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May 6th, 2015
Three suspicious packages intercepted by law enforcement at the Elk County Courthouse prompted a large emergency response by local police officers and fire department members.
Elk County Sheriff Theresa Merritt said the "suspicious packages" were delivered to the courthouse in Ridgway and were quickly "removed from the building so everyone was safe in the building and court could operate."
The packages were discovered between 10:45-11 a.m.
The preliminary 2015-2016 budget for the Ridgway Area School District is balanced, shows no tax increases and maintains current staffing levels, according to RASD Business Manager Donna Sidelinger.
Sidelinger made a budget presentation during Tuesday's RASD work session meeting, and the budget will go to a vote during next week's May 12 meeting.
For the 2015-2016 budget, Sidelinger said the overall spending plan will see a 2.4 percent increase over the 2014-2015 numbers.
Pick up a copy of the Wednesday, May 6, 2015 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.
With funding issues far from resolved, the state House on Monday voted 134-59 to increase the monthly fee used to help fund Pennsylvania countiesâ€™ 911 emergency communication centers.
The measure, which still must pass the Senate, calls for an increase to $1.65 a month. Currently, the 25-year-old 911 Public Safety Emergency Telephone Act calls for $1 a month for cellphones, and $1.50 for landlines.
After months of topping out at well over 70 inmates a day, officials at the Elk County Prison are finally seeing those figures taper off.
â€śThe population has drastically stabilized,â€ť said Elk County Prison Warden Greg Gebauer. â€śI think thatâ€™s due to the fact that a lot of inmates are being transported to the state penitentiary.â€ť
As cases are being settled in county court, many are being sentenced to the state penitentiary due to crime severity and other factors.
The average daily population at the prison for January was 70; February was 73; March was 63; and April was 58.
The Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday morning acknowledged local home healthcare agencies for National Visiting Nurse Association Week.
The week, falling on the second week of May, is recognized this year from May 3-8.
â€śIn Elk County, we have a number of providers that care for patients who are homebound or need assistance in their home,â€ť said Rebecca Nelson, President and CEO of Community Nurses, Inc.
In response to concerns that were brought before the Ridgway Area School District school board during its April meeting, RASD Superintendent Robert Rocco said Tuesday that the school district will draft a letter of support to the Ridgway Township supervisors supporting their efforts to regulate the oil and gas industry through revisions to the township's zoning ordinance.
The Ridgway Borough Council's planning, grants and recreation committee met Monday at 4 p.m. at the Ridgway Borough municipal building to discuss the status of the borough's various parks, including the much talked about skatepark.
Monday's committee meeting was the first meeting held by borough officials since they received official notice from YMCA officials that the lease between the borough and the YMCA that allowed the borough to house a skatepark on YMCA property had been terminated.
A large crowd turned out Saturday at the Family Day event at Sandy Beach Recreational Park held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
ST. MARYS â€“ A small plane veered out of control upon startup striking a portion of a building Sunday afternoon at the St. Marys Municipal Airport.
A pilot and his passenger escaped with only minor injuries.
The incident occurred as pilot Preston Hoopes of Ulysses in Potter County was reportedly having difficulty starting his plane. He reported to Alan McPherson, airport manager, that he exited the plane to slightly move the propellor which he said suddenly started although the key in the ignition was turned to the off position as was the master switch.
Area residents will pause to reflect Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. for the annual National Day of Prayer event at the Courthouse Gazebo in downtown Ridgway.