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State legislators discuss budget issues at AHUG dinner

May 29, 2015

KERSEY – The Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group (AHUG) held its annual dinner Thursday which featured a legislative panel discussion with some of the area's various state legislators.
The panel discussion featured a question-and-answer section that focused strongly on the upcoming state budget and how it will impact the timber industry.
The first question that was asked of the legislators was a request to know where the state's budget process currently sits.

Efforts to fix Decker's Chapel gain traction

May 28, 2015

ST. MARYS – Organizers on Wednesday morning met at Decker's Chapel along the Million Dollar Highway in St. Marys to plan repairs for the historic site.
The building's foundation has shifted over time due to a number of issues including lack of drainage and harsh winter conditions. The foundation issues were discovered at the end of March.

State budget a concern for North Central

May 28, 2015

With uncertainty surrounding the state budget for 2015-2016, the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission discussed what that uncertainty means for its operation Wednesday during an executive committee meeting.
Eric Bridges, the executive director of North Central, said he has been hearing rumors that the budget process could take longer than the June 30 deadline, lasting into August or September.

YMCA 7th grade initiative program thrives

May 27, 2015

The Ridgway YMCA started the seventh grade initiative program a few years back and according to Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the popular North Broad Street facility, the program remains one of her favorites.

Beimel delivers Memorial Day address

May 26, 2015

A large group of attendees gathered Monday morning in Ridgway in recognition of Memorial Day.
Ron Beimel was the keynote speaker at Central Fire Station during the annual Memorial Day program, noting that he was honored to speak.
"We're here today to honor our heroes and remember their achievements, courage and dedication, and to thank them for their sacrifices," he said, indicating that while service members "come from all walks of life," they all share the same traits.

Residents celebrate Memorial Day throughout Johnsonburg

May 26, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – Throughout the country, America's citizens gathered Monday to remember those who have died in service of the country, and Johnsonburg was no exception.
Johnsonburg's citizens participated in this year's Memorial Day services which included a flag ceremony, a Naval service, a veterans' walk and a Memorial Day program that was held at the gazebo along Market Street.

Johnsonburg Fire Department called to Domtar

May 23, 2015

The Johnsonburg Fire Department was called out for a structure fire at Domtar tonight at 8:45 p.m. Upon answering the call, the department responded with an engine, an engine-rescue and a utility vehicle for a problem located in the recovery boiler building. The St. Marys Ambulance was also on scene, being called out at 8:45 p.m. along with the fire department. Emergency personnel left the scene at 9:20 p.m. No more information was immediately available on the scene.

Charges filed from April Windfall crash

May 23, 2015

ST. MARYS – Charges have been filed against a St. Marys woman stemming from an April 15 crash which resulted in extensive property damage including a broken utility pole along Windfall Road.

Tonia Joyce Rio, 43, of 461 Washington St., St. Marys, faces multiple DUI charges in addition to accidents invoking damage to unattended property and careless driving.

Rio was transported to Penn Highlands Elk for a blood draw. The samples were sent to NMS Labs and a report was received earlier this month by the St. Marys City Police Department, indicated her BAC at 12:39 a.m. April 16 was 0.156.


St. Marys man ditches rig, holds up traffic

May 23, 2015

ST. MARYS – A St. Marys man is facing multiple charges in court after it was reported that he abandoned his tractor-trailer on North Michael Street near the diamond before laying on the road and resisting arrest when police showed up, all while possibly under the influence of bath salts.

On Tuesday morning around 1:30 a.m., the St. Marys City Police Department received a call reporting a man banging on windows and laying in the roadway on North Michael Street near the Diamond.


Controlled burn spreads to unoccupied structure

May 23, 2015

DAGUSCAHONDA – A controlled burn in Daguscahonda apparently spread out of control late Thursday night and destroyed an unoccupied house scheduled for demolition.
According to Corporal Greg Agosti, a fire marshal with the State Police at Ridgway, Robert J. Lilley, 43, of Ridgway, was burning brush at 617 E. Mill St. in Daguscahonda.

Drama class performs Thursday

May 22, 2015

The Ridgway Area High School drama class presented "The Bold, The Young And The Murdered" Thursday evening at the Ira S. Nippes Auditorium. A long-running soap opera faces cancellation and must complete an episode overnight to avoid getting cancelled. Various cast members and staff get murdered and an investigation follows to see who did it.

First conviction for exotic animal ordinance

May 22, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – The first guilty verdict has been handed down in relation to the Johnsonburg Borough's wild and exotic animal ordinance as Floyd Walters was found guilty Thursday of breaking the ordinance for posting an online advertisement for venomous reptiles being sold in Johnsonburg.
Walters' case was heard before Senior Judge George A. "Tony" King in Magisterial District Court on Thursday. The hearing was the first time the ordinance has been tested in the court system since being adopted Oct. 13, 2014.

Items stolen from skatepark

May 22, 2015

The Ridgway Borough Police Department is reporting that plywood and lumber have been stolen from the Ridgway skatepark located on North Broad Street.
According to a police report from the department, Gary Gerber reported to police that several items that were purchased to refurbish the skatepark went missing sometime between Friday evening and Monday morning.

VIDEO: David Letterman Says Goodbye to the "Late Show"

May 21, 2015

VIDEO: David Letterman Says Goodbye to the "Late Show"
Letterman has a star-studded finale

DePasquale discusses audit findings

May 21, 2015

Eugene DePasquale, current auditor general of Pennsylvania, visited the area Wednesday to discuss his office's recent findings.
"We're lucky enough to have good stories about what we do and how some of the things we do can help the state budget as well as all over the state, and the kids as well," he said. "Many of the things that we find, I have to come and tell the story because the leverage of the auditor general is the soapbox; we do the audits but they're not mandated so we have get our work out to the public."

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