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October 6th, 2014

Visitor center continues to improve elk viewing experience

October 6, 2014

BENEZETTE – Despite the gloomy weather and increasing threat of rain late Monday afternoon, a group of over a dozen individuals could be seen gathered at one of the viewing areas located at the end of one of the walking trails at the Elk Country Visitor Center around 4:30 p.m. A few cow elk were out in the field adjacent to the center, and the location where they had decided to graze put them in close enough proximity to the viewing area that visitors gathered there to take a few photos.
The experience may be common enough now, but only a handful of years ago it was not even possible.

Signs missing at Twin Lakes Bridge

October 6, 2014

JONES TWP. – Several signs that are worth a total of $550 are missing or misplaced from the Twin Lakes Bridge in Jones Township.
The missing signs include a bridge sign, a weight limit sign and several 500 feet ahead signs.
"It is about $550 for all the signs that we need, and we have one week to get those in," Laurie Storrar, Jones Township Supervisor, told the other supervisors during Monday's Jones Township Supervisors meeting.

McCracken scheduled for jury selection in kidnap case

October 6, 2014

Dayon D. McCracken, 23, of Reading, was scheduled for jury selection on Monday, Oct. 13 for his alleged involvement in an assault and kidnapping that was reported in April.
He is charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping, terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, simple assault and harassment.

Dill pleads guilty in child porn case

October 6, 2014

Ronald Gregory Dill, 58, of St. Marys, pleaded guilty on Monday's return day to seven counts of sexual abuse of children, 20 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility, all felony charges.
Sentencing is pending the completion of a sexual offender assessment for which Dill has the right to request a hearing and contest the findings.

Certified dementia practitioner now at Ridgmont

October 6, 2014

Ridgway resident Reshawn Shipe, the Administrator of Ridgmont personal care home, is now a Certified Dementia Practitioner through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.
To become a Certified Dementia Practitioner, Shipe had to complete extensive training in the key aspects of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia care.

October 5th

Pro-life speaker at Sacred Heart

October 6, 2014

ST. MARYS – Georgette Forney, of Pittsburgh, president of Anglicans for Life and co-founder of Silent No More awareness campaign, spoke at Sacred Heart Church Sunday night about the negative effects of abortion, including testimony of her own experience.
"I had an abortion when I was 16 years old, and I spent the next 19 years pretending that I hadn't," she said. "My daughter should be 37 years old, but she's not."

October 3rd

ECC crowns Homecoming Queen

October 3, 2014

Samantha Zimmerman was named the 2014 Elk County Catholic High School Homecoming Queen during a ceremony held at halftime of the Crusaders game versus the Ridgway Elkers at Dutch Country Stadium on Friday evening. She was crowned by last year's Homecoming Queen, Emma Daghir. Zimmerman was escorted by Austin Minard. The first runner-up was Kirstie Wehler, who was escorted by John Kaul. The second runner-up was Nicole Florio, who was escorted by Ian Herzing. This year's crown bearer was Adam Beimel, and the flower girl was Penelope MacDonald.

October 2nd

Community hopeful for Clancy's return

October 3, 2014

Hope.
This was the resounding sentiment expressed at Thursday evening's candlelight vigil for U.S. Marine Corporal Donovan E. Clancy, 26, a Ridgway native who went missing Friday after wading in heavy surf on the shore of Tinian, a small island in the Northern Marianas Islands in the Guam region.

Man who threatened DA waived for court

October 3, 2014

The Brookville man who left a profanity-laden phone message for District Attorney Shawn T. McMahon was waived for court on Sept. 17 by Judge George A. "Tony" King.
Christopher Raymond Thomas, 41, was waived for court on felony charges of criminal use of a communication facility and threatening unlawful harm to influence judicial or administrative process, as well as misdemeanor charges of terroristic threats and harassment and one summary charge of harassment.

Municipal Authority names new treasurer

October 3, 2014

The Ridgway Township Municipal Authority named Bob Bogacki as its new treasurer during Thursday's meeting, marking the second meeting in a row that a new treasurer has been named for the authority.
Ed LaValle, the authority's chairman, was nominated and approved as the treasurer during a Sept. 5 meeting after Bill Briggs resigned from the position in June after citing "illegal practices" as the reason for his resignation.
LaValle said there are no illegal practices within the authority, which he confirmed with the authority's solicitor.

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