Archive - Jan 2012 - News Article
A major renovation project has been proposed for Kane Area High School.
The net project cost is estimated at nearly $7.9 million and would require a "net annual local effort" of $233,000 overÂ the next 20 years. The estimated millage increase required for the project is 1.44 mills.
"We're going to pursue our options to see if we can afford it," long-time school board member Ken Kane said Tuesday evening following a meeting of the board's Operations/Finance Committee. "It's something we've got to look at."
BROOKVILLE â€” A Punxsutawney man who served as the jury foreman in the Steven Rebert double-homicide trial, which concluded late Friday, said the jury became deadlocked while deliberating whether or not Rebert should be put to death.
Rebert was sentenced to life in prison by Jefferson County President Judge John H. Foradora, after the jury could not come to a consensus as to whether or not he should be put to death in the murders of Wayne and Victoria Shugar, both 61, Brockway, who were found shot to death in their home April 12, 2010.
I recently received a letter from former Kane High School standout athlete Jim Chavez that I would like to share with you. I believe this really is a great little story for the community to share.
Jim was a 1966 graduate of Kane and has had the great pleasure of being able to talk with Joe Paterno, the former head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions football team who passed away recently.
BROOKVILLE â€“ A hung jury sentenced former Emporium resident Stephen P. Rebert to life in prison for the shooting deaths of Brockway residents Wayne and Vicky Shugar, both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010 in their Coal Tipple Road home.
The jury could not come to a unanimous decision on the death penalty, which was being sought by District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett. Eight jurors were for the death penalty and four for life, an automatic sentence of life in prison.
MT. JEWETT â€“ The construction of two new medical facilities in Mt. Jewett is progressing and it won't be long before they're open-- with jobs for the area.
Kane Community Hospital is building a Mt. Jewett physician center along West Main Street near the Mt. Jewett Post Office in the "downtown" area.
The center will house the family medicine practices of Dr. Linda Rettger and Eric Asp, certified physicians' assistant. They now see patients at 5 Boyd St., Mt. Jewett.
The Kane Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet Thursday to honor its "citizen-of-the-year" and its "business-of-the-year."
Over 65 attended the banquet at the Kane Country Club and applauded the presentation of awards to the late Jim Salvamoser as the "citizen-of-the-year" and the Kane Eagles Club as the "business-of-the-year."
It was a bittersweet tribute to Salvamoser, a long-time community leader who died unexpectedly last month.
SMETHPORT â€“ Wetmore Township voters now will cast their ballots at the First Baptist Church complex at Hemlock Avenue and Route 321 near Kane Area High School.
In the past, township residents have voted at the township building along Spring Street in East Kane.
The McKean County Board of Commissioners acted Tuesday to move the Wetmore polling place from the township building to the church.
RIDGWAY â€“ A nominating committee on Wednesday morning appointed Potter County Commissioner Douglas Morley as chairman of the executive committee of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC].
Morley has served as chairman of Potter County's Board of Commissioners since he was seated in January 2008 and was successfully elected in November 2011 for a second term.
He has been an Allegany Township resident for the past 34 years, was a graduate of Northern Potter High School and attended Williamsport Area Community College.
JAMES CITY â€“ A standing-room-only crowd of 79 attended a 75-minute forum Tuesday evening on the proposed closing of the James City Post Office.
U.S. Postal Service representatives Keith Corey and Junius "JJ" Johnson presided at the informational meeting at the Highland Township Fire Hall in James City.
Corey is the review coordinator at the Postal Service district office in Pittsburgh. Johnson is the manager of post office operations at the same location.
SMETHPORT â€“ The McKean County Board of Commissioners took action Tuesday to add fees to deeds and mortgages to generate revenue for housing programs for low-income residents.
Under the proposal, a fee of $13.50 wouldÂ be added to all deeds and mortgages handled by the county Recorder of Deeds.
From the additional fees raised, the county will receive 5 percent for administration costs.
The other 95 percent will go for low-income housing programs administered by the Bradford city Office of Economic and Community Development and the McKean County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.