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September 7th, 2011

CDBG project funds approved

September 7, 2011

Community Development Block Grant [CDBG] projects for the fiscal year are in line after a public hearing Tuesday and subsequent meeting to approve allocations.
Among the figures are $55,000 for "slum and blight remediation" for the clearance and demolition of slum and blight properties within the county.
"We're going to try to take care of some of the blighted properties in Elk County," said Tracy D. Gerber, CDBG coordinator. "We're trying to focus on some of the properties that are in the repository at the county level.

Officials stand behind impact fee

September 7, 2011

The Elk County Commissioners have publicly endorsed the implementation of a Marcellus Shale impact fee on each unconventional gas well in Pennsylvania.
"We had met with Senator [Joe] Scarnati and we were voicing our concerns for the human service side of this and they're going to be hit with this Marcellus Shale and housing, that part could be problematic," said Elk County Commissioner June H. Sorg. "I know a lot of folks are concerned about that and other programs of interest.

Sorg to mount write-in candidacy for district justice

September 7, 2011

ST. MARYS – Robert "Bert" Sorg has announced that he will mount a write-in campaign for Magisterial District Justice 59-3-03 for the Nov. 8 General Election.
"We're going to mount a good campaign. We're going to try it," Sorg said.

Butler Co. jury to hear Donachy trial on Oct. 10

September 7, 2011

ST. MARYS – A trial date for Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, accused of the 1999 homicide of St. Marys beautician Irene Challingsworth, has been set for Monday, Oct. 10 beginning at 9 a.m. in the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway.
The trial is expected to continue for 10 business days until Friday, Oct. 21.
Jury selection will take place in Butler County on Friday, Sept. 16, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Betty E. Frank

September 7, 2011

Betty E. Frank, 76, of 675 Montmorenci Ave., Ridgway, and formerly of 231 Spruce St., died peacefully Monday morning, Sept. 5, 2011, at Mountain Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Clearfield.
She was born July 18, 1935, in Ridgway, daughter of the late James A. and Twelda E. (Gulnac) Richards. She was married to Edmund J. Frank, who preceded her in death in 2001.

September 6th

Annual cemetery walk explains Wilcox’s vibrant past

September 6, 2011

WILCOX – The annual Wilcox cemetery walk was held Sunday as a part of the Wilcox Public Library’s festival. The walk was led by Tom Wantuck, a member of the Jones Township Historical Interest Group. Wantuck led participants through the cemetery touching on some of Wilcox’s founding families. Wantuck mentioned as he relished in the beauty of the Wilcox cemetery how that cemetery is one of four in Jones Township.

Port Allegany holds off late Ridgway charge for 11-point win

September 6, 2011

PORT ALLEGANY – Scorching was a good way to describe the temperatures Saturday afternoon at Port Allegany High School.
It was also a good way to describe the offense for both Ridgway and Port Allegany football.
Both teams had over 380 yards of total offense as Port Allegany held on for a 46-35 victory over Ridgway.
Port Allegany quarterback Matt Bodamer threw for 311 yards and five touchdowns for the Gators; four of his touchdowns went to Charlie Buchanan.

Crusaders win season opener over Red Raiders

September 6, 2011

ST. MARYS – For the second year in a row, the Elk County Catholic Crusaders football team started off their season with a victory over the Cameron County Red Raiders, this time picking up a 19-6 victory. Both teams had plenty of extra time to consider their strategies during Saturday evening’s match-up at Dutch Country Stadium in St. Marys, as the game was delayed for an hour and 15 minutes during the second quarter due to visible lightning from a storm to the north of the county.

September 3rd

Learning center nears completion

September 3, 2011

ST. MARYS – The Elk County Conservation District is hard at work getting the West Creek Wetland Learning Center ready for its grand opening.
The grand opening is set for Wednesday, Sept. 28, which is also Elk County Conservation District Day.
"The majority of the landscaping of the rain and flower garden is complete for the year, except for minor details that will be completed before the grand opening," said watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine.

'Fiscal restraint' watchwords at Toomey town hall meeting

September 3, 2011

FOX TWP. – The words 'fiscal restraint' were repeated often by U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) at a town hall meeting held at the Red Fern in Fox Township Friday afternoon.
Toomey, on a tour through Elk and several neighboring counties, held the town hall meeting to address the federal debt, jobs and the economy.

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