Wednesday November 8, 2017


Tuesday’s high, 37; Overnight low, 16; no precipitation

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BFB Headlines (Wednesday November 8, 2017) Women dominate statewide judicial races….voters approve ballot question….Causer to host gun rights meeting….Burglars steal several items from Elk County home….ATV found in Galeton…Port Allegany woman hurt after swerving to avoid a deer…Canadian tractor trailer operator unhurt when trailer rolls over in Tioga County….Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on

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Obituary: James”Jim” Heffner, Coudersport

Coudersport Borough Manager Bev Morris tells Black Forest Broadcasting that Hawbaker crews will be painting the downtown today. She is asking motorists to avoid parking there until they have the lines have been painted. painted. She says it will not take long to paint the spaces if there are no cars parked.

Pennsylvania voters gave overwhelming support to a ballot question in Tuesday’s election which could mean a reduction in property taxes. By an unofficial vote of 948,225 (53.98%) to 808.371 (46.02%) voters said school districts and municipalities should be able to increase the homestead exclusion for primary residences from the current 50% to 100%.The state legislature must vote on the proposal before it could become law and local governments and school boards would have to decide the percentage allowed.

Many candidates in local and county races across the region yesterday were unopposed. However, voters did decide several statewide judicial contests, with one having widespread local interest. Republican Sallie Mundy, a resident of Tioga County easily won a 10 year term to the Supreme Court. She had been appointed by Democrat Governor Tom Wolf to fill a vacancy. Democrats were victorious in several judicial elections which were dominated by women. Thomas Saylor and Debra Todd were retained to the Supreme Court while Jacqueline Shogan (O) was retained for another term on the Superior Court. The apparent winners of the Superior Court race were Maria McLaughlin(D), Carolyn Nichols(D). Deborah Kunselman (D) and Mary Murray (R). Winners for Commonwealth Court were Christine Fizzano (R) and Ellen Ceisler (D). Statewide election results can be found on the website Click on the banner “ELECTION RESULTS.”

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is inviting area residents to a free Firearms Safety and Rights Seminar set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Kane Community Center, 46 Fraley St., Kane.
Speakers will include McKean County District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer; McKean County Sheriff Dan Woods; and McKean County Deputy Sheriff and long-time firearms instructor Roger Sager. Topics will include Pennsylvania’s concealed carry laws, the Castle Doctrine and other valuable information regarding state gun laws.
“Whether you already own firearms or are just thinking about making a purchase, this forum provides a great opportunity to learn more about your rights and how to handle your firearms safely,” Causer said.
People who wish to attend the seminar are encouraged to register in advance by visiting or calling the Kane office at 814-837-0880. Seating is limited.

Ridgway based state police are investigating a burglary taking place at a house on the Million Dollar Highway between 6:00 pm Sunday and 6:00 pm Monday. Criminals entered Heath Goodyear’s home during that period of time and made off with a chainsaw valued at $300, a fly rod valued at $250, approximately $50 in US currency and about three doezen traps valued at $720. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.776.6136.

Troopers at the Coudersport barracks are looking for the owner of an ATV found last Thursday afternoon in Galeton. The purple 1996-1998 Polaris Scrambler 500 was discovered about a half mile west of River Street. Authorities did not indicate if they believe the machine was stolen or abandoned but anyone who has ownership information is encouraged to call 814.274.8690.

State police in both Potter and Tioga Counties are getting caught up on their paperwork. Late yesterday, troopers at Coudersport reported Nicole Snell of Port Allegany was hurt last Wednesday morning when she swerved to avoid a deer on the Sartwell Creek Road in Pleasant Valley Township. The Chevrolet Impala went off the right side of the road and collided with several fence posts and a ditch before re-entering the highway, coming to rest along the south berm. Snell was taken by Roulette Volunteer Ambulance to Charles Cole Hospital where she was treated for minor injuries.
A NY state driver escaped injury in a crash last Friday afternoon in Sharon Township, Potter County.

Aaron Whitsell , 21, was allegedly speeding when his northbound Subaru Legacy went off of the Whites Corners Road, hit an embankment and rolled over a couple of times before coming to rest perpendicular in the northbound lane.

Both Wellsboro drivers were unhurt a week ago today in a collision in Delmar Township, Tioga County. According to state police at Mansfield, impact occurred when Thomas Chilson made an improper left turn in front of Garrett Fairbanks on the Hilbolt Road. Both Chilson’s Ford F350and Fairbanks’s Subara Legacy had to be towed from the scene.

No injuries were reported for a Canadian tractor trailer operator following a mishap early last Saturday morning in Bloss Township. Investigators relate Volodymyr Kulykovich was going north when his Freightliner went onto the berm and collided with a guardrail. The rig then slid across both northbound lanes causing the trailer to roll over onto the driver’s side. The cab stayed upright.


James “Jim” Merle Heffner, 74, of Coudersport, PA died at his home, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 after a prolonged illness. Jim was born on Aug. 30, 1943 in St. Marys, PA, the son of Charles and Dorothy (Johnson) Heffner. He married his wife Kay Cyphert on June 8, 1968 and shared 49 years of marriage together.
After graduating from High School in St. Marys, PA, Jim served our country for six years as a Navy Corpsman and later for 4 years as an Air Force nurse. Jim attended the Philipsburg State Hospital of Nursing and served as the Infection Control Nurse and the Education Coordinator at the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport for 23 years and as a home health nurse for several years with Pediatric Services of America. He also used his nursing and military skills as a volunteer EMT coordinator/ instructor for Potter County.
Jim was a member of the George E. Wagner Masonic Lodge of St. Marys, PA, American Legion Post 192, Coudersport and the Coudersport Consistory.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Kay; daughter, Sherry of Columbus, OH; brother ,Earl (Ann) of St. Marys, PA; sisters, Fern (Richard) Imdorf of Conway, SC, Elsie Haralson, of Ridgway, PA; sister-in-law, Judy Ann (Cyphert) Montgomery, of Strattanville, PA and many nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; son, Robert John Heffner; sister, Lois Secco; and brothers, Charles and Robert John Heffner.
A receiving of friends and family will be held Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 from 4-6 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA. Funeral services to follow Friday at 10:30 a.m.,Pastor Scott Ogden officiating. Burial will be in the Sweden Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be directed to your favorite animal shelter, the Volunteers That Care, Box 750, Coudersport, PA or the Patterson Cancer Care Center, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA.
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