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January 24th

Gas line rupture interrupts service in Ridgway

January 24, 2014

Roughly 260 homes on North Broad Street to the Beaver development along state Route 219 north toward Johnsonburg were without no natural gas for several hours Friday.
Earlier in the day, a gas line was reportedly struck by a contractor operating a bulldozer.

Fourth annual housing expo in planning stage

January 24, 2014

The fourth annual housing housing expo, put on by the Local Housing Options Team [LHOT] of Elk and Cameron Counties, is set to be held Thursday, March 13 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Parish Center along Center Street in St. Marys.
Sacred Heart will also be providing food and beverages throughout the day.
LHOT is a coalition made up of members from various local agencies who deal with housing entities, social services, local government, planning departments, as well as faith-based and financial institutions. Area landlords also participate as members of LHOT. 

January 23rd

Scarnati: ‘Obsolete’ state pension must go

January 23, 2014

A partisan Legislature still appears to stand in the way of state pension reform as “revenues in the Commonwealth continue to lag behind growing expenses,” one such expense being an “unsustainable” pension plan, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).
Rising pensions costs are expected to hover around $2 billion for next year’s budget, up from $1.4 billion for fiscal year 2013.
Representing the 25th District, Scarnati on Thursday morning said it appears the system is broke.

CAPSEA fundraiser sees new changes this year

January 23, 2014

The Polar Sweet Express vendor show is coming to Ridgway this year as the event will be held at the Central Fire Hall on North Broad Street for the first time since it began four years ago.
On Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. visitors can peruse a plethora of products at booths showcasing jewelry, candles, crafts, primitive decor, cosmetics, children's clothing and accessories, wine, purses, wreaths and homemade soaps to embroidery items, doll clothing, sweets such as candy and kettle corn, furniture, cookware and aprons.

James City man is charged with sexual assault

January 23, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – A 37-year-old James City man faces three charges linked with the alleged statutory sexual assault of a 15-year-old Johnsonburg girl.
Eric Paul Hulings of 59 Delaware Ave., James City, allegedly had sexual intercourse with the girl after providing her with beer and marijuana, according to court documents.

January 22nd

PHARE funding benefits region

January 22, 2014

RIDGWAY – The PHARE fund appears to be gaining its footing as Marcellus Shale regions are seeing yearly allocations for local distribution.
In 2012, the base allocation for PHARE [Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement] was $2.5 million; for 2013 and beyond, the allocation has doubled.
The six-county region under the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission (Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter Counties) have seen nearly half a million dollars in allocations in the past two years.

Tax prep business helping clients cash in

January 22, 2014

With tax season in full swing, professionals at Zelt and Geyer Tax Preparation and Consulting in St. Marys are looking forward to working with new and current clients at their newly opened office located at 806 South Michael Rd.
Owners Mary and Jerome Zelt, along with Dennis Geyer, have collectively been in the tax prep business over 80 years in combining all of their years of experience.

Man is jailed for not paying fines

January 22, 2014

Kane District Court Judge Dave Engman has placed a Ridgway man in jail for failure to pay fines for two traffic tickets issued last June.
According to court records, Jody Taylor Newsome, 24, of Ridgway still owes $335.30 in fines for the charges-- driving without a license and having an open container of alcohol.

January 21st

Behavioral and developmental programs thriving

January 21, 2014

The Cameron and Elk Counties Behavioral and Developmental Programs continue to thrive as evidenced by positive state compliance rankings.
“With our intellectual disabilities program, we recently had our review by the state managers as they look at everyone in the state and make sure we’re meeting everything, following all the rules and regulations, and our program was found to be in 100 percent compliance,” said Kathy Kroeger, co-administrator. “It’s a very detailed review with 80 different questions and items, and we’re very thrilled about this.”

Hotel project proceeds, oil and gas ordinance to be reviewed

January 21, 2014

A downtown St. Marys hotel project is one step closer to becoming a reality as a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act program (LERTA) application was unanimously approved by City Council for Creekside Hospitality, LLC for the construction of a 65-room national flag hotel on Depot Street.
Solicitor Tom Wagner indicated council will need to take a look at its oil and gas zoning ordinance regulations due to recent changes in Act 13 better known as the Marcellus Shale Act.

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