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November 17th

Milliard gets 60 months for firearms charges

November 18, 2014

ERIE – Francis Anthony Milliard, 57, formerly of Ridgway, has been sentenced in federal court to 60 months in jail and ordered to forfeit firearms involved in the offenses on his conviction of conspiracy to possess firearms by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced Monday.
According to the Department of Justice, United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Milliard.

Borough council votes to end curbside recycling

November 17, 2014

During Monday's Ridgway Borough Council meeting, the council voted to decide the fate of curbside recycling for 2015, and by a 4-2 vote, all recycling programs within the borough have been axed.
With the 2015 budget due by the end of the year, the recycling program has come under scrutiny during the past few borough council meetings, mostly due to high costs to the borough and low participation rates by the borough residents.
The program has cost the borough approximately $52,000 a year, but putting all the recycled goods in the landfill would have cost the borough around $6,000 a year.

November 16th

War model collection gains attention

November 16, 2014

Randy Baloga, a United States Marine Corps veteran (1971-1977) recently added a portion of his 1:6 scale model soldier collection to the display case welcoming residents to the Elk County Courthouse Annex along Center Street in Ridgway.
"I'm a veteran and I've been coming to the Courthouse Annex for several years now," Sergeant Baloga said. "In the past years this display window has been the same and I thought it might be nice to do something different."
The seeds for such a collection were planted 50 years ago as Baloga had quite a few Hasbro toys around 1964.

UPB students given Seneca rig tour

November 16, 2014

EMPORIUM – Representatives from Seneca Resources invited four University of Pittsburgh at Bradford students to tour one of their rigs in Emporium to show the realities of working and living on a drilling rig.
The four students, who were all enrolled in the petroleum technology program at UPB, were able to use the tour to transition their knowledge from books to real life while learning about future employment opportunities that may be available to them.

November 14th

Rubik's cube, green plastic soldiers, and bubbles in Toy Hall of Fame

November 14, 2014

Rubik's cube, green plastic soldiers, and bubbles in Toy Hall of Fame
There are three favorites that are still getting a little playtime as new inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York.

November 13th

McCracken found guilty in April kidnap case

November 13, 2014

A jury found Dayon Deche McCracken, 24, of Reading, guilty on all charges in a kidnapping incident that occurred on April 27.
"He told me that he could kill me and that no one would find my body," the victim, Rachael Imdorf, said in court Thursday. "I had no doubt in my mind that I was going to die that day. He was terrifying."

Schools dismissed early after water line break

November 13, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – Students in the Johnsonburg Area School District received an early dismissal Thursday after a broken water line on Oak Street caused the high school to lose access to water.
At approximately 8:30 a.m., students at the high school were warned not to use the bathrooms on the second floor of the building, and to sparingly use the bathrooms on the first floor.

November 12th

Harrison Avenue fire result of arson

November 12, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – Following an investigation into Wednesday's Harrison Avenue fire, Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Corporal Greg Agosti reported that the fire was the result of arson.
The fire, which damaged three vacant houses along Harrison Avenue, started at approximately 2:30 a.m., and firefighters did not finish leaving the scene until 10:30 a.m.

Johnsonburg eyesore to be razed

November 12, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – The vacant St. Joe's Club that went up in flames Monday, July 2, 2012 will soon be razed.
Demolition for the dilapidated building at 703 Market St. in Johnsonburg is scheduled to commence next month.
Community Development Block Grant [CDBG] funds will be used to raze the structure. A bid of $31,250 was accepted in early October at a county board of commissioners meeting from Altoona Contracting and Excavating Demolition Services. The company was the low bidder.

November 11th

RASD, RATA have standoff at board meeting

November 12, 2014

Members of the Ridgway Area Teachers Association (RATA), led by RATA President Jason Phipps, showed up at Tuesday's Ridgway Area School District School Board meeting to express displeasure over the lack of a contract between the two parties.
With members of RATA and the Ridgway community standing behind him in support, Phipps addressed the board directly during the public comment section of Tuesday's meeting and asked the board to vote on a proposal that RATA made on Oct. 22.

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