Photo by John Eaton

Liz McLelland of Yorkshire Meadows holds her lemon curd and pecan sandies.Sweet homemade treats of all types, fresh raspberries and a wide variety of vegetables are being offered this Thursday, August 27 at the Wellsboro Growers Market.The market is open from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays on the front lawn of the First Presbyterian Church at 130 Main Street in Wellsboro, weather permitting.

Tuesday’s high, 85; Overnight low, 51








Causer to host hearing on      virus cases hold steady in region…..Pittsburgh woman accused of running off without paying for tour in Potter County.,..Political signs stolen in West Branch Township….Two area residents facing drug charges…roof stolen from Tioga County race car…


The House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), will host a hearing on Thursday to highlight the vital role law enforcement plays in protecting citizens and communities.“Our Commonwealth is home to so many outstanding law enforcement officers who are 100% committed to fulfilling their oaths to ‘protect and serve’ the public,” Causer said. “Day in and day out, they put their lives on the line to keep the peace, prevent crime, protect property and save lives.”House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), who earlier this year helped guide House passage of two new laws to help police-community relationships, will co-chair the hearing.“For our police to succeed in their mission, they must be highly trained, professional, respectful, and supported by the communities they serve,” Kauffman said. “I’m proud of the laws we passed earlier this year that will further enhance the quality of officers working in the Commonwealth and help repair the strained relationships we are seeing in some of our communities. I believe this hearing will help us build on that progress.”The hearing will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, in the House Majority Caucus Room of the state Capitol. Members will hear testimony from representatives of local police departments, PA Fraternal Order of Police, Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, Pennsylvania Sheriffs’ Association and Pennsylvania State Troopers Association.The hearing will be streamed live at and on Facebook at


The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., August 25, that there are 561 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 130,035 All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area the number has remained steady for the past couple of days. Elk county is the hotspot in the region with 64; Tioga has 46 McKean, 35, Potter 24 and Cameron 8. In neighboring New York State, Cattaraugus County has gone up to 184 cases an Allegany County has increased to 88 cases.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between August 18 and August 24 is 157,763 with 4,630 positive cases. There were 20,852 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., August 24. These results represent the total number of tests administered.

There are 7,605 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 26 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Mask-wearing is required in all Pennsylvania  businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 according to experts.

There are 645 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure, which are considered probable cases and not confirmed cases. There are 1,445,170 patients who have tested negative to date.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 20,798 resident cases of COVID-19, and 4,411 cases among employees, for a total of 25,209 at 922 distinct facilities in 61 counties including Elk and McKean. Out of the total deaths, 5,131 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities,

Approximately 9,392 of the total cases are amongst health care workers.

Coudersport based State Police are investigating the theft of some signs along 286 Germania Road in West Branch Township sometime last Thursday or Friday.  Thieves  made off with two election campaign signs valued at $10 each belonging to Milton Shatto of Galeton.

A Pittsburgh woman is facing charges of theft of services here in Potter County. According to State Police. 57 year old Sharon  Gaus was given a guided tour by Potter County Star Gazing Tours at 1456 North Ayers  Hill Road last Thursday night and left the tour without paying a $60 fee and charges are being filed in District Court

State police at Mansfield are investigating a theft occurring in shippen Township Tioga County and last Sunday evening, someone took a quantity of sheet metal used to make a roof on a racing car valued at $100 belongs to Allen costly of Wellsboro and was on a 1985 Mustang,

A Westfield teenager and her passengers escaped injury in a one vehicle accident occurring last Saturday morning on Locey Creek Road in Deerfield  Township.Troopers said 18 year old Savannah Carrigan  swerved her southbound Chevy Cavalier to avoid a deer which came onto the road in front of her. The car went off the west side of the road and struck a tree. Carrigan  and an 18 year old male passenger were seat belted and an infant was riding  in a rear facing child safety seat

State police at the Ridgeway barracks have arrested a couple of people for drug possession. 26 year old Ashley Bowley Jackson of Ridgway was served a warrant on Spring Creek Road at Harbor Drive in Spring Creek Township August 15. She was allegedly found to be in possession of methamphetamine and related paraphernalia. She’s facing charges in District Court.  And 20 year old Sage Atwater of St. Mary’s was arrested following a traffic stop at East Cardott Street and Pleasant Avenue in Ridgway borough on August 14. Police say they determined she was in possession of drug paraphernalia and is now facing charges in District Court.