September 26th, 2012
RIDGWAY - A small amount of petroleum from a known vehicle created a thin sheen over a portion of the roads in downtown Ridgway late Wednesday afternoon before being contained.
All firefighting units from Ridgway responded to the call at 4:11 p.m., and shortly thereafter the Elk County hazardous materials [hazmat] team responded at 4:30 p.m.
For the second time in 39 years, a federal Farm Bill governing the nation's farm and food aid policy is set to expire at the end of September.
According to Eric Bridges, executive director of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC], Congress has decided to postpone negotiations over how to reauthorize those programs until after the November elections.
ST. MARYS â Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc. is working to bring more attention to the problem of prescription drug abuse during âWake Up to Medicine Abuse Week,â running from Sept. 23 to Sept. 29.
Jennifer Young, prevention supervisor with Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc., in Elk County, said the goal of this initiative is to increase awareness of prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse and misuse, which has risen dramatically in the last few years.
RIDGWAY - A babysitter convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in his care was sentenced in Elk County Court Monday to no less than 10 years and no more than 20 years in a state penitentiary.
Corey Allen Heatherdale, 26, of Ridgway, was convicted by a jury in a one-day trial on July 20, 2012, in the Elk County Courthouse.
The Elk County Solid Waste Authority embarked on its annual tour of Veolia Greentree Landfill in Fox Twp. on Tuesday. Landfill manager Don Henrichs led the tour and gave the group a rundown of current operations and recent changes to the facility.
The landfill currently takes in about 1 million tons a year; it takes approximately 2.5 years to fill a cell, or an area in which waste is deposited and is later filled in. Cells range from six to 10 acres and the current cell being filled is approximately nine acres. About nine acres were capped this year.
ST. MARYS â A rise in the occurrence of cognitive disorders like Alzheimer's disease, dementia and autism has sparked the Elkland Search and Rescue [ESR] team to kick off an initiative designed to better locate individuals who have a tendency to wander.
ESR is taking a proactive stance by asking family members of those affected to also be proactive by filling out a form, "Wanderers Information Sheet," before an incident occurs to act as a tool to help locate the person.
Michael H. Way, 67, of Mountain Laurel Nursing Home and formerly of St. Marys, died on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 at Clearï¬eld Hospital.
He was born Jan. 3, 1945 in Janesville, Wis., a son of the late Thomas H. and Ruth Savage Way.
He was married to the late Judy Way.
Mike was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, where he also played on the football team as the quarterback and then received a full scholarship to Miami University. He served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman and was honorably discharged in 1968.Â
It was a cool and breezy fall day Monday at the Bavarian Hills Golf Course, but for the Elk County Catholic Crusader golf team, the weather and everything else was just about perfect as the Crusaders edged the Ridgway Elkers 335-336 to claim the District 9 Class AA team title.
Elk Catholic's foursome consisted of Elliott Struble, Mitchell Struble, Drew Meyer, and Jess Jaynes. The D9 team title is the first for second-year Crusader head coach George Schneider.
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch soccer team lost a tough 1-0 contest to the Ridgway Lady Elkers Monday afternoon at the SMAHS soccer field.
The lone goal of the game came at the 30:34 mark of the first half when Ridgwayâs Abbie Lampman scored from the left side, giving Ridgway the eventual only goal of the contest.
Ridgway dominated play in the first half as they kept the ball in the St. Marys half of the field. The Lady Elkers had seven shots on goal to St. Marysâ one. They also had seven corner kicks in the first 40 minutes of play.
RIDGWAY - A St. Marys man convicted of 189 counts of burglary and related charges stemming from a multitude of burglaries committed at camps throughout Elk, McKean, and Cameron counties was sentenced Monday in Elk County Court to serve no less than 11 years, 3 months and no more than 30 years in state prison.