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June 4th, 2014

Jury finds Mt. Jewett man not guilty in rape case

June 4, 2014

SMETHPORT – A jury found a Mt. Jewett man not guilty Wednesday of all five charges linked with the alleged rape of former Mt. Jewett woman.
Paul Ray Swank, 33, of 7 Chestnut St., Mt. Jewett, had tears in his eyes after the verdict was read.
"I'm happy to get my life back and move on," Swank said as he left the McKean County courtroom following a three-day trial. 

June 3rd

School board to present budget for vote

June 3, 2014

The Ridgway Area School Board of Directors will be presenting a finalized budget for a vote at their upcoming board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the library of Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
"This budget is going to mirror the budget that was presented on May 28 at our public meeting," said office manager Donna Sidelinger.
She, along with current finance manager Brent Rhoads as well as other district administrators have been working to decrease the school's expenditures for the 2014-15 school year over the past several months.

Area businesses bouncing back after flood

June 3, 2014

Several area businesses have reopened their doors after the devastating flood that hit Ridgway on May 21, some as early as the next day.
NAPA Auto Parts, one of the businesses to see some of the worst flooding, reopened their doors the following morning at 7 a.m. despite seeing heavy damage to the storefront windows.

County still waiting on SBA relief

June 3, 2014

Elk County residents may soon see some relief in the form of low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA) following a disastrous flooding incident that ravaged the area two weeks ago.

Erie man charged in Johnsonburg vehicle theft

June 3, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – An Erie resident is charged with stealing a truck from Johnsonburg Kwik Fill parking lot.

Rape case against Mt. Jewett man goes to jury

June 3, 2014

SMETHPORT – It's now up to the jury to decide the fate of a Mt. Jewett man charged with rape.
Paul Ray Swank, 33, of 7 Chestnut St., Mt. Jewett, is accusing a raping a former Mt. Jewett woman. She was 26 years old at the time of the alleged rape on Nov. 2, 2012 at a secluded area near Hutchins.
The Kane Republican does not publish the names of alleged sexual assault victims.
Two days of testimony in the trial at the McKean County Courthouse in Smethport wound up Tuesday afternoon.

Ecklund trial scheduled for Thursday

June 3, 2014

A Ridgway man is set to go to trial at Elk County Courthouse on Thursday, June 5 on charges of statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors and indecent assault on a person less that 16 years of age.
Charges were filed in September 2013 against Brandon James Ecklund, 23, of 4236 Grant Rd., Ridgway. Police report that on Aug. 20, 2013, the victim's mother came into the Ridgway Borough Police station with her daughter, 14, to report that her daughter had had sex with Ecklund, who was 22 at the time.

Security team switch at courthouse

June 3, 2014

County commissioners on Tuesday morning voted to swap security companies for the Elk County Courthouse's single point of entry.
Allied Barton had been providing security for the courthouse at $17.10 an hour. Kellington Protection Services has now taken over security responsibilities at the courthouse at $16.50 an hour.

June 2nd

Chamber gearing up for Talented Town

June 2, 2014

The Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for another one of their First Friday Events in order to promote their goal of "Shop Local" as well as offer area residents a chance to get together in downtown Ridgway on a Friday evening.
June's event is "Talented Town," an open mic night to be held at the gazebo on the courthouse lawn from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 6.

Act 13 Shale disbursement figures released

June 2, 2014

Elk County and its 12 municipalities will benefit from over $1 million in funding from Act 13 Marcellus Shale Impact Fees and greenways funding.
At the county level, the impact fees distributed totals $350,665.54 along with greenways funding totaling $30,233.25.
The county commissioners in early May announced the establishment of a grant program designed for the redistribution of a portion of their allocation of the Act 13 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee for local projects.

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