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February 11th, 2014
During their regular board meeting held Tuesday evening, the Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors approved a resolution stating their opposition to the high school graduation exam administered by the state. If high school students do not pass three subject-based exams in the areas of algebra I, biology and literature, they are not permitted to graduate.
The school board passed the resolution in order to show their disapproval of the current system and put into formal verbiage their opinion on the topic.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ During the regular meeting of the Johnsonburg Borough Council, borough manager Mary Polaski reported that the Public Works committee will be meeting in the coming weeks to further discuss plans for the Harrison Avenue retaining wall which is set to undergo renovations.
"We did receive a price from our engineer of $29,500 to do all the engineering work for it but public works would like to sit down and maybe come up with a plan and get back to council and discuss it then," Polaski said.
DuBOIS â€“Â Approximately 35 occupants of an apartment building located at 136 East Park Ave. in DuBois were displaced Saturday afternoon following a fire.
The State Police Fire Marshal investigated the blaze, which occurred at 12 p.m. on Feb. 8. The East Park Avenue location is a two-story wood structure with 10 units. Units consist of single one room units and family units. Numerous tenants resided at the complex, which is owned by Scott Blose of DuBois.
As the winter months continue in Elk County, the Ridgway Fire Department would like to remind residents to keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
Dave Parsons, a member of the Ridgway Fire Department, said Friday that is it easy for a fire hydrant to be overlooked due to snow coverage.
"The hydrants need to be clearly visible and accessible from the road," Parsons said. "Firefighters can lose valuable time if they can't see them or get at them easily."
The Ridgway Township Municipal Authority has continued to make headway in detecting water loss during the month of January.
Overall, accountability levels reached 85 percent, equating to a total loss of 606,970 gallons and a total of $3,151 paid to the borough for lost water.
KANE â€“ The criminal case against a Kane woman linked with a horrific six-fatality crash Aug. 31 is headed to McKean County Court.
Kane District Court Judge Dave Engman "bound over" the charges to county court Wednesday following an intense three-hour preliminary hearing in his courtroom.
Kathy S. Douglas, 37, faces 35 charges-- including 15 felonies-- in connection with the Route 219 wreck that killed her 12-year-old daughter, Olivia, her 6-year-old nephew Jarrett Costanzo of Kane, and four members of a St. Marys family.
WETMORE TWP. â€“ A jackknifed tractor-trailer disrupted traffic for more than two hours Wednesday afternoon on state Route 66 near the base of James City hill south of Kane.
According to the Kane-based state police, at approximately 1:46 p.m., a 2007 Peterbilt 379 tractor-trailer hauling a load of plywood on a flatbed trailer lost control while traveling southbound and attempting a left curve in SR 66.
The Elk County Council on the Arts, better known as ECCOTA, is kicking off its 30th anniversary with their upcoming Annual Gala, set for Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at Aiello's Cafe in Ridgway complete with a Dueling Piano show, a dueling artist event, prize drawing, new dessert auction and an award presentation.
"They are a blast. They're very entertaining and fun," Abbi Peters, ECCOTA executive director said of the returning piano tandem. "We will be doing other activities at the gala as this is our largest fundraiser of the year."
With the support of a $150,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's Discovered in PA, Developed in PA grant program (D2PA), the Community Education Council (CEC) has partnered up with the region's chambers of commerce, the North Central Workforce Investment Board, and local schools and employers.
The Elk County Courthouse will have a single point of entry starting March 1.
The commissioners reported on Tuesday that the only entrance available for use, which also is handicap-accessible, will be the courthouse behind the building and in front of the Elk County Prison.