Thursday April 4, 2019



Wednesday’s high, 55; Overnight low, 18







To hear today’s complete forecast, click on start button below:

Bradford woman killed in crash near Smethport…..Rain should help quell wildfires….Theft of  misdirected packages investigated by state police in Mansfield….Troopers at Lewis Run and Mansfield investigate trash dumping…..Causer will hold town hall meeting tonight…

To hear today’s podcast, click on start button  below:

An elderly Bradford woman died in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday morning in Keating Township, McKean County. State police at Lewis Run report  77 year old Linda Peterson was speeding when her Ford 500 crossed into the northbound lane of Route 46, struck an embankment and continued on for about 130feed before overturning and coming to rest upside down. Peterson was using a seatbelt. She was pronounced dead at the scene by McKean County Deputy Coroner Martin Henneman.

The predicted rain will be welcome by area fire departments as it will help to diminish the threat of wildfires. With yesterday’s’ gusty winds, The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag warning for all of Central Pennsylvania including Potter, Cameron, Elk, McKean and Tioga Counties in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area. Some communities instituted a burn ban. The Austin fire department was dispatched Wednesday afternoon to a wildfire in  Wharton Township at 4:38 pm. The fire was caused by a tree down on power lines and sparks  quickly ignited nearby vegetation. . A second alarm brought in volunteers from Coudersport, Roulette, Emporium and Sinnemahoning.  Approximately 8-10 acres were blackend.  All units were back in service  about three hours later.

State police at Mansfield are investigating a theft taking place in Delmar Township between March 18 and 25. Amanda Black of Wellsboro unintentionally had two packages delivered to her old address at 22 E. Country Living Park  and has not received them. The packages contained a skull shaped grinder, tapestry with miscellaneous are, silver colored ring with two heart shaped pendant stones and a necklace with silver colored pendants.

Troopers in McKean and Tioga Counties are investigating scattering of rubbish incidents. Sometime between January 1 and yesterday someone dumped household garbage, furniture and various other items on land located at the intersection of Champlin Hill Road and Pine Grove Road in Annin Townshp. Anyone with information is asked to call the Lewis Run barracks at 814.368.9230. Sometime last week, unknown  persons dumped household trash in a field along Rumsey Road in Jackson Townshp. The land is owned by 70 year old Nicholas Musshafen of Millerton. Anyone with information is asked to call Mansfield based state police at 570.66.2151.

Wellsboro, Pennsylvania is competing in the Independent We Stand 2019 America’s Main Streets contest. The grand prize is $25,000 in cash for downtown revitalization and “buying local” activities.


Voting for the top 25 quarterfinalists is now underway and will end at 11:59:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 21.


According to contest rules, an individual who is at least 18 years old as of Feb. 25, 2019 can cast an online vote for Wellsboro once every 24 hours now through April 21 from his or her IP address by visiting, clicking on the Wellsboro Main Street photograph and then on “Vote.”  Or, people can vote once a day by going to the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page or the From My Shelf Books Facebook page.


“During the inaugural contest in 2016, Wellsboro was named one of the top 10 semifinalists but did not win,” said Kevin Coolidge, a member of the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce who with his wife, co-own From My Shelf Books, an independent bookstore in Wellsboro. Coolidge nominated Wellsboro for the 2016 contest as well as the 2017 contest and this year’s. “I am voting for Wellsboro to win $25,000 to invest in our downtown,” said Coolidge. “People can help Wellsboro by voting online every day.”


If Wellsboro is named one of the top 25 vote getters on April 22, people will be invited to help the town become one of the 10 semifinalists by voting daily online in the second round being held from 10 a.m. on Monday, April 29 to 11:59:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. The grand prize winner will be selected from the top 10 and told of the win on Sunday, June 2. The public announcement will be made on Monday, June 3.


The grand prize is a $25,000 check; a $1,000 certificate for STIHL equipment; Do it Best Corp. $500 shopping spree; PPG $500 shopping spree; $500 Nationwide Marketing Group shopping spree; Free One Day Downtown Assessment from Flip This Town, a special plaque ($100 value) and recognition on Independent We Stand social media channels and public relations outreach.


Initiated in 2016 by Independent We Stand, the national small business movement, the goal of this contest is to promote the importance and strong economic benefits of Main Streets and the small businesses that help them thrive and how communities can educate their neighbors about the many benefits of “buying local.”


For more information, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce at 570-724-1926.


Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter) will host a town hall tonight  at the Emporium Fire Hall, 419 N. Broad St., Emporium.The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.“I encourage area residents to come out for an update on the state budget and other issues under discussion in the state Legislature,” Causer said. “I also look forward to answering your questions about these and other issues of concern.”In addition to the budget, Causer said lawmakers have been working on bills to improve workforce development, enhance career and technical education in the Commonwealth’s school districts, protect consumers, ensure the rights of crime victims and more.There is no need to RSVP for the town hall meeting. Those who need more information may contact Causer through his website at, or by calling 1-866-437-8181.