Archive - May 2014 - News Article
Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Brockway) said Friday that Governor Tom Corbett has requested a disaster declaration for areas in Elk County impacted by flooding last week.
"[Corbett] has sent a letter to the United States Small Business Administration to request a disaster declaration," Scarnati said. "This disaster declaration would enable residents and business owners with property damaged by the massive rains to be eligible for low interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Anthony K. Milliard pleaded guilty Friday to felony charges of criminal conspiracy and arson and related offenses.
President Judge Richard Masson sentenced Milliard to five to 10 years of incarceration at the State Diagnostic and Classification Center in Pittsburgh. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $103,440 to State Farm Insurance.
KANE â€“ A knife-wielding Kane man faces numerous charges following a Thursday night incident in which he pleaded with a Kane police officer to shoot him.
Larry P. Walker II, 42, of 231 Janeway St., Kane, is charged with felony aggravated assault, making terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person, according to documents filed with Kane District Court.
The Ridgway borough-owned community pool sustained damage during last week's flood, leaving question as to whether the pool will be open for the summer of 2014.
However, according to borough manager Kim Zimmerman, engineers were scheduled to assess the damage Thursday afternoon and have yet to make a call on the next steps.
"We've got to get the engineering assessment and that will give us a direction once we receive it," Zimmerman said.
Proposed clarification of the Clean Water Act of 1972 may spell trouble for citizens throughout the nation.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on March 25 issued a proposed rule that would expand their regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act. The expansion would reportedly include puddles, ponds, ditches, ephemerals (land that looks like a small stream during heavy rain but isn't wet most of the time) and small wetlands.
KANE â€“ A man wielding two butcher knives came after a Kane borough police officer on foot Thursday evening in a neighborhood drama viewed by hundreds.
The man-- identified as Larry Walker of 231 Janeway St., Kane-- finally was stopped when he was shot by a Taser gun fired by Mt. Jewett Police Chief Steve Hale.
ST. MARYS â€“ April School of Dance brings to the stage yet another jam-packed, "Glam Slapped" show Friday and Saturday, June 6-7, at the St. Marys Area High School auditorium.
The 22nd annual show entitled "Glam Slapped" features numbers inspired by fashion and music throughout the decades. April Cush, director and owner of the studio, said the inspiration for the show came from past restrictions on costume choice because of the theme.
"The show sort of evolved into a fashion-type statement where glam slapped came in, and the idea of being hit by a look that you can't forget," she said.
The Elk County Historical Society will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a summer celebration to be held on Saturday, May 31.
The day will begin at 11 a.m. with a presentation on the history of the society from its beginnings in 1964 at the first unofficial meeting at the Ridgway YMCA to its present-day locale along Center Street.
Mary Kalinowski, executive director of the Elk County Historical Society, will be presenting along with Fritz Lecker of state Representative Matt Gabler's office.
In celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first Women, Infants and Children [WIC] program in Pennsylvania, local officials in Ridgway on Wednesday highlighted their own initiative during a meeting of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission's executive board.
"WIC is a critical component of who we are and what we do as a regional organization," said Eric Bridges, executive director at North Central.
On Tuesday evening, Ridgway Area School District Superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien made a presentation to the board as well as several district residents entitled "Public Education, Battle of Money vs. Student Opportunities," in order to address some of the questions and comments that have been circulating concerning the district's budget making process.
Following O'Brien's presentation, district finance manager Brent Rhoads presented additional information on the updated proposed final budget which will be presented for a vote during the June board meeting.