Archive - Aug 2014 - News Article
SMETHPORT â€“ A court hearing was held Friday on defense motions to suppress certain evidence in the criminal case linked with a horrific 6-fatality traffic accident a year ago.
Kathy Douglas of Kane faces 35 charges for allegedly abusing prescription medicine (Clonazepam) when she drove one of two vehicles involved in the near head-on collision on Route 219 just north of Lantz Corners in Hamlin Township.
The accident killed sixâ€”including her 12-year-old daughter, Olivia, her 6-year-old nephew, Jarrett Costanzo of Kane and four members of a St. Marys family.
JAMES CITY â€“ It was very evident Thursday that James City residents are not happy with a plan to reduce the weekday â€świndow hoursâ€ť at their post office to just two hours.
They expressed their displeasure with the proposal during an informational meeting at the Highland Township Fire Hall in James City.
Under the plan, the â€świndowâ€ť at the post office on Delaware Avenue would be open from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday â€świndowâ€ť hours would remain the sameâ€”9 a.m. to noon.
The â€świndowâ€ť now is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
A non-profit organization based in DuBois has applied for funding to acquire the 73.8-mile corridor for the defunct Knox and Kane Railroad.
Headwaters Charitable Trust and the Headwater Resource Conservation and Development Council intends to convert the vacated corridor into a "rails-to-trails" system.
The corridor now is owned by the Kovalchick Corp. of Indiana, Pa. Kovalchick, a large scrap dealer, is in the process of removing rails and ties from the route between Knox in Clarion County to the Kinzua Bridge State Park near Mt. Jewett.
Members of KASD School Board Curriculum Committee met Wednesday evening in the Kane Middle School Library to hear a summary of the first two days of the 2014-2015 school year.
KASD Superintendent Dr. Maryann Anderson gave the six board members in attendance a report on the districtâ€™s summer school program, the orientations held recently at each school and a brief recap on the start of the school year in the Kane Elementary School, Kane Middle School and the Kane High School.
Applications are being sought from Kane Area School District residents who wish to serve on the volunteer nine-member school board.
There is a vacancy on the board due to the resignation of Gary Ziegler earlier this month.
Persons interested in serving on the board are asked to submit a resume to the district office no later than Friday, Sept. 5. Applicants also are asked to submit a statement listing reasons for wishing to serve on the board.
MT. JEWETT-- Hamlin Township is planning to take out a short-term loan to pay its one-time fee of $104,000 for connecting the Lantz Corners Sewer District to the Mt. Jewett system.
Under an agreement adopted more than a decade ago, the township agreed to pay the fee to the Mt. Jewett Regional Sewer Authority before connections are made.
But, in a letter to the authority, sewer project engineer Dan Slagle of Pittsburgh said the "upfront outlay of funds would create a financial hardship to Hamlin Township."
The Kane Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. Nine auxiliary members attended the meeting, during which they welcomed two new members to the organization, Angie Pease and Jessica Szymanski. Another prospective memberâ€™s application was read and will be voted on during the September meeting.
SMETHPORT â€“ The McKean County Board of Commissioners has approved a payment for the Kane borough paving project.
Acting at their meeting Tuesday, Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane authorized a payment of $7,562 for the Kane project. The payment represents the boroughâ€™s share of county liquid fuel tax revenue.
The borough also allocated $35,000 in state liquid fuel tax revenue for the project that cost nearly $140,000. The borough budgeted about $97,000 for the project.
In the spring of 1918, the newly formed American Expeditionary Forceâ€™s First Pursuit Group began combat operations in Villenueve, France in support of the Allied Nations defense of Western Europe from German aggression. Soon to be famous American aces such as Rickenbacker, Lufberry, Hall and others were preparing to write their names into the annals of aviation history. WWI was in its fifth and final year and the outlook was uncertain.
Charges in two separate criminal cases have been bound over to McKean County Court following preliminary hearings Monday in Kane District Court.
Kane District Court Judge Dave Engman sent the cases to county court after hearing testimony in two lengthy hearings.
Kristjan Whiteway, assistant county district attorney, was the prosecutor for the hearings. Smethport attorney Jim Miller served as the court-appointed public defender in the two cases.