JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Borough Council approved a 2015 tax schedule during the council's regular monthly meeting on Monday as part of the overall 2015 budget, which was also approved during the meeting.
Borough manager Mary Polaski announced that the taxes for 2015 will include 26.36 mills for total real estate taxes, 227.5 mills for occupation taxes and a $47 local services tax.
The tax schedule calls for a three-mill tax hike deemed necessary to fund the hiring of a new police officer, a project to repair Harrison Avenue, a part-time street department worker and flood control.
A St. Marys couple pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the July 17 drug busts carried out in St. Marys and Ridgway by the North Central Regional Drug Task Force.
Leif Eric Moats (known as Eric), 40, and Kristin M. Moats, 33, both of 325 Kaul Ave., appeared in Elk County Court before Judge Masson Monday morning. They were arrested along with Rachel Shrefler and Tammy Zawatski, both of Ridgway, and are believed to have all worked together in the sale and distribution of alpha-PVP, the drug commonly known as bath salts.
Brandon J. Ecklund, 22, of Ridgway, pleaded guilty Monday morning to a misdemeanor charge of corruption of minors, which had been downgraded from a felony charge.
District Attorney Shawn T. McMahon informed the court that the Commonwealth and the defense had worked toward a resolution given the cost and complications of prosecution.
He noted that the cost of prosecution was considerable as a key witness had to be brought here from South Carolina.
Emergency responders were at the scene of a crash Monday evening on Ridgway St. Marys Road (state Route 120) in Ridgway Township. Elk Company 4 (Ridgway Fire Department) and Ridgway Ambulance were dispatched to the scene. No additional information was available at press time.
Ridgway's leadership steered the Elkers to victory over the Red Raiders.
Jeremy Breier and Ben MacDonald combined for all 19 Ridgway points in the fourth quarter as the Elkers won 44-40 over Cameron County Monday night at Ridgway Area High School.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Ramettes were unable to take the lead Monday night until the last minute of the game. It ended up being more than enough time to earn the win.
The Ramettes staged a furious fourth-quarter rally Monday night, erasing an 11-point deficit to take a 49-46 win over visiting Sheffield.
It was the Johnsonburg girls basketball team's first game of the season, and fittingly not just their first win of the year, but also the first of new head coach Ellie Kocjancic's career from the bench.
Carl R. Zuchelli Sr., 89, of 344 Dewey Circle, Ridgway, died Thursday evening, Dec. 4, 2014 following a brief illness.
He was born July 29, 1925 in Weedville, son of the late Ettore and Irene (Trentini) Zuchelli.
He married Rita M. Rucinski on Nov. 6, 1948, and she survives.
He had resided in Ridgway for 57 years and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church, and the Ridgway Fire Department - Montmorenci Station for over 50 years.
Bernice Fay (Thompson) Shaver, 93, of East Lackawannock Township, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at 11:01 p.m. at Countryside Nursing Home in Mercer.
She was born July 6, 1921 in Fox Township, daughter of the late Waid M. Thompson and Fannie K. Moyer.
She was married to William J. Shaver on July 11, 1941, he preceded her in death June 13, 1999.
She was a homemaker, member of Mercer United Methodist Church for 61 years, Mercer United Methodist Women, and had been a Kersey High School graduate.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The new Common Core standards that have been adopted by the state are changing the way schools are being evaluated, and at a local level, the Johnsonburg Area High School received lower scores than anticipated, according to JAHS principal Brock Benson.
Benson presented the high school's performance scores from the 2013-2014 school year to the Johnsonburg Area School District school board on Thursday, presenting scores that he called "disappointing."
Members of the Ridgway Area School District's Board of Directors and administration discussed the most recent performance results for the district, which were the first results to be given under the new Pa. Common Core rules.
Under the new Pa. Common Core standards that are being fully implemented this year, new evaluative metrics are being put into place to measure the success of students, teachers and schools as a whole.