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Two more charged in heroin sting

September 19, 2014

Two more local residents have been charged in connection with the heroin trafficking bust that occurred Monday at 131 Hemlock Rd.
Aaron Christopher Johnson, 27, of 160 Country Ln., Kersey, and Kayla Ann Gillen, 24, of 122 Bennett Rd., St. Marys, were incarcerated at Elk County Prison Wednesday. They each face felony charges related to the sale and distribution of heroin.

Benefit to be held for shooting victim

September 19, 2014

A benefit event is set to be held Sunday, Sept. 21 to support Cera Bianco, a victim of a shooting incident that happened at the Brockport Army & Navy Club in Horton Township on Aug. 13.
Bianco, a 21-year-old-bartender at the Army & Navy Club, was working at the club on the night of Aug. 13 when she was shot multiple times by Eric Carlson, who committed suicide shortly after he shot Bianco, according to a police report from the Ridgway State Police.

PSP Ridgway offers car seat check

September 19, 2014

The Ridgway State Police offered a free car seat check on Thursday from 1 p.m to 7:30 p.m. to citizens who were concerned about the installation of child car seats within their vehicles.
This seat check was held at the PennDOT garage, and Morris said that the event lasted for over six hours to make sure that the troopers were there long enough to allow people ample time to go get their seats checked.

Picket line: Union workers protest West Penn Power

September 19, 2014

ST. MARYS – Members of the Utility Workers Union of America stood outside the West Penn Power Service Center in St. Marys to protest unfair cuts and new proposed requirements to require employees to always be on call.
FirstEnergy, the corporation which owns West Penn Power, came under scrutiny of the protesters in St. Marys. The protestors stated that they feel that FirstEnergy is being unfair in recent contract negotiations.

Debriefing allows for input on shooting hoax

September 18, 2014

ST. MARYS – Rumors and conspiracy theorists ideas have run rampant over the school shooting hoax which took place at St. Marys Area High School on Sept. 2.
When contacted Wednesday for follow-up details on the hoax, which prompted a massive police response from Elk, Clearfield and McKean counties, St. Marys Chief of Police Todd Caltagarone said no new information was available.
Caltagarone reconfirmed the identity of the caller as a nine-year-old juvenile who will not face criminal charges.

Annual convention draws large crowd

September 18, 2014

The Elk County Association of Township Officials held their annual convention at the Royal Inn on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. where several presentations were made to local township officials.
The convention was attended by representatives of the townships of Benezette, Fox, Highland, Horton, Jay, Jones, Millstone, Ridgway and Spring Creek. In addition to township representatives, representatives from Congressman Glenn Thompson's (PA-5) office and state Representative Matt Gabler's (R-Clearfield/Elk) office attended the event and made brief speeches to the audience.

VIDEO: 6 Ways To Pack A Better Lunch

September 17, 2014

VIDEO: 6 Ways To Pack A Better Lunch

4 jailed in St. Marys heroin sting

September 17, 2014

ST. MARYS – Four suspects have been arrested in connection with heroin trafficking and placed in Elk County Prison as a result of an investigation conducted by the City Police and the Attorney General's office.
Officers, agents and members of the North Central Drug Task Force served a search warrant shortly after 6 p.m. Monday at 131 Hemlock Rd. where a large amount of heroin and drug paraphernalia was seized.

Commissioners join EPA opposition

September 17, 2014

The Elk County Board of Commissioners have joined the fight in opposing the expansion of federal control under the Clean Water Act.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on March 25 issued a proposed rule that would expand their regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act. The expansion would reportedly include puddles, ponds, ditches, ephemerals (land that looks like a small stream during heavy rain but isn't wet most of the time) and small wetlands.

County recognizes older workers week

September 17, 2014

The United States continues a demographic shift that is changing the workplace as more and more older Americans are finding their way back to the fold.
"Trends are showing that workers over the age of 55 will make up 25 percent of our workforce," said Ann Ziegler, representing Good Will Industries of north central Pennsylvania. "There's a sizable shift in demographics with our workforce and as time goes on more and more Americans are finding that they want to and need to work later in life."

Campbell highlights progress at local hospital

September 17, 2014

Rose Campbell, president of Penn Highlands Elk, provided a progress update to county officials Tuesday morning regarding the expansion of the healthcare facility.
"We've had some very good things happening recently and through our recruitment team we've added several physicians to our staff," she said. "Things have been very well received thus far. Both Dr. Gorlowski and Dr. Ali have connected so they'll have good pediatric support for our area.
"We're looking for opportunities to position them in other communities as well, so once we get Dr. Tosh here, we'll figure that out."

3 mill tax increase discussed by Johnsonburg Borough Council

September 17, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Borough Council held a budget workshop on Tuesday in the borough building to discuss the upcoming fiscal year's budget which tentatively includes a three mill tax increase.
Nothing definitive has been decided by the council and research is still being conducted by Borough Manager Mary Polaski to look at the financial status of the borough before a final budget is decided upon.

Citizens owe borough $124,000 in taxes

September 15, 2014

Ridgway Borough Manager Kim Zimmerman told the borough council on Monday that the borough is owed approximately $124,000 in taxes from borough residents.
Zimmerman shared his findings with council members during Monday's regular monthly meeting of the Ridgway Borough Council at the Ridgway Borough building.
Zimmerman said that approximately $30,000 are owed in 2014 occupation taxes, approximately $30,000 is owed in 2013 occupation taxes and approximately $60,000 is owed in property taxes.

Panel addresses transporting firearms

September 15, 2014

KERSEY – Transporting a firearm across state lines is a tricky situation to navigate although any violations could have serious consequences and fines according to information presented at a recent concealed carry permit seminar.
Firearm reciprocity agreements were just one of the many topics covered at the event hosted by state Representative Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield).

Art exhibition held for RAHS teacher

September 15, 2014

Ridgway Area High School teacher Richard Skellen currently has a exhibition being displayed in the Elk County Council on the Arts gallery along Main Street in Ridgway.
The exhibition, titled "Recollections, Remarks, and Reveries: Collective Works of Artist Richard Skellen," had its opening reception at the ECCOTA gallery from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12, and the exhibition will continue to be displayed in the ECCOTA gallery until Sept. 26.

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