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February 19th, 2012

'It's bigger than a miracle,' crash survivor says

February 19, 2012

KANE – Bruce Peterson no longer has a house.
It was suddenly taken away Saturday when it was struck and destroyed by an out-of-control fully-loaded log truck.
Despite losing his home of 25 years, Peterson is grateful.
The impact miraculously spared his life and the lives of three other family members who were inside the house at the time of the spectacular crash on Route 66 in the Ten Commandments area of Wetmore Township just south of Kane.
"It's bigger than a miracle," Peterson said Sunday with tears in his eyes. "Somehow, we all made it out alive. God was with us."

Death investigation under way in Jay Township

February 19, 2012

JAY TWP. – The Ridgway-based state police reported on Saturday evening that they are currently involved with the investigation of a death that took place in Jay Township between 2 and 6 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18. According to police, Gary G. Farcus Jr., 20, of DuBois was located in the front yard of a residence along the north side of SR 555, approximately 3/10 of a mile east of Apple Street in Jay Township. Assisting at the scene were the Bennetts Valley Ambulance, St. Marys Ambulance, and the Elk County Coroner's office.

February 17th

13th Rendezvous begins today

February 18, 2012

The 13th installment of the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous starts today and event organizers couldn't be happier with their plans for the week.
In addition to carvers doing their thing on South Broad Street to Center Street, then Center Street down to Mill Street, and Court Street as well, they also will be performing at other locations.

Pa. residents can support breast cancer programs on tax returns

February 18, 2012

Pennsylvania residents who want to support breast cancer research and programs can do so simply by checking off a box on their state tax return.
The PA Breast Cancer Coalition's "Refunds for Research" campaign allows residents to donate part or all of their state refund by checking "yes" on line 35 of their PA 40 tax form. Kevin Smith, communications director for the nonprofit coalition, said for most people, directing their refund to the coalition on their tax return is an easy way of charitable giving.

February 16th

"Sustaining Campaign" begins

February 16, 2012

The Ridgway YMCA will again rely on donations for this year's "Sustaining Campaign" in an effort to continue to provide various programs and sustain the popular North Broad Street location in downtown Ridgway.
"Our small town YMCA offers as many programs as larger YMCAs at the fraction of the cost and we are able to do this with the help of this campaign," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA. "Our YMCA is a unique little YMCA-- we take pride in being able to offer something for everyone."

St. Marys man sentenced for sexual abuse of children

February 16, 2012

At the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway on Thursday, Jonathan Joseph Bilodeau, 20, of St. Marys, was sentenced for the offense of sexual abuse of children, a felony of the third degree.
Bilodeau pleaded guilty in August to the charge, which stems from a July 22, 2010 incident in which Bilodeau distributed child pornography to a Pennsylvania State Trooper via a peer-to-peer file-sharing program on his laptop computer. The file contained a one-minute, 31-second video of a child under the age of 18 years old engaging in a sexual act.

McCoy has a bond with blood

February 16, 2012

ST. MARYS – Some people really are out for your blood - but that's not always a bad thing. Just ask Wendy McCoy, a phlebotomist at Elk Regional Health Center since June 2011.
McCoy, a 1986 graduate of Ridgway Area High School, moved back to the area from Kitanning about two years ago and works part-time at ERHC.
Phlebotomists draw blood from a patient's veins to collect samples for testing. McCoy said "phlebotomist" comes from the Greek word "phlebos," which means "vein."
"It basically means specializing in veins," McCoy said.

February 15th

Woman charged with theft of funds from Kane Day School

February 16, 2012

A Kane woman faces 84 felony charges linked with the alleged theft of funds from the Kane Day School at the Tabor Lutheran Church.
Ashley Nicole Wilson, 26, of 615 Maple St., Kane, allegedly took $13,377.31 in funds while serving as the treasurer of the pre-school program.
She has been arraigned before Kane District Judge Dave Engman, who set bail at $10,000 (unsecured).
Wilson is scheduled to appear today in Central Court at the courthouse in Smethport to either waive a preliminary hearing or request a hearing before Engman.

Ridgway's Students of the Month honored

February 16, 2012

The Ridgway Area School District's Students of the Month were honored during Tuesday night's school board meeting.
First-grader Cheyla Coder was selected as the elementary school Student of the Month. Cheyla is the daughter of Darlene and Jason Coder. Her favorite subject is art because she gets to play with clay.
Her career plans are to become a teacher because she would like to "meet different kids and teach them the number families."
Cheyla said if she could do anything to change the world she would clean it up and have everyone help clean up the trash.

February 14th

Rhoads responds to Corbett's budget proposal

February 15, 2012

Following Gov. Tom Corbett's budget proposal on Tuesday, Feb. 7, Ridgway Area School District Finance Manager Brent Rhoads expects the district to receive about a .5 percent increase in the first year.
"We have analyzed the budget that the governor [Tom Corbett] has proposed and as you all know there is not a whole lot of money in it for the school district," Rhoadssaid during Tuesday night's school board meeting. "At this point it looks like we may be on the positive side of about $30,000 which is a half-percent increase for us, but there is still some language that I'm looking at.

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