June 16th, 2015
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.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Catholic High School Lady Crusader softball team was welcomed home Friday night by a parade of emergency response vehicles that led them on a parade through town with their sirens blaring and lights flashing. When the newly-crowned state champions finally reached ECCHS, a number of supporters were waiting for them.
After an extended celebration in the parking lot that featured lots of hugs, congratulatory remarks, and the release of a few maroon and gold balloons, the group moved into the school's auditorium for a brief ceremony.
Harlan J. Beagley has been named the new publisher of the Daily Press, Ridgway Record and Kane Republican under Horizon Publications, Inc.
Beagley has extensive experience in print media having served previously as business and operations manager at the Killeen Daily Herald in Fort Hood, Texas, and the Copperas Cove Herald in central Texas.
He previously served as group publisher in central Washington state where he worked nearly all management positions at the Columbia Basin Herald, a daily publication, and the Royal Register, a weekly publication.
UNIVERSITY PARK â€” STATE CHAMPS.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader softball team captured the 2015 PIAA Class A Softball championship Friday afternoon at Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park on the campus of Penn State University by defeating the Conemaugh Valley Lady Blue Jays 7-0.
Abbey Bauer threw a no-hitter for Elk Catholic. She went all seven innings walking two, hitting one and striking out five.
"Abbey (Bauer) threw a great game and the defense behind her played extremely well," said ECCHS coach Digger O'Dell.
Elk County Sheriff Theresa Merritt on Thursday morning responded to a published report concerning the countyâ€™s annual internal audit which cited "serious issues" with her department.
The sheriff was unavailable for comment Wednesday as Merritt was in Monroeville for sheriffâ€™s continuing education training.
According to the audit report signed by Elk County Auditors Elizabeth A. Mader, also serving as chairperson, and fellow auditors Karen R. Gies and Jerry W. Goetz, the auditors "get no cooperation from the sheriff to resolve the many issues in that office."