November 21st, 2014
HARRISBURG â€“ The Pennsylvania Department of Education has taken steps to establish Pennsylvaniaâ€™s first Rural Regional Community College, announced Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), Senator Bob Robbins (R-50) and Senator Scott Hutchinson (R-21).
A fire broke out Thursday evening at 4:30 p.m. along Walnut Street in the borough of Ridgway.
The house is owned by Steven J. Lenze, 56, of St. Marys, according to a public information release report provided by the Ridgway-based state police.
Trooper Robert J. Southern was the investigating officer and determined the fire originated in the ceiling area of an upstairs apartment at 314 Walnut St. occupied by 31-year-old Marjorie Moore. The fire was determined to be accidental in nature and most likely caused by an overheated electric circuit, according to PSP Ridgway.
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Following an investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation into the Elk County Sheriffâ€™s Office regarding the work schedules and overcompensation of deputy sheriffs, the findings of the investigation recommended that a criminal prosecution was not warranted; consequently, a criminal prosecution of any member of the Elk County Sheriffâ€™s Office shall not occur.
With repairs upcoming for the East Branch Dam, Layne Christensen Construction, the company contracted to complete the repairs, visited Ridgway Thursday afternoon to begin networking with local businesses that will have an impact on the dam project.
On Aug. 26, Layne was awarded the contract for the East Branch Dam repairs by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at a total value of just over $132.5 million.
The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission held their monthly meeting Wednesday morning to discuss possible upgrades that could be on the horizon for the region's railroad system.
A few weeks ago, North Central officials were approached about the possible changes by two of the short-line railroad companies in the area, the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad that runs north to south in the area and the R.J. Corman Railroad Company that runs through Clearfield and Clinton Counties.
Margaret â€śPeggyâ€ť Riley Abplanalp, 88, of Bridge Street Johnsonburg, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, surrounded by all three of her children at the home of her daughter, Mary Costanzo, in Ridgway.
She was born June 18, 1926 in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Leon and Eleanor Donnelly Riley.
She attended Holy Rosary School, Johnsonburg High School Class of 1944, and St. Johns (Pittsburgh) Nursing Program.
Peggy was married to Lester â€śTappyâ€ť Abplanalp on Dec. 27, 1952; he preceded her in death Sept. 22, 1960.
Loretta M. Kline, 94, a resident at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 at Elk Haven.
Loretta was born June 6, 1920 in Brandy Camp, daughter of the late Alfred and Myrtle Trumbull Ruth.
She was married to Theodore Kline, who died June 14, 1972.
Retired, Loretta had been employed at St. Marys Carbon. She was a lifelong member of the Brandy Camp United Methodist Church. Loretta enjoyed crocheting and needlework. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family, especially taking camping trips with her grandchildren.
While a budget draft has not yet been completed, the Elk County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday morning confirmed that taxes will not increase for the upcoming year.
Commissioner June Sorg said Tuesday the commissioners asked for little to no increases in projected expenditures from the respective county departments.
A draft of the 2015 budget should be unveiled at the board's next meeting Tuesday, Dec. 2.
Following the May 21 flood that impacted Ridgway, Elk Creek was damaged and the needed repairs for it will come with a cost that could enter into the $1 million range.
Using an agreement that was made during the 1960s, the Ridgway Borough is working together with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair the flood damage to Elk Creek in Ridgway, according to Kim Zimmerman, the Ridgway Borough manager.
The agreement stated that repairs to Elk Creek for flood damage would be done by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but work was not done when the contract was originally signed.