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No tax hike budget approved for county

December 24, 2014

County commissioners unanimously approved a $12.35 million county operational budget plan Tuesday morning for 2015.
The spending plan reflects no tax increase while maintaining “full continuation of all vital county services, programs and departments, including a 3 percent cost of living increase for bargaining and non-bargaining employees,” according to the county’s board of commissioners.

Close waived for court in domestic dispute

December 24, 2014

ST. MARYS – A St. Marys man was waived for court on charges stemming from his alleged involvement in a violent dispute over child custody which resulted in the injury of a 2-year-old girl.

Benezette man charged in jewelry theft

December 23, 2014

JAY TWP. – A Benezette resident has been charged with the theft of various pieces of jewelry, including items of sentimental value to Denise Lorraine Bahl, 55, of Force.
Robert Joseph Wehner, 46, of Benezette was charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property when another acquaintance, Earnest Caldarelli, searched Wehner's belongings and found him to be in possession of Bahl's jewelry as well as jewelry belonging to Caldarelli. Wehner reportedly told police that he wasn't present when they went through his suitcase and doesn't know where the jewelry came from.

Christmas Day Happening event Thursday

December 21, 2014

The 32nd Annual Christmas Day Happening event will be held Thursday, Dec. 25 beginning at noon at the Central Fire Station along North Broad Street in Ridgway.
The event serves "to provide a Christmas meal to community members who would otherwise be spending the holiday alone," according to event organizer Karen Lundin. The event is an "afternoon of socializing with old friends and new acquaintances, a splendid meal, and delightful entertainment, all free of charge. Over the years, guests and volunteers who have gathered together on Christmas Day in Ridgway have become a family."

Kettle-A-Thon held in downtown Ridgway

December 21, 2014

The brainstorm of volunteer/maintenance worker John Youngmark, the Ridgway Salvation Army held its first annual Kettle-A-Thon Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in front of their office at 245 West Main St.

Recycling center offers Borough options

December 19, 2014

ST. MARYS – Despite the Ridgway Borough council's recent decision to discontinue the curbside recycling program that has been used within the Ridgway Borough since 1991, options are still available for borough residents that still wish to recycle.
Bekki Titchner, solid waste and recycling coordinator of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority, discussed the benefits of using the recycling center in St. Marys as the main collection medium for recyclables.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Good Things - Unforgettable Holiday Cookies

December 19, 2014

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Good Things - Unforgettable Holiday Cookies
’Tis the season for best-in-show desserts, and a batch of homemade cookies is the perfect holiday gift for the friends, neighbors, and schoolteachers in our lives. Sandwich walnut cookies, allergy-friendly molasses cookies, and sparkling vanilla sandwich cookies will do the trick for all your cookie-giving needs.

Landfill cleanup could cost borough $118K

December 19, 2014

The cleanup of the former Ridgway borough municipal landfill site located along Jakes Hollow Road in Ridgway Township could cost the Ridgway Borough or Ridgway Borough Municipal Authority over $118,000.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection removed contaminants from the site in October, but it has not been determined who will be held responsible for the costs associated with the cleanup.
The total cost for the cleanup for the project sits at $118,399.46, according to Ridgway Borough Municipal Authority secretary/treasurer and Ridgway Borough manager Kim Zimmerman.

Career education initiatives highlighted

December 17, 2014

Education was a major point of discussion during Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the executive board of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission.
This month’s education discussion focused around the entrepreneurial programs that are being started within the region’s high schools, as well as the rural college initiative that is being worked on to bring a post-secondary institution into the area.

Dilley waived for court on arson charges

December 17, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – Jon Frederick Dilley, 54, of Ridgway, waived his preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge George A. "Tony" King Wednesday morning and is scheduled to be arraigned at county court on Jan. 5.
Dilley faces felony charges of arson and risking catastrophe and lesser related offenses stemming from an incident involving a large brush fire on Sept. 21 and the burning of a neighbor's couch.

3 jailed in storage shed burglaries

December 17, 2014

ST. MARYS – Three St. Marys residents have been arrested and charged with felony counts of criminal conspiracy, burglary and criminal trespass after police found property in a vehicle that was allegedly removed from a storage shed along Bucktail Road.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, police were on patrol in the area of Sheetz on Sept. 24 when they encountered Tracy Ann Robinson, 32, Lloyd E. Rairdan, 34, and Christopher McMillen, 23, who had an active arrest warrant.

St. Marys man charged in credit card fraud

December 17, 2014

A St. Marys man faces the felony charge of access device fraud and related offenses for the alleged theft of his mother-in-law's credit card.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Robin Williams was the Most Popular Google Search Term of 2014

December 17, 2014

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Robin Williams was the Most Popular Google Search Term of 2014
According to Google, which released a report Tuesday on the top trending terms of the year, the top term overall was "Robin Williams," after the well-known and popular comedian died in August. No. 2 was "World Cup," the global soccer tournament held in Brazil in June. Third on the list was "Ebola," the highly contagious virus.

New recycling center could be on horizon

December 16, 2014

The Solid Waste Authority has received county approval for the purchase of land at the corner of Ceramic and Stackpole streets in St. Marys for the building of a new recycling center.
"We're out of room at our current location," said Bekki Titchner, recycling and solid waste coordinator for Elk County. "The building is old and has served its purpose. We couldn't have done this with any other organization because we were able to get the property at a very cheap rental fee.

Shorthanded Big Brothers Big Sisters looking for matches

December 16, 2014

The Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Elk County is currently in dire straits as 19 youngsters are waiting for a volunteer Big Brother or Big Sister match.
"If we don't find matches for those kids, that's a big opportunity missed," said Cinde Schuckers, a program coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters. "Recruitment definitely is one of our areas for concern and we are always looking for new ways to recruit and the avenues to reach out to."
The county currently has 18 volunteer "Bigs" matched with a "Little," but 19 area youth are still waiting.

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