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June 30th

Seismic testing underway in Ridgway

June 30, 2014

Seneca Resources, who notified Ridgway residents of their intentions to conduct seismic testing in late spring, has recently brought a team to Ridgway in order to conduct the tests.
Seismic Equipment Solutions in conjunction with Blueline Geo out of Fort Worth, Texas, have set up shop off of Front Street in Ridgway and are reportedly testing areas in the Boot Jack and state Route 120 areas.

June 27th

Council tours area drilling rig operation

June 27, 2014

With the potential of a Marcellus Shale drilling well site in St. Marys' future, City Council members explored an active Elk County well site owned by Seneca Resources, Corp. on Thursday evening.
As part of the tour city officials took in live drilling rig operations, active pipeline construction and viewed a reclaimed well site from five years ago.
Plans are moving along for Seneca Resources' $10 million seismic testing plan in St. Marys with well plans yet to be determined.

SMASD names new superintendent

June 27, 2014

ST. MARYS – After a lengthy and rigorous search the St. Marys Area School District board of directors approved the appointment of Dr. G. Brian Toth of Tyrone as the new superintendent.
During a special board meeting held Friday evening current SMAHS Principal Joshua Williams was unanimously approved as the assistant superintendent, a newly-created position unanimously approved by the board with a salary of $110,000.

June 26th

Deadlocked jury in Weidow trial

June 26, 2014

After over five hours of jury deliberation Thursday, Judge Richard Masson declared a mistrial in the trial of Brandon Michael Weidow.
Masson told the court that the jury foreperson had met with him in the presence of council and stated that the jury was unable to render a verdict on any or all of the charges, nor was there any expectation that they would reach a verdict. Weidow declined to comment.

Concert Choir singing anthem at Pirates game

June 26, 2014

The Concert Choir of Elk County will be performing the national anthem at the Pirates game this Sunday, June 29. The Pirates will be taking on the New York Mets with the game set to begin at 1:35 p.m.

June 25th

Weidow vehicle homicide trial continues

June 25, 2014

The trial for Brandon Michael Weidow, 26, of Byrnedale, reconvened Wednesday morning at the Elk County Courthouse.
Weidow is charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence for his alleged involvement in the crash that killed Savannah Straub in July 2012. In Tuesday's opening remarks, both attorneys advised that the key question in the case is whether Weidow was driving the vehicle on the night of the crash.

Waterline replacement project underway

June 25, 2014

A waterline replacement project is underway at the borough-township line in Ridgway in an effort to better serve water customers. The new lines will stretch all the way to Laurel Mill Reservoir.
Paul McCurdy, environmental manager for Ridgway borough, was at the site Wednesday afternoon as Klinginsmith Construction Co. based out of Conneaut Lake placed new 12 inch waterlines near the intersection of Oak Street and West Main Street.

June 24th

Weidow vehicle homicide trial underway

June 24, 2014

A jury trial began Tuesday for Brandon Michael Weidow, 26, of Byrnedale, who is charged in a 2012 vehicle accident that resulted in the death of Savannah Straub.
Weidow is facing felony charges of homicide by vehicle and homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, as well as several DUI and traffic offenses, according to court records.

Glenwood Beer Distributors coming to Ridgway

June 24, 2014

Glenwood Beer Distributors, a wholesale distributor out of Erie, will soon be opening their doors in Ridgway. Construction of the facility is still in the early stages however.
"It's going well, all the rain down there is kind of slowing things down at times," said Mike Green, one of Glenwood's owners. "We've run into a couple hiccups, but everything is on point."

June 23rd

Brookville man charged with threatening DA

June 23, 2014

A Brookville man is charged with felony counts of criminal use of a communication facility and "threats and other improper influence in official and political matters" for allegedly contacting Elk County District Attorney Shawn McMahon by telephone and making homicidal threats.

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