Disputed Teacher Contract Rejected By School Board

  by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Cameron County School District (CCSD) teachers will have to work a little longer before a contract dispute is settled, after the district rejected recommendations from a fact-finding report released on Tuesday. As of July 1, CCSD teachers have been working without a contract for two years. Negotiations began […]

Local Man Arrested On Rape Charges

  Pennsylvania State Police have charged an Emporium man with rape and a number of other counts following an investigation launched in April. Norman Francis Pettit, II, age 22, has been charged with 12 felony counts, including rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse (IDSI), and aggravated indecent assault of a person under the age of 16, […]

Meth Discovered at South Mountain Road Location

  Charges are pending against several individuals following the execution of a search warrant at a structure on South Mountain Road. Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Troopers applied for and were granted a search warrant on August 5 pertaining to a gray colored outbuilding used as storage by residents living in an adjoining structure in the […]

Board Considers Idea of Sponsored Football Games

  by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Board members discussed the possibility of allowing local business and industry to officially sponsor home football games during Thursday night’s meeting of the Cameron County School District’s Board of Directors. Board Secretary Carl Mitchell stated that the idea was posed during a recent meeting of the Cameron County […]

St. Mark Festival Sept. 16

  Mark your calendars for the Fifth Annual St. Mark Festival being planned for mid-September at St. Mark Catholic Church in Emporium. The two-day festival will kick off at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 15, with a spaghetti dinner at O’Connell Hall from 4-7 p.m. On Saturday, September 16, festivities will run from 11 a.m. […]

Rich Valley Burners Open For Business

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor A new business has opened in Rich Valley, operated by two local individuals with experience in the industry. Rich Valley Burners, LLC, creates custom signs, license plates, decorative items, and other types of products using a CNC Plasma Cutter, a machine typically used by larger companies to […]

West Creek Rail Trail Complete, Dedication Aug. 7

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Construction of the West Creek Rail Trail is complete, and hikers, bikers, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers can now trek the entire 18.9 miles connecting the Borough of Emporium to the City of St. Marys. A ceremony to commemorate the completion of the trail will be held at […]

School Board Holds Special Meeting To Fill Vacated Positions

    An emergency meeting was scheduled by the Cameron County School District (CCSD) Board of Directors to fill positions that became vacant and had remained unfilled. With the resignation of Band Director and Music Teacher Dan Sensenig last month, the music department was rudderless at sea, with marching band rehearsals being cancelled because no […]

Community College To Accept Students For Fall Classes

    A community college has been formed in northwestern Pennsylvania to offer post-secondary educational courses to residents in a region previously underserved. Across Pennsylvania, nearly all residents have access to affordable, local community college courses, but until the Rural Regional College of Northern Pennsylvania (RRC), those living in this region were only able to […]

Miller, Lundberg Honored As They Step Down From EFI Board

  by Amanda Jones, Echo News Editor Members of Emporium Foundation, Inc. (EFI) board paid tribute Friday to two long-term members who recently stepped down from their positions. Jim Miller and Ed Lundberg, who served for 50 and 47 years, respectively, have stepped down from their duties following nearly a century of service between the […]

Driftwood Boro Votes To Open Roads To ATV Use

  by Amanda Jones, Echo News Editor Driftwood Borough roads will soon open to all-terrain vehicles (ATV) following a split decision by borough council during their regular meeting held last Monday evening. Following a lengthy discussion, borough council members Laird Lupro and Misty Lupro voted for the measure, while councilman Randy Bailey voted against. The […]

New Pet Supply Store Opening In Emporium

  A new store will open in Emporium this week offering pet supplies, deliveries, and other items. Paws and Claws Pet Supply will open at 12 1/2 East Fourth Street on July 24, offering pet supplies including food, treats, toys and various pet medications. Owners Emily and John Dubel, of Emporium, plan to offer supplies […]

Sensenig Resigns As Band Director

  The Cameron County School Board will continue to search for a band director following the resignation of music teacher Daniel Sensenig at Thursday night’s meeting. Sensenig has taught at the district for a number of years, directing the high school band throughout his tenure, and more recently adding the Woodland Band, as well. Sensenig […]

Romanowski Charged With Felonies Involving Minor

  An Emporium man has been charged with four felonies following his inappropriate involvement with an underage female. Peter Paul Romanowski, III, age 29, is charged with felonies for corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor—prostitution, criminal use of a communication facility, and promoting prostitution of a minor stemming from alleged communications with an […]

Something New Is Brewing

  by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor A new business has started in Emporium to provide high-quality, fair trade coffee roasted and blended right here in Cameron County. Bearded Brewing, LLC came to fruition approximately two months ago, and now offers blends made up of four different types of roasted coffee beans. The company is […]

ATV/UTV Assoc. Continues To Seek Support For Trail System

  Members of the Cameron County ATV/UTV Association held an Open House on Saturday evening at the Emporium Fire Hall to hear citizens’ concerns and dispense information on the group’s ambitions within the county. The association is led by resident Jeff Snell, current owner of the Bear Den in Sterling Run, who has been going […]

Commissioners Closely Watching Efforts To Pass State Budget

  by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Cameron County Commissioners discussed ongoing efforts by the state legislature to ready a budget and associated bills for the new fiscal yea that began on July 1st. The legislature had yet to pass a budget as of Thursday’s meeting, but the Senate passed a slightly-tweaked version of House […]

50+ Heroin Overdoses In Nearby Counties

  Last week, statements were released by government officials across Pennsylvania’s northern tier warning of a deadly batch of heroin causing overdoses in Lycoming and Tioga counties and the surrounding area. Over a 48-hour period, at least 51 individuals were treated following suspected overdoses to heroin likely laced with fentanyl or carfentanyl, powerful synthetic opioids […]

Hygrade Inn, Restoring a Piece of Local History

by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor An Open House has been planned to give community members an opportunity to see the new Hygrade Inn Bed & Breakfast prior to restoration efforts. “We are holding an Open House because we want people to see the house before we start. Most people have never seen the inside […]

Richardson Resigns as School Board President

The Cameron County School District (CCSD) Board of Directors held an unscheduled meeting on Thursday evening to make additional personnel changes. Member Robert Lininger addressed assembled “anybody who thinks the decisions made last week were made lightly. Sadly, it had to be done,” he said, referring to the firing of two teachers and the move […]

Programs To Benefit Veterans Discussed at Commissioners Meeting

by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Regional Veterans Career Employment Representative Byron Sutton presented information on programs to benefit veterans and businesses where veterans are employed during the Cameron County Commissioners meeting held Thursday in Emporium. Sutton is currently working with county Veterans Affairs’ (VA) directors from the four-county region made up of Cameron, Elk, […]

Woman Charged With Endangering Children

A Cameron County resident has been charged in Clearfield County after being found unconscious with two children in her care. Nicole Marie Whitmore, age 30, of Emporium, has been charged with two misdemeanors each of charges of endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person following an incident that occurred last week in […]

School Board Makes Curriculum Cuts, Raises Taxes 1.2 Mills

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor About 50 people attended the Cameron County School District (CCSD) board meeting to voice their objections to the proposed cuts to education at Cameron County High School (CCHS). Curriculum changes are anticipated as  board members attempt to balance the 2017-18 budget. Members have been attempting to cut […]

Abriatis To Represent CCHS at Laurel Festival

    Molly Abriatis has been selected to represent Cameron County in the 2017 Laurel Festival. The Wellsboro community is inviting the public to join in the weeklong 76th Annual Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival celebration now through Sunday, June 18. The family-friendly event includes the Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen competition. Molly is the daughter of […]

Little League Carnival Hits Town Monday

    The Cameron County Little League and Bartlebaughs Amusements will be holding the carnival on Broad Street the week of June 19th through June 24th. Advance tickets will be $6.00 a strip and will be available at the Chamber office, the K of C, the courthouse (Staci Brown) and from Beth Newhouse and Sandy […]

Vandalism at Cameron County Ballfields

    Last week, reports of vandalism were received by Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) from officials at both the softball fields in Sizerville and the Little League Complex near Prospect Park. At the Sizerville softball fields, unknown individuals entered the complex, presumably at night, and applied white spray paint graffiti inside of the dugouts. At […]

Two Men Charged With Additional Burglaries

    Two men arrested in the Wykoff Run area last year after absconding from parole are being charged in a burglary case stemming from their time in Cameron County. Elijah Jacob Conser, age 22, of Punxsutawney, and Austin Obrien Eckert, age 23, of York, have been charged with felony counts of burglary and criminal […]

Lt. Governor Stack Visits Region

    Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack visited northcentral Pennsylvania this week to speak with local officials and residents and visit attractions. Stack took part in a presentation and roundtable discussion led by members of the Potter County Veterans’ Service Committee and veterans service representatives from Cameron, McKean and Potter counties on Thursday morning in […]

Nearly 60 Snakes Turned In During Annual Hunt

    The results of the 2017 Sinnemahoning Snake Hunt are in, with nearly 60 snakes turned in throughout the weekend event held at the Sinnemahoning Sportsmen’s Club.  The event is hosted by the sportsmen’s club and the Keystone Reptile Club, which facilitates several such hunts throughout the state annually. Of those, Sinnemahoning typically boasts […]

Harrier, Guisto Earn Top Honors In CCHS Class of ‘17

    Cameron County High School proudly announces that Madison Harrier and Madisen Guisto have earned the titles of Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2017, respectively. Madison Anna Harrier, Valedictorian, is the daughter of Sheri Larson and Rich Harrier. She has participated in basketball, golf and student council and is a member of […]

Fallen Veterans Remembered with Parade, Ceremony

    Fallen veterans were remembered with a parade and ceremony in honor of Memorial Day in Emporium on Monday. The Cameron County Memorial Detail led the parade, which featured a number of local veterans riding a float, Cameron County Little League baseball, softball, minor league, and t-ball teams, the Cameron County High School (CCHS) […]

WalkWorks Trail To Be Opened in Emporium

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor A loop trail has been created in Emporium as part of the WalkWorks program to promote healthy lifestyles and activities. The Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and Emporium Borough worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the University of Pittsburgh to create a 1.67-mile walking loop […]

Teutech Tax Assessment Appeal Resolved

    Resolution 2017-6, which resolves a tax assessment appeal with Teutech, was approved by Cameron County Commissioners during their regular meeting held Thursday afternoon. The Teutech Tax Assessment appeal sought to lower the property value of the light industrial facility located at 227 Barton Street in Emporium, and was filed in November of 2015. […]

Children’s Fair Thursday

    The Cameron County Children’s Fair is coming to the Emporium Firehall on Thursday, June 1st from noon to 3 p.m. Bring the kids and enjoy balloon creations by Bubbles the Clown; face painting; games; ice cream; popcorn; drinks; hot dogs; prizes; and lots of free stuff from vendors. There will be giveaways for […]

Drum & Henry Fishing Derby Set For Sunday

    The 63rd Annual Drum and Henry Fishing Derby will be held this weekend, on Sunday, June 1, at the Bucktail Rod and Gun Club on Sizer Run Road. The Drum and Henry Fishing Derby got its start in 1954, organized by businessmen Norm Drum and Ed Henry. The event was originally held at […]

Community Pool Opens Monday

    The Cameron County Community Pool will open on Monday, June 5th. Advance tickets may be purchased in the High School Principal’s Office beginning Monday, May 22 through June 2. Each ticket price will increase $2.00 beginning June 5.    

Carnovale Named Mayor of the Year

    Emporium Borough Mayor Bruno Carnovale and current Borough Council President Luann Reed were both honored at a recent meeting of the Pennsylvania Borough Association for their service to the community. Carnovale has served as a borough official for more than 50 years, first as a council person for 18 years, then as Civil […]

Country Club To Host Young Golfers

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor A new opportunity to introduce area youth to the sport of golf has been launched at the Emporium Country Club (ECC) and will kick-off this Thursday evening. Beginning Thursday, May 18, children ages eight and up will be welcomed to ECC beginning at 5:30 p.m. to give […]

Banquets, Ceremonies To Honor Graduates

    The Cameron County School District (CCSD) has organized an additional ceremony for graduating seniors to ensure recognition goes to seniors receiving awards, and the organizations presenting them. Dr. Keith Wolfe suggested the move to provide an additional opportunity for honoring graduating seniors and community members who provide opportunities for continuing education. Traditional Baccalaureate, […]

County Unemployment Rate at 7.1%

    Cameron County’s unemployment rate was calculated at 7.1% for the month of February as it continued to hover between 6.5% and 8.5% over the past few months. The Pennsylvania rate for the same time period was calculated at 5.0%, down slightly from previous months. State numbers are also in for March, showing the […]

Bald & Fat Classic To Become Annual Event

    The Cameron County BAGUBA Club recently hosted a Bald & Fat Classic wrestling tournament that will be planned as an annual event to raise money for local wrestlers. The BAGUBA—Brutally Aggressive Guys Uninhibited by Adversity—Club supports wrestling at the Junior Olympics wrestling level for elementary-aged students, and some activities for the Cameron County […]

Bald & Fat Wrestling Tournament Saturday

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor An adult wrestling tournament is being planned to be held at Woodland Elementary School beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 6. The Bald & Fat Classic (B&FC), organized by Joe Musti of York, is a series of wrestling tournaments “for real men who’ve passed their prime […]

Haskins Charged With Rape of a Child

    A local man has been charged with a number of crimes related to inappropriate contact with a minor in his care. Shane Michael Haskins, age 35, with addresses listed in both Emporium and Port Allegany, has been charged with first-degree felony counts of rape of a child, statutory sexual assault and aggravated indecent […]

Suspects Charged In Emporium Assault

    Three individuals have been charged following an altercation that took place in the Borough of Emporium earlier this month. Michael E. Hallowell, age 48, Dana Lee Grovanz, age 35, and Christopher James Grovanz, age 37, have each been charged with a felony count of rioting with the intent to commit a felony for […]

Search Warrant Issued In Pettit Rape Investigation

    Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the alleged rape of a minor that occurred in the Emporium Borough last week. A search warrant was obtained through Magisterial District Judge Barry Brown’s office in Emporium following reports of a rape made by a known 15-year-old juvenile female, alleged to have occurred in the downstairs apartment […]

Boro Working With Owners of Blighted Properties

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Emporium Borough officials continue to deal with blighted properties and ordinance violations in town. An action plan was received from Matthew Grimone, of Shippen Township, concerning four downtown properties that were previously addressed through the magistrate, with two of the residential structures possibly slated for demolition, according […]

Commissioners Review State Budget’s Local Impact

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Cameron County Commissioners discussed the state budget, economic news and conservation efforts at their regular meeting held Thursday in Emporium. Commissioner Lori Reed stated that the budget came up at a recent meeting of county commissioners from northwestern Pennsylvania. The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) is […]

Local Woman Charged With Endangering Welfare of Minors

    An Emporium woman has been charged with two felony counts of endangering the welfare of children and a misdemeanor for recklessly endangering another person following an incident that occurred in the Emporium Borough in early April. Shalynn Marie Schatz, age 24, with home addresses listed in both Emporium and Penfield, was charged this […]

GKN, Employees Support Community Chest

    Over the past 41 years GKN Sinter Metals Emporium facilities (originally PPM) have been supporting the Cameron County Community Chest via employee contributions through payroll deduction. An added incentive is that the company also donates to the drive.  Since the inception of this program, GKN has been a major contributor to the Cameron […]

Kriner Sentenced To County Jail For Statutory Sexual Assault

    An Emporium man was sentenced to serve 10 to 24 months in a county jail after pleading guilty last year to four felony charges including statutory sexual assault. Matthew Scott Kriner, age 27, entered open guilty pleas to felony counts of unlawful contact with a minor, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and […]

Cameron County Court Return Day

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor During Return Day proceedings held Tuesday in Cameron County, a number of defendants entered pleas and were sentenced, but several received continuances for their cases. A guilty plea was accepted by Cameron County President Judge Richard Masson on behalf of Courtney Hays, age 26, of Weedville, on […]

KRHC Expanding Local Health Facility

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Groundbreaking for new medical facilities at the Keystone Rural Health Consortia (KRHC) location in Emporium was held Thursday. Hallstrom Construction, of DuBois, will serve as general contractor on the $650,000 project, which is being funded through a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan. KTH Architecture of […]

Salt Run Fish Fest Great Success

    The annual Salt Run Youth Fish Fest held this past Saturday at Andrews Farm in Shippen Township was a success, according to organizers. “Both the weather and fish cooperated this year with sunny skies and mild temperatures,” said Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities (CCOYA) Director Don Bickford. “This has turned into a great […]

Sizerville Bridge Work Begins, Wykoff Detour Ends

    Roadwork in the Wykoff Run area progressed far enough for the detour to be ended and travelers to return to the area just ahead of fishing season. Wykoff Run Road (Route 2001) in Gibson Township had been closed for several weeks prior to opening day of fishing season to facilitate work on a […]

Shippen Plans Spring Clean-Up For Saturday

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor The annual Spring Clean-Up will be held at the Shippen Township building from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 22. Residents of Lumber, Portage and Shippen townships whose refuse bills are paid-in-full are permitted to bring truckloads of household waste to the township for disposal for […]

Perfect Water Conditions For Canoe, Kayak Classic

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor The water was perfect for this year’s Cameron County Canoe & Kayak Classic held this Saturday on the Driftwood Branch. This is the 43rd year of the annual Canoe Race, as it is called locally. The race was held a week late this year due to high-water […]

Recycling Center Closed For Several More Weeks

    The Cameron County Recycling Center will likely be closed for several more months due to issues with construction of a new building. Amendment #1 was approved, which grants an extension to the completion date for the Recycling Grant Agreement. A pavilion to be constructed over the recycling center was measured incorrectly, causing delays […]

Salt Run Fishing Derby This Saturday

    Youth are invited to the annual Salt Run Fish Fest this Saturday at Andrews Farm in Shippen Township. On Saturday, April 15, at 8 a.m., fishing season officially opens in north central Pennsylvania. Registration for the youth event begins at 7:30 a.m. “We are extremely proud of this event that has turned into […]

Rail Trail Upkeep Discussed at Commissioners Meeting

    Cameron County Commissioners discussed the West Creek Rail Trail during their regular meeting held Thursday. Commissioners are looking into ways to assist organizers of the West Creek Rail Trail, which connects Emporium to St. Marys via a 19-mile section of old railway, keep the trail looking as good as the day it was […]

Annual Egg Hunt

    The Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 15 at 1 p.m. at the Cameron County Little League Complex on Sizerville Road. This year’s event is sponsored by the Cameron County Vets Club and VFW, the Emporium Moose Lodge, Knights of Columbus, and the May Hollow Sportsmen’s Club. Sign-ups are available […]

Embassy

  Powdered Metals Acquires AST   Embassy Powdered Metals, Inc. announced the acquisition of all assets formerly known as the Emporium-based American Sintered Technologies (AST) Monday.  Embassy, which has doubled in size and employment over the past four years, including $7 million in new investments, expects to gross $16 million in sales and employ approximately […]

Driftwood Borough To Receive Water System Funding

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor A sizable grant has been awarded to the Driftwood Borough for renovations to its public water system. The funds total $203,965, and will be used to create a new groundwater source of potable water through reconstruction of the filter plant in Nanny Run, and installation of new […]

High Waters Postpones Annual Canoe Classic

    High water conditions forced organizers to cancel the Cameron County Canoe & Kayak Classic scheduled for this past Saturday. The race, which was set to begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning from the boat launch near the Emporium Country Club, was announced as postponed as of 12:30 p.m. on Friday. It has […]

Borough Council Taking Measures To Make Woodland Corner Safer

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Emporium Borough officials are looking into measures to reduce the number of crashes on a corner near the Cameron County School District. A streets committee meeting has been set for next week, and input is expected from Emporium Borough Police Chief Dave Merritt and Street Supervisor Ted […]

County Unemployment Rate Down Significantly

    Cameron County’s unemployment rate is down significantly for January 2017 compared to the previous month’s data, according to information made available from the Department of Labor and Industry at the end of last month. The rate for January 2017, the most recent data available, was calculated at 6.9%. For December, the rate was […]

Emporium Woman Facing Arson Charges

    An Emporium woman will face charges of arson and related counts stemming from a Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) investigation into the second of two fires to occur at a Shippen Township home in the space of several days. Ashley Jo Callaway, age 30, of 1741 Old West Creek Road in Shippen Township, has […]

River Levels, Flow Rate Concern For Saturday’s Canoe & Kayak Classic

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Volunteers gathered on Sunday to perform a cleanup of the Driftwood Branch ahead of the Canoe & Kayak Classic scheduled for this Saturday, April 1. More than a dozen volunteers gathered at the Cameron Bridge on Sunday to spread out along Route 120, the highway that racers […]

Burglary Charges Bound Over To Court

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Two Elk County men will face burglary and related counts after they allegedly forced their way into an Emporium-area home to demand repayment of a few hundred dollars. Michael Paul Knepp, age 40, of Dagus Mines, and Matthew John Meholic, age 26, of St. Marys, are two […]

Spring Weather Marks Beginning of Road Construction Season

    Cameron County drivers will have hurdles to jump when travelling out of the county over the next several weeks. The advent of spring weather brings out birds and other wildlife along with construction crews. The Route 155 project restarted on Monday, March 27, with a work zone stretching from the Cameron-Potter county line […]

Bowling Alley Reopens as ‘Mack’s Rhythm and Blues,’ Open House Saturday

    Cameron County once again has a bowling alley to entertain residents and visitors, with the facility reopening on Route 120 earlier this month. An Open House Grand Opening is scheduled to be held this Saturday, April 1 at the former Mountain View Bowling Lanes just east of Emporium. The party will run from […]