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New recycling center could be on horizon

December 16, 2014

The Solid Waste Authority has received county approval for the purchase of land at the corner of Ceramic and Stackpole streets in St. Marys for the building of a new recycling center.
"We're out of room at our current location," said Bekki Titchner, recycling and solid waste coordinator for Elk County. "The building is old and has served its purpose. We couldn't have done this with any other organization because we were able to get the property at a very cheap rental fee.

Shorthanded Big Brothers Big Sisters looking for matches

December 16, 2014

The Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Elk County is currently in dire straits as 19 youngsters are waiting for a volunteer Big Brother or Big Sister match.
"If we don't find matches for those kids, that's a big opportunity missed," said Cinde Schuckers, a program coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters. "Recruitment definitely is one of our areas for concern and we are always looking for new ways to recruit and the avenues to reach out to."
The county currently has 18 volunteer "Bigs" matched with a "Little," but 19 area youth are still waiting.

Borough manager contract approved

December 16, 2014

Ridgway Borough manager Kim Zimmerman has received a new contract from the Ridgway Borough following a 5-2 vote made by the Ridgway Borough Council.
Zimmerman was in need of a new contract if he was to continue as the borough’s manager, following the expiration of his previous contract Oct. 15.
Although it had expired and he had not been offered a new contract, Zimmerman had been working under the terms of his expired contract from Oct. 15 until the council approved a new contract Monday.

Supervisors moving forward with zoning

December 16, 2014

Looking into the future, the Ridgway Township Supervisors are working on updating the township's zoning map and zoning ordinances, specifically an ordinance that addresses the oil and gas industry.
The oil and gas industry presence has been increasing in the region as of late, and because of that, the Ridgway Township Supervisors have begun working on an oil and gas ordinance in an attempt to protect citizens from the oil and gas companies.

VIDEO: NHL star Crosby diagnosed with mumps

December 16, 2014

VIDEO: NHL star Crosby diagnosed with mumps
Crosby is the latest NHL player to be diagnosed with mumps.

Future of Main Street program discussed

December 16, 2014

During Monday's Ridgway Borough council meeting, Main Street manager Michelle Bogacki discussed the future of the Main Street Program, which is facing an uncertain future.
Bogacki asked the council for financial support, asking for enough money to make the Main Street program sustainable for the next five years.
Bogacki is attempting to get Ridgway identified as a Designated Keystone Community through the Department of Community and Economic Development which would open Ridgway up to participate within several state programs.

Kersey couple charged with dealing bath salts

December 16, 2014

KERSEY – A Kersey couple became the latest in a growing line of arrests made by the North Central Municipal Drug Force.
Michael Todd Bizzak, 44, and Cynthia Marie Bizzak, 49, of 491 Main St., Kersey, were taken into custody on Dec. 9 when a search warrant was served on their home. Items seized included approximately $3,000 in cash, over 138 grams of suspected alpha-PVP (the drug commonly known as bath salts), numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia, packing materials and electronic devices typically used to order bath salts. The amount of bath salts carries a street value of over $27,000.

Candle vigil remembers lost children

December 15, 2014

"The biggest fear we have is that we won't be remembered."
Leslie Neal spoke those words during Sunday's candle lighting ceremony that she helped organize in an attempt to make sure that the area's deceased children will not be forgotten.
Last year, Neal, who lost her 16-year-old son in 2011, started a local candle lighting ceremony in Ridgway along with Elk County Commissioner Jan Kemmer to remember the area's children who died at a young age, much like her son.
"It's a way of honoring him and remembering him," Neal said while talking about the importance the event had for her personally.

Surra to head Fish and Game review team

December 13, 2014

It was recently announced that Governor-Elect Tom Wolf selected a variety of individuals from across the state to head transition review teams that will be tasked with examining various agencies, policies, and issues in an effort to aid him in starting off his first term as governor as effectively as possible. Among those individuals was Kersey resident Dan Surra, who will head the Fish and Game review team.

Jury: Weidow guilty in vehicular homicide

December 13, 2014

A jury found Brandon Michael Weidow guilty of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and related offenses for his involvement in the 2012 one-vehicle crash that claimed the life of Savannah Straub.

VIDEO OF THE DAY Babies Discovering Things For The First Time

December 12, 2014

VIDEO OF THE DAY Babies Discovering Things For The First Time

RATA contract made public

December 12, 2014

The Ridgway Area School District has released the recently approved contract with the Ridgway Area Teachers Association, a contract that includes a $500 one-time signing bonus, but no retroactive pay raises.
The school board voted to approve the contract during a special meeting Wednesday, and board president Lisa Connelly said that the contract would be available after the two sides had signed the agreement.

Split vote approves tax increase

December 11, 2014

Following a narrow 4-3 vote by the Ridgway Borough council, a new budget has been tentatively approved for 2015.
The approved 2015 budget includes a one mill tax increase, which will be placed in the borough's general purposes account.
"What we did in the budget for 2015, we increased it by one mill, and got us out of the $27,000 deficit, into a net balance of $7,615 for 2015," said Kim Zimmerman, Ridgway Borough manager.

Second trial begins in Weidow case

December 11, 2014

The second trial for Brandon Michael Weidow, 26, of Byrnedale, began Wednesday morning.
Weidow is facing felony charges of homicide by vehicle and homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence for his alleged involvement in a 2012 vehicle crash that killed Savannah Straub.

RASD: 'We have a contract'

December 10, 2014

Following a unanimous vote by the Ridgway Area School District School Board during a special board meeting on Wednesday, a contract with the Ridgway Area Teachers Association has been approved.
A motion to approve a contract with RATA was made by school board member Dave Parsons, seconded by fellow board member Kathy Lampman and following a roll call vote, all nine board members voted to approve the motion.
"Motion carries, we have a contract," school board president Lisa Connelly confirmed after the votes had been made.

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