Archive - 2014 - News Article
SMETHPORT â€“ A Mt. Jewett couple jailed on child-starving charges have withdrawn their post-sentencing motions that seek a reduction in the restitution they owe.
Mark and Susan Hooper of 21 Anderson St., Mt. Jewett, were sentenced to county jail April 8 after pleading â€śno contestâ€ť to charges filed last year by State Police Trooper Mary Gausman.
The Elk County Boulder Dash, a 20-mile run, walk or hike event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9 at 8 a.m. starting at the firemen's carnival grounds along North Broad Street in downtown Ridgway.
The event takes place on 20 miles of State Game Lands 44, just south of Ridgway, featuring about 4,000 feet of vertical rise over the course. The deadline to register online at www.elkcountyboulderdash.com is Friday, Aug. 1.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area School Board of Directors approved several items on Tuesday evening's agenda including the appointment of a new girls varsity basketball coach. The position will be filled by Ellie Kocjancic, last year's junior varsity coach.
The board also moved to reappoint Emily Mitchell as the school's athletic director.
Both motions were approved unanimously.
Jim Grumley was approved to move from a sixth grade teacher to fifth grade, and Judy Redmond was approved to move from grade five to grade four.
Both transfers were described as "voluntary."
ST. MARYS â€“ Over the past few months, the Elk County Catholic Crusader baseball team has racked up an impressive 26-0 record and has one final game remaining in their seasonâ€“the PIAA Class A State Championship on Friday afternoon.
Though only nine players can be out on the field at any given time, reaching this point and maintaining a perfect record has taken the effort of all 20 of the players on the Crusaders' roster.
Members of the Ridgway Eagles have been busy organizing several fundraisers to benefit victims of the recent flood that damaged many Ridgway residents' homes and businesses.
The first of three planned events is scheduled for this Sunday, June 15.
A group of volunteers gathered Wednesday afternoon as part of a continual effort to get the Ridgway Firemen's grounds in working order for the upcoming carnival, now roughly a month away.
The volunteers, who call themselves the "Old Geezers," are part of Habitat for Humanity of Clearfield and Jefferson counties.
"One of our groups from Clearfield was watching the news and saw that the grounds needed repaired, and volunteers were being sought," said George Joiner, a Ridgway resident and member of the group.
Ridgwayâ€™s Senior Center, located on Vine Avenue, is slowly but surely recovering after taking on roughly three feet of water during last monthâ€™s devastating flood. After losing much of what was inside, including just under three feet of the bottom portion of its inner walls, things are beginning to come together.
â€śWeâ€™re down here working, and hopefully next week our breakfast club will be able to start up again,â€ť said executive director Harry Himes.
The Ridgway Area School Board of Directors adopted their 2014-15 budget which has been undergoing various changes since earlier this year.
The budget presented for vote was identical to the one presented at the board's work session last week, aside from the addition of $710 back into the non-instructional portion for the elementary school play.
Ridgway Area School District superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien offered a formal statement during Tuesday evening's school board meeting in order to address his recently-announced resignation. O'Brien will officially be leaving the district Aug. 8.
"It's hard to believe that three years have eclipsed so quickly," he said. "No words can articulate the deep appreciation I feel for the community and the opportunity to serve this wonderful district.
"As superintendent I have enjoyed a plethora of experiences that have allowed me to grow personally and professionally."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Borough Council discussed the borough's shortage of police officers during their regular meeting held Monday afternoon.
"We are in desperate need of part-time police officers," said Bryan Parana, chief of police. "It's becoming a real problem."
However, finding part-time hires has proved to be difficult.