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April 28th

DuBois woman charged in two St. Marys car thefts

April 29, 2014

A DuBois woman is charged with stealing two vehicles in a matter of two days, according to police reports.
Tanya Lynn Witherite, 37, is facing several felony charges of burglary and theft by unlawful taking. According to an affidavit of probable cause, she was charged with stealing a vehicle from a residential garage and then taking another vehicle from the parking lot of Dunham's two days later.

April 27th

Community joins together for National Day of Prayer

April 28, 2014

The roots of National Day of Prayer dates back to the late 1700s when the Continental Congress designated a time for prayer in forming a new nation.
That tradition has grown strong since colonial times as the local community is set to recognize this year's National Day of Prayer, to be held Thursday, May 1 at noon at the gazebo on the Elk County Courthouse lawn.

Investigation continues into cause of house fire

April 28, 2014

ST. MARYS – The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal and Crystal Fire Department recently conducted an origin and cause investigation into a fire that destroyed a St. Marys house on Friday afternoon.
A cause has not yet been determined as the investigation continues.
The house is located at 109 Challingsworth Rd., situated just off of Taft Road.

April 25th

House destroyed in blaze, sparks brush fire

April 26, 2014

ST. MARYS – A St. Marys home was destroyed in a Friday afternoon blaze at 105 Challingsworth Rd., located off of Taft Road.
Fire companies from St. Marys, Fox Township and Johnsonburg responded to the call.
The garage area of the residence was fully engulfed upon arrival at approximately 2:03 p.m. and quickly spread to the two-story structure which was a complete loss. Heavy smoke was also initially reported.

Driver in 6-fatality crash to stand trial on 35 charges

April 26, 2014

SMETHPORT – A Kane woman will stand trial on 35 charges as the alleged prescription drug-impaired driver in a Route 219 traffic accident last Aug. 31 that claimed the lives of six people.
Kathleen S. Douglas, 37, appeared Friday morning in McKean County Court on her scheduled “last day to plea” in the case.
Senior Judge William F. Morgan of Warren took the bench at 10:12 a.m. in the small courtroom to face the defendant and her court-appointed lawyer—Smethport attorney James P. Miller. County District Attorney Ray Learn appeared for the prosecution.

Elk County Historical Society celebrates 50 years

April 26, 2014

On Friday evening, the Elk County Historical Society celebrated 50 years in existence with a dinner at The Royal Inn. Elk County residents joined together to look back on the past 50 years of the society and the many strides the society has taken since its inception in 1964.
Historical Society executive director Mary Kalinowski, who has been with the organization for seven years, offered some of the history of the society as well as her thanks for the support from the county.

April 24th

Former Hamlin Twp. treasurer is sentenced to jail

April 24, 2014

SMETHPORT – Julie Sue Graham-Olson, 54, has been sentenced to McKean County Jail for using Hamlin Township money as her own while serving as the township’s secretary-treasurer for nearly four years.
In a ruling Thursday in McKean County Court, President Judge John Pavlock sentenced the defendant to spend between nine months and 23.5 months in the county jail near Smethport.

Ridgway triathlon this Saturday

April 24, 2014

Officials at the Ridgway YMCA are preparing for the 33rd Annual Ridgway Triathlon scheduled for Saturday, April 26, starting at 11 a.m.
As of Thursday evening, 124 participants had signed up, including 14 ironwomen and 27 ironmen
"I have never seen that many individuals entered ever," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director at the Ridgway YMCA. "I've been doing this for over 10 years and the event is in its 33rd year. We will keep doing this as long as there is interest."

Man charged in Sheetz knife-wielding incident

April 24, 2014

ST. MARYS – A Brookville resident is charged with removing items from Sheetz and then threatening a witness with a 5 3/4 inch bladed knife.

April 23rd

Rural community college gains traction

April 24, 2014

Educational needs of an underserved populace in rural Pennsylvania may finally be addressed by legislators this year.
House Bill 1701, now in the House Education committee, aims to create a rural community college pilot program serving an 11-county region of northwest and north central Pennsylvania.
Its sister legislation, Senate Bill 1000, passed with flying colors, 42-4.

Ridgway boys soccer extended their winning streak to four matches after a 3-1 win over Smethport...
The Ridgway Lady Elkers won the first game of Tuesday’s volleyball match in Kane rather handily, 25...
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch volleyball team defeated the Johnsonburg Ramettes 3-0 last night in a...