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January 4th, 2012

Pickup truck slams into Kane Community Center

January 5, 2012

A large pickup truck jumped a curb late Tuesday night and slammed into the Kane Area Community Center at 46 Fraley St.
Kane Police Chief Brian Hillard identified the driver as Nicholas Abplanalp, 18, of Kane. The driver and his passenger-- Mike Shrubb, 18, of Kane-- were not injured in the incident, police said.
According to police, Abplanalp was operating a white Dodge pickup truck and was traveling north on Fraley Street in Uptown Kane.
Just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, the truck veered right and jumped the curb, police said.

Howard Kane is re-elected as council president

January 5, 2012

By a 5-1 vote, the Kane Borough Council has re-elected Howard Kane as its president for 2012.
The election took place Tuesday at council's annual reorganizational meeting at the borough building on Bayard Street.
Councilwomen Janet Bard and Holly Harris and Councilmen Bill Tunall and Dennis Drost supported Kane for the position.
Councilman John Gentilman cast the lone negative vote.
By 6-0 votes, council elected Bard as vice president and Drost as president pro tem. He will conduct meetings in the absence of both Kane and Bard.

January 3rd

New Kane budget plan trims tax increase

January 4, 2012

A new Kane budget plan for this year rolls back a property tax increase from 3 mills to 1.5 mills.
Acting before a standing-room-only crowd of more than 30, the Kane Borough Council voted 5-1 Tuesday to unveil the new proposed budget that trims the tax hike in half.
Council President Howard Kane joined with Councilwomen Janet Bard and Holly Harris and Councilmen Dennis Drost and Carl "Bill" Tunall to endorse the proposal. It was the first meeting for Tunall, who was elected in November. He replaces Mike Merry, who did not seek re-election.

Compton again heads Hamlin Board of Supervisors

January 4, 2012

HAZEL HURST – Don Compton of Hazel Hurst has been re-elected as the chairman of the Hamlin Township Board of Supervisors.
He was chosen Tuesday at the board's annual reorganizational meeting at the township building in Hazel Hurst.
Joni Britton of Bloomster Hollow has been re-elected as the vice chairman of the board. Guy Raught of Hazel Hurst is the third member of the Board of Supervisors.
In other business at the 47-minute reorganizational meeting, the supervisors:

December 27th, 2011

$11.3M spending plan approved in Elk County

December 28, 2011

RIDGWAY – County commissioners on Tuesday approved an $11.3 million spending plan that features no new taxes highlighted with a 3-percent wage increase for bargaining and non-bargaining county employees.
"The 2012 budget was presented to the public at our meeting earlier in the month," said Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg. "We went into the public participation and review process, it's been on display online as well as physically in our office, and I don't believe we've had any comments on it."

December 21st

Commission wraps up year-end items

December 22, 2011

Officials of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] are looking forward to the new year as applications are being looked at by state government for PREP [Partnership for Regional and Economic Performance] funding.
During Wednesday's board meeting, the commission's executive director, Eric Bridges, reported that NCPRPDC has complied with the Department of Community and Economic Development's [DCED] requests for a single application for approved funding under PREP.

Death of Kane soldier leaves void for ‘best friend’

December 22, 2011

The family of Staff Sgt. Ken VanGiesen of Kane is trying to cope with the brave soldier’s death, especially during this Christmas season.
A member of the Pennsylvania National Guard detachment based in Kane, VanGiesen-- because of his special skills-- was deployed with another unit in Afghanistan when he was killed in July.
To deepen the heartache of the loss, that unit returned to the U.S. just two weeks ago.
The soldier's parents are Tom and Sue VanGiesen of 137 Lincoln St., Kane.

December 20th

All family wants for Christmas is a place to live

December 21, 2011

In just four days, excited Kane area children will be waking up Christmas morning in their homes to see what wonderful gifts Santa Claus has delivered this year.
Three young Kane boys at this point don't have a home and may be waking up Christmas morning in a motel room.
A fire Thursday night forced the boys and their guardians to flee the house they rented at 629 Park Ave., Kane. They've been staying at local motels ever since. Unless the family finds a new house to rent in the near future, it appears Santa will be dropping off Christmas gifts at their motel.

December 18th

Mt. Jewett council OKs budget with tax increase

December 19, 2011

MT. JEWETT – Acting at a special meeting Sunday, the Mt. Jewett Borough Council voted 4-0 to adopt a 2012 budget that calls for a 1-mill increase in the property tax rate.
Council President Chuck Paar joined with Councilwoman Linda Berry and Councilmen Don Martyna and Brett Morgan to approve the spending plan. Councilmen John Keesee, Chip Lannen and Wil Antrim did not attend the meeting. Antrim returned home recently after undergoing heart surgery at UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie.

December 15th

DUI case is bound over to court

December 16, 2011

Charges against a Kane man who is accused of driving under the influence (DUI) of marijuana have been bound over to McKean County Court following a preliminary hearing earlier this week.
Charles Henry Sherwood, 47, of 117 Welsh St., Kane, appeared at the hearing before Acting Kane District Court Judge Michael Fedora.
The defendant is accused of operating a green 1995 Ford Explorer while under the influence of marijuana, according to court documents.

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