Youth ‘Hooked’ on Ice Fishing

The Bucktail Rod and Gun Club and Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities (CCOYA) recently co-sponsored a youth ice fishing program at Bucktail Lake.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)  

Smith’s Federal Trial Scheduled For May

    A trial in U.S. Federal Court in Williamsport for Thomas Smith of Emporium has been postponed until May. Smith, 58, is facing federal charges of carjacking a woman at gunpoint in Emporium in August, 2012. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Bids Being Sought For Driftwood Projects

by Bruce Whitman Echo News Editor Cameron County officials are advertising for  bids on two projects in the Driftwood area, both funded through Community Development Block Grants. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)  

Open Mic Celebrates 5 Years

by Amanda Jones  Cameron County Echo The Fifth Anniversary of Open Mic Night at the Aroma Café and Restaurant on Fourth Street in Emporium was held this past Tuesday, and the restaurant was filled with a cacophony of music, laughter and clinking glassware. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Borough Council Approves Pair of CDBG Projects

    by Bruce Whitman Echo News Editor Emporium Borough Council approved two resolutions supporting projects to be funded with Community Block Grant dollars during its Monday evening meeting.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)  

Game Land Acreage Added In County

    The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced last week that it had acquired 1,052 acres of land in Cameron County as an addition to its State Game Land holdings. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Sinnemahoning Sportsmen Make Final Plans For 8th Coyote Hunt

    by Bruce Whitman Echo News Editor One of the region’s late winter traditional events is about to unfold Down County. The Sinnemahoning Sportsmen’s Association will hold its annual coyote hunt February 15-17. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)    

Kindergarten Registration

    Cameron County School District Kindergarten registration will be held on Friday, March 1st at Woodland Elementary School from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Ash Wednesday Service

    The Ash Wednesday service will be held at First Presbyterian Church (205 East 4th Street) on Wednesday, February 13 at 7 p.m.     (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Local Artists Help Welcome Visitors

As you have driven through our area you undoubtedly have noticed the two “Welcome” signs at each end of Emporium. What you may not know, however, is the evolution of the signs over the last few years. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo) There are marked disqualified in it. […]

Last of Camp Burglars Given Court Sentence

    by Bruce Whitman Echo News Editor The last member of a trio of men charged in a six-county burglary crime wave was sentenced in Cameron County Court last week. Edward T. Whitten Jr., 25, faced Judge Richard Masson as Cameron County District Attorney Paul Malizia laid out a plea deal. (Full Story available […]

Jim Thomas New Chairman of NCPRPDC Board

    Jim Thomas, first-term Cameron County Commissioner, last week was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning & Development Commission. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Lumber Township Receives Aid From County

    Cameron County Commissioners last Wednesday acted to aid Lumber Township in the replacement of a work truck that was demolished in a November accident. Commissioners approved payment of $9,000 from County Liquid Fuel Fund to Lumber Township to be used for the purchase of a new vehicle. (Full Story available on the newsstands, […]

Bolin Retires After 31 Years

    On Friday, January 25, family, friends, and co-workers of Sergeant William “Ed” Bolin celebrated his retirement after 31 years of service as a part time police officer to the citizens of Emporium. The event was held at the Emporium Firehall. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Game Commission Considering Relocating Weedville Elk

    by Bruce Whitman Echo News Editor Pennsylvania Game Commission officials recently announced a plan to alleviate conflicts caused by a large number of elk in the Weedville area. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Smoker Displays Handiwork at Farm Show

    Seven Cameron County High School students recently had the opportunity to visit the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg coordinated by the students and Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities (CCOYA). The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. […]

Benefit Garners $2,000 For Township Workers

    by Bruce Whitman Echo News Editor Organizers of a benefit held Sunday for two Lumber Township employees badly injured in a work-related accident in November, report over $2,000 has been raised. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

SVFD Elects Officers For 2013 Positions

    The Sinnamahoning Volunteer Fire Department met last week to elect company and line officers for 2013. Butch Kehl remains president of the company with Bruce Whitman, vice president, and Donna Kehl secretary/treasurer. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

LEPC Approves Purchase of Monitoring Units

    Cameron County’s Local Emergency Planning Committee met last week to conduct business and elect officers for 2013 terms. Adam Johnson will remain as LEPC Chairman, with Laura Narby serving as secretary and Kevin Johnson, treasurer (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)  

Outreach Programs Support Trout in the Classroom

The Cameron County schools and the Elk County schools, have been introduced to “The Trout in the Classroom” programs. These programs were started through the efforts of The James Zwald  Chapter # 314 of Cameron and Elk Counties who have secured start  up grants for the TIC programs. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in […]

Driftwood Senior Center Step Closer To Reality

  by Bruce Whitman Echo News Editor Construction is expected to begin this spring on the long awaited new Driftwood Senior Center. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

McFall Headed Overseas On Missionary Trip

by Amanda Jones Cameron County Echo Emporium resident Anna McFall plans to leave one week after her graduation from Geneva College to spend one year in an Arabic-speaking Middle Eastern country as a Missionary with the Christian Missionary Alliance (CMA) Church. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

2nd Camp Burglar Sentenced In Court

    An individual charged with over 100 counts of burglary of camps in Elk, Cameron and McKean counties, was sentenced in Elk County Court last week.

New Electronics Disposal Guidelines Issued By State

    by Amanda Jones  Cameron County Echo Last week, Commissioners briefly discussed new electronics disposal guidelines issued by the state that will affect what items may be collected by municipal crews (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Phil Brown Named Shippen Township Supervisor Chairman

    by Amanda Jones  Cameron County Echo Prior to January’s regular meeting, Shippen Township held its annual re-organizational meeting to cover positions vacated with the resignation of former Supervisor John Malizia. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Injured Twp. Workers Will Attend Benefit

    Organizers expect a huge turnout for Sunday’s benefit event for two Lumber Township employees who were injured in a November truck accident on Route 120. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Boro Council Honors Local Fire Heroes

    by Amanda Jones Cameron County Echo Chief John Lovett and Emporium Borough Council President Joe Fragale presented the four men credited with saving the life of Krista Losey during an apartment fire on December 27th with Commendations for their heroism and selfless acts.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s […]

Local Jobless Rate Increases

    The unemployment rate in Cameron County increased by nearly one percent in November, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Tourism Study Shows Increase, Cameron Still at Bottom of List

    by Amanda Jones Cameron County Echo Tourism and revenue generated from related industries are showing an upward trend across the thirteen-county region of the PA Wilds, according to a study recently released by Tennessee-based company North Star Destination Strategies.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Elk State Forest Employees Assist In Golden Eagle Survey

    by Amanda Jones Cameron County Echo Elk State Forest employees are assisting with a multi-year state-wide study aimed at gathering more information on the Golden Eagle and its migration habits.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

ABATE To Hold Benefit For Injured Township Workers

    The Endless Mountain Chapter 34 of ABATE of Pennsylvania will hold a benefit for two Lumber Township employees who were seriously injured in an accident on Route 120 in November.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Local Flags Lowered In Memory Of Newtown Victims

      by Amanda Jones Cameron County Echo Citizens and organizations across the country are lowering flags and coordinating activities to bolster support for the victims of Friday’s tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Nature Enthusiast, Writer Receives Joseph T. Rothrock Award

    by Amanda Jones Cameron County Echo A local nature-enthusiast and writer recently received a prestigious award from the Pennsylvania Forestry Association (PFA). (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)  

What Does 2013 Hold For Shale Gas Drilling?

    by Bruce Whitman Echo News Editor Cameron County and indeed, all of Northcentral Pennsylvania, is taking a wait and see approach to what 2013 holds for drilling in the Marcellus Shale gas play. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)  

Commissioners To Approve County’s 2013 Budget

    by Bruce Whitman Echo News Editor Cameron County Commissioners meet Wednesday (December 19) and are expected to approve the county’s 2013 budget. The proposed budget calls for $7.5 million in expenditures, nearly a mirror image of the 2012 budget. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Echo Holiday Hours

    The Echo office will be open Thursday, Dec. 20th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be closed Friday, Dec. 21st through Wednesday, Dec. 26th, when it will reopen at its regular hours. The next issue of the Echo will be Jan. 2, 2013. Merry Christmas! (Full Story available on the newsstands, […]

Commissioners Still Reviewing Jury Commissioner Option

    by Bruce Whitman Echo News Editor Cameron County Commissioners continue to review their options surrounding the removal of the positions of Jury Commissioner. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)    

Borough Council Concludes Major Business For 2012

    Emporium Borough Council Monday night pretty much wrapped up business for the year with official adoption of the 2013 budget. The no tax increase budget calls for spending of $1,174,749. The document anticipates revenues of an equal amount. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Steven Crespo Case Headed For Court

Assault charges against Steven Crespo have been bound over to Cameron County Court. Crespo, 26, is charged with aggravated assault and simple assault for a July 4 incident inwhich he allegedly attacked Harry Erskine of Emporium. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Job Numbers Bit Brighter

Cameron County’s jobless rate showed slight improvement in October, according to information provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s Center for Workforce Information. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Uniformed Officers Now Patrolling High School Halls

    by Amanda Jones Cameron County Echo At Thursday’s Cameron County School Board meeting, members discussed disciplinary actions and policy adoption, heard from concerned parents and handled a wealth of regular business. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Emporium Boro, DEP Pledge To Cooperate

    by Bruce Whitman Echo News Editor The tone of conversation between Emporium Borough and state officials about potential flood problems improved considerably last week. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Cameron County A Top Bet For Bear Hunters

    Cameron County is once again poised to rank among the state’s leaders for bear hunting. A state-wide firearms bruin season opens Saturday and continues through Wednesday, November 21. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Postal Service Patrons To See Sinnemahoning Hours Cut

    by Bruce Whitman Echo News Editor Down County residents who depend on the Sinnemahoning Post Office for their mail service last week learned  that the community will retain its office, but hours will drastically be reduced. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

County Bucks State, Nation In Presidential Voting Trend

    Cameron County stuck to the Republican line in last week’s Presidential Election, bucking the national trend which gave President Obama another four years in office.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Smith’s Federal Trial Delayed To February

    by Bruce Whitman Echo News Editor Jury selection and a federal trial for Thomas Smith of Emporium will be delayed until February 4, in the U.S. District Court in Williamsport. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Boro’s 2013 Budget Has No Tax Increase

    by Bruce Whitman Echo News Editor Emporium Borough Council moved to advertise a 2013 budget with no tax increase. Total budgeted expenditures come to $1,174,749 and match anticipated revenues. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)  

Sandy Didn’t Show For County Date

    Sandy never kept her date with Cameron County and that’s fine. She wasn’t the kind of girl we wanted to associate with anyhow. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Shoe Box Gifts Campaign Comes To Emporium

    While most people in the U.S. are preparing for holiday activities, Emporium volunteers with Operation Christmas Child—the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind—are filling shoe box gifts with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

EVFD Responds To Fire Calls Sunday

    The Emporium Volunteer Fire Department responded to two calls Sunday. The first was for a fire in an outside metal storage shed at the Malizia home in Sunrise Acres. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Minor Change In Local Job Rate

    The unemployment rate in Cameron County slipped slightly during the month of September according to state Department of Labor & Industry figures. Cameron County’s rate climbed slightly to 11.5 percent, up from 11 percent for the month of August. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

EVFD Responds To Fire Calls Sunday

  Cameron County Commissioners have announced a revised schedule of their November meetings. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Whiting Found Not Guilty In Cameron County Trial

    by Bruce Whitman Echo News Editor After deliberating more than two hours, a Cameron County jury last week found Stanley Whiting not guilty of all charges, including burglary. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

3,653 Voters Eligible For Nov. 6 Election

by Bruce Whitman Echo News Editor With the Presidential election fast approaching, more than 3,000 voters are registered here in Cameron County. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)  

Come Run With the Big Dogs at the Park

    Come and Run With the Big Dogs at the Sinnemahoning State Park! Canadian-American Sledders Dry – Land Races will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Holiday Home Tour Is Back

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  The halls will be decked in time for this year’s Holiday House Tour during Christmas in the Wilds on Friday, December 7.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

County Cases Cleared on Court Return Day

    by Bruce Whitman Echo News Editor An Emporium man, Matthew Eric Shipley, appeared in Cameron County Court last Tuesday for sentencing on a driving after imbibing charge.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)  

5th Round of Grants From Train Derailment

    Applications for the 5th round of grants from the Sinnemahoning Watershed Grant Program are now being accepted.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Cameron County Due $97,000 In Well Fees

    by Bruce Whitman Echo News Editor Cameron County will shortly receive $97,081.68 as its share of Pennsylvania’s new Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling impact fee revenue program.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Commissioners Focus On County Construction Projects

    by Amanda Jones Cameron County Echo Wednesday’s regular meeting saw Cameron County Commissioners focused mainly on upcoming construction projects across the county.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)  

Goblins’ Night Out at State Park

    The Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park is planning an All Hallows Eve celebration Friday night.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

LEPC Members Learn Of Plant Cleanup

    Members of the Cameron County Local Emergency Planning Committee learned last Wednesday that a cleanup of the former Design Metal Plating facility at 209 Sizer Road is nearing completion.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)  

CareerLink Expands Hours at New Location

    by Bruce Whitman Echo News Editor CareerLink has moved to a new location in Emporium and will now be able to offer Cameron County residents expanded hours of service.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)  

Fragale Serving As Interim Mayor

    Familiar faces appeared in new places at Monday night’s meeting of Emporium Borough Council.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo) Among the matter if you decided to be able to tell you don’t want to create a paper that is not the variety of day around […]

‘Goulish’ Job Openings at Sinnemahoning St. Park

    by Bruce Whitman Echo News Editor Sinnemahoning State Park has issued an urgent call for witches, goblins and ghouls.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

More Property Tax Talk In Harrisburg

    A public hearing was held in Harrisburg Monday to detail a report that could lead to the elimination of the school property tax in Pennsylvania   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)  

Rebert Appeals Sentence To State Supreme Court

    by Bruce Whitman Echo News Editor Steven Rebert, who resided for a short time in Emporium, has appealed his double-murder conviction to the state Supreme Court.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)  

Autumn Festival This Weekend

    Take a trip back in time and come to Sizerville State Park Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. for the 22nd annual Autumn Festival.   (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)    

Community Bike Ride and Picnic

    St. James/St. Mark Community Bike Ride and Picnic will be held Sunday, October 7th. The event is for everyone, but those under nine years old must have an adult present.     (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)

Warrants Served, Bail Set For Chapman

  by Amanda Jones Cameron County Echo A recently-apprehended fugitive who was extradited to Pennsylvania and convicted of escape made an appearance at the Cameron County Courthouse on Friday to face multiple charges including the rape of a child. (Full Story available on the newsstands, in this week’s Cameron County Echo)