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Evidence suppression hearing held in 6-fatality court case

August 30, 2014

SMETHPORT – A court hearing was held Friday on defense motions to suppress certain evidence in the criminal case linked with a horrific 6-fatality traffic accident a year ago.
Kathy Douglas of Kane faces 35 charges for allegedly abusing prescription medicine (Clonazepam) when she drove one of two vehicles involved in the near head-on collision on Route 219 just north of Lantz Corners in Hamlin Township.
The accident killed six—including her 12-year-old daughter, Olivia, her 6-year-old nephew, Jarrett Costanzo of Kane and four members of a St. Marys family.

James City residents upset with cut in post office hours

August 29, 2014

JAMES CITY – It was very evident Thursday that James City residents are not happy with a plan to reduce the weekday “window hours” at their post office to just two hours.
They expressed their displeasure with the proposal during an informational meeting at the Highland Township Fire Hall in James City.
Under the plan, the “window” at the post office on Delaware Avenue would be open from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday “window” hours would remain the same—9 a.m. to noon.
The “window” now is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Plans are underway to acquire rail corridor for trails 

August 29, 2014

A non-profit organization based in DuBois has applied for funding to acquire the 73.8-mile corridor for the defunct Knox and Kane Railroad.
Headwaters Charitable Trust and the Headwater Resource Conservation and Development Council intends to convert the vacated corridor into a "rails-to-trails" system.
The corridor now is owned by the Kovalchick Corp. of Indiana, Pa. Kovalchick, a large scrap dealer, is in the process of removing rails and ties from the route between Knox in Clarion County to the Kinzua Bridge State Park near Mt. Jewett.

Kane School Board Curriculum Committee Discusses Start of School Year

August 27, 2014

Members of KASD School Board Curriculum Committee met Wednesday evening in the Kane Middle School Library to hear a summary of the first two days of the 2014-2015 school year.
KASD Superintendent Dr. Maryann Anderson gave the six board members in attendance a report on the district’s summer school program, the orientations held recently at each school and a brief recap on the start of the school year in the Kane Elementary School, Kane Middle School and the Kane High School.

Applicants are sought for school board seat

August 27, 2014

Applications are being sought from Kane Area School District residents who wish to serve on the volunteer nine-member school board.
There is a vacancy on the board due to the resignation of Gary Ziegler earlier this month.
Persons interested in serving on the board are asked to submit a resume to the district office no later than Friday, Sept. 5. Applicants also are asked to submit a statement listing reasons for wishing to serve on the board.

Loan to pay Mt. Jewett for Lantz Corners sewer link

August 27, 2014

MT. JEWETT-- Hamlin Township is planning to take out a short-term loan to pay its one-time fee of $104,000 for connecting the Lantz Corners Sewer District to the Mt. Jewett system.
Under an agreement adopted more than a decade ago, the township agreed to pay the fee to the Mt. Jewett Regional Sewer Authority before connections are made.
But, in a letter to the authority, sewer project engineer Dan Slagle of Pittsburgh said the "upfront outlay of funds would create a financial hardship to Hamlin Township."

KVFD Auxiliary Welcomes Two New Members

August 26, 2014

The Kane Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. Nine auxiliary members attended the meeting, during which they welcomed two new members to the organization, Angie Pease and Jessica Szymanski. Another prospective member’s application was read and will be voted on during the September meeting.

County approves payment for Kane paving project

August 26, 2014

SMETHPORT – The McKean County Board of Commissioners has approved a payment for the Kane borough paving project.
Acting at their meeting Tuesday, Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane authorized a payment of $7,562 for the Kane project. The payment represents the borough’s share of county liquid fuel tax revenue.
The borough also allocated $35,000 in state liquid fuel tax revenue for the project that cost nearly $140,000. The borough budgeted about $97,000 for the project.

Local pilot recreating America’s first fighter

August 25, 2014

In the spring of 1918, the newly formed American Expeditionary Force’s First Pursuit Group began combat operations in Villenueve, France in support of the Allied Nations defense of Western Europe from German aggression. Soon to be famous American aces such as Rickenbacker, Lufberry, Hall and others were preparing to write their names into the annals of aviation history. WWI was in its fifth and final year and the outlook was uncertain.

Charges bound over to county court after hearings in Kane

August 25, 2014

Charges in two separate criminal cases have been bound over to McKean County Court following preliminary hearings Monday in Kane District Court.
Kane District Court Judge Dave Engman sent the cases to county court after hearing testimony in two lengthy hearings.
Kristjan Whiteway, assistant county district attorney, was the prosecutor for the hearings. Smethport attorney Jim Miller served as the court-appointed public defender in the two cases.

Classes to resume Tuesday with a shorter school day

August 24, 2014

With the “extended” school day in Kane scrapped, students will spend less time in school when classes resume Tuesday.
Classes for children in kindergarten through second grade now will begin at 8:10 a.m. and conclude at 2:30 p.m.
For students in grades 3 through 8, classes now will begin at 8:10 a.m. and conclude at 2:50 p.m.
High school students in grades 9-12 will begin classes at 8:05 a.m. and end the school day at 2:45 p.m.

Ludlow teen killed in crash

August 24, 2014

HAMILTON TWP. – A 17-year-old Ludlow teen was fatally injured during a crash that occurred at 5:44 p.m. on Saturday evening, Aug. 23, in the area of 623 Gibbs Hill Rd., Hamilton Township, McKean County.
The Kane-based state police report that Dylan Ross Yasurek, 18, of Ludlow, was operating a 2001 Ford Ranger XLT on Gibbs Hill Rd. and transporting two passengers, Tristan Scott Sauers, 17, of Ludlow, and a known 15-year-old female of Endeavor.

Kane firemen battle fire in garage

August 22, 2014

The Kane Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire early Friday morning in a garage on Highland Road, Wetmore Township.
Fire Chief Tim Holt said the fire erupted in a 1997 Ford Explorer parked inside a three-stall garage at the John and Sara Halquist residence at 6834 Highland Road, not far from Old Mill Road.
The chief said the firemen "saved" the garage, which measures 48x36 feet. He said the fire destroyed the vehicle. The cause has not been determined, the chief said. The fire was confined to the vehicle, the chief said.

Mary Hosmer helping to restore Young Forest to Northern Pa.

August 22, 2014

As a long time hunter, Mary Hosmer recognizes the connection between the loss of habitat and the loss of the game species she loves.  Tackling this issue head-on, Mary has worked tirelessly to create high-quality Young Forest habitat for the last fifteen years.  “I always told myself when I retired that I was going to do all I could to help restore Young Forest to northern Pennsylvania.  Young Forest habitat has undergone a 70% decline in the last 30 years across the eastern United States, and Pennsylvania mirrors that decline. As a hunter, you feel it in the loss of game.”

Gary Ziegler resigns seat on Kane School Board

August 22, 2014

Gary Ziegler has resigned from the Kane School Board.
The surprise announcement came earlier this week in a letter to the school board.
"I am choosing to resign from my position on the Kane Area School District Board of Directors effective immediately," Ziegler said in his letter. "I do not have the desire to continue serving as a director."
Ziegler is the fifth member of the volunteer nine-member school board to resign in the past eight months.

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