July 17th, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” American intelligence authorities believe a surface-to-air missile took down a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, a U.S. official said, but the Obama administration was still scrambling to confirm who launched the strike and whether there were American citizens killed in the crash.
Vice President Joe Biden said the incident was "not an accident" and described the Malaysia Airlines plane as having been "blown out of the sky."
Highland Township Chairman James Wolfe seemed to stir up a hornetâ€™s nest near the end of Wednesday eveningâ€™s regular monthly meeting when he asked residents for their opinion on the adoption of a possible township nepotism policy.
Response from the nearly two dozen residents in attendance was immediate and, in large part, negative, as some residents voiced their opinion that such a policy should have been enacted a long time ago. No motion was made to pass such a proposal as residents offered opinions as to why Wolfe brought up the subject.
The Kane Area Revitalization Enterprise is looking for 100 people to donate $1,000 or more in one month. KARE is taking on projects that will help Kane and our community. KARE is a 501c3 organization whose goal is to help revitalize our town and help it continue to grow. One hundred percent of all donations will go toward improvements.
Anyone contributing $1,000 or more will be recognized in the â€śfounding membersâ€ť tribute located at the future site of the uptown amphitheater. This project is underway and the KARE board members would like to have it completed by 2015.
RIDGWAY â€“ Initial plans by a local drilling company to establish a Marcellus Shale gas well drilling pad in Spring Creek Township have already been met with extreme opposition.
The land in question, located along Spring Creek Road, involves parcels reportedly owned by Shirley Melego and land in the national forest system.
RIDGWAY â€“ A jury trial for Edward J. Pisani, 59, of Johnsonburg, began Tuesday morning at the main courtroom of the Elk County Courthouse.
Pisani is charged with a felony count of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor charges of use or possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. The charges stem from a search warrant that was executed at Pisani's home on Sept. 6, 2012.
The Kane Tornado midget football team held its first ever flag football program this summer for players ages six through 11. Tornadoes head coach Jerry Milliron proposed and coordinated the program, which ran for five weeks and culminated in the First Annual Kane on Kane Flag Football Competition, which was held on Saturday, July 12 under blue skies and sunshine.
Ronald E. Benson, 77, of 409 Welsh St., Kane, died July 14, 2014 at Sena Kean Manor in Smethport, where he had been a recent resident.
Born Dec. 27, 1936 in Sheffield, he was the son of Carl H. and Kate E. Newburg Benson. On Oct. 27, 1984 in Kane, he married Pearl R. "Sis" Gerhart, who survives.
RonÂ was a peacetime veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He worked at Kane Gas, Light & Heating Co. for 17 years, then the U.S. Forest ServiceÂ near Marshburg, the McKean Co. Landfill and later at Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Kane, each for several years.
The members of Kane Borough Council heard a report from Steve Zwerin, a member of the Boroughâ€™s Information Technology Committee regarding the need to purchase a new computer system within the next few months.
The Hamilton Township supervisors discussed an upcoming meeting regarding the curtailing of hours at the Ludlow Post Office at Monday morningâ€™s regular monthly meeting at the township building along Curtis Road. Chairman Brian Bastow, supervisor Nora Yasurek and supervisor, secretary/treasurer Becky Davidson interrupted the meeting for a few minutes as they adjourned to the office for an executive session regarding a personnel matter before moving on to the main portion of the meeting.
The Hamlin Township supervisors heard Daniel Slagle, the engineer of the Lantz Corners Sewer Construction Project tell them that it is approximately â€ś94 percent complete.â€ť
The project was started in August of last year and is nearing the inspection and hook-up phases.
Slagle recommended to Chairman Jim Trussell and Supervisor Dave Okerlund, who were in attendance, that Township Secretary Nickie Wheatley-Causer begin sending out â€śnotice to connectâ€ť letters. Affected homeowners will have to complete the application, submit the $750 fee per EDU and have their hookups inspected.