August 23rd, 2012
Following the replacement of Elk County's former earned income tax (EIT) collector CENTAX, by officials citing the company's failure to process tax returns and distribute funds in a timely manner, reports that the company is soon to shut down operations for good have begun to surface.
Skateboarders and bike riders at the Ridgway Skatepark will be riding smoother after Ridgway Borough Manager Martin Schuller gave the go-ahead for renovation during Monday night's council meeting.
According to a report from the Planning, Grants and Recreation Committee held on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the municipal building, a contingent of 12 youth attended the meeting addressing their concerns for the condition of the skatepark.
Following the meeting, council member Richard Parrish and Gene Zelcs inspected the park to a make a recommendation to the borough for the renovation.
Robert L. Kerner Sr., 78, of Warren, died Thursday afternoon, Aug. 23, 2012, at the John and Orpha Blair Hospice Home.
He was born Nov. 7, 1933 in St. Marys to the late Leo and Caroline DeGroat Kerner.
Bob was a resident of Warren since 1963 and formerly of Ridgway. He was a 1952 graduate of St. Leoâ€™s Catholic High School. He was employed as a draftsman with the former Elliott Company of Ridgway and retired after 40 years employment from the former National Forge Company.
He was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Church where he was an usher. Was an avid hunter, fly fisherman and gardener.
John Herzog III, age 65, of Sheffield, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with cancer.
KANE â€“ Ridgway boys golf won its first road match of the season with a 201-246 win over Kane Thursday afternoon on the back nine of Kane Country Club.
Jake Klawuhn and Mitchell Gilmore were co-medalists with scores of 39 for the Elkers. Ridgway coach Dave Zawatski said he was impressed with both efforts from Klawuhn and Gilmore.
"Jake Klawuhn struggled during the first two matches at home and was close to losing his spot in the starting lineup," Zawatski said. "Going to Kane and playing the back nine in 39 when things haven't been going his way says a great deal about the young man."
Guidelines for the Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance [PREP] program, as well as funding allocations, have been released by the Department of Community and Economic Development.
"Funding for economic development programs for PREP came in the same as last year, $11.8 million," said Eric Bridges, executive director of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission. "Guidance from DCED indicates that each individual PREP region will be getting the same amount that they did last year."
MARIENVILLE â€“ An early-morning attack Wednesday, Aug. 22, in a prison cell at the State Correctional Institution in Forest County resulted in the death of a 63-year-old inmate.
According to reports, Elwood Braswell, a 26-year-old inmate, assaulted another inmate, 63-year-old Frederick Kirkland, beginning at approximately 1:40 a.m. in a cell located at SCI Forest.
EMPORIUM â€“ As the manhunt continues for fugitive Thomas Smith, 58, of Emporium, wanted in connection with the Aug. 8 attempted abduction of an Emporium bank employee at gunpoint, Emporium-based newspaper The Cameron County Echo received what is allegedly a letter written by Smith himself.
According to the Echo, the letter, dated Aug. 17, 2012, was dropped off at the paper's Broad Street office and reportedly contained a different version of the events of Aug. 8 than those put forth in news and police reports.
JOHNSONBURG â€“Â Elk County was burned with another arson case after an early-morning fire torched a residence owned by Albert Lee Abplanalp, age 59, at 208 Church St. in Johnsonburg.
The initial call was placed at 12:58 a.m. as a fire destroyed a single-stall garage, four residential structures, and a vehicle. The residence at 208 Church St. sustained the most damage, as the fire originated in a detached single-stall garage at the property and spread to the main residence situated only a few feet away.
Area youth had a chance to spend time in nature and improve their artistic skills with the "Walk, Talk & Print" program offered by ECCOTA over the past few weeks.
Area students from fourth through eighth grade took to the outdoors around the Rails to Trails and Sandy Beach areas in the morning with Lora Zill. Zill teaches writing and critical analysis at Gannon University, and is also a teaching artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She is also a faculty member in a program for gifted public school students at Allegheny College.