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RATA refuses board's contract offer

September 24, 2014

The Ridgway Area School District's school board held a special meeting Tuesday, and going into the meeting, the only item on the agenda was the Ridgway Area Teachers Association's contract.
The teachers association has voted not to accept the recent offer from the school board, stating that the proposal "contained information [they] had never seen or discussed," according to a statement released by RATA.

October's electronics recycling helps CAPSEA

September 24, 2014

The Elk County Recycling Center, Orro Fundraising and CAPSEA are teaming up throughout the month of October to kickstart a fundraiser to support CAPSEA's ongoing flood relief.
CAPSEA was one of many local businesses that sustained substantial damage during the flood that soaked the area on May 21.

Route 219 project to impact Ridgway traffic

September 24, 2014

Work on some sections of Route 219 in Ridgway will affect area drivers Thursday, Sept. 25 and Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 29 and 30.
On Thursday, crews will mill Route 219 from the bottom of Boot Jack Hill to Baker Alley and from the Central Fire Hall to Erie Avenue. On Monday and Tuesday, those same sections will be paved. Motorists using Route 219 in the Ridgway area will encounter travel delays and will need to be alert for flaggers in the roadway.

Event to highlight addiction dangers

September 23, 2014

ST. MARYS – A luminary/prayer service will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. on the Diamond in St. Marys to educate the public on the dangers of addiction.
The event, organized by Patty Greene of Kersey, was inspired by her late son, Daniel Titchner, who died May 18.

Rocco taking superintendent reins next month

September 23, 2014

Robert Rocco, the current principal at the Brookville High School, is set to officially join the Ridgway Area School District as the superintendent on Oct. 27.
Rocco was hired as the new superintendent during a Sept. 13 RASD school board meeting, but the process to finalize his hiring and leave his current position delayed his start until late October.
Currently, he is in his 31st year serving within the education field, and he will join the RASD as a first-time superintendent.

VIDEO: Steelers pick Panthers defense apart

September 22, 2014

VIDEO: Steelers pick Panthers defense apart
Kirk Morrison on the Steelers' win over the Panthers.

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YMCA project continues to move forward

September 21, 2014

Over three and a half months into the project, the rear of the Ridgway YMCA building is slowly gaining a new look.
The Ridgway YMCA Revitalization Project began as officials had been working on the campaign since the summer of 2012 for the extensive project, a necessary venture to adhere to revised regulations for Titles II and III of the mandatory Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA].
All public accommodations and commercial pool facilities must be modified to comply with the new 2010 guidelines that include new accessibility standards for swimming pools.

1st Lt. Turner returns home

September 20, 2014

GROVE TWP. – It was a bittersweet day Saturday as family members, friends, dignitaries and military members paid their respects to U.S. Air Force First Lieutenant William "Bill" Turner.
Turner, who grew up in Cameron and Potter counties, died Nov. 22, 1952 at just 24 years old when the C-124 Globemaster plane that he was traveling in crashed into Mount Gannet in the Chugach Mountains of Alaska.
Severe weather at the time prevented any search from being executed until three days after the crash; aircraft and seas vessels searched for three days before plane wreckage was found Nov. 28, 1952.

Akers crowned Johnsonburg Homecoming Queen

September 19, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – Raimi Akers was crowned as the 2014 Johnsonburg Area High School Homecoming Queen Friday night during halftime of the Ridgway varsity football game against Coudersport. Akers was escorted by Nathan Burgeson. Front row, from left, crown-bearer Rocco Allegretto, crown-bearer Samantha Galsick, Homecoming Queen Raimi Akers, first runner-up Ashley Imbrogno. Back row from, left, Nathan Burgeson and Christian Cherry, he escorted Imbrogno.

Flavors of Fall Festival coming to Ridgway

September 19, 2014

The Flavors of Fall Festival is set to take place on Main Street in Ridgway on Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This year's festival comes complete with music, vendors, arts and crafts, food, sidewalk sales, hayrides and a sidewalk chalk art contest.
The Ridgway Main Street Program and the Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce entered into a partnership to create this event for the residents of Ridgway.

Two more charged in heroin sting

September 19, 2014

Two more local residents have been charged in connection with the heroin trafficking bust that occurred Monday at 131 Hemlock Rd.
Aaron Christopher Johnson, 27, of 160 Country Ln., Kersey, and Kayla Ann Gillen, 24, of 122 Bennett Rd., St. Marys, were incarcerated at Elk County Prison Wednesday. They each face felony charges related to the sale and distribution of heroin.

Benefit to be held for shooting victim

September 19, 2014

A benefit event is set to be held Sunday, Sept. 21 to support Cera Bianco, a victim of a shooting incident that happened at the Brockport Army & Navy Club in Horton Township on Aug. 13.
Bianco, a 21-year-old-bartender at the Army & Navy Club, was working at the club on the night of Aug. 13 when she was shot multiple times by Eric Carlson, who committed suicide shortly after he shot Bianco, according to a police report from the Ridgway State Police.

PSP Ridgway offers car seat check

September 19, 2014

The Ridgway State Police offered a free car seat check on Thursday from 1 p.m to 7:30 p.m. to citizens who were concerned about the installation of child car seats within their vehicles.
This seat check was held at the PennDOT garage, and Morris said that the event lasted for over six hours to make sure that the troopers were there long enough to allow people ample time to go get their seats checked.

Picket line: Union workers protest West Penn Power

September 19, 2014

ST. MARYS – Members of the Utility Workers Union of America stood outside the West Penn Power Service Center in St. Marys to protest unfair cuts and new proposed requirements to require employees to always be on call.
FirstEnergy, the corporation which owns West Penn Power, came under scrutiny of the protesters in St. Marys. The protestors stated that they feel that FirstEnergy is being unfair in recent contract negotiations.

Debriefing allows for input on shooting hoax

September 18, 2014

ST. MARYS – Rumors and conspiracy theorists ideas have run rampant over the school shooting hoax which took place at St. Marys Area High School on Sept. 2.
When contacted Wednesday for follow-up details on the hoax, which prompted a massive police response from Elk, Clearfield and McKean counties, St. Marys Chief of Police Todd Caltagarone said no new information was available.
Caltagarone reconfirmed the identity of the caller as a nine-year-old juvenile who will not face criminal charges.

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