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McMinn retires from conservation district

November 25, 2014

Ron McMinn, a director on the Elk County Conservation District's board of directors for 44 years, has decided to retire, making Monday's board meeting the last that he will serve as an active director.
McMinn, who started his work with the conservation district in 1970, said that it was time to step down so that some younger people could come onto the board.
"I felt it's time for younger blood to come, and I'm a firm believer of that," he said.

Police: Driver tries to lure child at bus stop

November 25, 2014

FOX TWP. – The Pennsylvania State Police in Ridgway are investigating an incident of attempted child luring that occurred at a bus stop early Monday morning in Fox Township.
According to the police report, at approximately 7 a.m. on Monday, a bright purple or pink four-door sedan with tinted windows reportedly pulled up to a known 11-year-old female juvenile who was waiting for the school bus on Fairview Road in Fox Township.
Police said the male driver barely cracked the window and asked the juvenile victim if she wanted a ride to school.

Cookie thief gets five years on multiple cases

November 25, 2014

William J. Gnan was sentenced Monday to 18-60 months of incarceration in a state correctional facility for multiple felony charges.
Gnan had four separate cases consolidated for sentencing purposes, including a June 29 burglary in which he stole a tin of cookies from St. Leo Church after entering through a basement window.

Poage sentenced on multiple charges

November 25, 2014

Richard Alan Poage of Ridgway appeared in Elk County Court Monday for sentencing in four cases.
Poage entered a plea of "nolo contendere" or no contest for a felony charge of receiving stolen property. With the entry of a no contest plea, the defendant neither admits guilt nor disputes the evidence.

Seneca addresses community concerns

November 22, 2014

EMPORIUM – Working in an industry surrounded by a negative stigma, Seneca Resources faces many questions about the impacts that its work has on the environment and community that surround its drilling sites.
On a recent rig tour, Seneca Resources representatives answered a few common concerns about the gas drilling industry, specifically the company that owns a majority of the mineral rights in Elk County, Seneca Resources, while explaining what Seneca does to recycle goods and reduce the impact of its drilling sites.

1st rural regional community college forthcoming

November 22, 2014

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Education has taken steps to establish Pennsylvania’s first Rural Regional Community College, announced Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), Senator Bob Robbins (R-50) and Senator Scott Hutchinson (R-21).

Accidental fire damages apartment house

November 22, 2014

A fire broke out Thursday evening at 4:30 p.m. along Walnut Street in the borough of Ridgway.
The house is owned by Steven J. Lenze, 56, of St. Marys, according to a public information release report provided by the Ridgway-based state police.
Trooper Robert J. Southern was the investigating officer and determined the fire originated in the ceiling area of an upstairs apartment at 314 Walnut St. occupied by 31-year-old Marjorie Moore. The fire was determined to be accidental in nature and most likely caused by an overheated electric circuit, according to PSP Ridgway.

VIDEO: Good Things: Three Sweet Sides for a Thanksgiving Meal

November 21, 2014

VIDEO: Good Things: Three Sweet Sides for a Thanksgiving Meal
Who says all your sides have to be savory? Pears, honey, and baked sweet potatoes can go a long way next to stuffing and turkey. Try these recipes for a well-balanced holiday spread.

Investigation into sheriff's department concludes

November 20, 2014

Following an investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation into the Elk County Sheriff’s Office regarding the work schedules and overcompensation of deputy sheriffs, the findings of the investigation recommended that a criminal prosecution was not warranted; consequently, a criminal prosecution of any member of the Elk County Sheriff’s Office shall not occur.

East Branch Dam contractor visits Ridgway

November 20, 2014

With repairs upcoming for the East Branch Dam, Layne Christensen Construction, the company contracted to complete the repairs, visited Ridgway Thursday afternoon to begin networking with local businesses that will have an impact on the dam project.
On Aug. 26, Layne was awarded the contract for the East Branch Dam repairs by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at a total value of just over $132.5 million.

North Central reviewing railroad upgrades

November 20, 2014

The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission held their monthly meeting Wednesday morning to discuss possible upgrades that could be on the horizon for the region's railroad system.
A few weeks ago, North Central officials were approached about the possible changes by two of the short-line railroad companies in the area, the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad that runs north to south in the area and the R.J. Corman Railroad Company that runs through Clearfield and Clinton Counties.

County should hold line on taxes

November 19, 2014

While a budget draft has not yet been completed, the Elk County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday morning confirmed that taxes will not increase for the upcoming year.
Commissioner June Sorg said Tuesday the commissioners asked for little to no increases in projected expenditures from the respective county departments.
A draft of the 2015 budget should be unveiled at the board's next meeting Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Elk Creek repairs on the horizon

November 19, 2014

Following the May 21 flood that impacted Ridgway, Elk Creek was damaged and the needed repairs for it will come with a cost that could enter into the $1 million range.
Using an agreement that was made during the 1960s, the Ridgway Borough is working together with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair the flood damage to Elk Creek in Ridgway, according to Kim Zimmerman, the Ridgway Borough manager.
The agreement stated that repairs to Elk Creek for flood damage would be done by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but work was not done when the contract was originally signed.

No property tax increase for township

November 19, 2014

Property taxes for Ridgway Township will not be increased for the upcoming year as the Ridgway Township Supervisors have a proposed budget for the year that shows a surplus.
Supervisor John Gardner made the announcement that the supervisors would not be increasing property taxes, which marks the 23rd straight year without a property tax increase, with the last increase coming in 1991.
Following a unanimous vote, the supervisors approved a proposed budget, which will now be available for public viewing as required by state law.

VIDEO: What We Learned From the Steelers Win Over the Titans

November 18, 2014

VIDEO: What We Learned From the Steelers Win Over the Titans
Moss and Morrison break down the Steelers win.

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