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Dam project completion pushed back to 2019

April 17, 2014

JONES TWP. – The completion date to the extensive East Branch Dam repair project has been pushed back to 2019, two years later than originally anticipated. The $280 million project entails constructing a full-length, full-depth concrete cutoff wall through the dam to reduce risk and restore the dam to normal operation.
On Wednesday morning representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District reported the delay during an East Branch Dam Safety Project Stakeholders meeting.

County's gun permit system on hold

April 16, 2014

Elk County's gun permit system in the sheriff's department recently crashed, thus placing over 250 applications in limbo according to Chief Deputy Sheriff Theresa Merritt.
The computer system's hard drive "fried" recently and "people cannot physically get a gun permit" from the county's sheriff's department.

Sheriff's Department part of Project ChildSafe

April 16, 2014

The Elk County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday afternoon announced the county's inclusion in the Project ChildSafe initiative.
The directive is a nationwide program that promotes safe firearms handling and storage practices among all firearm owners through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm safety kits.

Price cut on Ridgway Armory building

April 16, 2014

The minimum bid price for the Ridgway Armory has been reduced by 20 percent after the state Department of General Services posted the site in September 2013.
The minimum bid is now $88,000; it was previously $110,000.
The property was first put up for bid with a historical covenant requiring the preservation of the building's exterior; this requirement has since been wiped out.

Mystique Boutique opening downtown

April 16, 2014

A new business is opening in the historic Udarbe Business Towers, located along Court Street in downtown Ridgway. Mystique Boutique, operated by Steve Lynch in conjunction with Linda Russell and Jean Capuano, is a specialty store with an array of items including antiques, gifts, jewelry, clothing and custom gift baskets.

Healthy Kids Day this Friday

April 15, 2014

The Ridgway YMCA is hosting a "Healthy Kids Day" event on Friday from 5-8 p.m.
The event will feature a gymnastics demonstration from 5-6:30 p.m.; a puppet show at 5:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; family Zumba from 6:45-7:30 p.m.; along with face-painting, crafts, balloon fun, pool games, and snacks from 5:30-8 p.m.

Court date is delayed for driver in 6-fatality crash 

April 15, 2014

SMETHPORT – A change has been made in the next court date for a Kane woman charged in connection with a horrific six-fatality crash Aug. 31.
Kathleen S. "Kathy" Douglas, 37, had been scheduled to appear Thursday in McKean County Court in Smethport to enter a plea in the case.

Dill waived for court on child porn charges

April 15, 2014

ST. MARYS – A St. Marys man was waived for court Tuesday by Magisterial District Judge Mark Jacob on multiple felony counts of child pornography.
Ronald Gregory Dill, 58, of 207 N. St. Marys St., Apt. 1, was arrested on March 7 following a three-month investigation by agents in the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section. According to the charges, Dill was found to be in possession of more than 30 video files depicting child pornography on his laptop computer.

Policies updated for county repository

April 15, 2014

The Elk County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday reviewed their new policies regarding the sale of properties from the repository.
Repository properties are available for the general public to purchase free and clear of any liens. Interested parties must place a bid with the bureau for the property and then all three taxing bodies (the local municipality, the local school board, and the county commissioners), must approve the bid for all the property to be sold. There is no minimum bid required for repository properties, according to documentation obtained from the county's Tax Claims office.

Departments respond to Hilltop fire

April 15, 2014

JAY TWP. – Multiple fire departments responded Tuesday evening for a report of a structure fire at Rose's Hilltop Diner located at 24716 Bennetts Valley Highway.

Community Trust looking to make improvements

April 14, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – During the regular meeting of the Johnsonburg Borough Council, Cindy Chiesa of the Johnsonburg Community Trust petitioned the council for permission to spruce up the area around the borough parking lot, located along Center Street.
Among the things the Trust has in mind are old-fashioned poles which would be adorned with hanging baskets or banners as well as some large planters to be placed in the area.
"We just want to beautify the town; I think that's the main thing we want to do," Chiesa said.

Ridgway man charged in gas station beating

April 14, 2014

A Ridgway resident is charged with a felony count of aggravated assault for an incident that allegedly occurred at Kwik Fill on South St. Marys Street Friday afternoon.

Kersey woman charged in GameCube assault

April 14, 2014

A Kersey woman is charged with assaulting a man with a Nintendo GameCube Friday evening.
According to a police report, Ashley Himes, 34, of 118 Lovers Ln., Kersey, struck Exper J. Fox III in the head with a GameCube during an argument at their shared apartment on Windfall Road.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, a police officer was dispatched to Penn Highlands Elk to meet with Fox, who said he had been assaulted. The officer met with Fox in the hospital parking lot where the officer observed skin and tissue hanging from Fox's left ear.

Library dedicates genealogy room to Smiths

April 13, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Public Library recently dedicated a new genealogy room in memory of Richard and Gwendolyn Smith.
Community representatives along with family members of Richard and Gwendolyn gathered at the library to celebrate the grand opening of the genealogy room, which also features a portrait of the Smiths painted by Lynda Pontzer. The portrait was donated to the library by the Cummings and Zappia families, both relatives of the Smiths.

Pay for substitute teachers on the rise

April 11, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Area School Board of Directors recently voted to increase pay rates for substitute teachers from $80 per day to $100 per day. The resolution, suggested by superintendent Dennis Crotzer was approved unanimously by the board. The resolution was created due to the fact that Johnsonburg, along with the other districts across Elk County, have been struggling to find substitutes during the 2013-14 school year.

JOHNSONBURG – Johnsonburg track and field hosted Sheffield in a meet held Monday afternoon at...
The Johnsonburg girls track and field team took the team championship at the Kane Invitational held...
The Johnsonburg boys track and field team took part in the Kane Invitational held Saturday....