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January 8th, 2015

JASD, RASD sports co-op expanding

January 9, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – The cooperative sports agreement between the Johnsonburg Area School District and the Ridgway Area School District will expand in the 2015-2016 school year as cross country appears to be the next sport to have a roster featuring student athletes from both districts.
The JASD school board unanimously approved a motion during Thursday's monthly meeting that approved a new cooperative sports agreement that would send JAHS students to Ridgway to compete in cross country.

Sony hack raises cyber security concerns

January 9, 2015

The November 2014 hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment has raised concerns about cyber security on a national and local level.
"I think that 90 percent of it can be protected against with knowledge," Aaron Simbeck, owner of a computer repair and consulting business in St. Marys, said. "Stay away from advertisements, use passwords, don't publish your passwords online and don't save your passwords on your computer in a text document. If you're playing games and you're getting popups, don't click them."

'If you're cold, they're cold'; bring pets inside during cold temps

January 9, 2015

The gut wrenching photos of dogs left outside in the cold circulating throughout social media and on television have helped raise awareness of proper winter pet care.
"Basically if you're cold, they're cold. They can get frostbite just like people," said Karen Cappiello, Elk County humane officer.
While some dogs are better equipped to handle the cold weather than others, the fact is that more dogs perish in the winter than at any other time of the year.
Frostbite, hypothermia and antifreeze poisoning present the biggest winter threats to pets.

January 6th

New policy highlights comp time issues

January 7, 2015

Over-accumulation of compensatory time has led to the adoption of a compensatory time policy for Elk County government employees.
"This is a policy that we discussed with our department heads and we'll be buying that comp time out at the end of the year," said Elk County Commissioner Jan Kemmer during a Tuesday morning board meeting. "It has sometimes become a big liability for the county when people retire and have days and days of comp time so we had to stress that policy and not have such a liability on the county."

RASD questioned about consolidation

January 7, 2015

Bill Seely, a former member of the Ridgway Area School District school board, attended the school board's workshop session Tuesday to question the board about possible consolidation efforts between the county's school districts.
Seely cited comments made by RASD's superintendent Robbert Rocco in a Sept. 23 article in The Ridgway Record that talked about Rocco's role in working with the other school districts in the county.

January 5th

6-month deadline for oil, gas ordinance

January 6, 2015

The Ridgway Township supervisors will have six months to complete an oil and gas zoning ordinance after they approved a resolution to adopt a curative amendment to the township's current zoning ordinance during their regular monthly meeting Monday.
Due to concerns about the possibility of facing litigation, the supervisors have been working towards including the oil and gas industry within the township's current zoning ordinance.

Sexual assault charges withdrawn for Hulings

January 6, 2015

A James City man who was charged with the statutory sexual assault of a girl, 15, of Johnsonburg, has been cleared of all charges.
Eric Paul Hulings, who was alleged to have had sexual intercourse with his then-girlfriend's daughter, was able to provide evidence that he was traveling out-of-state on the dates the incident is alleged to have occurred.
According to a motion on record at the Elk County Courthouse, the victim's mother provided written statements that the incident occurred on July 2-3 or July 3-4 of 2013.

Pro Football Playoff Previews and Predictions

January 5, 2015

Pro Football Playoff Previews and Predictions

Next Week’s Matchups:

Dallas @ Green Bay

What to watch for:

Dallas will travel to Green Bay to face Aaron Rodgers and their dynamic offense. Green Bay has not lost at Lambeau Field yet this year. Dallas matches up well with Green Bay because they have a strong running game that can keep the clock running and keep the ball out of Green Bay’s hands. The weather might get the best out of Dallas as it is likely to be extremely cold. Green Bay’s offense will be looking to feast on a weak Dallas secondary.

Pick: Green Bay 31-24

Pro Football Playoff Roundup

January 5, 2015

Pro Football Playoff Roundup
Saturday 1/3/15
Carolina (8-8-1) 27 vs
Arizona (11-6) 16

January 4th

Circus starts 2015 tour in Johnsonburg

January 4, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – On Sunday, Billy Martin's Cole All-Star Circus kicked off its 2015 circus tour by performing their premier show at the Johnsonburg Area High School gymnasium.
The opening performance for the 2015 tour kicked off with a 90-minute performance with performers showing off a wide variety of skills to a crowd of 105 area adults who were accompanied by a myriad of children who got into the show free with adult admission.
This year's show featured a variety of acts including a juggling family, aerial performers and a contortionist.

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