Laurel: To taking all threats seriously. Before the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., a Hempfield Area High School student in her social media postings reportedly threatened to kill unspecified people. The student, a hunter with access to guns, now faces criminal charges and possible expulsion. At a time when sick individuals don't need a “reason” to go on a rampage, there's no such thing as an idle threat.
Laurel: To North Huntingdon commissioners. Township leaders met their 2013 budget goal to cut taxes (by 1 mill), pay down debt and provide an additional $400,000 toward North Huntingdon's road program. And that signals the commitment of township leaders to do more than maintain the status quo. Here's to seeing the same “signals” from other Westmoreland municipal leaders in the new year.
On the “Watch List”: The Bovard decision. An anticipated Hempfield Area School Board vote expected Jan. 14 on the fate of Bovard Elementary School is sure to draw a crowd. We trust board members will base their decision on issues specific to Bovard and its place in the district. Otherwise, the school board is in for a hot time at the high school.
Laurel: To area firefighters: Their skills and training were put to the test during a fire at E.H.C. Industries Inc., a Hempfield fabricating plant that contained chemicals and propane tanks. Those dangers, combined with bitter cold and gusting winds, made for an especially challenging fire call — one that was answered without a single injury.
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