Shippen Secures Permit To Address Sylvan Heights Drainage Issues

    Shippen Township Supervisors secured a permit last week to begin work on a problem section of roadway in the Sylvan Heights neighborhood. Representatives of Uni-Tec engineering firm announced they put together a proposal on behalf of the supervisors to address drainage issues down the steep hill that residents must travel to access their […]

Cameron County Remembers 9/11

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Memorial services were held Saturday and Sunday in Cameron County to commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. Ceremonies were held at Memorial Park, just west of Emporium on Route 120, and dedicated to First Responders, as they were the first to run […]

Council To Advertise For Street Paving Bids

    The Emporium Borough Council voted to advertise for bids to pave a number of streets throughout town, with work to be completed this year. Small sections of a number of streets are included in the bid package. Borough Manager Don Reed stated that three paving companies, two currently working in Cameron County and […]

Decrease In Local Unemployment Numbers

      Local unemployment numbers continue to decrease despite slight increases or stagnation across the rest of the state. The Commonwealth’s unemployment rate ticked up by one-tenth of a percent to 5.6% for the month of June, 2016, and recently-released county numbers show that Cameron County’s unemployment rate decreased during that period, from 7.1% […]

Cameron County ATV Association Seeks To Connect County Trails

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Residents of Cameron County were informed of efforts to organize an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) trail that seeks to connect a number of counties within the Pennsylvania Wilds. More than eighty people attended the Cameron County ATV/UTV Association meeting held at the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) on […]

Expect Delays On Route 46

    Work is set to commence on State Route 46 between Emporium and Smethport in the near future. Construction is to include full-depth reclamation of the roadway. Initial announcements from PennDOT stated that the road would be closed to traffic throughout the work period from the Cameron County line to the U.S. Route 6 […]

ECC Student Hit By Car at Bus Stop

    A Cameron County woman is accused of hitting a student at a bus stop with her car last week in St. Marys. Deborah Gerlach, age 45, of Emporium, has not yet been charged in the investigation into an accident that occurred on the Bucktail Highway in Elk County Thursday. Gerlach is implicated as […]

9-11 Memorial Saturday

    On September 10th at 10 a.m., the VFW Memorial Detail along with the Cameron County High School Band will be at the Big Flag (Route 120 across the bridge going to St. Marys) for a 9-11 Memorial Remembrance ceremony. The remembrance ceremony is for all those who died or were injured either physically […]

Commissioners Report On Upgrades at Rec Center

    Cameron County Commissioners presented information on upgrades at the recreation center and efforts to mitigate damages suffered in the building’s basement during flooding last month. Commissioners stated that overall Memorial Hall was not severely damaged when downtown storm drains were unable to carry away the inch-plus of rain per hour that fell in […]

Free Karate Classes Offered In Response To Student Survey

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Karate classes will be offered to students in fifth through twelfth grade later this month at no cost to parents. The classes will be sponsored by Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services (ADAS) in response to answers submitted by Cameron County School District (CCSD) students on the Pennsylvania […]

Annual St. Mark Festival Saturday

    The St. Mark Festival is nearly here! The festival will take place this weekend, August 26-27, at St. Mark in Emporium. The festivities begin this Friday, August 26th, with a spaghetti dinner at O’Connell Hall from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased ahead of time at the […]

Defendants Appear In Cameron County Court For Return Day

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor One defendant was sentenced on a charge of possession of paraphernalia during last week’s Return Day proceedings, despite the statute of limitations having expired on that charge. Shawn Daniel Armstrong, age 43, of Reynoldsville, entered a guilty plea to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and […]

Two Investigations Lead To Search Warrant

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Police investigations into two reports from separate addresses in the Borough of Emporium led police to execute a search warrant at a local residence. In late July, Julie Elizabeth Johnson, age 35, of 55 Sycamore Street in Emporium, was arrested on felony charges of possession with intent […]

Emporium Man Sentenced On Bath Salts Charges

    An Emporium man was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to charges stemming from the use and sale of bath salts. Craig James Hostler, age 28 of Emporium, was sentenced to serve four to 24 months in a county jail after entering a guilty plea to charges in two separate cases stemming from his […]

Emergency Food, Shelter Funds Available

    Applications are being accepted by Northern Tier Community Action Corporation (NTCAC) to distribute funds received to help individuals in need of emergency food or housing assistance. Cameron County has been awarded $5,500 through a Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program Congressionally-appropriated to help expand the capacity of emergency food […]

Kane Resigns As PA Attorney General

    The highest-ranking law enforcement official in the state has resigned her position after being found guilty of nine criminal charges including obstruction of justice, conspiracy and felony perjury following her trial last week. Kathleen Granahan Kane, age 50, of Clarks Summit, was found guilty by a jury of felony perjury and misdemeanor counts […]

Demolition Imminent For Downtown

  Eyesore Properties   by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Cameron County Commissioners held a special meeting Friday to open bids for demolition of three buildings. Three bids were received for demolition of the former Admit One building and an adjacent storefront on Fourth Street and an apartment building in the rear of the property […]

Traffic Pattern Changes In School Parking Lot

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Cameron County School District officials are advising parents of traffic pattern changes following resurfacing of both parking lots over the summer. Maintenance Director William Smith stated that traffic patterns have been changed in the Woodland Elementary parking lot in order to alleviate some of the congestion at […]

Great Week at the Fair Despite Heavy Rains Canceling Thursday Events

    Cameron County Fair officials chose to cancel Thursday’s scheduled activities due to heavy rains and flooding across the area. While the fairgrounds itself did not suffer any damage from the torrential downpour that occurred on Thursday afternoon, areas of downtown Emporium filled up with water and required a response from emergency services agencies […]

Area Job Numbers

    Unemployment is up across the Commonwealth according to the July releases from the Pennsylvania Center for Workforce Information and Analysis. While the unemployment rate increased slightly to 5.6%, the statewide job count also increased over the same period to 5,893,400. Total non-farm jobs were up 20,000, with increases in nine of the 11 […]

Sylvan Heights Residents Question Township Over Road Conditions

    Work to secure a section of levee in Prospect Park is moving forward, according to information provided during last week’s Shippen Township meeting. The necessary repairs are being completed through inter-governmental cooperation and a public-private partnership with the adjacent railroad property owner. Work was scheduled to begin last Monday but had to be […]

Changes Made To Boro Garbage Pickup Rules

    Emporium Borough officials are working to fix problems that have arisen with special garbage pickups, a service traditionally offered to residents free-of-charge. Each resident paying a garbage bill has been entitled to one additional pick-up per year at their residence. The pick-up was intended to help residents who are performing spring cleaning or […]

County Under Drought Watch; Driftwood Restricts Water Use

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a drought watch for 34 counties in north central Pennsylvania and beyond, including Cameron County. Members evaluated recently collected data that indicates water supply levels continue to drop. Low stream flows, declining groundwater levels and below-average rainfall […]

Fugitives Arraigned on Burglary Charges

    Two men who were wanted by state parole appeared in court Thursday following their arrest near a Wykoff Run camp over the weekend. Elijah Jacob Conser, age 21, of Kayla Lane in Punxsutawney, and Austin Obrien Eckert, age 22, of Green Springs Road in York, were both picked up by Pennsylvania State Police […]

County Fair Kicks-Off Sunday

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor The Cameron County Fair is set to kick off on Sunday, August 7 and run through Saturday, August 13 at the Cameron County Fairgrounds just north of Emporium on Route 46. This year’s fair theme is “We Have Good Things Growing,” and will include a number of […]

Two Arrested After Chase

    Two fugitives were arrested on state parole warrants following a foot chase by police in southern Cameron County. Elijah Jacob Conser, age 21, of Kayla Lane in Punxsutawney, and Austin Obrien Eckert, age 21, of Green Springs Road in York, were arrested on the morning of Saturday, July 30, after a foot pursuit. […]

Playgrounds in the Wilds

    The 2nd Playground in the Wilds program of the summer was held last week. Hosted by Cameron County Recreation Center and Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities (CCOYA), about 20 young people showed up to learn more about the wonders of nature.  This event was held at the Woodland School playground, taking advantage of […]

Little Rainfall Still A Problem For Residents

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Recent rains are likely to have saved the region from a drought declaration after lower-than-average late spring and early summer rainfall totals dropped water levels in local streams and aquifers. EMA Deputy Director Laura Narby stated that her agency had not yet received word of any private […]

Formal Ordinance Violation Process Has Begun On Boro Property Owner

    A number of initiatives aimed at cleaning up the Emporium Borough were discussed during Monday night’s council meeting. Two residents of South Broad Street attended the meeting to learn the outcome of a complaint they lodged at the June meeting concerning a blighted structure in their neighborhood. The apartment building is one of […]

Former Tax Collector Sentenced to Probation

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor A former Cameron County tax collector was sentenced Tuesday on charges related to her failure to deposit payments made by her constituents. Melinda Buchanan, age 38, of Driftwood, will serve three years on probation following her entry of a guilty plea to one misdemeanor count of theft […]

Shippen Man Threatens Teenage Fishermen

    A search warrant was executed at a Shippen Township residence following reports of a man threatening two teenage fishermen with a gun. At shortly after 5 p.m. on July 11, two juvenile males reported to Pennsylvania State Police that they were fishing in North Creek just off of Route 46 in Shippen Township. […]

Sexual Misconduct Charges Consume Court Return Day

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Several defendants facing charges involving sexual misconduct appeared for court hearings during Tuesday’s Return Day proceedings at the Cameron County Courthouse. Former Emporium Borough Police Department (EBPD) Sergeant Francis Johnson, age 51, of Weedville, had been scheduled for jury call prior to trial, but had his hearings […]

Shippen Twp. Notifies County of Plans To Remedy Levee Issues

    Notification has been received from Shippen Township of plans to remedy issues on the flood control levee in Prospect Park. Issues were discovered by the owners of Reid and Reed Auto, located between the levee and Route 155 north of Emporium last year. The flood protection levee system which protects the Emporium Borough […]

Woman Charged In Homicide

  Rejects Plea Deal   A woman charged with Homicide by Vehicle will stand trial on charges in the Cameron County Court. Kaitlyn N. (Crosby) Wolfel, age 23, of Austin, turned down a plea deal negotiated by Deputy Attorney General George Zaiser and her defense attorney, Gary Knaresboro, Esquire, during jury call proceedings held Tuesday […]

South Broad Street Residents Complain Of Blighted Property

    Emporium’s Borough Manager gave an update on the ongoing issues surrounding the large number of blighted properties in town after several residents of the South Broad Street area attended Monday night’s meeting to speak on the issues of living near one of the mostly abandoned homes. Borough Manager Don Reed stated that he […]

Voluntary Water Rationing In Driftwood

  by Amanda Jones, Echo News Editor A Cameron County public water system has instituted voluntary rationing of its water due to drought conditions across the Commonwealth. Residents of the Driftwood Borough who are served by the Driftwood Water Authority are being asked to conserve water through a number of measures. “Nanty Run is holding […]

Changes Made To High School Class Schedule

    Cameron County High School students will adjust to a new schedule next year following changes made by the District Principal and recently-hired Superintendent. Dr. Keith Wolfe participated in the first full regular board meeting following his hiring last month to a three-year contract. The district opted not to renew a contract with Christine […]

Annual St. Mark Festival Set For August

    The fourth annual St. Mark’s Festival will be held the weekend of August 26 and 27 at St. Mark Catholic Church in downtown Emporium. “The festival is a great way to celebrate summer’s closing and to kick off fall festivities,” said committee member Jessie Grovanz. The first get-together in a long list of […]

County Sued By Former Airport Head

    Long-time Bradford Airport Director Tom Frungillo has filed a federal lawsuit against the Bradford Regional Airport, the counties it serves and other entities after he alleges he was wrongfully terminated from his position. According to the Bradford Era, Frungillo alleges that the airport terminated his employment in retaliation for his health problems. Frungillo’s […]

Weekend in the Wilds Draws Record Crowds

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor This year’s Weekend in the Wilds event was a huge success and drew record crowds for a number of events. The annual festival held in downtown Emporium drew thousands throughout Friday evening and Saturday leading up to a packed set of grandstands at the football field for […]

Vacant House Fire Sunday Evening

    A house on East Fifth Street Extension in the Emporium Borough was damaged in a late-night fire over the holiday weekend. Crews were dispatched to the blaze at 12:29 a.m., in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. Emporium Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) Chief Butch Housler stated that the fire started on the rear […]

County, School To Receive Additional PILT Revenue

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor A partial increase to the Payments-in-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILT) made on state-held lands will bring additional revenue to cash-strapped counties, school districts and municipalities in rural Pennsylvania, so long as the state legislature and governor can pass the budget and fiscal code. “This measure will go a long way […]

Sestina Commissioned in U.S. Marine Corps

    Andrew R. Sestina, son of Don and Ricki Sestina, of Emporium, was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U. S. Marine Corps on July 1st at 3 p.m. in the Cameron County Courthouse. Candidate Sestina had completed the two requirements to become a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps: Completion […]

CCSD Hires New Superintendent

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Members of the Cameron County School District Board of Directors set the budget and tax levy for the coming year and hired a new superintendent during their regular meeting held Thursday night. Residents of Cameron County will see no tax increase this year. The board voted to […]

Abandoned Cars Tackled; Blighted Houses Next

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Abandoned vehicles across the borough will be removed by municipal officials in the coming months, according to an announcement from the Emporium Borough Council this week. For several months, council members have been working with Borough Manager Don Reed, the borough solicitor, Police Chief David Merritt and […]

Five Drug Arrests Made In Three Incidents

    Five Emporium residents were arrested recently through three separate investigations highlighting intergovernmental cooperation. Richard Douglas Housler, age 33, was recently arrested for charges stemming from a November 2015 sale of a controlled substance to a confidential informant working with the drug task force. Housler is accused of selling three suboxone strips to the […]

Emporium Man Arrested For Selling Heroin

    Police in Elk County recently arrested an Emporium man for allegedly selling narcotics in the parking lot of a St. Marys restaurant. St. Marys City Police arrested 48-year-old Daniel James Uber, of Route 120 near Emporium, on June 2 after an off-duty state trooper called in a suspected drug deal in the parking […]

Demolition Bidding Process To Begin On Fourth Street Properties

    One blighted Emporium building has come down, and another is now slated for demolition. The former Jasper Harris & Son building located on East Fourth Street is officially down, and grading and finishing work will occur over the next several days. Demolition was completed ahead of the June 18 completion date given by […]

Service Held In Honor Of Orlando Victims

    More than 30 people braved rainy conditions to attend a candlelight vigil held in honor of the Orlando shooting victims in Emporium on Wednesday evening. The vigil was organized by the Cameron County Ministerial Association which consists of about a dozen churches in Emporium, Driftwood, Sinnemahoning and Sterling Run. “It was such a […]

Work Continues To Alleviate Shippen Ordinance Violators

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Work to correct ordinance violations at a number of properties across Shippen Township continues. Garbage issues at a home just outside of Truman have been remedied with the help of an outside governmental agency. Issues with the yard of a second home, near the fairgrounds, have also […]

Advanced Carnival Tickets Now On Sale

    The Cameron County Little League will be selling advance carnival tickets again this year at the following locations: K of C, Cameron County Chamber office, Cameron County Courthouse (Staci Brown), and at the Little League field (Beth Newhouse or Sandy Bresslin). Bartlebaughs Amusements will be in Emporium the week of June 20th through […]

Large Crowds Turn Out For Sinnemahoning Snake Hunt

    Hundreds of people flocked to the Sinnemahoning Snake Hunt this weekend, held at the Sportsmen’s Club in Sinnemahoning. The event is hosted by the sportsmen’s association and sponsored by the Keystone Reptile Club, which hosts several other Snake Hunt events throughout the year. Sinnemahoning is the largest of those events, and it drew […]

ECUA Presents Information On Community College To CCSD Board

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor At Monday’s workshop meeting of the Cameron County School District Board of Directors, Duane Vicini, President of the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny (ECUA), presented information on the Rural Regional Community College of Pennsylvania. The community college, which had its formation authorized several years ago but […]

Supervisors Discuss Road Repaving Costs

    Shippen Township Supervisors scheduled a special meeting later this month to open bids for stone to be used to repair a section of levee in Prospect Park. The township, county and Mid-Cameron Authority are working together to make repairs to the levee which not only offers flood protection to nearby residents but also […]

Olean Wholesale Comments On Purchase of Olivett’s

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Olivett’s Market, owned originally by Joseph Olivett and most recently by his sons, Rick and Tim, will be transferred to Olean Wholesale as of July 5 after a sales agreement was finalized over the past few weeks. Joe Olivett opened the store in 1939 using $50 he […]

Sinnemahoning Snake Hunt This Weekend at SSA Club

    This year’s Sinnemahoning Snake Hunt is scheduled for this Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, at the Sinnemahoning Sportsmen’s Club. Hunters with valid reptile-harvesting permits from the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) are invited to participate in the hunt. Entries are taken for rattlesnakes, copperheads and non-venomous species.      

Boro Shares Information On Levee Issues

    Members of the Emporium Borough Council are in contact with Eldred Borough officials to share information on levee issues. Eldred’s levee system was recently discredited, and now residents are being forced to pay much higher flood insurance premiums on their properties. “Small municipalities are dealing with water issues. We have to work together […]

CCCD Celebrates 50 Years

    The Cameron County Conservation District (CCCD) will celebrate fifty years of service to the county during an event planned for June 11 at Andrews’ Farm. The celebration will be held from 1-5 p.m., and is free to the public. Educational folk singer Van Wagner will entertain during the event. Wagner is an award-winning […]

PILT Issues Discussed By Commissioners

    During Thursday’s meeting, Cameron County Commissioners discussed several issues that are being debated in the state legislature that could increase revenue into the region if they are passed. Commissioner Phil Jones is on the steering committee for the State Land Tax Fairness Coalition, organized to leverage the state to increase the Payments-in-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILT) […]

After 77 Years, Olivett’s Sold To Out-of-Town Buyer

      Long-time Cameron County business Olivett’s Shur-Fine Market will soon be under new ownership. Olean Wholesale, a company that has served as a supplier to Olivett’s for the nearly eighty years the business has been in operation, will take over the store as of July 5. “The new owners plan to come in […]

Smith, Clingan Take Top Honors In CCHS Class of 2016

    Cameron County High School proudly announces that Trae Smith and Logan Clingan have earned the titles of Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2016, respectively. Valedictorian Trae is the son of Mike and April Smith.  Trae will attend Edinboro University where he will major in the biology/chemistry program to help prepare him […]

Driftwood Borough Continues To Address Water Issues

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Cameron County Commissioners commended Driftwood Borough officials on upgrades to the water system and other improvements being made in operations. Driftwood Mayor Joseph Williams spoke recently with commissioners and the Echo on ongoing improvements. “There has been a ton of work done but what stands out is […]

Drum and Henry Fishing Derby Sunday

    Get the kids’ fishing equipment ready for the Drum and Henry Fishing Derby.  It is the 62nd year that this event has provided youth 14 years old and younger the opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled day of fishing. This event will take place June 5th on the Bucktail Rod and Gun Club Pond […]

Veterans Honored On Memorial Day

  by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Memorial Day celebrations in Cameron County kicked off with a parade featuring veterans, the Cameron County Honor Guard and high school marching band and Little League teams. The parade included a float carrying veterans of the armed services, and a number of other veterans walked the parade route. […]

Olivett Market sells to Olean Wholesale

Family-owned for 77 years, a fixture in Emporium     An era is ending. Olivett Market, the Emporium grocery store founded by the late Joe Olivett in July of 1939 with a $500 loan from his mother, Theresa, will close its doors at the end of business on July 4th and reopen on July 5 […]

CCSD Board Continues Efforts To Close Budget Gap

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Members of the Cameron County School District Board of Directors continue efforts to balance expected revenues with expenditures prior to passage of a budget for the 2016-17 school year. At the last meeting, held a little more than a week ago, the projected deficit stood at around […]

Smith Wins D9 Javelin Title, Headed To States

    Trae Smith, competing for Cameron County track and field, brought home a first place finish at the 2016 District 9 Class AA Championships last Friday with a win in the javelin. Smith had a toss of 178’8” in the event held at Brookville High School, outdistancing the second place finisher by almost fifteen […]

Commissioners Updated On Driftwood Water System

    Cameron County Commissioners commended Driftwood Borough officials on upgrades to the water system and other improvements being made in operations. Driftwood Mayor Joseph Williams presented an update to commissioners recently on improvements to the water system, which have significantly increased efficiency. “The Mayor and council have accomplished many good things with the water […]

Virgil Chambers Guest Speaker at Annual Alumni Banquet

    Virgil Chamber is the guest speaker at the 2016 EHS/CCHS Alumni Banquet. The banquet is being held at the Cameron County High School Saturday evening. Chambers is a 1966 graduate of Cameron County High School. He participated in varsity football and track during his junior and senior years. One of the first wrestlers […]

Defendants Appear in Cameron County Court for Return Day

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Defendants appeared at the Cameron County Courthouse on Tuesday to face charges including drug possession, retail theft and driving under the influence (DUI) in front of visiting Judge John Foradora, of Jefferson County. Cameron County Judge Richard Masson was unable to attend due to a medical issue, […]