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Kane woman is sentenced to prison for 6-fatality crash

September 16, 2014

SMETHPORT – A Kane woman will spend more than 11 years in state prison as the admitted at-fault driver in a head-on collision that killed six persons last year on Route 219 near Lantz Corners.
Speaking Tuesday morning prior to her sentencing in McKean County Court in Smethport, Kathy Douglas, 37, of Kane said “I take responsibility for my actions” in the crash that killed her 12-year-old daughter, Olivia, her 6-year-old nephew, Jarrett Costanzo of Kane and four members of a close-knit St. Marys family.

Heroin traffickers arrested in St. Marys

September 16, 2014

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.

Campbell highlights progress at local hospital

September 16, 2014

RIDGWAY – 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."

Commissioners join EPA opposition

September 16, 2014

RIDGWAY – 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 16, 2014

RIDGWAY – 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."

Renowned author to speak at event Friday

September 16, 2014

Internationally acclaimed speaker and best selling author Matthew Kelly is presenting his "Living Everyday with Passion and Purpose" event on Friday, Sept. 26 at Queen of the World Church in St. Marys.
He will be joined by musical guest Eliot Morris, a singer and songwriter who has toured with the Counting Crows, John Mayer and James Taylor.

Panel addresses transporting firearms

September 15, 2014

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).

Sod being put in place at Berwind Park

September 15, 2014

As part of the ongoing work on the infield at Berwind Park, new sod was being put in place on Monday afternoon. The Crystal Fire Department also assisted with the project by helping water the sod after it was put in place.

Fox Twp. playground project receives go-ahead

September 14, 2014

The Fox Township Elementary School playground project received the official go-ahead as the project was approved by the St. Marys Area School District board of directors.
The overall cost of the project estimated at approximately $68,130
The project proposal includes a cost to the district of $38,130.
In addition the Fox Township Elementary Playground Fund account is to be used for expenditures from the general fund of up to $38,130 and for future Fox Township PTO funds.
The school's playground organizing committee anticipates they can raise $30,000 by the end of the current school year.

Snelick reflects on time as pool manager

September 14, 2014

The end of the 2014 summer season also marked the end of an era at the St. Marys Community Pool as longtime pool manager Greg Snelick retired following more than 20 years of service at the facility.
Snelick got his start at the pool in the late 1980s as the assistant to Jim Wortman, who was the pool manager at the time. Wortman eventually stepped away from that position, which resulted in Snelick taking over. He remained manager for more than 20 years before deciding that this summer would be his last.

Skellen's art exhibition draws large crowd

September 14, 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.

School board addresses class size issue

September 12, 2014

In response to parental concern about the first grade class size at Fox Township Elementary School, Principal Noel Petrosky managed to lessen the burden on the classroom teacher by re-writing schedules.
The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors reported the parents were pleased with the solution.
The class enrollment is currently 29 compared to the previous 31 students estimated to be the initial class size at the start of the school year.

Former Elk County resident pens novel

September 12, 2014

A former Ridgway resident who now resides in Texas has published a new historical fiction novel that is based in Elk County.
Joe Bliskey released his new novel on Aug. 6, 2014, which is titled "Muted Echoes" and is available at Cliffe's & the Prescription Center and the Johnsonburg Library.
Bliskey's new book is set in Elk County during the 1940s because the conflict of the story would only work in the setting that was present in Elk County during the World War II era.

Kane woman accepts plea deal in 6-fatality crash

September 11, 2014

SMETHPORT – A Kane woman charged in a horrific 6-fatality traffic accident last year has accepted a plea agreement that suggests a minimum sentence of 11 1/2 years in prison.
Kathy Douglas, 37, entered the plea Thursday before Senior Judge William F. Morgan at the McKean County Courthouse.
The judge set sentencing for Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the courthouse. Morgan said he as the "sentencing judge" is not bound by the proposed terms in the agreement, which sets the maximum sentence of 22 1/2 years. 

Firearms seminar addresses several issues

September 11, 2014

KERSEY – A sizable crowd of inquiring residents gathered Thursday evening for a concealed carry permit seminar hosted by state Representative Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield) at the Red Fern Banquet Hall.
Facts about Pennsylvania's concealed carry laws, Castle Doctrine and right to bear arms were the focus of the seminar, although numerous other subjects were discussed as part of the question and answer event format such as reciprocity agreements with other states, keeping an updated firearm inventory, and transporting and transferring ownership of firearms.

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