at 1060 Butler Avenue in New Castle. Many local dignitaries and friends were on hand for a tour of the facility and a delicious luncheon. Six ambulances and medical crews will staff the station 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. More video soon on KDSTV.com.

12/03/09 Wampum Light Up The Town
12/03/09 Wampum area residents began their celebtation "Light Up The Town" this evening by lighting 200 luminaire along Main Street. Horse drawn wagon rides, choirs, cloggers, dancers,  food and drinks were offered free to the public. The event marks the weekend of the 37th Annual Wampum Area Christmas Parade on Saturday at 1 P.M.

12/01/09 Operation Lifeline Supporting Troops and Families
Members of Operation Lifeline gathered Tuesday at Christ Lutheran Church on E. Washington Street in New Castle to prepare and ship care packages to troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ann Houk, co-chair person of the group, explains more.

11/29/09 Troops From 475th Quartermaster Group Deploy
11/29/09 Sixteen members of the Seventh Detachment of the 475th Quartermaster Group based in Farrell, Pennsylvania, left for deployment to the Middle East this morning. The group will first under go 30 days of additional training at Fort Dix, N.J. Upon arriving in countries like Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait, they will be responsible for logistics to provide petroleum and water to troops in the field. After watching the preview, click "more video" to see additional footage.

11/09/09 BC3s President Walks 17 Miles to Work Today
Butler County Community College’s President, Dr. Nick Neunauper, walked 17 miles to work today. The walk started at the Stone House on Route 8 north of Butler and took nearly 5 hours to complete. Students and well-wishers gathered at the college’s main gate to applaud the arrival of Neupauper and three BC3 trustees. See what prompted the president to attempt this challenging feat.

10/17/09 Bessemer Great Pumpkin Event
A 1,365 pound pumpkin took center stage at the Great Pumpkin Event on Saturday, October 17th at Old Glory Square in Bessemer. The event was sponsored by the Bessemer Beautification Committee and the giant pumpkins were painted by Mohawk High School Art Students.

10/08/09 "Battle in the Boro"
Nine Lawrence County Fire Departments competed  in six different events at this year’s "Battle in the Boro". This is the third year for the event and it was held at the sponsoring South New Castle Boro Fire Department.

10/06/09 "Operation Scarlet Harvest" The First Day

10/06/09 The complete video from the first day of the "Operation Scarlet Harvest" drill held by The Region 13 Task Force and Lawrence County Department of Public Safety, is now available on KDSTV. You must be logged in as "Emergency Personnel". Just select"Full Video" under the preview window. Viewing time is 28 minutes.


05/28/09 Mohawk-Riverside Mock Accidents Update
Update: Andrea Tice of KDSTV comments about the success of the Mohawk and Riverside mock accidents.

05/06/09 Mohawk High School Mock Accident
In advance of the 2009 Prom at Mohawk High School this Friday, students were presented a "Prom Promise" program today to alert them to the dangers of drinking and driving. A simulated head-on crash utilizing students as victims and local fire departments and ambulance crews as rescuers, was held at the elementary school playground. Noga Ambulance Service and North Beaver VFD provided the emergency services. The full 17 minute video is now available.

2009 Riverside High School Mock Crash
The 6 and 1/2 minute preview video includes interviews with RHS principal, Michael Lietera and others. The full video is 15 and 1/2 minutes, has no interviews and is the complete edited KDSTV.com mock accident footage.

Ellwood City Arthritis Walk to be Held Saturday, April 25, 2009
Hear more about the Ellwood City Arthritis Walk from Debbie and Jim Morton by clicking the story on the homepage of KDSTV.com.

03-21-09 Lawrence Co. Fire Academy Achievement Demonstration
The Lawrence County Fire Academy held an achievement demonstration Saturday for friends and relatives of approximately 20 students who are participating in the program. The event held at the Neshannock fire station, offered attendees a close look at the students demonstrating their skills which they have acquired over the past few months.

02/28/09 Emma the Ghost to be Investigated at SRU
Miller Auditorium at Slippery Rock University became the target of a paranormal investigation group Saturday night as they searched for clues concerning the existence of the ghost of Emma Miller. Miller died in 1970 and reports of her spirit wandering the auditorium over the years have been documented.

1985 Ellwood City Chistmas Program
A local Ellwood City Christmas Program cablecast in 1985 is now available for the first time on KDSTV.com. The program runs 33 minutes.

"Battle in the Boro" Comming Soon to KDSTV.com

08/07/08 Bevington Memorial Boat Launch To Be Built in Wampum

07/26/08 Historical Home Makes A Move In Butler
A 128 year old home in Butler traveled down N. Main Street to its new location at 406 N. McKean Street early Saturday morning.

Ellwood City and Riverside Area Carpenters Project
Ellwood City Area and Riverside Area Churches and over 90 students participated in the week-long project of rennovating homes and properties of the elderly and needy. Trees and brush removed, houses repainted and ramps built are just a few of the improvements taken on by the volunteers.

06/29/08 Butler Co. Amateur Radio Assn. "Field Day"
(4:32) Members of the Butler County Amateur Radio Association converged on Cooper's Lake in Worth Township, Butler County this weekend. Operations were setup in the field to checkout the unit's capability of communicating with the rest of the country in case of an emergency. Making contacts with other radio operators in all 50 states was one of the goals of the Butler group.

New Castle Parade Honors Mark Mangino & Jack Zduriencik
51 Minutes-The complete video of the parade and ceremony honoring Mark Mangino and Jack Zduriencik is now available on KDSTV.com.

06/07/08 Butler Co. Fire Chief's Association Has 57th Annual Training

04/27/08 March of Dimes Walk For Babies at Cascade Park
(7 mins.) The 2008 "March For Babies" conducted by the March of Dimes held Saturday April 27th at Cascade Park in New Castle Wednesday, April 30th is now available.

04/19/08 KDSTV.com owner Kevin D. Sobczak Named S.R.U. 2008 Man of the Year
Wampum resident and creator/owner of KDSTV.com, Kevin D. Sobczak, was named Slippery Rock University’s 2008 Outstanding Senior Man. The award was presented by the SRU Alumni Association at its annual awards banquet held April 19, 2008 on the S.R. U. campus. Kevin has a dual major in physics and computer science along with a minor in mathematics. Scholarships were presented to deserving S.R.U. students and to an outstanding Slippery Rock High School student who will be attending S.R.U. Recognition was also given to outgoing SRUAA board members.

04/5/08 PA Region 4 Strike Team Training in Darlington, PA
(7 Mins.) On April 5 and 6, The PA Region 4 EMS Strike Team conducted its annual training in Darlington, PA. 10 EMS agencies from Fayette County, Lawrence County and counties in between make up the support team. Disaster preparedness has become more important in recent years because of tornados, floods, hurricanes and terrorist attacks in the US. The hands-on exercise will allow members to prepare equipment that is necessary to provide medical assistance in a rapid fashion.

03/08/08 Pine Twp. Fireman Brad Holmes Laid To Rest

02/05/08 Ellwood City Revitalization Town Meeting
(ECR) Ellwood City Revitalization held its first town meeting recently at the Ellwood City S.O.I. Nearly 150 attendees comprised of local officials, business owners and residents were presented a program by representatives of the firm of EG&G of Akron, Ohio. EG&G is responsible for engineering the revitalization project in Ellwood City. The presentation showed projects in other nearby towns and then participants were asked to give their suggestions about improvements they would like to see implemented. Program is 89 mins.

2007 Wampum Area Christmas Parade

2007 Ellwood City Christmas Parade

11/01/07 Humane Society Donates Pet Oxygen Masks To Local Fire Depts.
The Lawrence County Humane Society donated two sets of Pet Oxygen Masks to Neshannock Twp. and New Castle Fire Departments. The three different size devices adapt to different animals so they may be given life-saving oxygen in case of an emergency. The Humane Society is looking for donations to cover the cost of supplying them to other departments in Lawrence Co.

10/27/07 Ellwood City Halloween Parade
Ellwood City held its annual Halloween Parade, Saturday, October 27 in the downtown area. Participants converged at the Lincoln High School parking lot to form the beginning of the parade route. A large crowd was on hand to view the parade which traveled west on Lawrence Ave. past the municipal building. Except for a few drops of rain, the conditions remained dry along the route.

10/16/07 Aliquippa Elementary PTA Has Library Fundraiser
The annual book fair held at the Aliquippa Elementary Library was an extra special event this year. The fundraiser, presented by the Aliquippa Elementary PTA, helped raise funds for the B. F. Jones Memorial Library. The library was damaged by flood waters on July 5 and nearly 3000 children's books were damaged or destroyed. Beaver Co. Parent-Teacher Associations are donating proceeds from their "One For Books" funddrive to the B. F. Jones Memorial Library.

Ellwood City Crime Watch Conducts October Meeting
10/25/07 Ellwood City Crime Watch Committee held its sixth meeting, October 25, in Borough Council Chambers. Representative Jaret Gibbons presented information about Safety Programs that could be made available during school hours. The Wolves Club will sponsor a spaghetti dinner in March to raise funds for the group. Click play to read more information about October's meeting. This video was from last month's meeting held September 27, 2007.

09/24/07 Red Knights Hold Monthly Meeting at Union Firehall
Firemen, who just happen to be motorcyclists, met tonight for their monthly meeting of the Red Knights, Lawrence Co. Chapter 24. This group holds fund-raisers to help victims of fires who are in need. Steve Stasko, Union Twp. Fire Chief, is president of the local Red Knights Chapter. The group is recruiting new members and invites you to their next meeting.

09/16/07 North Country Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
A recently completed, 4.3 mile section of the North Country Trail in Lawrence County, was dedicated in a special ceremony on Sunday at the trail head near Sankey Hill Rd. Almost everyone who attended, joined trail leader Vince Rozzi on an afternoon hike to experience the trail first hand.

09/14/07 Beaver County Steel Hammer Drill

09/07/07 107th Field Artillery Troops Return Home
23 members of the 107th field artillery unit headquartered in New Castle, arrived to an anxious crowd of family, friends and fellow troops after a year-long tour in Iraq. After visiting with everyone who came to greet them, a welcome home ceremony, lead by Lt. Colonel Berrier, was held inside Cunningham Armory.

Neshannock Twp Fire Dept. Holds Trench Rescue Training
On Tuesday, September 4th, Neshannock Twp. Fire Dept. held a classroom breifing and practical exercise for trench rescues. John DiCola, Neshannock fire chief, was assisted by David Congini and Brian Melcer. To see this video, you must have an account and be logged in as "Emergency Personnel".

09/04/07 Neshannock Trench Rescue Training
46 mins. On Tuesday, September 4th, Neshannock Twp. Fire Dept. held a classroom briefing and practical exercise for trench rescues. John DiCola, Neshannock fire chief, was assisted by David Congini and Brian Melcer.

Pulaski & Union Fire Departments Vehicle Rescue Training
Program runs 80 mins. We apologize for a small portion of the program which contains video and audio breakup. We feel, because of the importance of the content, we felt compelled to include it in the program.

Pulaski & Union Fire Departments Conduct Basic Vehicle Rescue Training
In August, 2007, Union & Pulaski Fire Departments held basic vehicle rescue training. This event was presented by Keith Drabick and Alan Martino of Noga Ambulance and they were assisted by Union Fire Chief Steve Stasko and Pulaski Fire Chief Guy Morse. The full 80 min. program is available to registered emergency personnel only. However, anyone can see the short preview by selecting play.

08/20/07 Ellwood City Boro Council Meeting Hi-Lites
Ellwood City Boro Council repeals gun-ban ordinance, residents complain of flooded basements and several residents talk of downtown revitalization.

08/04/07 Volant Vol. Fire Co. Poker Run
"COMPLETE VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE." With the addition of video provided by Volant Fire Company, you can now see high-lites from many places along the route. Approximately 50 motorcycles participated in a 95 mile poker run today to raise money for the Volant Volunteer Fire Company. The riders traveled to Clintonville, Franklin and Jackson Center through four counties and arriving back in Volant in the late afternoon.

07/30/07 Lawrence Co. D.A. Conducts Safety Camp
(UPDATED 09/26/07) Lawrence County D.A. John Bongivengo, held a safety camp for youngsters at Ewing Park, Ellwood City. Children from New Castle were brought by bus and joined children from the Ellwood City Area to learn about different aspects of child safety. The program runs 12 mins. which includes the previous promo.

07/22/07 2007 Balloon Quest
The 2007 Mrozek Financial Western Pennsylvania Balloon Quest was held July 18 through July 22 in Scotland Meadows Park in Union Twp. Over 20 balloons participated in the annual fund raiser held by the Union Twp. Volunteer Fire department. (11 minutes)

07/14/07 Big Beaver Boro Community Day
On Saturday,July 14, 2007, Big Beaver Boro Fire Department held its annual Community Day and Firemen's Parade, the first in 23 years. Battle of the Barrel, tractor pull, children's activities, food and craft vendors were also featured.

Tour de Cure 2007 / American Diabetes Assn.
(10 mins.) The Tour de Cure, a bicycle ride to benefit the American Diabetes Association, was held Sunday, June 24, at Seneca Valley High School.

06/09/07 Motorcyclist Honor Fallen Soldiers
A motorcycle run and memorial to benefit fallen soldiers, was held Saturday, June 9, in Hermitage, Pennsylvania.

2007 Ellwood City Memorial Day Festivities
(45 mins.)Memorial Day festivities in Ellwood City, the parade and ceremony at Legion Park, are now available on KDSTV.com

05/26/07 Noga Ambulance Spring Into Safety
"Full Program" Noga Ambulance along with many other sponsors and exhibitors held a child safety expo at Shenango Firehall on Saturday May 26. Stat Medevac helicopter and bike giveaway were high-lites during the afternoon event.

05/22/07 State Police Honor 10 Year Old
Clayton Campbell, a ten year old who attends George Washington School in New Castle, was honored by Pennsylvania State Police today at the PSP station in Neshannock Twp.

05/20/07 CF Walk - Brady's Run Park - Beaver County

May 5, 2007 Glick Fire Equip. Open House
On May 5, 2007, Glick Fire Equipment Co. in Evans City, PA held its open house. Pierce Manufacturing Inc., the leading North American manufacturer of custom fire apparatus and many other suppliers and vendors were showcased at this event. According to Dave Glick of Glick Fire Equipment, this show's attendance has surpassed that of last year's show. Glick also operates another facility in the Eastern part of the state. KDSTV covered the show and has made it availble online.

04/29/07
Ellwood City March of Dimes Walkathon

04/12/07 City of New Castle Honors Firemen for Heroism
Before Thursday night's council meeting, 4 firemen were honored for their efforts in rescuing a woman from her burning apartment in February. Also, a new police officer was sworn-in for the New Castle Police Department.

04/09/07 Altmire Town Meeting - New Castle

Adams Area Fire District Press Conference 3/31/07

Thomas Bulisco Sworn In As New Fire Chief of N.C.
During New Castle's City Council Meeting of January 11, 2007, Thomas Bulisco was sworn in as the new fire chief.

12/29/06 Blood Donors Help Explosion Victims

New Castle - Fund Raiser Held For Blast Victims
A fund raiser was held Sunday, December 17 at the Shenango Fire Hall for Sophie & Jared Baker.

1985 Ellwood City Christmas Parade

2006 Wampum Area Christmas Parade
VHS($10.00) or DVD($12.00) plus $3.00 S/H available by calling (724) 654-2781. 28 Minutes. Both Wampum and Ellwood City on (1) VHS or (1) DVD.

2006 Ellwood City Christmas Parade
Buy both, the Ellwood City Parade and Wampum Parade on (1) VHS ($10.00) or (1) DVD ($12.00). S/H $3.00. Contact KDSTV for more info @ (724) 654-2781.

1979 New Galilee Firemens Parade on KDSTV
After 27 years, the 1979 New Galilee Firemen's parade is now "exclusively" on KDSTV. The parade was held annualy during the week-long carnival which drew fire departments from Beaver and Lawrence Counties and some from Ohio. The video should bring back memories for many old-timers who could hardly wait to attend the carnival every summer. Many of them have passed on and many of the trucks are no longer in service locally. The video quality is not up to current standards but hope it will still bring back memories of those days. You can purchase a VHS or DVD by contacting KDSTV.com. More info available at the end of the program which runs 52 mins.

11-12-06 New Castle Veterans Day Parade
(23 Mins.) Light rain didn't drench the enthusiasm of hundreds of parade participants who honored our nation's veterans. "We apologize that a few groups were inadvertently omitted from the video"

"Velocity" A New Fire Truck by Pierce Manufacturing
Pierce Manufacturing Introduces "Velocity", an innovative new fire truck at Glick Fire Equipment in Butler Co.

2006 Law. Co. Emergency Drill at Pearson Park

09/30/06 Gov. Rendell Visits New Castle H.S.
Gov. Rendell visited New Castle High School before dedicating Zambelli Park in downtown New Castle. The Zambelli Park Dedication will be available soon.

2 Wurtemburg-Perry Firemen Go to Iraq
A going-away party was held recently for two Wurtemburg-Perry Firemen who were shipping out to Iraq. Stan Piecuch and Harold "Butch" Barr of Ellwood City left for Iraq on Saturday, September 9. A party to honor them was held at the fire dept. before their deployment. Here is their story.

Jeepfest 2006 Held @ Pearson Park 08/26/06
(22 Mins.) The complete video of the 2006 HRJA Jeepfest is now available. DVD or VHS copies are available for $15.00 (includes shipping). Call Joseph Sobczak @ 724-654-2781. Click Play to watch video.

NCTrail Dedicated At McConnell
Volunteer Workers End Project Relocating North Country Trail

Portersville Steam Show Held Aug. 3-6, 2006
Complete Program Now Available

Wampum Car Cruise
and Homecoming Aug. 5, 2006

Upshaw Park Dedication 7-25-06

2006 Ellwood City Arts & Crafts Festival
A fifteen minute program showcasing some of the events and interviews with attendees at the Ellwood City Arts and Crafts Festival is now available. on Monday, July 3rd. Highlights of the 2006 Ellwood City Ledger 10-K run can be viewed by going to video programming and under categories, click on Ellwood City Ledger 10K Race.

Ellwood City Ledger 10-K Race
07/01/06 Highlites of the 2006 Ellwood City Ledger 10-K Run are now available on KDSTV.com. The program runs 22 mins. and is also available on VHS or DVD. The cost is $9.95 for either format and shipping is $3.95 (if needed).

05/03/06 American Cancer Society Fund Raiser

04/30/06 March of Dimes WalkAmerica
An estimated 600 walkers, including nearly 200 students from the Beaver Area School District, walked in memory of the Spencer Morrison Family. Spencer and two of his children were fatally injured in a vehicle crash along Rt. 8 in Richland Twp. last month. Alaina, Garret, and Ethan Morrison were born three months premature at Magee Womens Hospital. The Morrison family is remembering and supporting premature babies and their families by supporting the March of Dimes. Money donated in their memory will help to fund lifesaving research, raise awareness about the growing problem of prematurity and work with families affected by premature birth.

"NAACP Rally For Bedford Downs"
02/18/06 The program, "NAACP Rally For Bedford Downs" is now available for viewing. Program length is 55 minutes.

2006 Lawrence Co. Swearing-In Ceremony
"NOW AVAILABLE" The Swearing-In Ceremony Held Jan. 3. 2006 at the Lawrence County Government Center, is now available on KDSTV.com. You pick the time. High-speed internet required. DVDs ($20.00) and VHS Video ($15.00) are available by calling (724) 654-2781.

American Legion Homecoming Celebration
53 Mins. The American Legion Homecoming Video honors Department of Pennsylvania Commander, James H Hales, Jr. James is a lifetime member of Post 343 in New Castle. Also, officers from Ellwood City and New Castle were also sworn in. A DVD for $12.00 and VHS for $10.00 can be ordered. There is a $3.95 shipping and handling charge. Make checks payable to Joseph Sobczak Productions. Send to Joseph Sobczak Productions; P.O. Box 7642; New Castle, PA. 16107 Our e'mail address is kdstv@kdsnetwork.com.

107th Field Artillery Leaves For Iraq From Shenango


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