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April 18th, 2012
It took more than two hours Wednesday to crown the champions in the second annual Spelling Bee at the Kane Middle School auditorium.
Matt Johnson, a fifth-grader from the Johnsonburg Elementary School, took first place in the division for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students.
Bobby Rumcik, a third-grader in the Kane Elementary School, won the division for second and third-grade students. He won the same division last year as a second-grader.
Lindsey Kocjancic, a fifth-grade student in Johnsonburg, finished second in the division for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students.
A Kane man has been sentenced to 15 days in the McKean County Jail following a non-jury trial Monday in Kane District Court.
Judge Dave Engman handed down the sentence for William W. Leet, 36, of 308 Welsh St. after finding the defendant guilty of operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked driverâ€™s license.
According to court information, this is the fifth time Leet has been convicted of operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked driverâ€™s license.
Two Kane men have been placed in the McKean County Jail after their arrest on charges linked with drugs.
According to documents filed with the Kane District Court, the defendants include:
*Wade Henry Pennington, 45, of 11 S. Elk Ave., Kane.
*Peter Guy Avenali, 52, of 15 Fraley St., Kane.
Pennington is the defendant in three separate criminal casesâ€”two involving the alleged sale of pain-killing pills to a â€śconfidential informant.â€ť
County Detective Scott Nelson of the McKean County Drug Task Force placed the charges in the two felony cases involving the alleged sale of drugs.
Area fire departments were dispatched to a structure fire Tuesday afternoon at 3:07 p.m. at 2145 Old Lamont Road in Jones Township.
Kane responded with Engine 56 and 57 and Rescue truck 51.
Tim Wile, chief of the Kane Volunteer Fire Department, identified the owners as Alan and Sheryl Pence.
BRADFORD â€“ On Friday morning, the University of Pittsburgh's Bradford campus received a bomb threat similar to those that have been plaguing the university's main campus for the past two months.
According to UPB Director of Communications and Marketing Pat Cercone, at 10:30 a.m. Friday the main campus received an email stating there was a bomb in Hanley Library on the Bradford campus.
HAZEL HURST â€“ The annual Hamlin Township "spring clean-up" will be held May 21-25.
Residents must register and pre-pay at the township office in Hazel Hurst before May 17.
The cost for the clean-up is $25 for a "truck load" of junk. Brush, paint, batteries and glass are not accepted. There are additional fees to dispose of old tires.
Residents with junk refrigerators, washing machines, clothes dryers and other "white goods" should contact the township office for disposal information.
A mild winter has left Kane and many other area communities with piles of unneeded anti-skid material that is spread on slippery roads.
Kaneâ€™s â€śmountainâ€ť of unused anti-skid is located at the Streets Department storage site near the rear of the fire hall on Poplar Street.
With plenty of anti-skid still on hand, the Kane Borough Council voted 7-0 Monday to table bids received for 1,000 tons for the 2012-13 winter season.
JAMES CITY -- Heavy truck traffic to a Marcellus Shale natural gas well near Owl's Nest is spawning more complaints in Highland Township.
Joe Niklas of Sackett and Ken Painter of Pig's Ear Road both complained Wednesday about the dust stirred up by the truck traffic to the well site.
Speaking at a meeting of the Highland Township Board of Supervisors, Niklas said the road leading to his residence is "still dusty" due to the volume of trucks heading to the well site.
"I can't see out my windows," Niklas said.
There once was a time when the Kane Borough Council conducted its monthly business meetings in relative obscurity.
Few residents, if any, ever attended the public forums.
Thatâ€™s all changed this year.
Councilâ€™s approval of a tax increase earlier this year has spurred the formation of a citizensâ€™ group. This informal group has met several times and has undertaken a â€śfact-finderâ€ť mission to look inside the borough operation.
The group also has encouraged Kane residents to speak up at council meetings. And they have.
Special reserved parking spaces for handicapped residents in Kane will be ending.
The Kane Borough Council voted 5-2 Monday to eliminate all parking spaces in residential areas that have been reserved near the homes of handicapped residents.
Council President Howard Kane joined with Councilwomen Janet Bard and Holly Harris and Councilmen Harold Hallberg and Bill Tunall to end the reserved parking program.
Councilmen John Gentilman and Dennis Drost opposed the move.
Council action came following a report by Hallberg, chairman of the Public Safety Committee.