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February 26th, 2015

Highland supervisor says: lawsuit could ‘bankrupt us’

February 27, 2015

JAMES CITY – A federal lawsuit filed by Seneca Resources against Highland Township over the “injection well’ controversy “has the potential to bankrupt us.”
This is the opinion of Jim Wolfe, chairman of the Highland Township Board of Supervisors.
Wolfe said Thursday that the board has called a special meeting Monday to discuss the lawsuit with township residents. The public meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the township building in James City.

Gas rep: 'Deep concerns' with ordinance

February 27, 2015

Jeff Wilhelm, a land use litigator with Reed Smith, was one attendee at Thursday's Ridgway Township Board of Supervisors meeting, and he was the only oil and gas representative to speak during the nearly 90-minute meeting.
Wilhelm, representing Hunt Marcellus Operating Company, LLC, informed the supervisors that he has "deep concerns" with the curative amendment process, and that the supervisors should expect a written response from the company.
"You will be getting a response from us," Wilhelm said. "There are some things I have deep concerns with."

Bench donated in memory of fallen Marine

February 27, 2015

A bench marked USMC for the United States Marine Corps has been donated by Douglas Ryan of Altoona on behalf of the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous to the Clancy family in memory of their son, Corporal Donovan E. Clancy.
Born July 27, 1988 to Tina and Kevin Clancy of Ridgway, Donovan went to Saint Leo’s for grade school and did his high school years in Elk County Catholic. He attended Penn State College for pre-med dentistry.

Bosworth: Making sculptures come alive

February 27, 2015

Mark Bosworth attended his first Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous last year and had on display a fantastic memorial piece of a girl, Amanda Putney, who had died in a tragic car accident in 2012. The piece was a bit larger than life of her with wings raised lying on the neck of her horse and with other, smaller carvings, brought real attention to Bosworth for their realism.

February 25th

Clarion-Limestone beats Crusaders 49-40 in OT

February 26, 2015

CLARION — The Clarion-Limestone Lions advanced to the District 9 Class A boys championship game by defeating the Elk County Catholic Crusaders by a 49-40 score in overtime Wednesday night at Clarion University's Waldo Tippin Gymnasium.
The Lions outscored the Crusaders 11-2 in the extra four-minute period after Elk came back to knot the score at 38 at the end of regulation.

Master of arts Dow highlights themes

February 26, 2015

The Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous seminar Wednesday morning featured Scott Dow who holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drawing.
He has been doing chainsaw carving for six years which he picked up when his wife Jennifer said it was something she thought he could do. Dow is now a full-time chainsaw carver.

North Central hears audit presentation

February 26, 2015

Representatives from North Central's auditing firm attended Wednesday's executive committee meeting to give a presentation on the audit that was completed for North Central for the 2014-2014 fiscal year.
Baker Tilly, the company contracted by the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission to complete the organization's audits, sent Karen Larsen, Baker Tilly partner, and Adam Hartzel, senior manager at Baker Tilly, to Wednesday's meeting to speak about the process and results relating to the most recent audit.

3 counties offer support of regional rail authority

February 26, 2015

The counties of Elk, Clearfield and Jefferson have all adopted non-binding resolutions in support of the creation of a regional rail authority, according to North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission Executive Director Eric Bridges.
The possibility of creating a regional rail authority has become a reoccurring topic at North Central meetings after as the organization is looking into having a part in the restoration of 20 miles of railroad between Curwensville and DuBois.

February 24th

Early projections have RASD in the red $288K

February 25, 2015

Early budget projections for the Ridgway Area School District show the district in the red by a total amount of $288,977 for 2015-2016.
This early projection uses the revenue figure that the district used in 2014-2015 as district officials don't know what kind of funding newly-elected Governor Tom Wolf will put towards education in his upcoming proposed state budget.
Donna Sidelinger, RASD business manager, said Wolf will present his budget March 3, and then the House and Senate will have until June 30 to pass that proposed budget.

Bradford judge dismisses murder charge against Stidd

February 25, 2015

BRADFORD – Bradford District Court Judge Dominic A. Cercone has dismissed a criminal homicide charge against a prominent Bradford businessman.
The dismissal came Tuesday following a 2 1/2-hour preliminary hearing before Cercone.
Stephen Daniel Stidd, 62, of 725 E. Main St., Bradford, was charged with murder in the Jan. 16 shooting death of his son-in-law Melvin Daniel Bizzarro, 43, also of Bradford.
Stidd allegedly shot Bizzarro about 9:30 a.m. Jan. 16 behind Togi’s Restaurant at 412 E. Main St., Bradford. Togi's Restaurant is operated by Stidd's daughter, Michelle.

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