February 13th, 2014
WILCOX â€“ Due to the increase in funds expected for 2015 from the state's dirt and gravel roads program, the Jones Township Board of Supervisors is looking into new projects to take on with the funding.
The state has increased its dirt and gravel road funding sevenfold statewide from $5 million to $35 million which is expected to be received by municipalities in 2015. In the past, Pennsylvania counties have received $4 million in funding while the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources [DCNR] has received $1 million.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg celebrated Senior Night for its three seniors as the Rams hosted Sheffield Wednesday night, falling 54-15 to the Wolverines.
The three seniors for Johnsonburg are Alex Zimmerman, Justin Haupright and Matt Reeves.
JAMES CITY â€“ The Highland Township Board of Supervisors agreed Wednesday to challenge the issuance of a federal permit for a wastewater disposal well near James City.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) two weeks ago approved a 10-year permit for the controversial underground "injection well" along Lamont Road near Route 66.
The permit has been issued to Seneca Resources-- the exploration and production wing of National Fuel Gas of Williamsville near Buffalo.
During their regular board meeting held Tuesday evening, the Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors approved a resolution stating their opposition to the high school graduation exam administered by the state. If high school students do not pass three subject-based exams in the areas of algebra I, biology and literature, they are not permitted to graduate.
The school board passed the resolution in order to show their disapproval of the current system and put into formal verbiage their opinion on the topic.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ During the regular meeting of the Johnsonburg Borough Council, borough manager Mary Polaski reported that the Public Works committee will be meeting in the coming weeks to further discuss plans for the Harrison Avenue retaining wall which is set to undergo renovations.
"We did receive a price from our engineer of $29,500 to do all the engineering work for it but public works would like to sit down and maybe come up with a plan and get back to council and discuss it then," Polaski said.
DuBOIS â€“Â Approximately 35 occupants of an apartment building located at 136 East Park Ave. in DuBois were displaced Saturday afternoon following a fire.
The State Police Fire Marshal investigated the blaze, which occurred at 12 p.m. on Feb. 8. The East Park Avenue location is a two-story wood structure with 10 units. Units consist of single one room units and family units. Numerous tenants resided at the complex, which is owned by Scott Blose of DuBois.
The Elk County Catholic Crusaders overcame a 13-point Ridgway Elker lead midway in the third quarter to register a 48-46 AML win Friday night at the ECCHS gym.
The Crusaders trailed 36-23 with 4:45 left in the third period.
Ridgway girls basketball lost 59-29 to Smethport Friday night at Ridgway Area High School.
Before the game, the Lady Elkers honored their five seniors, Sarah Szczotka, Kiki Woodford, Jenni Thomas, Dani Shirey and Ange DeAngelo. The five seniors also sang the national anthem before the game.
As the winter months continue in Elk County, the Ridgway Fire Department would like to remind residents to keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
Dave Parsons, a member of the Ridgway Fire Department, said Friday that is it easy for a fire hydrant to be overlooked due to snow coverage.
"The hydrants need to be clearly visible and accessible from the road," Parsons said. "Firefighters can lose valuable time if they can't see them or get at them easily."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Brockway girls basketball won 42-32 over Johnsonburg in action Thursday night at Johnsonburg Area High School.
Brockway took control of the game in the first quarter as the Lady Rovers led 19-5 after just eight minutes.
"That seems to be our MO this season. We have a slow start," Johnsonburg coach Crystal Galsick said. "If we could just get off the bench like we play the second half, I think a lot of our losses would be wins."