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June is National Dairy Month

June 29, 2015

Pennsylvania is ranked fifth in the nation for milk production and second in the nation for the number of dairy farms (Wisconsin has the most dairy farms).
Pennsylvania is home to 16 percent of the nation’s dairy farms and more than 99 percent of those farms are family-owned businesses.
Pennsylvania’s leading industry is agriculture and its biggest economic sector is dairy, which represents 40 percent of agriculture revenue.
Every nine cows support one job. With 530,000 cows in the state, about 60,000 jobs are supported.

Flood watch in effect for Elk County

June 27, 2015

Widespread heavy to record daily rainfall amounts are expected to fall Saturday and into Saturday night.
Unusually strong low pressure at the surface and aloft will move slowly northeast from the Ohio Valley through the middle Atlantic region throughout the weekend.
Widespread heavy rain will fall and the risk for flooding, especially on smaller streams and creeks, will be high.
A flood watch remains in effect through late Saturday night. Elk and McKean counties are listed among the extensive list of affected counties.

VIDEO: The positives and negatives of the 2015 NBA draft

June 26, 2015

VIDEO: The positives and negatives of the 2015 NBA draft
Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix and Luke Winn explain which moves they liked following the 2015 NBA draft, and which moves left them scratching their heads.

Camper dies in storm in ANF

June 25, 2015

WARREN – A fierce thunderstorm in northwestern Pennsylvania resulted in the death of a camper who was camping with a church group in a remote area of the Allegheny National Forest. The storm came through the Minister Creek Campground around 6 a.m. Tuesday causing power outages and wide-spread downed trees.

Skatepark facing continuous

June 24, 2015

The skatepark is downtown Ridgway still faces a host of issues as a vote regarding relocation is set for next month.

Area youth featured in ECCOTA's 'Fame, Jr.' production

June 20, 2015

Youth of all ages are bringing the 80s back to life during the "Fame, Jr." production offered through the Elk County Council on the Arts (ECCOTA) Summer Theatre Camp. The public can catch the Fame-tastic performance today at 2 p.m. in Ridgway High School auditorium. Students prepared for the show by attending a week long camp which focused on those interested in the performing arts.

VIDEO: 'Frozen' Softball Team Will Melt Your Heart

June 19, 2015

VIDEO: 'Frozen' Softball Team Will Melt Your Heart
The Freeze, an Oklahoma softball team composed of 4 and 5-year-olds, is gaining national attention for playing ball in their Elsa gowns.

Scene at Pennsy Bridge in Ridgway

June 18, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Pennsy Bridge collapses

June 18, 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.

Sweeping drug busts through area

June 18, 2015

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.

2-1 vote OKs township's oil and gas ordinance

June 17, 2015

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.

Shipe earns county scholarship award

June 17, 2015

As part of the county’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.
“As commissioners we get to perform some pleasant tasks and with the Act 13 funds from Marcellus Shale, it’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,” said Elk County Commissioner Jan Kemmer.

Work on Decker's Chapel around the corner

June 17, 2015

Elk County Commissioner Dan Freeburg provided a brief update on the status of the Decker’s Chapel project in St. Marys during a board meeting Tuesday morning in Ridgway.
Due to issues with poor drainage, the structure’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.

Over 100 students earn scholarships through ECCF

June 17, 2015

ST. MARYS – 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."

Council approves contract for Elk Creek repairs

June 15, 2015

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.

WILCOX – The Wilcox American Legion team lost 13-0 in five innings to Bradford Friday night at...
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