Archive - 2014 - News Article
ST. MARYS â€“ Elk County Catholic alumnus Ryan Jacobs and fellow Penn State students will be "canning" this weekend in town for THON, the largest student philanthropy effort in the world.
According to THON.org, "the mission of the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon is to conquer pediatric cancer by providing outstanding emotional and financial support to the children, families, researchers, and staff of the Four Diamonds Fund."
During Tuesday's workshop session of the Ridgway Area School District School Board, Board President Lisa Connelly delivered a prepared speech in response to advertisements and statements made by the Ridgway Area Teachers Association.
With a high-profile governor's race on the ballot, Elk County had a high voter turnout with 44.35 percent of the registered voters coming out to vote.
York County businessman Tom Wolf ousted incumbent Republican Governor Tom Corbett soundly Tuesday. The Democrat could not carry Elk County, however, as Corbett got 4,420 votes to Wolf's 4,115. There were 31 write-in votes as well. Pennsylvania law was changed in 1968 to allow for consecutive gubernatorial terms. Corbett is the first Pennsylvania governor to be denied re-election since the law was changed.
VIDEO: Democrat Wolf Ousts Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett: NBC
Tom Corbett, NBC projected, Pennsylvania Democratic businessman Tom Wolf has unseated the stateâ€™s Republican governor. 65-year-old Wolf, poured his personal fortune into the race and hammered the governor over declining education spending. Corbett, also 65 and a blunt former prosecutor, trailed Wolf badly in most pre-election polls.
VIDEO: The Midterm Election Races to Watch
Bloomberg -- Eurasia Group's Corey Boles, Bloomberg Business Week's Josh Green and Bloomberg's Peter Cook discuss the midterm elections with Bloomberg's Mark Crumpton on "Bottom Line."
ST. MARYS â€“ A tractor-trailer docked at the Mersen USA building in St. Marys caught fire around noon on Monday, a blaze that caused an estimated $350,000 in damages to the truck and Mersen building.
According to a fire marshal investigation completed by Corporal Greg Agosti, the fire started accidentally after a problem in the vehicle's electrical system caused a fire to erupt from the engine compartment of a 2014 Mack truck.
Contracts for Ridgway Borough employees are set to expire by the end of 2014, and unknown health insurance prices are delaying the process to renew the contracts, according to Borough manager Kim Zimmerman.
The contracts for non-uniformed and uniformed workers within the borough are set to expire Dec. 31 but some contracts, such as Zimmerman's contract as the borough manager, have already expired.
QUEHANNA â€“Â The atmosphere at the Pennsylvania Game Commission's (PGC) elk check station at the start of the weeklong elk hunt on Monday morning was probably not quite what many would expect for such a venue.
QUEHANNAÂ â€“Â It is not uncommon for those drawn for an elk license to bring their teenage children along to share in the experience. It was the other way around on Monday though for 14-year-old Travis Raab of Hammondsport, N.Y. Raab was one of the 27 individuals selected for an antlered elk license in this year's hunt and he got to share in the experience with his father, Kelly.
County officials throughout the region are beginning to question tax payments from state government on public lands within the area, including Elk County.
A State Land Tax Fairness Coalition meeting was held last week, attended by roughly 40 people, including various county commissioners.
The coalition is looking for an increase on payment in lieu of taxes [PILOT-- also know as PILT] to go to school districts, counties and municipalities for state-owned lands.