March 10th, 2015
SMETHPORT â Several local races are shaping up in the May 19 primary election based on party nominating petitions filed with the McKean County Board of Elections.
Here are some of the races based on petitions filed by 10 a.m. Tuesday, six hours prior to the 4 p.m. deadline:
Hamlin Township-- Kenneth Stroup of Lindholm Road and James Myers of Route 6 are both seeking the Republican nomination for a six-year term as supervisor.
SMETHPORT â Four candidates have filed nominating petitions with the McKean County Board of Elections for four seats up for election on the Kane Borough Council.
Council President Howard Kane of 800 Welsh St. and Councilwoman Holly Harris of 21 Spruce St. are seeking Democratic party nominations in the May 19 primary.
Councilman Tom Kase of 319 Birch St. and newcomer David Walker of 28 Pine Ave. are seeking Republican party nominations in the primary.
WILCOX âÂ Construction activities on the $132.5 million East Branch Dam Safety Initiative project have begun.
Despite winter weather, the project's contractor, Layne Christensen Company of Texas, has started work including setting up numerous trailers onsite, installing project and traffic signs, placement of erosion and sediment control features and stockpiling rock to be used to construct the project's work platform.
HAZEL HURST â It won't be long before homes and businesses in the Lantz Corners Sewer District are connected to the new sewage collection lines.
Acting Monday, the Hamlin Township Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 to approve sewer connections once the balance of a $104,000 payment is made to the Mt. Jewett Regional Sewer Authority.
Supervisors Jim Trussell, Joni Britton and Dave Okerlund agreed to notify residents and businesses to connect after the authority gives its clearance.
A criminal case against a Kane man accused of raping a 7-year-old girl is headed to McKean County Court.
The defendant is Joseph Allen Snyder, 42, of 323 Moffit Ave., Kane.
He faces eight charges, including seven felonies. The charges include:
*Rape of a child.
*Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child.
*Statutory sexual assault of a child under the age of 11.
LUDLOW â Nora Yasurek has announced that she is seeking re-election to a six-year term as supervisor for Hamilton Township.
She is seeking the Democratic nomination in the May 19 primary election.
After she was appointed to the Board of Supervisors, Yasurek won election in 2009 to her first full six-year term as supervisor.Nora Yasurek
College Basketball Roundup
Saturday, March 7th 2015
(#1) Kentucky (31-0) 67
Florida (15-16) 50
Kentucky went about business as usual. They beat an in conference foe thoroughly as they should. Karl Anthony towns had 13 points and 9 rebounds as they Wildcats finished their first undefeated regular season in program history.
(#2) Virginia (28-2) 57
(#16) Louisville (24-7) 59
McKean County leadersâas well as heads of other counties across Pennsylvaniaâclaim current phone surcharges are not sufficient to cover the cost of operating their 911 emergency communications networks.
State Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) said Saturday that he is âcommittedâ to âmaking sureâ there is âadequate fundingâ for the crucial 911 systems.
Speaking at the annual banquet for the Kane Volunteer Fire Department, Causer said he believes the state law for the surcharge to fund 911 âneeds to come up to speed.â
The Kane Church Women United celebrated the special "bond between women" at its program Friday at Tabor Lutheran Church.
Two dramatical skits during the 75-minute program featured costumed women acting out Biblical passages depicting this "bond."
One skit focused on the spiritual pre-birth conversation between Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, and Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist.
BRADFORD â Over 100 special athletes from McKean, Potter, Elk and Cameron counties gathered at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Sport and Fitness Center pool Friday for the annual Special Olympics Swimming Invitational. Â The invitational is the culmination of the swimming season for most of the athletes, who have been in training for several months for this event. Seven swimmers, whose names will be announced, will advance to the Pennsylvania Special Olympics Summer Games at Penn State,