June 12th, 2015
Harlan J. Beagley has been named the new publisher of the Daily Press, Ridgway Record and Kane Republican under Horizon Publications, Inc.
Beagley has extensive experience in print media having served previously as business and operations manager at the Killeen Daily Herald in Fort Hood, Texas, and the Gopperas Cove Herald in central Texas.
He previously served as group publisher in central Washington state where he worked nearly all management positions at the Columbia Basin Herald, a daily publication, and the Royal Register, a weekly publication.
SMETHPORT â€“ The investigation continues into a hit-and-run accident that killed a Cyclone man on his motorcycle.
McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn said Friday that "persons of interest" are part of the investigation. He declined to elaborate.
No arrests had been made as of Friday afternoon, Learn said.
Police have recovered a silver Ford R-350 pickup truck that allegedly struck the rear of a Harley Davidson motorcycle at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 2.
The Elk County Catholic High School Lady Crusader softball team was welcomed home Friday night by a parade of emergency response vehicles that led them on a parade through town with their sirens blaring and lights flashing. When the newly-crowned state champions finally reached ECCHS, a number of supporters were waiting for them.
After an extended celebration in the parking lot that featured lots of hugs, congratulatory remarks, and the release of a few maroon and gold balloons, the group moved into the school's auditorium for a brief ceremony.
UNIVERSITY PARK â€” STATE CHAMPS.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader softball team captured the 2015 PIAA Class A Softball championship Friday afternoon at Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park on the campus of Penn State University by defeating the Conemaugh Valley Lady Blue Jays 7-0.
Abbey Bauer threw a no-hitter for Elk Catholic. She went all seven innings walking two, hitting one and striking out five.
"Abbey (Bauer) threw a great game and the defense behind her played extremely well," said ECCHS coach Digger O'Dell.
The final Kane school budget shows more expenses than revenues and carries a hike in the property tax rate.
The tax rate for property in the McKean County portion of the school district is rising from 16.17 mills to 16.56 mills.
This means owners of property in Kane, Wetmore Township, Mt. Jewett and Hamilton Township (Ludlow) will be paying $16.56 for every $1,000 in assessed property valuation.
The Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) has honored two Kane longtime school employees for outstanding service.
Julie W. Boyer, a first-grade teacher at the Kane Elementary School, and Dora Gelatko, a para-professional, are the recipients of the PASR Lauretta Woodson Award.
Debbie Wensel, a retired Kane teacher and member of the PASR, presented the awards Thursday at a meeting of the Kane School Board in the Kane Middle School auditorium.
JAMES CITY â€“ The operation of the Highland Township government could shut down unless new insurance can be found within three weeks.
According to discussion Wednesday at a meeting of the township Board of Supervisors, Highland officials have tried in vain to find a new insurance carrier. The current policy with Trident Insurance expires July 3 and won't be renewed.
Secretary-treasurer Christy Reigel reportedly has contacted eight insurance sources to seek coverage. All have turned down the township.
"I tried everybody," Reigel said during the somber discussion.
LAFAYETTE TOWNSHIP â€“ Efforts are well underway to promote "Wings Over Bradford."
The "aviation awareness day" will be held Saturday, Aug. 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bradford Regional Airport on Route 59 in Lafayette Township.
Speaking Wednesday at a meeting of the Airport Authority, Jim Neely said the "fun day" is designed to build local support for general aviation at the airport. The event is planned "rain or shine," Neely said.
Neely, a retired game warden who resides on Wetmore Road in Hamilton Township near Kane, is the coordinator for "Wings Over Bradford."
The Kane Community Vacation Bible School winds up today with a program at the Highlander Christian Camp on South Settlement Road in Wetmore Township.
Jim Airgood Busing of Kane is providing transportation for those children who need rides to the camp.
A total of 135 children are taking part in the Vacation Bible School (VBS), which began Monday. VBS is for children age four through those who just completed fifth grade.
RIDGWAY â€“ Convicted murderer Nicholas Martin was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday at the Elk County Courthouse after a jury of his peers found him guilty of the 2013 killing of his then girlfriend Alyssa Forsyth.
The sentence was expected; Martin's conviction of first-degree murder carried with it a mandatory life sentence.
President Judge Richard A. Masson had no choice in sentencing Martin to life in prison, but he added that the court had no reluctance to imposing the sentence of life in prison.