February 25th, 2015
RIDGWAY â€“ The counties of Elk, Clearfield and Jefferson have all adopted non-binding resolutions in support of the creation of a regional rail authority, according to North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission Executive Director Eric Bridges.
The possibility of creating a regional rail authority has become a reoccurring topic at North Central meetings after as the organization is looking into having a part in the restoration of 20 miles of railroad between Curwensville and DuBois.
RIDGWAY â€“Â Representatives from North Central's auditing firm attended Wednesday's executive committee meeting to give a presentation on the audit that was completed for North Central for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
Baker Tilly, the company contracted by the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission to complete the organization's audits, sent Karen Larsen, Baker Tilly partner, and Adam Hartzel, senior manager at Baker Tilly, to Wednesday's meeting to speak about the process and results relating to the most recent audit.
Three Kane area residents have been charged with receiving and possession with intent to deliver 13.78 ounces of "bath salts."
According to the office of McKean County District Attorney (DA) Ray Learn, the estimated "street value" of the illicit drugs is nearly $80,000.
The defendants include:
*James Patrick Perry, 51, of 484 West Wind Rd., Wetmore Township.
*Roger Allen Akins, 29, of Kane
*Jill Marie Cleer, 55, of 484 West Wind Rd., Wetmore Township.
As expected, Seneca Resources has filed a federal lawsuit against Highland Township for its attempt to block a federally-approved injection well for the disposal of drilling waste fluids.
In a suit filed in U.S. District Court, Seneca is seeking action to "temporarily and permanently" ban the township and its Board of Supervisors from enforcing an ordinance adopted two years ago.
The ordinance, crafted under the guidance of the Community Environmental Defense Fund (CELDF), bans underground injection control (UIC) wells used for the disposal of natural gas brines.
BRADFORD â€“ Bradford District Court Judge Dominic A. Cercone has dismissed a criminal homicide charge against a prominent Bradford businessman.
The dismissal came Tuesday following a 2 1/2-hour preliminary hearing before Cercone.
Stephen Daniel Stidd, 62, of 725 E. Main St., Bradford, was charged with murder in the Jan. 16 shooting death of his son-in-law Melvin Daniel Bizzarro, 43, also of Bradford.
Stidd allegedly shot Bizzarro about 9:30 a.m. Jan. 16 behind Togiâ€™s Restaurant at 412 E. Main St., Bradford. Togi's Restaurant is operated by Stidd's daughter, Michelle.
A compromise will permit Kane High School football coaches to attend a two-day clinic near Cleveland this weekend.
After voting 4-3 earlier this month to deny the trip, the school board voted 7-0 Tuesday to authorize the coaches to attend the Glazair Football Clinic in Aurora, Ohio.
"We're all on the same team," Head Football Coach Todd Silfies told the board after its vote at a special meeting at the middle school auditorium. "We're not foes."
Howard "Bud" Ross, 84, formerly of 289 Burning Well Rd., near Kane, died Tuesday morning at The Lutheran Home at Kane.
Born April 18, 1930 in Kane, he was the son of Howard and May Ward Ross.
A 1953 graduate of Penn State University, he served in the U.S. Army Quartermasters.Â
Mr. Ross was a customer service salesman for the Norton Company in Akron, Ohio.
Surviving are his half-brother, Thomas C. Ross of Kane and several nieces and nephews.
Starting with the Class of 2017, Kane students will need to pass tests in three key courses to qualify for a high school diploma.
This controversial Department of Education statewide requirement requires students to show proficiency in Algebra 1, Biology and English Language Arts (reading and writing) to graduate from high school.
The graduation requirement will first affect current Kane High School sophomores-- the Class of 2017.
Bob Gaetano, the new superintendent of the Kane Area School District, tackled this state mandate Monday as the guest speaker at a meeting of the Kane Rotary Club.
DUNKIRK, N.Y. â€“ The Kane Cheerleading teams had a successful weekend at the Winter Break Nationals in Dunkirk, N.Y. put on by CheerStarz Events.
This event was also a qualifier for the U.S. Finals. The high school team started off the day with a win in the Small Varsity Division. Not to be outdone, the younger middle school Wolves followed with their first win of the season as well.
, 71, of 296 South Settlement Rd., Kane, died unexpectedlyÂ early Sunday afternoon, Feb. 22, 2015 in the emergency room of the Kane Community Hospital.
Born June 17, 1943 in Kane, he was the son of John W. and Lillian S. Larson Deane. On Feb. 23, 1985 in Maryland, he married the former Sandra L. Kapen, who survives.
Mr. Deane served in Cuba in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Later, he was a welder and crane operator for National Forge for 33 years.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Ridgway.