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 […]

Emp. Hardwoods In Cleanup Stage; Will Rebuild

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor An industrial facility seriously damaged by fire earlier this month will be rebuilt, according to county officials. The Emporium Hardwoods facility, located on Route 120 just south of town, suffered an estimated $7 to $10 million in the early morning fire that occurred last Saturday. Cameron County […]

Sarick Receives VFW Recruiter Award

    The VFW Post 6221 of Cameron County is proud to announce that Barry E. Sarick (left), Quartermaster of the Post, has been recognized by Commander-in-Chief Brian Duffy for his effort in recruiting new and reinstated members to their great organization. Recruiter awards, as listed in the National Membership Program, recognize those members who […]

Olay Seeks Fourth Term As Prothonotary

    Mary Grace Olay would like to announce her bid for re-election for the office of Cameron County Prothonotary. Mary Grace is currently serving her third term as Prothonotary, Register of Wills, Recorder of Deeds and Clerk of Courts. She previously worked as Deputy Prothonotary and Deputy Recorder of Deeds for 15 years. Mary […]

Candidates File Petitions For Primary Election

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor A number of county, borough and township positions are up for re-election in this year’s municipal elections. Primary elections are scheduled to be held in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, May 16. In Cameron County, incumbent Magisterial District Judge Barry D. Brown, of Britton Hill Road in Lumber Township, […]

Commissioners Approve Funding To Assist In Repair Of WWI Monument

    A number of requests for funding from Act 13 Marcellus Shale funding were approved by Cameron County Commissioners during a regular meeting held Thursday. The biggest approval was granted to the Olkosky-Jessop American Legion Post #194 for anticipated repairs to the World War I Monument housed on the grounds of the Cameron County […]

Fuel Oil Spill In Hunts Run

    A tributary of Hunts Run is being monitored following a spill that leaked more than 100 gallons of fuel oil onto the ground. Members of the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) were called out to a private residence in the Hunts Run area where a fuel oil tank was leaking liquid onto the […]

Lumber Mill Fire Damage Estimated In Millions

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor A Saturday-morning fire has caused millions of dollars in estimated damages to an Emporium industrial facility. More than a hundred emergency responders were called in from across the region to battle the three-alarm fire engulfing an industrial wood-processing facility that is one of the county’s biggest employers. […]

Sestina, Bucknell Headed To The Big Dance

    by Rich Summers This is the week that all college basketball fans look forward to each year. The NCAA Division I Men’s basketball tournament, or The Big Dance as it has come to be known, will tip off this week and local fans will be able to watch a familiar face.  Emporium resident […]

Two Charged With Welfare Fraud

    A husband and wife who reside in Cameron County have been charged with several counts of welfare fraud following an investigation into approximately five years of benefits collection by the pair. Jamie G. Haynes, age 35, and Scott A. Haynes, age 37, have each been charged with two felony counts and one misdemeanor […]

Shippen Residents Deal With Rutted Road

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor A number of Shippen Township residents are upset over the condition of the dirt road used to reach their homes. Glenn Davis, a township resident living along Sizer Run Road, stated that in the 20 years he has owned property in the area, the roadway has never […]

Board Votes To Oppose Legislation Eliminating School Property Taxes

    Members of the Board of Directors of the Cameron County School District (CCSD) voted unanimously Thursday night to adopt Resolution 01-2017, which opposes current legislation to eliminate school property taxes. Board member Robert Lininger stated that members are not opposed to the elimination of property taxes, but that the suggested funding formula would […]

Hostler Resigns Boro Council Seat

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Members of the Emporium Borough Council accepted the resignation of a member during their regular meeting held Monday evening. Robert Hostler, who was elected to a council position in 2015, tendered his letter of resignation from the board. He also resigned as the borough’s representative on the […]

Commissioners Looking Into Money Saving Projects

    Cameron County Commissioners heard a presentation from a representative of a company specializing in engineering and energy savings projects. The McClure Company has offered to conduct an in-depth audit to look at a number of different ways that the county can save money by making improvements at the Cameron County Courthouse. Representative Eric […]

Two Elk County Men Charged With Emporium Burglary

    Two residents of Elk County have been charged with several crimes after unlawfully entering a Shippen Township home and threatening several occupants. Police were called to investigate an alleged burglary on Old West Creek Road on February 15, wherein victims reported three men entered the home and threatened them with bodily harm. According […]

Empty Ballot Slots Expected For Primaries

    Cameron County officials expect to see a number of empty spots on the primary ballot this May. The deadline to file petitions and have a candidate’s name appear on the ballot during primary voting to be held on Tuesday, May 16, is fast approaching, and a number of slots will be empty due […]

Year’s End County Job Analysis

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor End-of-the-year area data is now available from the Pennsylvania Center of Workforce Information and Analysis concerning local communities. In Cameron County, the December 2016 unemployment rate was calculated at 8.4%, with approximately 200 of the county’s 4,869 residents considered unemployed. Approximately 50 individuals had their unemployment compensation […]

Former Boro Police Officer Sentenced

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor A former Emporium Borough Police officer was sentenced on charges related to inappropriate communication with a minor on Tuesday. Francis Paul Johnson, age 52, of Weedville, was sentenced to serve 10 to 24 months, less one day, in a county jail facility, followed by three years of […]

Little League Sign-Ups Friday, Saturday

    The Cameron County Little League will be holding four sign-up days this year at Memorial Hall: Friday, March 3rd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 4th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Friday, March 10th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, March 11th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. […]