Like all of the school districts across the country, the Ridgway Area School District [RASD] continues to evaluate their own safety measures following the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. last Friday that killed 20 children and six adults.
"Over the past year and a half, the Ridgway Area School District has reviewed and revised our safety plans," said RASD Superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien. "We have collaborated with local law enforcement to maximize the efficiency of our safety drills and will continue to evaluate all of our safety measures.
In order to meet an anticipated cash match level for federal grant dollars for the rural planning organization (RPO) at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission (NCPRPDC), officials voted Wednesday morning to increase the per capita rate for the six counties to 16.3 percent for 2013.
Editor's Note: Throughout the next two months, the various community agencies that receive funding under the St. Marys Area United Way will be highlighted. The organization's fundraising campaign has been extended and now concludes on Jan. 15.
Drug abuse, long thought of as only an inner-city plight, has reached epidemic proportions in small towns across America.
Ridgway wrestling lost 60-3 to Port Allegany in the Elkers' home opener Tuesday night at Ridgway Area High School.
"Port Allegany's a great team," Ridgway coach David Fordoski said. "They have a lot of upperclassmen and they wrestled like that. They have a lot of mat experience. A lot of our kids are just starting to get their experience. They were able in a lot of the matches to get that extra takedown or the extra thing right at the end in the win. It's disheartening sitting on this side, seeing it happen but it's part of the learning process."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ A slew of Brockway underclassmen came up big Tuesday night as the visiting Rovers earned a 58-16 win over the Rams on the wrestling mat in Johnsonburg.
The Rovers got six wins by underclassmen, three by freshmen and another three by sophomores, and took advantage of four wins by forfeit for the runaway victory.
Rebecca (Becky) Mae Johnson, 59, of Spring Creek Road, Ridgway, died suddenly at home on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012.
She was born on Sept. 2, 1953 in Ridgway, the daughter of Lila Jean Duffee Johnson of Dagus Mines and the late Theodore W. Johnson. She graduated from Ridgway Area High School, Class of 1971. Becky attended the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She worked at Aielloâ€™s Restaurant for years. She then became owner/operator of a cleaning business. She was forced to retire due to health problems.
Donna Mae Guiffrida, 79, of 28 Long Alley, Ridgway, and formerly of Wilcox, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 18, 2012 at Kane Community Hospital in Kane following a short illness.
She was born July 1, 1933 in Kane, daughter of the late Paul A. and Kathryn Weidert Dickinson.
She resided in Wilcox most of her life. She had lived a short time in Jamestown, N.Y.
She graduated from Wilcox High School in 1951 and from Jamestown Business College.
She was a member of St. Anne Church in Wilcox. Her favorite thing was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The board of commissioners on Tuesday approved an accord by Zito Business for a fiber optic E-line connection between the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission and the Elk County Courthouse during a board meeting.
The Ridgway Township Board of Supervisors adopted the 2013 budget during Tuesday afternoon's meeting.
The township has appropriated a general fund of $699,924.72 which does not include a real estate tax increase.
The budget includes the institution of a $52 local services tax per individual who works within Ridgway Township.
"There are no raises in real estate," said chairman John Gardner. "There was a LST [local services tax] tax adopted. Everything is the same except for the LST."
Students in the Ridgway Area School District recently collected pennies for the "One Million Penny Campaign" for the Ridgway Public Library. According to Diane Colgan, the library has collected close to 300,000 pennies so far to help offset the costs associated with a new porch and flooring.