April 2nd, 2015
WEEDVILLE â€“ Scouting continues to change the life of 17-year-old Devin Anderson of Weedville as he was recently named Pennsylvania American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year.â€¨Devin, son of Joe and Karen Anderson of Weedville, will now advance to the national level where he competes amongst 56 applicants to earn the national Eagle Scout of the Year award.â€¨â€śIâ€™m blown away by it, really, and I know anything can happen,â€ť said Devin, a junior at St. Marys Area High School.
Roadway improvement work on Route 120 between Ridgway and St. Marys has begun.
PennDOT officials say the repairs will improve the ride quality of the roadway surface and extend the useful life of the pavement. This work was made possible by Act 89.
Contractors began milling the roadway throughout the day Wednesday.
For the time being, drivers can expect daylight lane restrictions controlled by flaggers in the roadway. Once structure work begins, there will be temporary traffic signals and flagging around the clock. PennDOT will issue updates on the project as traffic impacts change.
Ridgway Area High School 11th-grader Allison West received the top prize of $1,000 for her idea to hold a film festival in downtown Ridgway.
West, along with five other sophomores, juniors and seniors from Ridgway Area School District, competed in the Challenge to Change contest which was run by the Community Education Center and DISCOVER Partnership.
Ridgway Borough Police, Elk Company 4 (Ridgway Fire Department) and Ridgway Ambulance responded at 12:19 a.m. to the vicinity of 609 N. Broad St. in Ridgway for a vehicle crash. The vehicle reportedly struck the wall separating the northbound and southbound lanes of travel, according to first responders and 911 dispatchers communicating on the emergency scanners. No additional information was available at press time.
A late-season snowstorm Tuesday dumped roughly six inches of heavy wet snow in some parts of Elk County as the area was plagued by several vehicle accidents and road closures.
State Route 219 was closed between Wilcox and Lantz Corners shortly before 10:30 a.m. as several tractor-trailers were stuck on the roadway.
The Stackpole-Hall Foundation is preparing to kick off its Long Range Planning project today and is seeking the input of current and former Elk County residents.
The purpose of the project is to gather ideas or suggestions from the community about supporting young people and senior citizens in Elk County.
By accessing the Ideascale website, found at stackpolehall.ideascale.com, individuals will not only be able to submit their ideas but also vote on existing suggestions and make constructive comments on them. Individuals may only cast one vote per idea.
After approximately four hours of deliberation Monday afternoon, a jury found Nicholas "Nick" Martin, 24, of Johnsonburg, guilty of felony first-degree criminal homicide and the misdemeanor offense of abuse of a corpse in the 2013 death of 18-year-old Alyssa Forsyth.
This concludes a four-day trial in which Martin was charged with stabbing his then-girlfriend 112 times and dumping her body at Sandy Beach Recreational Park in Ridgway Township.
Families of both the victim and the defendant were tearful as the verdict was read.
HAMLIN TWP. â€“ A school bus carrying 12 Kane school students ranging from ages 5 to 17 was involved in a crash Monday morning in Hamlin Township on U.S. Route 6.
According to PSP Kane, Stella M. Dragoone, 44, of Smethport, was operating a 2015 Chrysler 200 eastbound on Route 6 in the area of Pine Drive in Hamlin Township.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg basketball program honored its teams with a banquet Sunday afternoon at Johnsonburg Area High School.
Varsity head coach Bill Shuey introduced all of the players and presented the awards. Senior Brian Feronti won the Bill Fulton Memorial Scholarship Award and the Coachâ€™s Award.
Ridgway wrestling honored its varsity team with a banquet Saturday night at Aielloâ€™s Cafe.
Varsity head coach David Fordoski spoke about a phrase which came out of the season-opening win at Brockway this season, â€śWeâ€™re back.â€ť
â€śLast year I talked about improvement,â€ť Fordoski said. â€śThis yearâ€™s phrase I got from our very first dual meet of the year. Nobody was talking about Ridgway wrestling. Friends said Brockway was going to beat them. We beat them. That was a sign of the season. Thatâ€™s our phrase this year.â€ť