Thursday November 29, 2018


Wednesday’s high, 31; low 25; 1” snow/sleet/freezing rain







Unemployment went up all across the region between September and October….Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center awarded state grants….Eldred woman accused of assaulting 6 year old boy…Rifle stolen from Cameron County camp…..Slippery roads caused McKean Count y crashes…Two Kersey residents hurt in collision….Runaway Potter County teen returns home……

Unemployment increased between September and October across the entire region according to figures just released by the state department of Labor and Industry. Most increases were small except for Potter County where   unemployment went up from 5.1% to 5.7%; McKean and Cameron Counties had identical rates and increases going from 4.7% to 4.9%; Elk County saw a hike from 3.8 to 3.9% and Tioga realized an uptick from 5.1 to 5.2%. Chester County had the best rate but it went up slightly from 3.1% to 3.3%. Forest remained at the bottom going from 6.2% to 6.4%. Pennsylvania’s overall unemployment rate was 4.1% while the national figure was at a record low of 3.7%

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) has announced more than $32,000 in grants have been awarded to Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center. The school, which is located in Port Allegany, serves students throughout McKean, Potter and Cameron counties.

Awarded by the Department of Education, the grants will be used for the purchase of equipment to support the school’s training programs. Seneca Highlands will use its funds to purchase equipment for its automotive technology, networking systems and security, and homeland security programs. The funding must be matched dollar-for-dollar at the local level.

Seneca Highlands is one of 38 career and technical centers and area vocational technical schools to receive funding through the competitive grant program.

The General Assembly has made technical education a priority this session, adopting two new laws aimed at improving these options for students. Act 39 of 2018 provided an additional $30 million in funding for career and technical education, as well as updated vocational instructional certification requirements to help attract more qualified career and technical educators. Act 158 of 2018 offers alternative pathways to graduation when the state implements Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement. The law would allow for alternative ways for students to demonstrate their graduation readiness.


On November 27, 2018, Port Allegany High School hosted an assembly on impaired driving. The assembly was coordinated by Taylor Fragale of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services who worked with school officials to bring the presentation to the school. McKean County District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer and Corporal Ted Race of the Pennsylvania State Police spoke to the students about impaired driving and drug use. The students were in grades 7-12. The goal of the event was to show the students how impaired driving and illicit drug use can impact not only the user but others around him – such as other drivers and loved ones.

A 31 Eldred woman has been arraigned on assault charges after allegedly abusing a 6 year old boy Tuesday afternoon on Fowler Brook Road. Contessa Haun was arraigned before District Judge

Emporium based state police are looking for a gun taken from a hunting camp located at 207 Old West Creek Road between October 1 and November 17. The Winchester 70 Ranger, 30-06 caliber bold action rifle has a woode stock, shell carrier on the butt stock and a sling and belongs to a 60 year old St. Marys man. Anyone with information is asked to call the Emporium barracks at 814.486.3321.

Slippery roads are blamed for a couple of accidents in McKean County Wednesday. An elderly  Emporium couple escaped injury in am accident just before 9:00 am on Route 46 in Keating Township. Troopers say 71 year ikd James Ramarge was going north just north of the Coleville road when his Toyota Tacoma fishtailed after hitting slush. The truck zig zagged across the road and then came to rest after hitting a mailbox .His passenger was identified as 83 year old Marie Ramarge. Police said a passing motorist, Edward Swanson picked up Ramarge and took him where there was phone service so he could report the accident.

No injuries were reported for another Emporium resident whose Jeep Cherokee slid off of Route 46 on a left hand curve and landed in a ditch just before 3:30 pm. Erynne Doud, 22, was cited for speeding in connection to the crash.


Two Kersey residents were hurt in a collision Tuesday afternoon in Horton Township, Elk County. According to state police at Ridgway, 70 year old Regina Wolfe was turning south from Toby Road onto Route 219, the Pittsburgh-Buffalo Highway and failed to see a  northbound Ford F-150 driven by 79 year old Michael.. Police said Singer was unable to stop in time and his truck hit Wolfe’s Ford Fusion. Both drivers were taken to Penn Highlands DuBois. Wolfe was seriously hurt while Singer’s were said to be minor. Both vehicles were disabled and had to be towed away.

DUI charges are pending against a 28 yea r old Mansfield resident in connection to a one-vehicle crash earlier this month in Rutland Township, Tioga County.  State police report Justin Winnie was going west on Route 549 near the East Pond Road on the afternoon of November 16 when  his Chevrolet Cobalt crossed the road, went over an embankment and hit a group of trees where it came to a stop. Winnie was not hurt.

A Ulysses teen who ran away from home yesterday has been safely located and returned to home. Police were helped by some tips from the public regarding the whereabouts of Rutana Jason Reed, 17 .


Bonnie Moore Howard, 67, of Smethport, died unexpectedly, Sunday (November 25, 2018) in the Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.


She was born Feb. 2, 1951 in Kane, PA, a daughter of Donald  J. and June I. Nearing Moore.  On July 30, 1991, in Smethport, PA, she married Norman L. Howard, who died on Aug. 2, 2016.Mrs. Howard was a graduate of Smethport Area High School and was Prothonatary at McKean County Courthouse for 44 years, retiring in 2015. Bonnie loved her dog, “Jasper”, and had owned a ceramics shop for several years.She is survived by several cousins, friends and neighbors.

Se was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

At Bonnie’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral services.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport.Memorials, if desired, may be made to the McKean County SPCA, 80 Glenwood Ave., Bradford, PA  16701. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.