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Business Expo welcomes steady crowd at new location

March 1, 2015

The St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo welcomed a steady crowd throughout Saturday. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., attendees visited the expo at its new location at the Sacred Heart Parish Center in downtown St. Marys. The expo featured about 40 vendors from throughout the region, five business seminars, a mini health fair hosted by Penn Highlands Elk, homemade soup, sandwiches, bread and sweets by the Sacred Heart Social Committee, a 'Shop Local' prize package as well as numerous door prizes.

Carving event ends with Saturday auction

March 1, 2015

The weeklong sweet 16th birthday celebration of the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous reached its high note Saturday with the annual auction attended by a large crowd.
Auctioneers auctioned off a wide variety of artistic creations throughout Saturday at the annual event on Court Street in downtown Ridgway.

Pa. Supreme Court Candidates Visit Ridgway

March 1, 2015

Judge John Foradora, current Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge, was one of five Pennsylvania Supreme Court candidates that were scheduled to attend Saturday's Elk County Democratic Committee's petition signing breakfast at the Royal Inn in Ridgway. Foradora, center, and former state representative hopeful Jack Donahue, left, are pictured interacting with some of Elk County's Democrats during Saturday's breakfast.

Fire destroys Straub maintenance building

February 27, 2015

A fire Friday morning broke out on the Straub Brewery property in St. Marys and destroyed a structure utilized as a maintenance and storage building.
Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) and St. Marys Ambulance were dispatched at 9:16 a.m. for a report of a structure fire at a commercial industry site at 303 Sorg St. in St. Marys.
"Upon arrival we found that the maintenance storage building was fully involved so at that time we called for mutual aid from Fox Township, Ridgway and Johnsonburg," said Tom Bauer, public relations representative for Crystal Fire Department.

Youth stays positive despite cancer diagnosis

February 27, 2015

As 12-year-old Chloe Frank of Ridgway fights the battle of her life, she is armed with a positive attitude, the power of prayer and an outpouring of community support as her weapons.
“She has deep strength which comes from her passion and love of dance," said her mother, Tara Frank.
The Frank family was devastated by their eldest daughter's diagnosis of childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on Sunday, Feb. 16.

Foreign Language Day continues to grow at ECCHS

February 27, 2015

St. Marys Area High School hosted its fourth annual Foreign Language Day on Friday, and this year's event featured participants from Elk County Catholic High School, Johnsonburg Area High School, Ridgway Area High School, Kane Area High School, Brockway Area High School, and Clearfield Area High School.
"It's the biggest year (so far). We have six schools. We've never had that many." said Christa Wensel, a Spanish teacher at St. Marys Area High School who helps coordinate the annual event.

Pair charged with torching stolen car

February 27, 2015

A St. Marys man and a Wilcox woman are charged in a April 2014 incident involving a car being stolen and then left along the old railroad grade on state Route 555 after being set on fire.
Chris Deon McMillen, 24, and Abby Marie O'Rourke, 30, face felony charges of theft by unlawful taking and arson, and lesser related offenses.
According to the affidavits of probable cause, State Police at Ridgway were notified of a stolen vehicle on April 1, 2014 around 7:44 a.m. The vehicle was found about a mile east of Benezette on fire.

Harassment charges against Ridgway man

February 27, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – A Ridgway man is charged with the misdemeanor offense of harassment for multiple violent threats against his estranged wife's boyfriend.
John Paul Raubenstrauch, 45, of Ridgway allegedly threatened Robert John Lillie via text messages and phone calls, at times threatening to shoot him.
"I will [expletive] shoot him in the head," Raubenstrauch allegedly told his estranged wife Brandy Lynne Buehler over the phone. "If I have to do it in front of the kids, I'll do it."

Straub Brewery building on fire

February 27, 2015

A building on the Straub Brewery went up in flames Friday morning.

St. Marys man charged with choking wife

February 27, 2015

St. Marys Police were dispatched to Gunners early Saturday for a 911 hangup that was later identified as a domestic disturbance in Room 221.
Richard Michael Gausman, 39, faces charges of simple assault and harassment for allegedly choking his wife Elaine, who was transported to Penn Highlands Elk by St. Marys Ambulance.
Richard reportedly told Patrolman Peter Largey that they had had an argument and that Elaine had punched him in the face prior to him choking her. According to the affidavit of probable cause, Largey observed no injuries to Richard.

Highland supervisor says: lawsuit could ‘bankrupt us’

February 27, 2015

JAMES CITY – A federal lawsuit filed by Seneca Resources against Highland Township over the “injection well’ controversy “has the potential to bankrupt us.”
This is the opinion of Jim Wolfe, chairman of the Highland Township Board of Supervisors.
Wolfe said Thursday that the board has called a special meeting Monday to discuss the lawsuit with township residents. The public meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the township building in James City.

Potential Ridgway Twp. ordinance concerns gas industry rep

February 27, 2015

RIDGWAY TWP. – Jeff Wilhelm, a land use litigator with Reed Smith, was one attendee at Thursday's Ridgway Township Board of Supervisors meeting, and he was the only oil and gas representative to speak during the nearly 90-minute meeting.
Wilhelm, representing Hunt Marcellus Operating Company, LLC, informed the supervisors that he has "deep concerns" with the curative amendment process, and that the supervisors should expect a written response from the company.
"You will be getting a response from us," Wilhelm said. "There are some things I have deep concerns with."

Cpl. Clancy remembered with Marine bench

February 27, 2015

RIDGWAY – A bench marked USMC for the United States Marine Corps has been donated by Douglas Ryan of Altoona on behalf of the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous to the Clancy family in memory of their son, Corporal Donovan E. Clancy.
Born July 27, 1988 to Tina and Kevin Clancy of Ridgway, Donovan went to Saint Leo’s for grade school and did his high school years in Elk County Catholic. He attended Penn State College for pre-med dentistry.

Bosworth seminar explains bringing carvings to life

February 27, 2015

RIDGWAY – Mark Bosworth attended his first Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous last year and had on display a fantastic memorial piece of a girl, Amanda Putney, who had died in a tragic car accident in 2012. The piece was a bit larger than life of her with wings raised lying on the neck of her horse and with other, smaller carvings, brought real attention to Bosworth for their realism.

3 counties offer support of regional rail authority

February 25, 2015

RIDGWAY – The counties of Elk, Clearfield and Jefferson have all adopted non-binding resolutions in support of the creation of a regional rail authority, according to North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission Executive Director Eric Bridges.
The possibility of creating a regional rail authority has become a reoccurring topic at North Central meetings after as the organization is looking into having a part in the restoration of 20 miles of railroad between Curwensville and DuBois.

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