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May 7th, 2014

Board will vote on budget next week

May 8, 2014

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.

Decrease in landfill revenue taking toll on township

May 8, 2014

KERSEY – 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.

Ridgway’s humble link to a saint

May 8, 2014

It’s one of the more unusual pieces of sports memorabilia in the world. It’s also one of the rarest of all: a baseball signed by a pope.
That’s just one of the many pieces in Ridgway resident Denny Heindl’s vast collection. As a philanthropist, radio station enthusiast and minority owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Heindl’s collection has grown immensely over the past 45 years. Its crown jewel, however, may be a baseball with the simple inscription “J P II” for Saint John Paul the Great, formerly known as Pope John Paul II.

May 6th

O'Brien to leave superintendent's position

May 7, 2014

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.

County offering Act 13 funds

May 7, 2014

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.
“We’re really excited to develop this as a way to get our pot of that Act 13 money back into the community,” said Elk County Commissioner Dan Freeburg. “We 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.”

County offering oil and gas field scholarship

May 7, 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.
“We’re offering two $5,000 scholarships for students who will be attending college or trade school for oil and gas industry studies,” Elk County Commissioner June Sorg said. “It doesn’t have to be a younger student, we’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.”

Health care costs hurting prison

May 7, 2014

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 county’s prison board.

Borough manager questions blight

May 7, 2014

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.

May 5th

Bridge collapses under truck hauling wood

May 6, 2014

FOX TWP. – 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.

Borough to make substantial timber sale

May 6, 2014

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.

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