June 18th, 2015
The Pennsy Bridge in Ridgway has collapsed. Motorists are urged to avoid the area. It appears the foundation has failed. Early reports indicate that there is at least one person with injuries.
Authorities in Elk County arrested several individuals on alleged bath salts charges while drug busts netted a large number of "mid-level" dealers in the Jefferson County area.
Following a scheduled public hearing Tuesday, the Ridgway Township Supervisors approved the adoption of an oil and gas ordinance with a 2-1 vote.
The decision ends a nearly six-month process that the supervisors began in January to add regulations for the oil and gas industry within the township's zoning ordinance, which was originally adopted in 1981.
As part of the countyâ€™s Act 13 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee distribution, the Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday announced the winners of two $5,000 scholarships for students attending college or trade school for oil and gas industry studies.
â€śAs commissioners we get to perform some pleasant tasks and with the Act 13 funds from Marcellus Shale, itâ€™s been our honor to give two $5,000 scholarships each year to students who are going to study in the gas and oil field,â€ť said Elk County Commissioner Jan Kemmer.
Elk County Commissioner Dan Freeburg provided a brief update on the status of the Deckerâ€™s Chapel project in St. Marys during a board meeting Tuesday morning in Ridgway.
Due to issues with poor drainage, the structureâ€™s foundation has begun to crumble, forcing necessary renovations.
A strong outpouring of support has allowed officials to dive into fundraising efforts. The result will be a massive landscaping facelift in addition to renovations to the chapel building and its foundation.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Community Foundation (ECCF) awarded a total of 129 scholarships to graduating area high school seniors totaling $173,300 for the school year.
"The young adults that are receiving these scholarships are the future of this community," said Paula Fritz Eddy, ECCF executive director. "Donors who have established these scholarships are contributing to our future leaders."
During Monday's borough council meeting, members of Ridgway Borough Council unanimously approved a contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for repairs that are needed for Elk Creek.
Following the May 21, 2014 flood that impacted Ridgway, Elk Creek was damaged; the needed repairs will cost approximately $1.2 million, which won't be paid by the borough.
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) No. 872 recognized Flag Day Sunday evening with a ceremony at 5 p.m. inside their lodge in Ridgway.
The Grand Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in 1911 adopted mandatory observance of Flag Day. President Harry Truman in 1949 made a proclamation that June 14 would be a day of national observance for the symbol of our country.
Several members of the Ridgway Elks chapter participated in Sunday's ceremony as members of the local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops displayed several flags from throughout the nation's history.
Johnsonburg native Cole Peterson drove in a pair of runs in a 7-3 win for the Olean Oilers of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) over the Wellsville Nitros Sunday afternoon.
Peterson went 1 for 4 from the leadoff spot in the order and also walked once. Peterson also added two stolen bases, bringing his total to five for the season. Peterson assisted on five plays from his shortstop position and has 36 on the season to this point.