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Search continues for missing Ridgway Marine

September 30, 2014

U.S. Marine Corporal Donovan E. Clancy, 26, a Ridgway native, was declared missing on Friday while wading in heavy surf on the northwestern shore of Tinian, a small island in the Northern Marianas Islands.
Donovan is the son of Kevin and Tina Clancy of Ridgway and a graduate of Elk County Catholic High School. While at ECC he was involved with the marching band and chose to pursue a career in the military following graduation.

Judge declares mistrial in Ecklund case

September 30, 2014

After a full day of trial proceedings, Judge Richard Masson declared a mistrial in the case of Brandon James Ecklund, 23, of Ridgway, who is charged with statutory sexual assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors.
The motion for a mistrial was made by attorney Michael S. Marshall on the grounds that the Commonwealth's witnesses differed in their testimonies as to the dates on which the alleged incident occurred. The defense was prepared with an alibi witness, but differing accounts of what night the incident occurred would render the alibi defense meaningless.

Ridgway Marine declared missing, search continues

September 29, 2014

U.S. Marine Corporal Donovan E. Clancy, 26, a Ridgway native, was declared missing on Friday while wading in heavy current on the northwestern shore of Tinian, part of the Northern Marianas Islands.
Clancy is a graduate of Elk County Catholic High School. He is currently assigned to the Marine Wing Communication Squadron 18 based at Camp Foster, Okinawa in Japan.
Numerous search parties including those of the U.S. Coast Guard and Marine forces based near Guam were unable to locate Clancy on Saturday and resumed efforts on Sunday and today.

Wealth of projects planned for upcoming years

September 29, 2014

In conjunction with the design committee from the Ridgway Heritage Council, Main Street Manager Michelle Bogacki is planning a wide range of projects aimed at enhancing the North Broad Street corridor from the Main Street intersection to the Pennsy train depot.

McMahon: We are all stakeholders when it comes to addiction

September 29, 2014

ST. MARYS – Elk County District Attorney Shawn McMahon was one of the featured speakers during the Luminary Service on the Diamond Saturday evening, an event held to honor or remember those who have been impacted by addiction.
As district attorney, McMahon sees individuals battling various addictions pass through the criminal justice system on a regular basis.

Focus placed on area's addiction problem

September 29, 2014

ST. MARYS – Saturday evening's Luminary Service on the Diamond not only provided a way for area residents to honor or remember loved ones whose lives had been touched by addiction, but it also gave them the opportunity to hear from individuals from a variety of areas within the community who were there to share their stories and talk about efforts to combat the issue locally.
St. Marys mayor Bob Howard acted as the master of ceremonies, and he began the evening by welcoming the sizable crowd that gathered on the Diamond around 6 p.m. Saturday evening.

Hope exists for those suffering from addiction

September 29, 2014

In addition to hearing from those whose lives have been impacted by addiction, and the individuals who lead the enforcement effort against it, Saturday evening's Luminary Service on the Diamond also featured some brief commentary from one of the individuals whose job is to provide assistance to those suffering from addiction.
Heidi Stahlnecker, Executive Director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc., stressed to those in attendance that addiction impacts individuals from all walks of life regardless of factors such as race or economic status.

Mothers share stories of addiction's impact

September 29, 2014

ST. MARYS – Addiction impacts more than just the individuals suffering from it, and during Saturday evening's Luminary Service on the Diamond, two mothers shared their stories of what it was like to lose their children because of the disease.
One, Patty Greene, lost her son to his own addiction. The other, Cindy O'Leary, lost her daughter due to the addiction of another.

Kos crowned Homecoming queen

September 27, 2014

Sierra Kos was crowned as the 2014 Ridgway Area High School Homecoming Queen during halftime of the varsity football game between the Ridgway Elkers and the Kane Wolves. Kos was escorted by Michael Sorge.

RASD, JASD officials discuss Common Core

September 27, 2014

Three high-ranking administrators at the Johnsonburg Area and Ridgway Area School Districts took time out of their schedules to discuss a hot topic within the region, Common Core.
Ridgway Area School District's incoming superintendent, Robert Rocco, Johnsonburg Area School District superintendent Dennis Crotzer, and Johnsonburg Area High School principal Brock Benson discussed what exactly Common Core is, the misconceptions that surround it and the impacts that it has on their respective districts.

Probation revocations before Judge Masson Friday

September 27, 2014

President Judge Richard A. Masson decided two probation revocation hearings Friday afternoon.
Joshua Ivan Hakes, 28, of St. Marys, was sentenced to two to five years of incarceration for a probation violation that resulted in a drug bust.
It was alleged that on May 12, during a probation visit to 407 Rightmeyer St., Hakes was found to be in violation of probation by having in his possession a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol, a variety of smoking pipes and drug paraphernalia and several jars containing the drug bath salts.

VIDEO: 11 Facts You Won't Believe Are Actually True

September 26, 2014

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Project has adverse effects on traffic flow

September 26, 2014

Work on sections of state Route 219 in downtown Ridgway caused several traffic issues throughout Thursday afternoon.
Crews were milling SR 219 (Main Street) from the bottom of Boot Jack Hill to Baker Alley, and from Central Fire Station (North Broad Street) to Erie Avenue.

Possible strike looming for West Penn workers

September 25, 2014

ST. MARYS – Workers at West Penn Power in St. Marys have been working without a contract since May 2014, and alleged unfair labor practices could cause a work stoppage according to Local 102 union President Robert Whalen.
The West Penn Workers have been working under the terms of the previous contract which ended in May 2013, but was extended until May of 2014. West Penn Power and the union were unable to reach an agreement before the contract ended in May, and the workers have been working without a contract since.

Education a hot topic for North Central

September 25, 2014

The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission held their regular monthly executive committee meeting where education and its disconnect from industry was a hot topic of discussion.
Executive committee members discussed how there is often a major disconnect between education and industry within the area.
Susan Snelick, the Workforce Investment Board director, spoke of several programs that North Central is looking into that would help to bridge the gap between the two separate entities.

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