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November 3rd

Health insurance delays new borough contracts

November 3, 2014

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.

Start of elk hunt draws spectators to check station

November 3, 2014

QUEHANNA – 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.

N.Y. teen harvests 7x6 bull

November 3, 2014

QUEHANNA – 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.

Northern tier PILT funds questioned

November 3, 2014

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.

Tractor-trailer fire at Mersen

November 3, 2014

ST. MARYS – A tractor-trailer truck caught fire Monday afternoon at Mersen USA in St. Marys. The vehicle was destroyed in the blaze and the building’s loading dock was damaged.

VIDEO: Big Ben, Steelers rout Ravens in rivalry game

November 3, 2014

VIDEO: Big Ben, Steelers rout Ravens in rivalry game
Kirk Morrison recaps the Steelers' big win over the Ravens.

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November 2nd

Search for missing man canceled

November 3, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – A 30-year-old Johnsonburg man was declared missing shortly after 6 p.m., but search and rescue operations were canceled after police were able to track the man's whereabouts since going missing, according to Johnsonburg Borough Police Officer David Cuneo.
Travis O’Connor, 30, of Johnsonburg, left his home on Saturday to go on a short three-wheeler ride, and after his family hadn’t seen or heard from him, they reported him missing to the Johnsonburg Borough Police Department.

Weeklong elk hunt opens today

November 3, 2014

Pennsylvania's weeklong elk hunting season opens today, and 108 hunters–the most ever since the annual hunt was implemented in 2001–are expected to be in the field today as they try to fill the 27 antlered and 81 antlerless licenses issued by the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) during their elk license drawing on Aug. 16.
Of those 108 hunters, three are St. Marys residents: Jason Pistner, Kenneth Rieder, and Joseph Rupprecht. All three were drawn for antlerless elk licenses.

October 31st

RATA sends proposal to RASD

November 1, 2014

The Ridgway Area Teachers Association is awaiting a response from the Ridgway Area School Board on the most recent contract proposal that has been sent to the school board, according to RATA President, Jason Phipps.
Negotiations between RATA and RASD have been ongoing for over 1,000 days since the previous contract between the two parties ended in 2012, and currently, wording in two sections regarding insurance and evaluations has stopped RATA from accepting the contact.

District releases statement after incident

November 1, 2014

The following statement was released Friday afternoon by the St. Marys School District on social media regarding an incident earlier in the day: 
The purpose of this message is to keep parents informed and students in the district safe. It was reported [Friday] that a male stranger operating a 2008-2010 grey or silver Chevy Silverado with a matching cap and tinted windows in the Chicken Hill area of Kersey approached St. Marys school students and offered them a ride to school.

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