Westmoreland Tuesday takes
No ka- ching : Residents hoping to play the slots will need to travel farther to do so now that both Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Seven Springs Mountain Resort are not pursuing gaming licenses. Some sticky stipulations and questionable investment returns scotched the deals. But local tourism officials aren't terribly concerned. That's because it's tough to estimate the net "loss" when any increase in economic activity was never adequately quantified in the first place.
Wishful thinking: Responding to balancing Unity Township's 2007 budget without a tax increase, Supervisor Mike O'Barto says if municipal officials remain fiscally diligent, "I can't see raising taxes here in my lifetime." But for Unity and other large municipalities, some unpleasant issues loom: the future of volunteer firefighting as more older volunteers drop out and the prospect of paying for state police services. It's not going to be all roses ahead, by any imaginative stretch.
College cooperation: Officials of Westmoreland County Community College and California University of Pennsylvania have announced a new agreement that will allow WCCC students to transfer to California after they earn their associate in arts degrees and meet admission requirements. That will save students both time and money, officials say. And that may make all the difference for some to continue their education.