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April 10th, 2014

ECCSS holding third annual Race for Education

April 11, 2014

ST. MARYS – The third annual Race for Education, a fundraising event under the direction of the Elk County Catholic School System PTO, is currently underway. This year's goal is $30,000 and the endeavor will conclude with an hour-long walk for students and supporters on Friday, May 9. All of the funds raised this year will be put toward educational programs and the purchase of classroom resources.
In addition to being a fundraiser, the project has also proved to be a learning experience for students at all levels of the school system, according to ECCHS Campus Minister Fr. Ross Miceli.

April 9th

April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 10, 2014

A "Teal Ribbon Campaign" is in full swing this month as CAPSEA, Inc. (Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse) aims to increase sexual assault awareness.
"We're targeting the younger population," said CAPSEA executive director Billie Jo Weyant. "We as adult community members need to spread more awareness."
As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, area residents are able to purchase a paper "Teal Ribbon" at various locations for a $1 donation to CAPSEA.

Support builds for Highland injection well fight

April 10, 2014

JAMES CITY – Highland Township has received more support in its fight against a proposed injection well for the disposal of drilling waste fluids.
The Elk County Board of Commissioners and the Ridgway Township Board of Supervisors both are backing Highland in a battle that could wind up in a courtroom.
County Commissioners June Sorg, Janis Kemmer and Daniel Freeburg said in a letter they "confirm our opposition to the creation and usage of disposal injection wells within the borders of Elk County."

April 8th

RASD considering tax increase

April 9, 2014

During the regular meeting of the Ridgway Area School Board of Directors, finance manager Brent Rhoads, along with Donna Sidelinger, presented information to the board concerning the 2014-15 budget, which is still in the preliminary stages.
Rhoads presented a possible budget which included a one-mill tax increase for next year, giving the district the potential to raise $89,500 in revenue. The current preliminary budget will see $12,460,506 in revenue with expenditures clocking in at $12,676,308, running the district a $215,802 deficit.

April 7th

Waterline replacement project poised to begin

April 8, 2014

The Ridgway Borough Council recently approved a bid for a waterline replacement project which will run from Oak Street near O.B. Grant Park to Water Works Road, which will take place primarily in the westbound lane of route 3002.
Council unanimously voted to approve the lowest bidder, Klinginsmith Construction Co. based out of Conneaut Lake, who put in a bid of approximately $1.312 million.

Local author publishes novel

April 8, 2014

Luke Streich, a Ridgway native writing under the pen name Eazra Shrantz, recently completed a novel titled "Bleeding Shadows" which has been available online since April 5.
Streich, a graduate of Ridgway Area High School, began writing "stories and poetry for fun in the second grade," and has since went on to author several short stories prior to "Bleeding Shadows," his first full-length novel.

April 6th

Municipal authority preparing for manhole project

April 7, 2014

The Ridgway Township Municipal Authority is preparing to begin a manhole rehabilitation project for several manholes with damage to the interior in the Montmorenci area.
According to Carl Gosnell, Works Superintendent for the authority, the project consists of repairs to 11 manholes that "require attention," spanning from the area between Rich's Farm Market and Fairmont Road.

April 4th

Fire in Byrnedale

April 5, 2014

BYRNEDALE – Emergency responders battled a house fire late Friday night and into the early morning hours of Saturday at a house just off Log Cabin Lane in the area of 19850 Bennetts Valley Highway in Byrnedale.
Elk Company 3 (Fox Township) and Elk Company 5 (Jay Township) were dispatched to the fire at 11:18 p.m. along with Bennetts Valley Ambulance.
Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) and Elk Company 4 (Ridgway Fire Department) responded shortly after 11:50 p.m.

Charges against doctor 'bound' to county court

April 5, 2014

BRADFORD – Charges against a Bradford doctor for the alleged inappropriate touching of two young married women in his medical office have been "bound over" to McKean County Court.
Bradford District Judge Dominic Cercone sent the two separate cases to county court Friday following back-to-back preliminary hearings. Combined, the two hearings lasted more than two hours.

April 3rd

Stephanic in court on homicide charges

April 4, 2014

Elk County President Judge Richard Masson listened to several omnibus pretrial motions on Thursday during a hearing for Michael J. Stephanic Jr., 45, of St. Marys, who is currently incarcerated in the Elk County Prison on charges he allegedly shot and killed June Talmadge, 48, during a Sept. 3 incident in the parking lot of Eastern Sintered Metals.

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