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Dr. Maryann Anderson is ending a 39-year career in education when she retires Tuesday as the superintendent of the Kane Area High District.
Anderson was hired in May 2009 to replace Sandy Chlopecki as the Kane school chief.
Much of Anderson's five-and-a-half-year reign as superintendent has been marked with controversy, dissension and conflicts between her and Kane teachers, certain school board members and certain district parents.
The two defendants in a dog cruelty case face preliminary hearings Jan. 12 in Kane District Court.
The hearings are set for 1 p.m. Jan. 12 before District Court Judge Dave Engman. The proceedings are open to the public.
Tyler Blair Rush, 33, of 53 E. Main St., Mt. Jewett, and Ashley Reinard, 24, of 11 Boyd St., Mt. Jewett, are charged with cruelty to animals.
Mt. Jewett Police Chief Steve Hale placed the charges last month for the alleged incident in August.
According to court records, Rush attempted to "snap" the dog's neck "in order to kill it."Â
Two Kane assault cases have been bound over to McKean County Court following preliminary hearings earlier this week in Kane District Court.
The Kane defendants include:
*Jamie Richard Bard, 30, of 618 1/2 Greeves St.
*Darryl Lee Kring, 49, of 316 Johnson Rd.
Bard is accused of striking Alyssa Renzi, 24, at the residence they shared. He also is charged with making terroristic threats for allegedly telling the woman he would "put a bullet in her head."
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Taking no chances, the Kane Area School District issued an alert to students and parents Tuesday about a possible child abductor lurking in a "white van" at school bus stops.
Dr. Maryann Anderson, school district superintendent, said the alert was prompted by an alleged incident in the Smethport School District.
A Smethport student from the Mt. Jewett area of Hamlin Township reportedly "ran away" from a "white van" that pulled up to a bus stop Tuesday morning.Â
BRADFORD â A decision is pending in a sticky civil suit involving Mt. Jewett Police Chief Steve Hale and Mt. Jewett Councilwoman Linda Berry and her husband, Robert.
Hale is suing the Berrys for allegedly failing to disclose the condition of faulty baseboard heating in a house he purchased from the couple in 2013.
Hale claims the baseboard heating system "was not operational" when he purchased the house at 118 W. Main St., Mt. Jewett. He claims the Berrys failed to mention this defect in a "disclosure agreement" when the house was purchased.
As expected, the Kane School Board voted 9-0 Tuesday to appoint Business Manager Steve Perry as the interim school superintendent.
He will assume his extra duties Jan. 1. Superintendent Dr. Maryann Anderson is retiring Dec. 31.
Claire Ann Buckley, who is president of the school board, voted in favor of Perry as the interim superintendent along with board members Susan Grolemund, Linda A.
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More upgrades are coming for the water treatment and distribution system in Kane.
Pennsylvania American Water announced Monday that it is spending about $2.1 million for a second âfinishedâ water holding tank and high-service computer-programmed pumps.
âThese improvements will supplement our existing facilities and replace infrastructure that was built more than 60 years ago,â Pennsylvania American Water Project Manager Jed Fiscus of Brookville said. âThese investments ensure reliable, quality water service for our Kane customers for years to come.â
Jumping right into the fire.
Thatâs what it felt like for Beth Obenreder, who started work as the new Kane postmaster Mondayâconsidered the âbusiest dayâ of the year for any post office in the U.S. due to the Christmas rush.
Obenreder weighed packages and sold Christmas card stamps as customers stood in line at the Kane Post Office to send their cherished pre-holiday mail to family members across the country.
âWe take our jobs seriously,â Obenreder said. âWe want to make sure the mail gets where itâs supposed to go.â