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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.

Concert to benefit SMA metal shop

February 25, 2015

For the fifth straight year St. Marys Auto Body is sponsoring a community country concert featuring legendary country group Shenandoah taking the stage on Saturday, March 7 at St. Marys Area High School's Carpin Auditorium.
A portion of each ticket sold benefits the SMAHS metal shop program.
The Grammy award winning band has also been named an ACM (Academy of Country Music) Vocal Group of the Year. They have 13 No. 1 hits including "Church on Cumberland Road," "Two Dozen Roses," "If Bubba Can Dance I Can Too" and "Ghost In This House," just to name a few.

North Central hears audit presentation

February 25, 2015

Representatives from North Central's auditing firm attended Wednesday's executive committee meeting to give a presentation on the audit that was completed for North Central for the 2014-2014 fiscal year.
Baker Tilly, the company contracted by the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission to complete the organization's audits, sent Karen Larsen, Baker Tilly partner, and Adam Hartzel, senior manager at Baker Tilly, to Wednesday's meeting to speak about the process and results relating to the most recent audit.

Chainsaw carver Scott Dow highlights form, movement

February 25, 2015

RIDGWAY – The Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous seminar Wednesday morning featured Scott Dow who holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drawing.
He has been doing chainsaw carving for six years which he picked up when his wife Jennifer said it was something she thought he could do. Dow is now a full-time chainsaw carver

Area native's tweet gains national attention

February 25, 2015

What started as a harmless tweet from an Elk County native turned Penn State alumna to ESPN commentator Keith Olbermann played a major role in his weeklong suspension from the sports network.
Lisa Aiello DeLeon, formerly of Ridgway, says she merely wanted to educate Olbermann about the successful efforts of THON, the school's annual dance marathon in which students raised $13 million this year to fight pediatric cancer. In doing so she tweeted him a link to a story about the event and the phrase, "We Are!"

Emporium man faces multiple drug charges in St. Marys

February 25, 2015

An Emporium man found asleep in a Kay Fork Road cabin faces multiple misdemeanor charges of possession of controlled substances, possession of marijuana and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Shane Richard Lyon, 44, was found sleeping in a bed in a camp by patrolmen Smith and Marconi of the St. Marys Police Department.

Stoner presents seminar on 'spirit' faces

February 25, 2015

RIDGWAY – The Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous had Jason Stoner of Fairfield present a seminar Tuesday at the American Legion along Main Street.
Jason Stoner began carving 10 years ago after receiving a chainsaw as a gift and seeing works done by Duane Bender. Firewood soon became artwork. Stoner began full-time carving four years ago.

Seneca Resources files federal suit vs. Highland

February 25, 2015

KANE – As expected, Seneca Resources has filed a federal lawsuit against Highland Township for its attempt to block a federally-approved injection well for the disposal of drilling waste fluids.
In a suit filed in U.S. District Court, Seneca is seeking action to "temporarily and permanently" ban the township and its Board of Supervisors from enforcing an ordinance adopted two years ago.
The ordinance, crafted under the guidance of the Community Environmental Defense Fund (CELDF), bans underground injection control (UIC) wells used for the disposal of natural gas brines.

Annis sentenced in multiple cases

February 25, 2015

RIDGWAY – Damian Tristan Annis, 24, of St. Marys was sentenced to nine to 24 months of incarceration and five years of probation after pleading guilty in several cases Monday at Elk County Court.
Annis pleaded guilty to three felony counts of burglary, one misdemeanor count of theft from a motor vehicle, one misdemeanor count of loitering and prowling at night time and two misdemeanor counts of theft by deception

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