May 6th, 2015
JOHNSONBURG â€“ A balanced preliminary budget for the Johnsonburg Area School District will include a tax increase equal to the maximum amount allowed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, according to JASD board treasurer Patty Calkins.
Calkins made the announcement during a JASD school board budget workshop on Wednesday, a workshop which included discussions on the preliminary budget, which is expected to be voted upon during the school board's upcoming board meeting Thursday, May 14.
Three suspicious packages intercepted by law enforcement at the Elk County Courthouse prompted a large emergency response by local police officers and fire department members.
Elk County Sheriff Theresa Merritt said the "suspicious packages" were delivered to the courthouse in Ridgway and were quickly "removed from the building so everyone was safe in the building and court could operate."
The packages were discovered between 10:45-11 a.m.
Johnsonburg hosted the annual Elk County Junior High Meet Monday afternoon at Johnsonburg Area High School, winning the team meet and setting new meet records in the process.
Johnsonburg won the meet with a total of 96 points. ECC was second at 52.5 points and St. Marys took third at 37.5 points.
The preliminary 2015-2016 budget for the Ridgway Area School District is balanced, shows no tax increases and maintains current staffing levels, according to RASD Business Manager Donna Sidelinger.
Sidelinger made a budget presentation during Tuesday's RASD work session meeting, and the budget will go to a vote during next week's May 12 meeting.
For the 2015-2016 budget, Sidelinger said the overall spending plan will see a 2.4 percent increase over the 2014-2015 numbers.
Pick up a copy of the Wednesday, May 6, 2015 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.
With funding issues far from resolved, the state House on Monday voted 134-59 to increase the monthly fee used to help fund Pennsylvania countiesâ€™ 911 emergency communication centers.
The measure, which still must pass the Senate, calls for an increase to $1.65 a month. Currently, the 25-year-old 911 Public Safety Emergency Telephone Act calls for $1 a month for cellphones, and $1.50 for landlines.
After months of topping out at well over 70 inmates a day, officials at the Elk County Prison are finally seeing those figures taper off.
â€śThe population has drastically stabilized,â€ť said Elk County Prison Warden Greg Gebauer. â€śI think thatâ€™s due to the fact that a lot of inmates are being transported to the state penitentiary.â€ť
As cases are being settled in county court, many are being sentenced to the state penitentiary due to crime severity and other factors.
The average daily population at the prison for January was 70; February was 73; March was 63; and April was 58.
The Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday morning acknowledged local home healthcare agencies for National Visiting Nurse Association Week.
The week, falling on the second week of May, is recognized this year from May 3-8.
â€śIn Elk County, we have a number of providers that care for patients who are homebound or need assistance in their home,â€ť said Rebecca Nelson, President and CEO of Community Nurses, Inc.
In response to concerns that were brought before the Ridgway Area School District school board during its April meeting, RASD Superintendent Robert Rocco said Tuesday that the school district will draft a letter of support to the Ridgway Township supervisors supporting their efforts to regulate the oil and gas industry through revisions to the township's zoning ordinance.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ One more hit at the right time and Johnsonburg could've had a happier ending to Tuesday's game with DCC.
Johnsonburg baseball could not get the clutch hit when needed and fell 3-2 to DuBois Central Catholic Tuesday afternoon at Knothole Park in Johnsonburg.
JOHNSONBURG â€“Â DuBois Central Catholic sophomore Riley Assalone shut down Johnsonburg for the second time in eight days with a 13-3 six-inning win Tuesday in Johnsonburg.
Assalone struck out five of the first six batters she faced and didn't allow a baserunner until the fourth inning with one out. She finished with 10 strikeouts in the win. She beat the Ramettes 7-1 last Wednesday in DuBois.