July 20th, 2014
RIDGWAY â€“ Governor Tom Corbett toured the region Saturday before arriving in Ridgway for several speaking engagements.
After visiting the Jefferson County Fair in the afternoon, Corbett arrived at The Hound radio station in Ridgway at roughly 4:45 p.m. to meet with local philanthropist Denny Heindl for an interview for "Talk of the Town" which aired Sunday at noon.
Corbett, with a State Police escort, arrived at the station in a black Chevrolet Suburban. There he met briefly with Elk County Republican Chairperson Grace Jesberger before entering the station building with Heindl.
RIDGWAY â€“Â During his weekend visit to Elk County, Governor Tom Corbett discussed the adverse impacts of drug abuse throughout the Commonwealth as well as a poor precedent being set by state leaders in Colorado.
"For the recreational use of marijuana, I'm against it as it's a gateway drug and it's been proven that way," he said. "They're having an increase of driving under the influence of marijuana [in Colorado] and in California I understand that elected officials think it's hurting the workforce."
RIDGWAY â€“ Less than a year after authorizing the release of $800,000 in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funding to the Ridgway YMCA Revitalization Project in Elk County, Governor Tom Corbett on Saturday evening paid a visit to the construction site.
With Ridgway YMCA executive director Mary Lynne Bellotti and Main Street Manager Michelle Bogacki by his side, Corbett spent roughly 15 minutes at the popular North Broad Street facility to see the progress firsthand.
Dr. Maryann Anderson, superintendent of the Kane Area School District, has lost her appeal of a federal court decision to dismiss her lawsuit against three former colleagues in the Mlillcreek Township School District near Erie.
The Third District Appellate Court in Philadelphia ruled Thursday to uphold the dismissal by former federal court judge Sean McLaughlin of Erie.
The defendants in the Anderson lawsuit include:
*Dr. Dean Maynard, former superintendent of the Millcreek Township School District.
*Susan Sullivan, former vice president of the Millcreek Township School Board.
The Kane 150th committee is asking area residents to join them today in helping get the borough ready for their big sesquicentennial celebration, which begins in just over a week.
The first event of the week long celebration is the Old-Time Baseball Game, which will be played on Sunday, July 27 at 2 p.m. The game will be played at Pat Santilli field in Glenwood Park. Other events throughout the week will be held in Evergreen Park and throughout uptown Kane, including Fraley Street, Field Street and Greeves Street, among others.
Large crowds and beautiful weather boosted art sales to record levels at the eighth annual Art in the Wilds art show held in Kane in June, according to show director Marilyn Blackmore.
Nearly 6,000 people attended the two day show held June 28-29 in Kaneâ€™s Evergreen Park where Art in the Wilds continues to grow. The attendance for this yearâ€™s show nearly tripled that of our first show in 2007.
ST. MARYS â€“ Four individuals were taken into custody on Thursday as a result of a dual drug bust in St. Marys and Ridgway.
Approximately 80 grams of bath salts and in excess of $30,000 in cash were seized in Ridgway with approximately 50 grams of bath salts and $6,000 in cash seized in St. Marys.
Multiple law enforcement agencies worked together in executing the search warrants served at 312 Chestnut Ave. in Ridgway Borough shortly after 9:30 a.m. and at 325 Kaul Ave. in St. Marys shortly before noon due to coordination efforts.
Evelyn McMurray, 87, of Concord, N.C., died at her home after a serious illness on Saturday, July 12, 2014
She was born Feb. 18, 1927 in Charleroi. She resided in Kane for 33 years before moving to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for 17 years. She moved to North Carolina from the beach eight years ago. She was a homemaker and talented seamstress and cook.
Evelyn was the daughter of the deceased Ferdinand and Clara Bethem. She was preceded in death by her husband, James McMurray to whom she was married for 64 years and her son, James McMurray.
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” American intelligence authorities believe a surface-to-air missile took down a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, a U.S. official said, but the Obama administration was still scrambling to confirm who launched the strike and whether there were American citizens killed in the crash.
Vice President Joe Biden said the incident was "not an accident" and described the Malaysia Airlines plane as having been "blown out of the sky."
Highland Township Chairman James Wolfe seemed to stir up a hornetâ€™s nest near the end of Wednesday eveningâ€™s regular monthly meeting when he asked residents for their opinion on the adoption of a possible township nepotism policy.
Response from the nearly two dozen residents in attendance was immediate and, in large part, negative, as some residents voiced their opinion that such a policy should have been enacted a long time ago. No motion was made to pass such a proposal as residents offered opinions as to why Wolfe brought up the subject.