November 3rd, 2014
QUEHANNA â€“Â The atmosphere at the Pennsylvania Game Commission's (PGC) elk check station at the start of the weeklong elk hunt on Monday morning was probably not quite what many would expect for such a venue.
QUEHANNAÂ â€“Â It is not uncommon for those drawn for an elk license to bring their teenage children along to share in the experience. It was the other way around on Monday though for 14-year-old Travis Raab of Hammondsport, N.Y. Raab was one of the 27 individuals selected for an antlered elk license in this year's hunt and he got to share in the experience with his father, Kelly.
"We've been applying for a license for three years," Raab said. "We had actually just gotten back from vacation on my birthday and we got the message on the phone."
RIDGWAY â€“Â County officials throughout the region are beginning to question tax payments from state government on public lands within the area, including Elk County.
A State Land Tax Fairness Coalition meeting was held last week, attended by roughly 40 people, including various county commissioners.
The coalition is looking for an increase on payment in lieu of taxes [PILOT-- also know as PILT] to go to school districts, counties and municipalities for state-owned lands.
ST. MARYS â€“ A tractor-trailer truck caught fire Monday afternoon at Mersen USA in St. Marys. The vehicle was destroyed in the blaze and the buildingâ€™s loading dock was damaged.
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JOHNSONBURG â€“ A 30-year-old Johnsonburg man was declared missing shortly after 6 p.m., but search and rescue operations were canceled after police were able to track the man's whereabouts since going missing, according to Johnsonburg Borough Police Officer David Cuneo.
Travis Oâ€™Connor, 30, of Johnsonburg, left his home on Saturday to go on a short three-wheeler ride, and after his family hadnâ€™t seen or heard from him, they reported him missing to the Johnsonburg Borough Police Department.
Pennsylvania's weeklong elk hunting season opens today, and 108 huntersâ€“the most ever since the annual hunt was implemented in 2001â€“are expected to be in the field today as they try to fill the 27 antlered and 81 antlerless licenses issued by the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) during their elk license drawing on Aug. 16.
Of those 108 hunters, three are St. Marys residents: Jason Pistner, Kenneth Rieder, and Joseph Rupprecht. All three were drawn for antlerless elk licenses.
A small group of local residents lent a hand to the Benedictine Sisters of Elk County by giving the St. Joseph Monastery cemetery a facelift.
With the anticipated closing of the convent drawing closer and closer, there are very few sisters to complete the numerous unfinished projects.
Among those was the cleaning of the grave markers in the sisters cemetery.
That is where Jim and Cathie Bauer of Church Street stepped in along with the help of 12 of their family members and friends.
The following statement was released Friday afternoon by the St. Marys School District on social media regarding an incident earlier in the day:Â
The purpose of this message is to keep parents informed and students in the district safe. It was reported [Friday] that a male stranger operating a 2008-2010 grey or silver Chevy Silverado with a matching cap and tinted windows in the Chicken Hill area of Kersey approached St. Marys school students and offered them a ride to school.