September 16th, 2014
ST. MARYS â€“Â Four suspects have been arrested in connection with heroin trafficking and placed in Elk County Prison as a result of an investigation conducted by the City Police and the Attorney General's office.
Officers, agents and members of the North Central Drug Task Force served a search warrant shortly after 6 p.m. Monday at 131 Hemlock Rd. where a large amount of heroin and drug paraphernalia was seized.
The Elk County Board of Commissioners have joined the fight in opposing the expansion of federal control under the Clean Water Act.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on March 25 issued a proposed rule that would expand their regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act. The expansion would reportedly include puddles, ponds, ditches, ephemerals (land that looks like a small stream during heavy rain but isn't wet most of the time) and small wetlands.
The United States continues a demographic shift that is changing the workplace as more and more older Americans are finding their way back to the fold.
"Trends are showing that workers over the age of 55 will make up 25 percent of our workforce," said Ann Ziegler, representing Good Will Industries of north central Pennsylvania. "There's a sizable shift in demographics with our workforce and as time goes on more and more Americans are finding that they want to and need to work later in life."
Rose Campbell, president of Penn Highlands Elk, provided a progress update to county officials Tuesday morning regarding the expansion of the healthcare facility.
"We've had some very good things happening recently and through our recruitment team we've added several physicians to our staff," she said. "Things have been very well received thus far. Both Dr. Gorlowski and Dr. Ali have connected so they'll have good pediatric support for our area.
"We're looking for opportunities to position them in other communities as well, so once we get Dr. Tosh here, we'll figure that out."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Borough Council held a budget workshop on Tuesday in the borough building to discuss the upcoming fiscal year's budget which tentatively includes a three mill tax increase.
Nothing definitive has been decided by the council and research is still being conducted by Borough Manager Mary Polaski to look at the financial status of the borough before a final budget is decided upon.
Robert Gardner, 95, a lifelong resident of Ridgway, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 after a brief illness.
He was born July 11, 1919, in Ridgway, son of the late Elmer and Susie (Wilson) Gardner.
He was married to Genevieve M. Assalone on Feb. 10, 1945 at St. Leo's Church. His only daughter, Kathleen Gardner, survives.
Lewis Donald Bushey, 87, of 198 Shady Dr., Ridgway, died Monday afternoon, Sept. 15, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk following a brief illness.
He was born Oct. 25, 1926 in Ridgway, the son of the late Lewis and Minnie C. (Norlin) Bushey. On June 3, 1953, he married Gloria M. Hunt. She preceded him in death Feb. 17, 2014.
He had resided in Ridgway all of his life and was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church.
He had served in the U.S. Navy, and he was a WWII veteran. He had also been employed by the Stackpole Carbon Company for many years.
With two starters out due to injury and a strong Port Allegany girls soccer team coming in, Ridgway coach Greg Maddalena was concerned with Monday's matchup.
That's why they play the game.
Unexpected goal scorers and a balanced offensive attack led Ridgway to a 5-4 win over Port Allegany Monday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg volleyball lost 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 27-25) to DuBois Monday night at Johnsonburg Area High School.
â€śA lot of inconsistency,â€ť Johnsonburg coach Bill Shuey said. â€śWe canâ€™t seem to put a whole game together. Although I thought in the third game there was more consistent play than the first two. You can tell by the score, it was the closest of the three. Although, there we were, we probable had that game won a couple times and then just made three errors in a row.â€ť
Ridgway Borough Manager Kim Zimmerman told the borough council on Monday that the borough is owed approximately $124,000 in taxes from borough residents.
Zimmerman shared his findings with council members during Monday's regular monthly meeting of the Ridgway Borough Council at the Ridgway Borough building.
Zimmerman said that approximately $30,000 are owed in 2014 occupation taxes, approximately $30,000 is owed in 2013 occupation taxes and approximately $60,000 is owed in property taxes.