Today I’m proud to sign #TiernesLaw, which gives our justice system more tools to hold domestic abusers accountable and strengthens protections for victims who are still at risk. pic.twitter.com/CLaSELG9YQ— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 16, 2018 The Blog, Weekly Update, Workforce Development Tierne’s LawOn Monday, Governor Wolf signed SB 449, also known as Tierne’s Law, sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta. This act amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) and clarifies judges’ use of risk assessment tools when setting bail amounts to determine whether the perpetrators of domestic violence pose a continued danger to their victims.“We all know the tragic story that led us to take a hard look at our laws, and make this change,” Governor Wolf said. “We mourn Tierne’s loss with her family, and while we can never fix what they’ve had to go through, Tierne’s law will help us prevent senseless and horrible situations like this one from happening to more Pennsylvania families, and will hold perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse accountable for their heinous crimes.By signing Tierne’s Law, Governor Wolf builds on his support for victims of domestic violence. On April 6, the governor asked State House leaders and committee chairs to send him a package of domestic violence reform bills that passed overwhelmingly in the Senate.“I urge the House to pass a package of domestic violence bills, including Senate Bill 501, which would fix an arcane law that allows domestic abusers to have access to guns,” said Governor Wolf. “We know that many domestic abusers use firearms to harm their victims, as was the case with Tierne, who died from a gunshot wound inflicted by her abuser spouse.”Workforce DevelopmentGovernor Wolf announced new funding for the Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center to help with the creation of two new welding training programs in Bedford and Somerset counties. These programs will help companies identify and train a skilled workforce which will inevitably help the companies succeed and grow in a rapidly-evolving economy.This investment builds on the governor’s commitment to workforce development in Pennsylvania. On Wednesday Governor Wolf announced that his administration has helped more than 2,000 companies train their existing workforces. A total of 120,000 workers at more than 2,200 companies across the commonwealth have been supported through the incumbent worker training program since the beginning of the Wolf Administration. Additionally, on Thursday the governor announced his commitment to helping youth and young adults receive the work experience they need to succeed in college by announcing funding for local summer internship programs throughout Pennsylvania.SeniorsOn Friday, Governor Wolf announced that 41 senior centers across the commonwealth would receive grants from the Department of Aging’s 2017-18 Senior Community Center Grants, totaling $2 million funding from the Pennsylvania Lottery.“Senior community centers serve as gateways for older adults to access vital community services,” said Governor Wolf. “These grants give senior centers the resources they need to revitalize and expand services that enrich the lives of Pennsylvania’s senior population.”See a complete list of grant recipients.Governor Wolf’s Week, April 15, 2018 – April 21, 2018Monday, 4/16/18Wolf Administration Previews 2018 Construction Season in South Central PA, Highlights ProjectsWolf Administration Cabinet Members Host Community Event in TunkhannockGovernor Wolf Signs Tierne’s Law, Providing Protections for Victims of Domestic ViolenceGovernor Wolf Supports Recommendations of Medical Marijuana Advisory Board Approved by Secretary of HealthGovernor Wolf Supports Call for Independent Redistricting CommissionTuesday, 4/17/18Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Increase Welding Training Opportunities in Bedford and Somerset CountiesPennsylvania Governor Wolf Statement on Expected Resignation of Rep. Charlie DentGovernor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Former Greensburg Fire Department’s J. Edward “Hutch” HutchinsonPennsylvania’s School Safety Task Force Hears from Students, Others in the Southeastern RegionGovernor Wolf Thanks House for Passage of ‘Grandfamilies’ Legislation, Urges Senate to VoteWednesday, 4/18/18Governor Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Former First Lady Barbara BushGovernor Wolf Announces Administration’s Efforts Helped More Than 2,000 Companies Train Their Existing WorkforceGovernor Wolf Announces $60 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 12 CountiesGovernor Wolf Praises Senate Action to Combat HazingThursday, 4/19/18Pennsylvania Investing More Than $2.8 Million to Expand Summer Internship ProgramsGovernor Wolf Celebrates Revitalization at Groundbreaking Ceremony for The Highline in PittsburghFriday, 4/20/18Governor Wolf Awards $2 Million in 2017-18 Senior Community Center GrantsPennsylvania Submits Nominations for Qualified Opportunity Zones to U.S. Department of TreasuryHighlights from the Blog:April Jobs That Pay Update: Preparing PA’s Workforce, Creating Jobs That Pay, Connecting Growing CommunitiesGovernor Wolf Signs Tierne’s Law, Urges Action on Domestic Violence Legislation (Round-up)Highlights from Twitter:When Meek Mill was resentenced to prison for parole violations, his case brought hundreds of thousands to call for change in PA. We need to make our system more fair, more equitable, and more focused on rehabilitation. My plan: https://t.co/hgbFL5aVyU pic.twitter.com/p3IzlJmVYU— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 17, 2018 April 23, 2018 Weekly Update: Combatting Domestic Violence, Training PA’s Workforce, and Supporting Seniors SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Nancy Ellen Southard, age 77 of Pflugerville, TX, formerly of Lawrenceburg, IN passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville, IN. Born March 10, 1940 in Cincinnati, OH she is the daughter of the late Andrew & Dorothy (Yates) Kirk. She was a graduate of Taylor High School in Cleves, OH.Nancy is survived by her daughter Tara Dye of Pflugerville, TX and her son Bruce W. Williams Jr. of Pflugerville, TX. She will also be missed by her stepsons Tim, Danny, Matthew & Nathan Southard, stepdaughter Sheryl Schaffer, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren and siblings Leona Hoff of Manchester, IN; Andrea Jo Abdon of Largo, FL; Vicki Kirk of Lawrenceburg, IN and Andrew “Nip” Kirk of Lawrenceburg, IN. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Edward H. Southard and stepson Mark Southard.A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Nancy Ellen Southard. Online condolences at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com
AMERICAN Sloane Stephens won a final-set tie-break to beat Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova and reach her first US Open semi-final.The 24-year-old, ranked 83rd as she makes her way back from injury, won 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4) in New York.Stephens played superbly to come back from 3-1 down in the final set, converting her first match point with a brilliant backhand.She will face compatriot Venus Williams or Petra Kvitova in the last four.With Madison Keys and Coco Vandeweghe also through to the last eight, there is the prospect of an all-American semi-final line-up.It is four years since Stephens made the Australian Open semi-finals, but her ranking had plummeted to 957th following an 11-month break with a foot injury.Only two months later she is through to a Grand Slam semi-final and projected to break back into the world’s top 40, at least.“Oh man, I’m getting teary-eyed,” said Stephens. “I think my coach is probably crying.“This is just incredible. When I started my comeback at Wimbledon I could never have dreamed of this happening.“Making the semi-final of my home Slam, it’s indescribable.”Stephens got the 24 000 spectators on Arthur Ashe Stadium for the day session animated as though it was a night match with a dramatic win.She looked to have learnt from Maria Sharapova’s defeat by Sevastaova in the previous round as she reined in her power and, after a timid opening service game, began to move forward whenever possible.Sixteen trips to the net and two breaks of serve helped Stephens to the first set, and Sevastova’s hopes appeared further damaged when she had a medical timeout for attention to her leg.However, the Latvian resumed in more measured fashion, cutting her errors from 18 in the opening set to six as she clinched the second.Stephens was now struggling on serve, making less than 50% of first serves, and a woeful smash seemed to signal the end as she fell 3-1 behind.