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May 6th, 2014
As part of their Act 13 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee distribution, Elk County is allocating funding annually to scholars from Elk County who will be attending college to earn a degree in the natural gas shale industry.
â€śWeâ€™re offering two $5,000 scholarships for students who will be attending college or trade school for oil and gas industry studies,â€ť Elk County Commissioner June Sorg said. â€śIt doesnâ€™t have to be a younger student, weâ€™re also accepting adults for that as well. We thought this would be a big help for our area and a good way to move forward with this Act 13 money.â€ť
With an average daily population exceeding 80 inmates at the Elk County Prison, and increasing rates of substance abuse and mental health issues, in-house nursing services have become a necessity at the jail.
Commissioners on Tuesday voted to approve another nursing contract based on a recommendation from the countyâ€™s prison board.
In an effort to address blighted properties throughout Ridgway, borough manager Kim Zimmerman has been attempting to address multiple "problem properties" throughout the area.
Most of the properties, however, are not in the county repository and instead are still owned by citizens.
FOX TWP. â€“ A bridge on a private driveway across from Blooms Road in Fox Township collapsed Monday afternoon under the weight of a logging truck crossing over Little Toby Creek.
Emergency responders were called shortly after 3:40 p.m. to the private drive located just north of 342 Toby Rd. in Fox Township for a report of a high mechanism traffic accident. Elk Company 3 (Fox Township Fire Department), Fox Township Ambulance and St. Marys Ambulance responded to the call.
The Ridgway Borough Council recently approved an $82,000 timber sale to Kane Hardwoods in an area off of Water Works Road by a 4-3 vote.
The area is located near the reservoir with approximately 500 cherry and oak trees trees to be select cut between two locations on both sides of Water Works Road.
ST. MARYS â€“ U.S. Rep. Glenn â€śG.T.â€ť Thompson (R-PA 5) visited the U.S. Army Reserve Center in St. Marys Saturday morning both to express appreciation to service members and to discuss the recent proposal of the Obama administration to downsize the military.
The Ridgway YMCA held a groundbreaking ceremony and barbecue Friday afternoon in order to celebrate the beginning of their $1.6 million pool and fitness room renovation project.
Two Ridgway residents have been charged in their alleged involvement with the kidnapping, assault and unlawful restraint of Rachael Imdorf.
Ridgway Borough Police responded to 167 Main St., Apt. 2C in Ridgway, where Angel Phinazee reported that her car had been broken into. According to affidavits of probable cause, Phinazee's boyfriend, Dayon McCracken, 23, of Reading, found Imdorf asleep in Phinazee's van around 8 a.m. Sunday morning. After McCracken forced Imdorf into the apartment, Phinazee, McCracken and Charlie Conant, 24, of Ridgway, detained Imdorf for the next 2.5 hours.
ST. MARYS â€“ A St. Marys resident is charged in removing guns from his mother's home and attempting to sell them.
Police report that Robert Herrick Pearsall, 25, of 172 Robin Rd., St. Marys, attempted to sell four guns at Elk County Ammo and Arms on April 30. According to the affidavit of probable cause, Pearsall's mother told police that the guns were left to her and and her other son by her late husband.
The Ridgway Area School District is still considering the one mill tax increase for the 2014-15 school year, which was originally proposed during the April School Board meeting. If passed, the increase will have the potential to raise $89,500 in revenue.
The preliminary budget being worked at this time totals $12,590,192 in expenditures, down from the $12,676,308 proposed earlier this month.
As state-mandated fringe benefits, including retirement payments and health care costs, have continued to rise, the district has been searching for possible cuts throughout the budget making process.