Counties, Schools Continue To Wait On State Funding

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Counties and school districts continue to wait on funding promised by the state despite the passage of last year’s budget and the looming deadline for this year’s budget negotiations to begin. PlanCon funding is still up in the air for the 2015-16 school year, according to an […]

$500,000 Shortfall In Preliminary School Budget

    Members of the Cameron County School District (CCSD) Board of Directors adopted the preliminary general fund budget for the 2016-17 school year during Thursday night’s meeting. The preliminary budget lists expenditures in the amount of $12,601,089. Board Secretary Carl Mitchell stated that there is currently a projected $500,000 shortfall, but employees are looking […]

    An Emporium man was resentenced on charges including institutional vandalism following a revocation of his probation that occurred last year. Francisco Soto, age 31, was ordered to serve 24 months in the State Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP), but was given credit for time served since the date he was committed to the Department […]

NTCAC Celebrates Community Action Month

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Cameron County Commissioners recently proclaimed the month of May to be Community Action Month in Cameron County in honor of the fifty-year effort to improve the quality-of-life for low-income residents of the area. Northern Tier Community Action Corporation (NTCAC) was founded in 1966 as part of President […]

Tri-County Heroin, Opioid Addiction On the Rise

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Heroin has arrived in the tri-county area, according to treatment specialists speaking at a question and answer session held at the Cameron County High School Tuesday night. Employees of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services (ADAS), the agency that serves Cameron, Elk and McKean counties, held the session […]

Boro Now Owns Properties Slated For Demolition

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor The Emporium Borough now officially owns several properties along East Fourth Street that are slated for demolition. The former Admit One building, adjacent storefront and rear apartment building were approved for purchase by both the Cameron County Commissioners and Cameron County School District, paving the way for […]

Three Shade Tree Commission Members Honored On Arbor Day

    Emporium was named a Tree City, USA during Arbor Day celebrations held Thursday on North Broad Street. For the 28th year, Emporium has been honored with this title, which is only bestowed upon about 3,400 communities across the country. “This is pretty significant. There are not too many municipalities in Pennsylvania that have […]

Metal Detecting Event Well Attended

    The Second Annual Dirt Digging PA Treasure Hunt held this weekend at the Cameron County Fairgrounds saw the number of attendees almost triple over the event’s inaugural year. Around 100 people attended on both days of the event despite rainy, overcast and chilly conditions. Last year, the event drew about 30 people each […]

No Jail Time In Serianni Porn Scandal

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor An Emporium man who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography last fall was sentenced to serve five years on probation on Tuesday at the Cameron County Courthouse. Jon Raymond Serianni, age 42,  of Mountain View Road in Sylvan Heights just outside the borough of Emporium, will serve […]

Moate Sentenced For Taser Incident

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor An Emporium woman involved in an incident that led to her being tasered by police has been sentenced for her involvement. Veronica Ann Moate, age 53, of Emporium, was sentenced to serve 24 months on probation by Cameron County President Judge Richard Masson last week. Moate was […]

Commissioners Give Update On Reopening 3rd St. Playground

    Cameron County Commissioners offered an update on the process of reopening the Third Street Playground following a partial building collapse that closed the popular Emporium Borough park. “We will have to wait until Russ Braun (building inspector) meets with the property owner to make sure the building is safe and secure. We can’t […]

Defendants Arrested In Undercover Sting Sentenced

    Two defendants arrested through the use of a confidential informant and undercover state police officer were sentenced on Tuesday’s Return Day proceedings at the Cameron County Courthouse. Michael Robert McNally, age 30, of Austin, was paroled on Tuesday after spending 58 days in county jail on one felony count of possession of marijuana […]

Eggciting Delivery at Woodland

    Students at Woodland Elementary were excited as they prepared incubators for this year’s delivery of pheasant eggs. On Wednesday, April 13, 600 pheasant eggs were delivered to the designated classrooms.  This year there are 10 classrooms at the Woodland School and three in the High School that are participating in the program. Each […]

Additional Charges Filed In Car Theft Case

    Charges have been added to a criminal complaint against an Emporium man suspected of stealing items from automobiles. A preliminary hearing was held Thursday for Dakota W. Berry, age 18, of Emporium, who has been charged with the thefts. Initially, Berry had been facing five misdemeanor counts each of theft from a motor […]

Commissioners Continue Outreach Efforts With Local Industries

    Cameron County Commissioners are continuing outreach efforts to businesses and the community through industrial site tours, participation in educational initiatives, roundtable discussions with department heads and a re-launch of the county’s website. Commissioners most recently visited the Lewis & Hockenberry sawmill operation in Rich Valley, which employs 30 people full-time. A number of […]

Local Hometown Heroes Banner Project Model

  For Other Communities   In anticipation of installing Hometown Hero Banners honoring past and present service people from Warren County, Revitalization Of Youngsville Association (ROY) members, Nancy Roberti Holmberg and Joanne Oviatt visited Emporium on April 5 to learn how Emporium created their successful program.    Christine Slusarick, President of Sylvan Heritage Council, who […]

Shippen Township Continues To Address Ordinance Violators

    Supervisors in Shippen Township are moving forward on plans to address chronic ordinance violators. “Ordinance violations are being sent. We’re trying to take care of some problems that have been ongoing for some time,” said Supervisor Phil Brown during their monthly meeting held Tuesday. “Our hope is to get these problems taken care […]

Arrest Made In Rash Of Thefts From Parked Cars

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor An Emporium man has been arrested on suspicion of breaking in to a number of cars across the Emporium Borough and surrounding area. Dakota W. Berry, age 18, of Lindenwood Drive in Emporium, has been charged with five counts of theft from a motor vehicle, five counts […]

Mother Nature Comes Through For Canoe, Kayak Classic

    The Cameron County Canoe Classic race was held this past Saturday in Cameron County. Despite windy, cold conditions, 89 canoes and kayaks registered for the race, which included a number of recreational and competitive classes for women, men and mixed couples. Highs were in the fifties but it was periodically windy and overcast, […]

Borough Approves Move To Bid On Blighted Properties

    Emporium Borough Council approved a move to enter a bid on a blighted property in the business district. The property contains three buildings: two storefronts on Fourth Street and an apartment building in the rear facing Greenwood Avenue. The lot and buildings went unsold in last year’s Judicial Tax Sale and have been […]

Local Job Numbers

    The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for Cameron County has declined slightly from the prior month’s numbers. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that Cameron County’s rate was calculated at 6.6% in the most recently-released data covering the month of February. Approximately 100 of the county’s 2,200 workers are considered unemployed—anyone without […]

Third St. Playground Temporarily Closed

    Children are being barred from entering the newly-remodeled Third Street Playground in the Emporium Borough due to the partial collapse of an adjacent building. Cameron County Recreation Director Holly Manginell stated that the playground will be closed until the area has been deemed safe again. “We’re just really glad there was no one […]

Organizers Optimistic Classic Will Be Run On Driftwood Branch

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Conditions for the 42nd Annual Cameron County Canoe & Kayak Classic scheduled for this Saturday, April 2, are not favorable at this point, but organizers are hopeful that spring rains will fall this week and make the river navigable. The optimum flow rate, in cubic feet per […]

Jury Selection Cancelled, Defendants Negotiate Pleas

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Six defendants appearing for jury call hearings prior to jury selection were able to negotiate plea arrangements or were granted more time to work out deals at monthly return day proceedings held Tuesday in Cameron County. Four of the six defendants agreed to terms in negotiated plea […]

Woman Sentenced For Supplying Controlled Substances To Minors

    Sentencing was held for a woman accused of providing controlled substances to minors during return day proceedings at the Cameron County Courthouse on Tuesday. Melinda Buchanan, age 39 of Driftwood, was ordered to report to jail on Monday following sentencing proceedings last week. Buchanan entered an open guilty plea to two counts of […]

Helzel Sentenced For Crimes Against A Child

    A man found guilty by a jury last September of several crimes against a child was sentenced Tuesday in the Cameron County Court of Common Pleas. Arthur A. Helzel, age 37, formerly of Emporium, was ordered to serve 12 1/2 to 25 years in prison, and with credit for time served while awaiting […]

Evidence To Stand In 2014 Vehicular Homicide Case

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor A motion to suppress evidence in the case against a local woman charged with vehicular homicide has been denied by Cameron County Judge Richard Masson. The motion, which was filed in August of 2015, sought to have blood test result evidence thrown out due to more than […]

Walking To Raise Awareness, Money For Type 1 Diabetes

    Meet Emilia and Jacob. They are 9-year-old students of Woodland Elementary and were each diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of five. They, along with several other local children are affected by Type 1.  On Sunday, May 1 at the St. Mary’s High School, Emilia and Jacob’s Sweet Soles, will walk […]

Penn State Extension Offices To Be Next State Budget Casualty

    Employees of Penn State Extension offices across the state could be out of jobs on July 1 if funding is not received from the state to support operations, according to Penn State officials. Jobs in all 67 counties are at risk, with as many as 1,100 people expected to be out of work. […]

Hostler Appointed Homeless Veterans Outreach Coordinator

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor A new program is benefitting veterans in the area by identifying and assisting individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. A grant in the amount of $199,000 was utilized to set up the homelessness prevention program by the Northern Tier Community Action Corporation (NTCAC) […]

Cash Bash, VFW Open House Well Attended

    Two events held at the Cameron County Vets Club over the past week were very well attended.  Last weekend, an open house was held to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the founding of Miller-Raffaele VFW Post #6221 in Emporium. Saturday, the VFW Auxiliary held the tenth annual Cash Bash, with proceeds earmarked for […]

Commissioners Continue Efforts To Assist Local Industry

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Cameron County Commissioners toured several factories in an ongoing effort to work with local industrial facilities. GKN, RaCoh, AST, North American and Gerg Tool and Die were visited in the latest round of tours, and commissioners have held or planned meetings with representatives of the Seneca Highlands […]

Borough Council Develops Nuisance Vehicles Procedures

    Procedures have been developed by employees of the Emporium Borough concerning nuisance vehicles scattered throughout town. Borough Police Chief Dave Merritt presented a copy of the letter that will be sent to the vehicle and property owners that was developed through cooperation between the borough manager, police department and solicitor.    

CDBG / HOME Hearing Held

    Prior to the commissioners meeting, a hearing was held for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME programs by economic development director Cliff Clark. New regulations require two separate hearings be conducted as part of the administrative requirements to receive grants. The second hearing was held prior to the Driftwood Borough Council […]

Elk County Fugitive Arrested In New York State

    An arrest by the United States Marshals’ Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force on Friday will see a local man returned to Elk County to face sentencing. John Anthony Raspatello, age 62, of Brusselles Street in St. Marys, was found to be hiding in a camper along Route 219 in Limestone, New York, at […]

Final Little League Sign-Ups

    The final Little League sign-ups will be held on Friday, March 11th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 12th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Memorial Hall. The sign-ups are for boys and girls ages 4 to 16. A parent must be present to sign forms and pay registration […]

Guidelines Released In Event Of Schools Closing Due To Budget Impasse

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor The Department of Education has released documentation detailing steps that must be taken by school districts in Pennsylvania before they can close. The two-page document released earlier this month is in response to an undisclosed number of requests for guidance on how school districts can cease operations […]

Little League Sign-Ups

    The Cameron County Little League will be holding sign-ups four days this year at Memorial Hall for boys and girls. Sign-ups will be Friday, March 4th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 5th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  There will be two more sign-ups the following weekend; Friday, March […]

Local VFW Celebrates 70 Years

    Members of VFW Post #6221 are preparing to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the club in Emporium. An open house has been planned, to be held at the club on Sunday, March 6 from 2 p.m. till 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. Post members are requesting participation from […]

Plans In the Works For Annual Cash Bash

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Plans are in the works for this year’s Cash Bash, hosted by the Cameron County VFW Post #6221 Auxiliary organization. The Cash Bash will be held on Saturday, March 12 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Vets Club on Third Street in Emporium. The first […]

Local Job Numbers

    Cameron County’s unemployment rate dropped nearly one-half of a percent in December 2015 reporting, according to data released by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry in February. The December seasonally-adjusted rate was recorded at 6.7%, down 0.4% from November. The rate is still slightly higher than it was one year ago when […]

Baker To Be Inducted Into D9 Hall of Fame

    Long-time Cameron County resident, Mr. James Baker will be inducted into the District IX Coaches Association 2016 Wrestling Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 27th.  The ceremony will be held prior to finals of the 2016 District IV-IX Tournament held at Clearfield High School. Mr. Baker received a football scholarship to Edinboro University, […]

County Officials Reaching Out To Local Industries

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Cameron County Commissioners are continuing efforts to reach out to local businesses and industry to offer support. Over the past several weeks, county officials have visited several locations in and around Emporium, are working to complete an informational packet and are researching training and cooperative employment programs […]

County Court Return Day

    Newly-elected Cameron County District Attorney Jeanne Miglicio participated in  brief Return Day proceedings for February on Tuesday, but stated that the court calendar will not stay as slow in the future. “I have to give Paul (former District Attorney Malizia) credit for wrapping a lot of things up before he left office in […]

Dying Adelphia Founder To Be Freed From Prison

    The founder of Adelphia Communications, who served as CEO when the corporation collapsed in 2002, has been granted a humanitarian release from prison. On Friday in Manhattan, United States District Judge Kimba Wood issued an order releasing John Rigas from Allenwood Federal Correctional Complex, a low-security prison near White Deer, Pennsylvania, where he […]

American Legion Presents Bullying Program

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor On Thursday, members of American Legion Post #194 in Emporium visited the Woodland Elementary School to present information on bullying to students. Approximately 80 third and fourth grade students attended the brief presentation in the afternoon; with discussion on what bullying looks like and what to do […]

CCSD Reinvests Partial Funds Used Due To Lack of State Budget $$

  by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor The Cameron County School District (CCSD) has been able to reinvest some money after being forced to withdraw funds from investment accounts due to the lack of state funding caused by the budget impasse. Board Secretary Carl Mitchell reported that approximately $800,000 of the $1.1 million needed by […]

Cameron County Economic Report

    Cameron County is still economically dependent upon the manufacturing industry, but efforts to branch out and increase tourism are still ongoing. Throughout the year, Cameron County maintained a higher-than-average unemployment rate, coming in at 6.4% for the average for 2015. Cameron is one of only 11 counties in Pennsylvania with an unemployment rate […]

Local Hospitals At Risk

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Pennsylvania hospitals dependent upon funding from the state are feeling the uncertainty surrounding the state budget impasse. The two hospitals closest to Cameron County, Penn Highlands Elk and Cole Memorial, are both considered Critical Access Hospitals (CAH), meaning they receive special funding from the state in order […]

School District Continues To Deal With State Budget Impasse

    School Directors continue to deal with issues surrounding the ongoing state budget impasse, though a partial budget was approved more than a month ago. Cameron County School District (CCSD) Business Manager Carl Mitchell stated that the district has received all of what has been appropriated by the state so far, though he has […]

County, Municipalities Working Together To Help Struggling Ambulance Service

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor  New representatives to the board of the Cameron County Ambulance Service (CCAS) are being appointed by municipalities across the county following a request for funding from the struggling ambulance service. At their regular monthly meeting held last Tuesday, supervisor Bill Hopwood was appointed to serve as the […]

Shippen Township Looking Into New Building Options

    Supervisors are researching construction of a new building to house equipment and operations for Shippen Township. “Something needs done with the building. We’re trying to figure out the best way to remedy the problem,” said Supervisor Phil Jones. The township is looking into different options, working with a nearby township in the Penfield […]

Commissioners Reject Bid For Fourth Street Property

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Cameron County Commissioners rejected a repository bid placed on an Emporium property during their regular meeting held Thursday. The bid was placed for purchase of a parcel of land on East Fourth Street that includes the former Admit One building, an adjacent storefront and an apartment building […]

EVFD Releases Stats For 2015

    This week, county and municipal officials shared a report presented by the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) that lists statistics and other information on the department for 2015. EVFD Assistant Chief Adam Johnson attended the Cameron County Commissioners meeting and various municipal board meetings this week to present financial and statistical facts for […]

Buchanan Waives Preliminary Hearing

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Charges were bound over to the Cameron County Court of Common Pleas Thursday after a tax collector accused of failing to remit collected funds waived a preliminary hearing. Melinda Buchanan, age 39, of Driftwood, was charged last week with two felony counts of theft by failure to […]

Nuisance Vehicles Discussed By Council

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Ordinance enforcement issues continue to be the topic of conversation at meetings of Emporium’s Borough Council. Emporium Borough Police (EBP) Chief Dave Merritt stated that borough officials are still working with the solicitor to find a legal avenue to remove nuisance vehicles from borough streets. “Going through […]

Cameron County Ranks Top In Unemployment

    The most recent statistics released by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry indicate that the statewide unemployment rate has continued to decline. The new rate, which reflects statistics from December of 2015, is calculated at 4.8%, although new unemployment compensation (UC) claims are up in the four-week average. But, the unemployment count […]

VFW To Celebrate 70th Anniversary

    In celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the founding of VFW Post 6221 in Emporium, members will hold an open house on Sunday, March 6. The event will be held at the Vets Club on Third Street in Emporium from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., and the involvement of the community is being […]

State Shows Interest In Costly Denton Hill Remake

    It has been a long time since an event at the lodge at Ski Denton was filled to capacity, but it was standing room only for a meeting to discuss a feasibility study and future plans for the park and its operations. More than 150 people attended the meeting hosted by the Department […]

School District Looking For New Superintendent

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor The Cameron County School District will begin the search for a new superintendent following a special meeting held on Thursday night. Board members voted not to renew a contract with current Superintendent Christine Holjencin, instead opting to begin advertising for a new individual to fill the position […]

Tax Collector Jailed On Theft Charges

    A former municipality tax collector in Cameron County has been arrested following the filing of charges for allegedly not turning over tax money paid to her by residents. Melinda Marie Buchanan, age 39, of Driftwood, was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police on Tuesday after reports surfaced that Buchanan had failed to remit more […]

Beloved Cole Memorial Doctor Retires After 40 Years

    For over 40 years, board-certified Obstetrician & Gynecologist (OB/Gyn) Celso Backes, MD has provided health care to thousands of women and delivered over 7,000 babies in the north-central region of Pennsylvania. Sitting in his office at the Women’s Health Center at Cole Memorial, Dr. Backes said, “People have treated me so nice here. […]

Thompson Visits Emporium To Announce Re-Election Candidacy

    by Amanda Jones, Echo News Editor United States Congressman Glenn Thompson (D-PA) visited the Aroma Café in Emporium for a meet and greet to announce his candidacy to represent the Fifth District of Pennsylvania for a subsequent term. Thompson has been elected four times to represent the largest congressional district in the state, […]

Commissioners Allocate Act 13 Funds To County Landfill Repairs, Improvements

    Cameron County Commissioners approved a payment from Act 13 funds for much-needed improvements to the county’s landfill. Funds of $4,377 were granted to the Cameron County Solid Waste Authority to pay half of the repairs deemed necessary through an engineering study. The solid waste authority will be responsible for the other half of […]

Cafeteria Budget Shortfall Discussed By School Board

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Members of the Cameron County School District’s Board of Directors discussed shortfalls in the district’s cafeteria during their regular meeting held Thursday night. The cafeteria budget will be zeroed out through the transfer of $278,227 from the unassigned balance of the general fund in order to comply […]

State Budget Funding Begins To Trickle In To School District

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Funding has begun to trickle in to schools following the passage of a partial state budget at year’s end. Cameron County School District (CCSD) Board Secretary Carl Mitchell announced during Thursday’s school board meeting that about $3.1 million was received from the state on January 5.

Unemployment Rate Up Slightly In County

    The job numbers report for Pennsylvania was released late last month, showing the state rate now matching the rate across the United States at 5%. The U.S. average remained the same from October to November, with the most recent release reflecting November’s numbers. Numbers are based on seasonally-adjusted data. Pennsylvania’s rate dropped by […]

Five Arrested In Undercover Sweep

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Five individuals from Cameron and Potter counties were arrested this week by police following investigations involving a confidential informant and an undercover police officer. The incidents are alleged to have occurred over last summer and throughout the last month, and some were investigated by the Northcentral Strike […]

Snow Fest Just Waiting For Snow

    The Cameron County Cardboard Classic and Snow Fest have been scheduled for Saturday, January 23 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Emporium Country Club. Snow expected to fall in the next several days will hopefully remain on the ground thanks to colder projected temperatures. Another system coming behind it and expected […]

District Justice Sides With Boro In Ordinance Violation Case

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor A hearing held recently at the Magisterial District Judge’s office in Emporium was discussed along with movements on other ordinance violations during a meeting of borough council held last Monday night. Cameron County MDJ Barry Brown sided with the borough in a case against Fred Burkhouse concerning […]