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March 13th, 2014

Polling location changed in Ridgway

March 13, 2014

County officials on Thursday confirmed that a decision was made to move a polling location in Ridgway.
Ridgway Borough First Ward, formerly situated in the Agriculture Extension kitchen in the Elk County Courthouse basement will now be moved to the gymnasium in the Courthouse Annex.
“We always have to make it convenient for the voters,” said Kim Frey, director of the county’s elections office.

March 12th

YMCA seeking borough as host for grant contract

March 13, 2014

The Ridgway Borough Council, joined by members of the YMCA board of directors and other renovation project representatives, met at the Courthouse Annex Wednesday afternoon to discuss the possible role of the Ridgway Borough in the YMCA's upcoming $1.6 million renovation project.
In late 2013, the YMCA received notification from Governor Tom Corbett that they had been approved for an $800,000 grant through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program [RACP].

Highland OKs legal fight against injection well

March 13, 2014

JAMES CITY – The Highland Township Board of Supervisors is gearing up for a possible court battle to block a proposed injection well for the disposal of drilling waste fluids.
Acting at a meeting Wednesday, Supervisors Jim Wolfe, Paul Burton Sr. and Joe Milstead approved an agreement for representation by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) of Mercersburg.

No foul play in DuBois County Club fire

March 12, 2014

DuBOIS – A lengthy investigation conducted regarding the cause of a fire that razed the DuBois Country Club in late February indicates the fire was accidental.
The joint investigation was conducted between the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) out of the Pittsburgh field office.

Bobby offers statement on school board resignation

March 12, 2014

During a recent meeting of the Ridgway Area School Board, Lucy Bobby, who had served on the board for the past five years, announced her resignation. As of Feb. 19, Bobby had stepped down from her position which is set to be filled by Andy Thompson, who reportedly will be sworn in prior to the April board meeting.

Thecla F. Werner Coppolo

March 12, 2014

Thecla F. Werner Coppolo, 87, of 570 Church St., St. Marys, died Sunday evening, March 9, 2014, after a lengthy illness.
Thecla was born on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1926, in St. Marys, the youngest daughter of the late Arthur A. and Edith Mary Kaul Werner. On April 16, 1955, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, she married Attorney Alvin B. Coppolo, the love of her life, who predeceased her in 2008.

March 11th

Despite cuts, rising costs affect Ridgway school district budget

March 12, 2014

On Tuesday evening, Ridgway Area School District finance manager Brent Rhoads presented information to the board concerning costs and trends for the school district over the past several years.
The 2014-2015 budget is yet to be completed. However, according to Rhoads, district officials will not wait until the state budget is passed as it could be as late as July by the time figures come through.
"I just wanted to try to show some of the issues we have going on in our budget this year," Rhoads said.
Staff salary payments are on the decline, yet fringe benefit payments continue to climb.

Tractor-trailer issues persist in Johnsonburg

March 12, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – During the regular meeting of the Johnsonburg Borough Council, chief of police Bryan Parana expressed his intent to contact Ridgway Township concerning Johnsonburg’s continuing problem with tractor-trailers traveling on Water Street.
“We’re running a huge problem; it’s daily,” Parana said, adding that although there is minimal signage already present on Water Street, which is a road maintained by Ridgway Township, he would like to look into getting a more prominent sign prohibiting truck travel placed where Water Street intersects with Long Level Road.

Elkers fall in second round to North Catholic

March 12, 2014

CLARION – Turnovers and missed opportunities would hurt Ridgway boys basketball as the Elkers lost 58-43 to North Catholic in the second round of the boys PIAA Class A playoffs Tuesday night at Tippin Gym on the campus of Clarion University.
Ridgway trailed 28-22 at halftime after an 11-2 deficit to open the game. Ridgway took their first and only lead of the game at 31-30 after Ben MacDonald finished up a 3-point play near the five-minute mark of the third quarter. Ridgway outscored North Catholic 9-2 in the opening three minutes after halftime.

More injection well protests due at Highland meeting

March 12, 2014

JAMES CITY – More protests against a proposed injection well for brine disposal are expected tonight at a meeting of the Highland Township Board of Supervisors.
The meeting, open to the public, is set for 7 p.m. tonight at the township building in James City.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted a permit to Seneca Resources to convert one of its natural gas wells on Lamont Road to an underground disposal site for waste drilling fluids. The liquid wastes would be injected down the well.

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