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4 jailed in St. Marys heroin sting

September 17, 2014

ST. MARYS – Four suspects have been arrested in connection with heroin trafficking and placed in Elk County Prison as a result of an investigation conducted by the City Police and the Attorney General's office.
Officers, agents and members of the North Central Drug Task Force served a search warrant shortly after 6 p.m. Monday at 131 Hemlock Rd. where a large amount of heroin and drug paraphernalia was seized.

Commissioners join EPA opposition

September 17, 2014

The Elk County Board of Commissioners have joined the fight in opposing the expansion of federal control under the Clean Water Act.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on March 25 issued a proposed rule that would expand their regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act. The expansion would reportedly include puddles, ponds, ditches, ephemerals (land that looks like a small stream during heavy rain but isn't wet most of the time) and small wetlands.

County recognizes older workers week

September 17, 2014

The United States continues a demographic shift that is changing the workplace as more and more older Americans are finding their way back to the fold.
"Trends are showing that workers over the age of 55 will make up 25 percent of our workforce," said Ann Ziegler, representing Good Will Industries of north central Pennsylvania. "There's a sizable shift in demographics with our workforce and as time goes on more and more Americans are finding that they want to and need to work later in life."

Campbell highlights progress at local hospital

September 17, 2014

Rose Campbell, president of Penn Highlands Elk, provided a progress update to county officials Tuesday morning regarding the expansion of the healthcare facility.
"We've had some very good things happening recently and through our recruitment team we've added several physicians to our staff," she said. "Things have been very well received thus far. Both Dr. Gorlowski and Dr. Ali have connected so they'll have good pediatric support for our area.
"We're looking for opportunities to position them in other communities as well, so once we get Dr. Tosh here, we'll figure that out."

3 mill tax increase discussed by Johnsonburg Borough Council

September 17, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Borough Council held a budget workshop on Tuesday in the borough building to discuss the upcoming fiscal year's budget which tentatively includes a three mill tax increase.
Nothing definitive has been decided by the council and research is still being conducted by Borough Manager Mary Polaski to look at the financial status of the borough before a final budget is decided upon.

Citizens owe borough $124,000 in taxes

September 15, 2014

Ridgway Borough Manager Kim Zimmerman told the borough council on Monday that the borough is owed approximately $124,000 in taxes from borough residents.
Zimmerman shared his findings with council members during Monday's regular monthly meeting of the Ridgway Borough Council at the Ridgway Borough building.
Zimmerman said that approximately $30,000 are owed in 2014 occupation taxes, approximately $30,000 is owed in 2013 occupation taxes and approximately $60,000 is owed in property taxes.

Panel addresses transporting firearms

September 15, 2014

KERSEY – Transporting a firearm across state lines is a tricky situation to navigate although any violations could have serious consequences and fines according to information presented at a recent concealed carry permit seminar.
Firearm reciprocity agreements were just one of the many topics covered at the event hosted by state Representative Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield).

Art exhibition held for RAHS teacher

September 15, 2014

Ridgway Area High School teacher Richard Skellen currently has a exhibition being displayed in the Elk County Council on the Arts gallery along Main Street in Ridgway.
The exhibition, titled "Recollections, Remarks, and Reveries: Collective Works of Artist Richard Skellen," had its opening reception at the ECCOTA gallery from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12, and the exhibition will continue to be displayed in the ECCOTA gallery until Sept. 26.

Former Ridgway man writes novel

September 13, 2014

A former Ridgway resident who now resides in Texas has published a new historical fiction novel that is based in Elk County.
Joe Bliskey released his new novel on Aug. 6, 2014, which is titled "Muted Echoes" and is available at Cliffe's & the Prescription Center and the Johnsonburg Library.
Bliskey's new book is set in Elk County during the 1940s because the conflict of the story would only work in the setting that was present in Elk County during the World War II era.

Kane woman accepts plea deal in 6-fatality crash

September 12, 2014

SMETHPORT – A Kane woman charged in a horrific 6-fatality traffic accident last year has accepted a plea agreement that suggests a minimum sentence of 11 1/2 years in prison.
Kathy Douglas, 37, entered the plea Thursday before Senior Judge William F. Morgan at the McKean County Courthouse.
The judge set sentencing for Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the courthouse. Morgan said he as the "sentencing judge" is not bound by the proposed terms in the agreement, which sets the maximum sentence of 22 1/2 years. 

Firearms seminar addresses several issues

September 12, 2014

KERSEY – A sizable crowd of inquiring residents gathered Thursday evening for a concealed carry permit seminar hosted by state Representative Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield) at the Red Fern Banquet Hall.
Facts about Pennsylvania's concealed carry laws, Castle Doctrine and right to bear arms were the focus of the seminar, although numerous other subjects were discussed as part of the question and answer event format such as reciprocity agreements with other states, keeping an updated firearm inventory, and transporting and transferring ownership of firearms.

"New school" tattoo studio comes to Ridgway

September 12, 2014

Inferno Studios, a "new school" tattoo shop that is located along Main Street in Ridgway, is set to officially open its doors Saturday, Sept. 13.
On Thursday, the employees of Inferno Studios joined members of the Elk County Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the new Ridgway business with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

JASD school board adds coaches, substitutes

September 12, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Area School District's School Board held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday to discuss the addition of multiple athletic coaches and substitutes, as well as to discuss upcoming events by the high school and elementary schools.
The two-hour meeting was held in the Johnsonburg Area High School Library at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
The meeting opened with a lengthy public comment period in which several members of the public voiced opinions on several topics, mainly Common Core and the school's lunch system.

VIDEO: Obamas, Americans Remember Victims of 9/11 Attacks

September 11, 2014

VIDEO: Obamas, Americans Remember Victims of 9/11 Attacks
Sept. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg News takes you to the south lawn of the White House and Lower Manhattan as President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, and First Lady Michelle Obama join Americans in observance of a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks 13 years ago today.

5th Annual Car show to benefit Make-A-Wish

September 10, 2014

ST. MARYS – The Fifth Annual Antique Classic Car & Truck Show will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13 in the Tractor Supply Company parking lot to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
This year's show is being put together by three chairpersons, Leah Leuschel, Tom Kerchinski and Nancy O'Vell.

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