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February 18th

Courthouse still on track for single point of entry

February 18, 2014

RIDGWAY – The Elk County Courthouse is still on track to have a single point of entry starting March 1.
The commissioners reported on Tuesday that the only entrance available for use, which also is handicap-accessible, will be the door behind the building and in front of the Elk County Prison.
Pending official contract approval, Allied Barton Security Services will be providing the security at the courthouse.

Ridgway Area School District extends O'Brien's contract

February 18, 2014

RIDGWAY – The Ridgway Area School Board of Directors on Tuesday night approved the renewal of superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien's contract for an additional five years. The contract is set to expire in June of 2019.
Board members Lucy Bobby and Aimee Kemick cast the negative votes with the other six members voting affirmatively.

February 17th

Council examines expenditures,

February 17, 2014

A resolution establishing an Infiltration and Inflow (I & I) Fund along with a LERTA application were approved by St. Marys City Council during their Monday evening meeting.
The I & I Fund was established with Farmers National Bank and is to be used solely to deposit funds provided by "sewer charges" and will be dedicated specifically for the purpose of repairs, construction and maintenance of sanitary sewer lines to control I & I. Monies will be transferred from the I & I Fund to the Sewer Fund as needed for such purposes.

'Minor damage' is reported in Kane electrical fire

February 17, 2014

"We dodged a bullet," Kane Fire Chief Tim Holt said Monday afternoon while on the scene of a reported fire at 387 Forest Ave., Wetmore Township.
Holt said the fire, blamed on an electrical problem, burned the insulation off a plugged-in power cord to a gas-fired clothes dryer. 
"It was fried," Holt said in reference to the power cord.
He said there was "minor damage." No flames were seen when firefighters arrived, he said.
No injuries were reported, he said.

February 16th

PSU Pink Zone game honors breast cancer survivors

February 16, 2014

Pink was the color of the day on Sunday during the eighth annual Penn State Pink Zone game as the Lady Lions defeated Wisconsin. University Park's Bryce Jordan Center was awash in pink as spectators and players alike donned apparel and accessories as part of the game to raise awareness of breast cancer. Proceeds from the sale of tickets, merchandise, an auction and more will be donated to the Pennsylvania Pink Zone, a nonprofit organization. At halftime nearly 700 cancer survivors were recognized as they filled the court, each holding a sign showing how long they have been cancer-free.

ECCOTA celebrates anniversary with music, art and dessert

February 16, 2014

Photo submitted by Matt Frank

Kersey home damaged in fire

February 16, 2014

KERSEY – An early morning fire on Sunday significantly damaged a house at 204 Dagus Mines Rd. in Kersey.
Elk Company 3 (Fox Township) and Fox Township Ambulance were dispatched at 5:03 a.m. and Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) followed at 5:20 a.m.
According to Scott Surra, Fox Township fire chief, smoke was visible from the structure upon arrival and the homeowners said there was visible fire in the attic of the home.

February 14th

First appeal filed against Highland 'injection well'

February 14, 2014

The federal Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) has received its first written appeal against a proposed "injection well" in Highland Township.
Judith E. Hudson of 539 Hacker St., Kane, filed the appeal with the EAB earlier this month. She is appealing a Jan. 28 decision by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue a 10-year permit to Seneca Resources. The permit is under the EPA Underground Injection Control (UIC) program.

Cyber schools affecting school districts' budgets

February 14, 2014

The cost and quality of cyber schools are posing a challenge to school districts throughout the state including the St. Marys Area School District.
"The public needs to be made aware that cyber schools are not free. Those students going to cyber school are causing your taxes to go up. They truly are, because it is draining the basic subsidy of all school districts," Superintendent Ann Kearney said.

Beimel: Cooney just a parish priest who died young

February 14, 2014

Though local historian Ray Beimel began his recent tour of St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery with the statement that he would not be telling any ghost stories, he concluded his tour by addressing and dispelling one of the more popular tales that has become a part of St. Marys folklore. 
The Reverend Cornelius T. Cooney was born in 1892 in Renovo and died in 1935 while serving in a parish in the Erie Diocese in Grove City. 

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