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Railroad project on the horizon

January 29, 2015

RIDGWAY – Timothy Potts, general manager of the north operation for the RJ Corman Railroad Company visited North Central's quarterly full board meeting Wednesday to discuss the progress towards an "economic development project."

Brothers waived for court in boating accident

January 29, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – Brothers involved in a canoe accident that claimed the life of Brittany Baird of DuBois waived their preliminary hearings at Magisterial District Judge George "Tony" King's office Wednesday afternoon and will proceed to the Elk County Court of Common Pleas.
Angelo Vincent Varischetti, 22, and Anthony Steven Varischetti, 26, both of Brockway, are charged with several counts of operating watercraft under influence of alcohol, reckless operation of watercraft and negligent operation of watercraft for the May 24, 2014 incident on the Clarion River near Ridgway.

Firearm stolen from St. Marys funeral home

January 29, 2015

A St. Marys man was arrested Tuesday for theft of an antique rifle, a Winchester Model 1892 44-40, from the property of Lynch-Green Funeral Home where he was formerly employed.
Based on the victim's statements, Sgt. Thomas Nicklas of the St. Marys Police Department went to the residence of Richard Alan Prow, 60, of 346 N. Michael St. where the rifle was located in Prow's car.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Prow stated that he had found the rifle while cleaning the garage of the funeral home property during his employment there. He said he was told he could have it.

Kane nurse returns after treating Ebola patients in Africa

January 29, 2015

It wasn’t that long ago that Kane native Trisha Wright was fulfilling a dream as the first athletic trainer in the Kane Area School District.
“I got paid to watch sports and help kids when they were hurt,” Wright said. “I loved it.”
She sometimes dealt with serious injuries such as concussions and broken bones.
Most often, Wright was just another spectator at school athletic events.
“You hope you’re not busy,” she said.
A 1994 graduate of Kane High School, Wright served as the school district athletic trainer for 12 1/2 years between 1998 and 2010. 

Recommendations vary for sewer line repairs

January 27, 2015

Recommendations for repairs to the city's sanitary sewer system were recently published as part of the results from the citywide smoke testing project of the sewer pipes and its various connections, both on public and private property.
St. Marys GIS Coordinator Travis Skrzypek discussed the findings with St. Marys City Council.
Areas of concern cited in the report were on Wolfel Avenue and streets including those on Church, Chestnut, South Michael, Rightmeyer, Washington and McGill.

Stephanic scheduled for jury call

January 27, 2015

A St. Marys man charged in the September 2013 shooting death of June Talmadge is scheduled for jury call Monday, Feb. 2 at Elk County Court.
Michael J. Stephanic Jr., 45, of St. Marys, faces charges of criminal homicide, two felony counts of aggravated assault and a felony charge of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure for the incident that occurred at Eastern Sintered Alloys.
Monday's court session will be Stephanic's last opportunity to enter a plea before proceeding to jury selection, which is currently scheduled for Feb. 9.

New recycling center closer to reality

January 27, 2015

RIDGWAY – The Elk County Solid Waste Authority made the first official contribution towards a proposed $2 million recycling center to be built in St. Marys.
During the monthly Elk County Solid Waste Authority meeting Tuesday, the authority's board approved a motion to create a new bank account for the St. Marys recycling center project, which included a $100,000 contribution by the solid waste authority.

Smoke testing reveals defective sewers

January 26, 2015

The results of the city's smoke testing project were reported recently indicating miles of potentially defective sewers throughout St. Marys.
St. Marys GIS Coordinator Travis Skrzypek presented results from the city's testing of the gravity sanitary sewer collection system which began July 21 and lasted for seven weeks.
The testing was performed on 328,548 lineal feet of sanitary sewers in order to investigate and identify potential inflow sources in the St. Marys sewer-shed areas.

Conservation District officials looking ahead

January 26, 2015

RIDGWAY – The Elk County Conservation District held its first meeting of 2015 on Monday which included some review of 2014 as well as discussions looking towards the future for the district.
District manager Steve Putt reviewed the yearly program summary for 2014, which was an ongoing tally of all the permit requests that have come through the Elk County Conservation District since 2011.
Putt said the conservation district had seen a significant increase in erosion sediment control plans and general permits throughout the 2014 year.

Two St. Marys men charged in armed robbery

January 26, 2015

Two St. Marys men have been arrested and charged in connection to a home invasion and armed robbery that occurred on Jan. 7 at 119 Sunrise Rd.
Kyle Lee Sarginger, 25, and Spencer Gene Rudolph, 19, both of St. Marys, are facing multiple felony charges related to armed robbery for allegedly going to a home and robbing a woman for prescription pills.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Rudolph kicked in the door and said, "Give me all your drugs and money" and threatened to kill the victim while brandishing a handgun.

Ridgway Rifle Club featured 'Shooting USA' TV show

January 26, 2015

RIDGWAY – On Wednesday at 9 p.m., "Shooting USA" on the Outdoor Channel will feature the Ridgway Rifle Club
VBR shooting event (Varmint Bench Rest Silhouette).
The sport was a concept developed by four Ridgway Rifle Club members, John Billick, Steve Brennen, Mel Hoffman and Fred Kielbowick. Silhouette shooting is based on knock down steel targets, 10 each at four different distances with a different target at each distance for a total of 40. The winner being the one with the most targets knocked over. 

Kicking off Catholic Schools Week

January 25, 2015

St. Boniface School in Kersey hosted a homemade pasta dinner and open house Sunday afternoon as part of its kickoff to Catholic Schools Week taking place Jan. 25-31. The dinner took place following the parish's 10:30 a.m. Mass during which students participated as lectors, ushers and altar servers. This week local Catholic schools will observe Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members in celebration of Catholic Schools Week.

Polar Sweet Express to benefit CAPSEA

January 25, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Fire Hall will be hosting the fifth annual Polar Sweet Express fundraiser to benefit CAPSEA, Citizens Against Physical, Sexual, and Emotional Abuse, on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event, which is coined as a "one-stop shopping experience for all your Valentine's Day needs" will feature local vendors that can supply unique gift ideas in time for Valentine's Day, as well as a chocolate-dipping station, beer tasting, wine tastings and several prize giveaways.

Study: Longer work hours can lead to more drinking

January 25, 2015

In a recently published article in British Medical Journal, researchers say there may be a correlation between working long hours and drinking too much alcohol.
The study covered over 400,000 people and found that those who work more than 40 hours a week are more likely to overuse alcohol. The study defined risky amounts of alcohol as more than 14 drinks a week for women and more than 21 drinks a week for men.

Students create cards of encouragement at Mini Relay for Life

January 23, 2015

These SSMSE girls created colorful cards of encouragement for those battling cancer during Friday evening's annual Mini Relay for Life.

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