January 14th, 2015
ST. MARYS - A structure fire broke out Wednesday morning shortly after 10:30 a.m. at 162 Taft Rd. in St. Marys. Multiple units from St. Marys and Johnsonburg responded to the fire. Preliminary reports list Fox Township and Ridgway on standby as well.
Overcrowding issues at the Elk County Prison in Ridgway have continued into the new year.
As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, the total number of individuals incarcerated at the correctional facility was 76 inmates.
"We're currently housing 12 females but there are 16 on the books as four are being housed out-of-county due to overcrowding," said Elk County Prison Warden Greg Gebauer. "Ten males also are housed out-of-county due to overcrowding and other circumstances, but weâ€™re only paying for seven of those currently."
Amid questions presented by the public, the Ridgway Area School District school board defended its budget process and monetary allocations during Tuesday's school board meeting.
Julie Marzella, a resident concerned about potential increases in taxes from the school board, has attended several RASD school board meetings, questioning the board about money that she claims is incorrectly allocated to allow for the school board to raise taxes.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ After 40 years in public service, Senior Magisterial District Judge George A. "Tony" King announced his retirement Tuesday which will end his 28-year stretch as magisterial district judge.
â€œI had made a decision some time ago that after 40 years of public service, it was time to move on," King said. "No health reasons or anything like that; itâ€™s just time to make the decision."
King's decision to retire comes at a time that will allow his seat to be on the ballot for the upcoming Nov. 3 election.
After going 0-2 against Cameron County in head coach David Fordoski's first two years, the Elkers and Fordoski have paid the Red Raiders back in the past two weeks.
After a 50-20 win over Cameron County at the Coudersport Duals, the Elkers added a second win over the Red Raiders with a 52-20 win Tuesday night at Ridgway Area High School.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg sophomore Nicole Myers had the hot hand Tuesday night with 20 points as the Ramettes toppled visiting Brockway 50-31.
The home team took control of the game going into halftime with 19 points in the second quarter, and held on in the second half for the win.
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JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg officials are working to determine the source of a water leak that has left a trail of water along Main Street and its adjacent sidewalk.
Johnsonburg Borough Municipal Authority manager Lisa Sorg spoke briefly about the Main Street leak and the municipal authority's attempts to fix it during Monday's Johnsonburg Borough Council meeting.
"We have been made aware that there is water on the road on Main Street, and we have called in a specialist to help us find where that leak is," Sorg said.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ St. Marys Mayor Robert V. Howard was found to be guilty Monday of disorderly conduct, a summary offense, before Judge Barry D. Brown, filling in for Judge George "Tony" King.
"I never felt so good about losing something in my life," Mayor Howard said in a press conference later that day. "I don't apologize for my feelings one bit."
Howard was cited for a Nov. 24, 2014 incident during which he entered a Ridgway hair salon and screamed at the owner, using profanity while at least one customer was present.
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