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May 9th, 2014
The trial concluded Friday with a not guilty verdict for the three defendants charged in an armed robbery of a Johnsonburg home.
James Holding, 29, Angela Lynn Baker Williams, 34, and Kevin P. Williams, 36, all of Johnsonburg, were charged with robbery, theft by unlawful taking, reckless endangerment and terroristic threats. All three were found not guilty on all counts.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area School Board of Directors voted to approve their 2014-15 general fund budget which clocks in at $11,672,023. The budget, which was passed unanimously, will see no tax increase for district residents.
"I think we can hold the line for another year," said board president Bob Paladino. However, he went on to say he was "not comfortable with that."
A jury trial began Thursday morning at the Elk County Courthouse for three co-defendants accused of robbing a Johnsonburg home at gunpoint.
James Holding, 29, Angela Lynn Baker Williams, 34, and Kevin P. Williams, 37, all of Johnsonburg, are accused of entering an apartment designated 110 1/2 Harrison Ave., Johnsonburg. The alleged victims knew the defendants and allowed them inside. It is alleged that once inside the home, Holding and Kevin Williams held the occupants at gunpoint and stole approximately $350 in cash and all of their cell phones.
Ridgway Area band ensembles will be performing their annual spring concert tonight at the Ridgway Area High School auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m. Performing will be the fifth grade band along with the middle and high school bands.
This year, Ridgway band director Shawn Hofmann has brought in special guest conductor David Willson, a renowned band director and teacher who is currently serving in his 22nd year as director of bands at the University of Mississippi.
The Ridgway Area School Board of Directors will be voting on a proposed budget during their regular meeting set to be held Tuesday, May 13 at 6 p.m. in the library of Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
The district has been working to make cuts throughout the budget-making process and is currently considering the option of a one-mill tax increase along with the elimination of a custodial position, the current holder of which is set to retire at the close of the school year.
KERSEY â€“ The drastic decrease in landfill host fee income is taking its toll on Fox Township.
Most recently the Squab Hollow Road project was a point of discussion during the Fox Township Supervisors meeting on Wednesday evening.
Resident Chuck Grazioli inquired about the status of the paving of the road to which Supervisor Mike Keller responded the township is not 100 percent sure of their plans.
Itâ€™s one of the more unusual pieces of sports memorabilia in the world. Itâ€™s also one of the rarest of all: a baseball signed by a pope.
Thatâ€™s just one of the many pieces in Ridgway resident Denny Heindlâ€™s vast collection. As a philanthropist, radio station enthusiast and minority owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Heindlâ€™s collection has grown immensely over the past 45 years. Its crown jewel, however, may be a baseball with the simple inscription â€śJ P IIâ€ť for Saint John Paul the Great, formerly known as Pope John Paul II.
During a work session of the Ridgway Area School Board of Directors held Tuesday evening, RASD superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien announced his resignation from the position, effective Aug. 8 of this year.
O'Brien has reportedly been offered a position in another district, although the name of the district is yet to be announced.
"I've been offered another superintendency and have accepted the superintendency although it's not official until the board accepts it," O'Brien said.
The Elk County Commissioners have established a grant program to redistribute a portion of their allocation of the Act 13 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee for local projects.
â€śWeâ€™re really excited to develop this as a way to get our pot of that Act 13 money back into the community,â€ť said Elk County Commissioner Dan Freeburg. â€śWe thought about how to do it in a fair way and we think opening it up as an application process is a great way to get quality projects.â€ť
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