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December 30th

Emporium apartment house damaged in fire

December 31, 2014

EMPORIUM – Authorities are still investigating the origin of a fire that spread through four apartment units early Tuesday morning in a West 4th Street house in Emporium.
Initial reports indicated smoke and flames showing at 234 W. 4th St. as Cameron County 14 (Emporium Fire Department), Emporium Ambulance, and St. Marys Ambulance were called out shortly before 3 a.m.

Assault charges against Ridgway man

December 31, 2014

Assault charges have been filed against a Ridgway man for a June incident of an argument escalating into a fight that left another man hospitalized.
Jeffrey William Reitz, 26, of 229 Ash St., Ridgway, is charged with a felony count of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor count of simple assault for a fight that occurred at his home on June 29.

Borough approves 1 mill tax increase

December 31, 2014

Following a public comment meeting to allow residents to address concerns in the 2015 budget, the Ridgway Borough Council approved a 2015 budget, which featured a one mill tax increase for the borough's general fund, during a special meeting on Tuesday night.
The budget was approved following a 5-2 vote by the council with council president Ralph Dussia and councilman J.R. Geitner standing out as the two council members who did not vote to approve the budget.

Borough among fiscally responsible for contaminated landfill

December 31, 2014

The Ridgway Borough will be responsible, at least in part, for a $314,000 bill associated with the cleanup at the Ridgway Borough Municipal Landfill, according to DEP press aide Amanda Witman.
DEP officials originally started investigating the landfill in 2004, and now that the project is nearing completion, the DEP is looking to receive reimbursement from responsible parties for the costs associated with the project.

VIDEO: Report - Ben Tate visiting with Steelers

December 30, 2014

VIDEO: Report - Ben Tate visiting with Steelers
Free agent running back Ben Tate will reportedly meet with the Pittsburgh Steelers as the team looks for an insurance back for the playoffs.

December 29th

Cribbs sentenced in burglary, thefts

December 30, 2014

A St. Marys man had multiple cases settled before President Judge Richard A. Masson Monday, including the February theft of multiple parking meters from the Brusselles and Depot Streets parking lots in St. Marys.
David Larry Cribbs, 19, of 155 Washington St., St. Marys, pleaded guilty to a felony count of receiving stolen property and a felony count of burglary for removing items from a storage building owned by Elk County Ammo and Arms.
"I had some problems with drugs, and I was just kind of being a bum," Cribbs said when Judge Masson asked why he hadn't found employment while on parole.

December 28th

Coaches vs. Cancer raises over $1,180

December 29, 2014

ST. MARYS – This year's Coaches vs. Cancer campaign, held throughout both days of the Elk County Holiday Basketball Tournament, raised $1,186.89 to benefit the American Cancer Society.
During halftime of the boys' championship game Saturday evening at the St. Marys Area High School Dutch Oven, SMAHS Activities Director Terry Straub read a brief message on behalf of the American Cancer Society, which expressed appreciation to the "coaches and players for lending their talent and faces to the 2014 Coaches vs. Cancer campaign."

December 26th

Students return from Northern Plains BEST Championship

December 27, 2014

Six students at the Ridgway Area High School recently traveled to Fargo, N.D. to compete in the Northern Plains BEST Championship, a competition in which the team finished 26th out of 36 teams.
Dustin Oknefski, the instructor of a robotics class at the high school, went to Fargo along with six of his students: Weston Towne, J.J. Klase, Damian Challingsworth, Arthur Harvey, Chucky Krobot and Allie HIll.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: The Best Tips and Tricks for Christmas Leftovers

December 26, 2014

VIDEO OF THE DAY: The Best Tips and Tricks for Christmas Leftovers
When the holiday celebration is over you don't have to let the good taste go to waste! There are a few creative ways to recreate new tasty dishes with remaining food. Here are some tips and tricks to makeover holiday leftovers.

December 25th

Local man charged with theft from employer

December 25, 2014

ST. MARYS – A St. Marys man is facing felony charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing money from his place of employment.
Jamie Neal Wilson, 35, of 10 Mark St., a store manager at St. Marys AutoZone, is accused of stealing money that he was responsible for depositing at PNC bank and taking cash from registers.
On Nov. 20, the St. Marys Police were contacted by AutoZone's regional loss prevention manager who reported that three deposits were missing from Oct. 17-19.

Ridgway 195-pounder Ryan Geyer still has a shot at a state medal. The Elker senior went 2-1 on the...
The Ridgway junior high basketball teams were honored with a banquet Monday night at Francis S....
JOHNSONBURG – Johnsonburg girls basketball honored their 2014-2015 team with a banquet held Sunday...