Reed Appointed County’s Fair Housing Officer

    by Bruce Whitman Cameron County Commissioners conducted routine business during a scheduled meeting last Thursday. Commissioner Lori Reed was appointed the county’s Fair Housing Officer and in a related matter, approval was given for the county’s Fair Housing resolution. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was adopted between the county and Northern Tier Community […]

LST Tax Increase For Workers In Boro

      by Bruce Whitman Emporium employers will soon begin collecting the borough’s increased local services tax (LST). The tax is levied on people who work in the borough and earn more than $12,000 in annual paychecks. For the past 10 years the Emporium LST rate was $25. Borough council moved to increase the […]

‘Bruno Carnovale Day’ Draws Large Turnout

    by Bruce Whitman Representatives from state government, officials from five counties and several hundred good friends all showed up Friday at the Emporium Borough Fire hall to honor Bruno Carnovale. Bruno just recently ended a public service spanning 51 years, stepping down as Emporium’s mayor Dec. 31, 2017. The gathering was officially known […]

Defendants Refuse Deals and Head To Trial

    by Amanda Jones Two defendants turned down plea agreements and will proceed to trial following return day proceedings held at the Cameron County Courthouse last Tuesday. Norman Francis Pettit, age 22, of Emporium, will proceed to trial on a litany of charges including rape, indecent deviate sexual intercourse (IDSI) with a person less […]

Former Boro Officer Is Denied Parole

    by Amanda Jones A former police officer will remain in jail beyond his minimum sentence after his parole was denied during a hearing held Tuesday at the Cameron County Courthouse. Francis Paul Johnson, age 53, of Weedville, who formerly served as an officer with the Emporium Borough Police Department had his request for […]

County Dodges Weekend Flood Bullet

    by Bruce Whitman For the most part, Cameron County escaped major consequences from weekend flooding in the Northcentral Region. “We pretty much dodged a bullet,” said Cameron County Emergency Management Agency director Kevin Johnson. Neighboring counties, including Potter, McKean and Elk were not as lucky. “It was close for a time,” continued Johnson. […]

Evidence To Stand In Vehicular Homicide Case

    by Amanda Jones An appeal decision has been overturned by the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, and now blood evidence can be presented by the prosecution in a driving-under-the-influence (DUI) case begun in late 2014. The Commonwealth filed an appeal for a decision affecting the case of the Commonwealth vs. Kaitlyn N. Wolfel, age […]

Head Coaches Resign CCSD Sports Posts

    by Amanda Jones The Cameron County School District (CCSD) will be looking to fill several positions for sports programs and support positions following resignations from five individuals. The resignations of Head Football Coach Scott Burnside and Head Softball Coach Ralph McKimm, Jr. were both accepted, effective immediately, during Thursday night’s school board meeting. […]

Grant Program Will Support Borough Facade Improvements

    by Amanda Jones A grant of more than $30,000 has been awarded to the Cameron County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) to be used in a façade improvement program in the Emporium Borough. State Representative Martin Causer (R-Turltepoint) announced last week that a grant of $31,150 is being awarded through the Keystone Communities program. […]

Special Day Planned For Bruno Carnovale

    by Bruce Whitman A large turnout is expected Friday (Jan. 19 )at the Emporium Firehall to honor long time public servant, Bruno Carnovale. Bruno spent more than half a century in public service before retiring as Emporium’s mayor, Dec. 31, 2017. Mayor Justin Zimmer has proclaimed the date as “Bruno Carnovale Day.” Bruno’s […]

Record Donations For Baskets of Hope

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Organizers of the Pinktober and Baskets of Hope fundraiser at the Cameron County Courthouse announced that this year’s activities raised an unprecedented amount of money and garnered more support to keep the project up and running. Prothonotary Mary Grace Olay announced that Pinktober activities raised just over […]

Collection Agency To Step In To Collect Delinquent Taxes

    Cameron County Commissioners and county officials are working with municipal tax collectors to ready for a collection agency to step in to collect delinquent per capita and occupational taxes. Notices will be sent to residents with currently delinquent taxes prior to the accounts being sent to collection to give them time to pay […]

Preliminary Numbers In For Elk Season

    Pennsylvania’s annual Elk Hunting Season was held last week, with hunters harvesting many of the animals permitted through the lottery license system. Lucky hunters are chosen through a lottery system during an annual festival held at the Elk Country Visitors Center in Benezette. Each tag is assigned to a management area, and a […]

State, Federal Governments Addressing Opioid Crisis

    Last week, President Donald Trump declared the United States’ opioid crisis a public health emergency, and the Pennsylvania legislature is taking steps to address the problem in the state, as well. Senate Bill 936 would require the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry to adopt an evidence-based drug formulary for the Pennsylvania Workers’ […]

Several Local Uncontested Races In County-Wide Election

    Local races are set for the General Election to be held across the Commonwealth on Tuesday, November 7. Several local races are uncontested. In the county-wide race, Republican Mary Grace Olay is running unopposed for the Prothonotary position, which she has held for several terms. Current Sheriff Allen H. Neyman is running unopposed […]

Sinnemahoning Dam Rededicated Following Multi-Million Dollar Rehabilitation Project

    The George B. Stevenson Dam at Sinnemahoning State Park was rededicated on Monday following a multi-million-dollar rehabilitation project completed this year. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) employees and a number of state officials marked the restoration and rededication of the dam on Monday morning at the boat launch area in […]

Hygrade Inn To Host Photography Exhibit

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Cameron County’s most anticipated business will open its doors to host a photography exhibit featuring the work of a well-known Emporium resident. A photography exhibit will be hosted at the Hygrade Inn featuring photographs taken by George Kempher, a late Emporium resident known for his photos that […]

Local Unemployment Reported at 6.7%

    The unemployment rate for September is down slightly from the previous month for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, dropping to 4.8%. This month’s unemployment rate dropped by one-tenth of a percentage point, with employers across the state adding about 10,300 non-farm jobs throughout the month. Total new hires were listed at 26,580. Initial unemployment […]

Sinnemahone Trail Run To Draw Record Number of Runners

  by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor The Sinnemahone Ultra Marathon Trail Run will be held this Saturday, October 21, on the scenic trails and backroads of Cameron County. This year’s event is slated to be the biggest yet, with more runners signed up from out-of-the-area than local participants. The race actually includes three different […]

Installation Costs Nix New Scoreboard

  The Cameron County School District (CCSD) Board of Directors discussed a decision not to pursue funding for a new scoreboard for the high school football field during their regular meeting held Thursday night. The old scoreboard is still in use, but has several problems, including electrical issues, broken siren, and discontinuation of the light […]

Commission Threatens To Close Local Fish Hatchery

    A fight has begun in the state legislature that could significantly impact tourism revenue and quality-of-life for residents living in northcentral Pennsylvania. Late last month, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced that its board had voted to reduce spending by $2 million in fiscal year 2018-19, unless the legislature approves an […]

County PILT Revenue Increased

by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Taxing bodies in Cameron County will receive an influx of funds going forward due to successful lobbying for increased payments-in-lieu-of taxes (PILT) paid on some state-held lands within their borders. Municipalities, boroughs, school districts and counties across Pennsylvania will now receive $6.00 per acre for lands administered by the […]

Raising Money and Awareness For Local Cancer Patients

  Tickets are currently on sale at the Cameron County Courthouse for the annual Baskets of Hope raffle to raise money for local residents currently seeking treatment for cancer. Prothonotary Mary Grace Olay reported on fundraising efforts during a county commissioners meeting held Thursday morning. This year’s raffle includes 14 “baskets,” though the effort brings […]

First Fork Festival This Weekend

  Sinnemahoning State Park will host the annual First Fork Festival this Saturday, October 14, featuring local authors, artists and artisans, along with lots of good food and fun, family-friendly activities. This marks the fifth year the festival has been held in front of the backdrop of full autumnal splendor in the First Fork Valley, […]

Dubler To Represent CCHS In Renovo

  Cameron County High School’s representative for this year’s Flaming Foliage Festival is Tess Dubler, the daughter of Julie and the late Gary Dubler. The Festival will be held this weekend, October 13, 14, and 15, in Renovo. Tess has participated in Envirothon for four years, mock trial for one year, and yearbook staff for […]

2017 CDBG Funds Allocated

  by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Community Development Director Cliff Clark held the second hearing for the 2017 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program prior to the commissioners’ regular meeting. CDBG funds are federally-allocated to the state, and administered by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Cameron County’s 2017 allotment will […]

Six To Be Inducted Into Sports Hall of Fame

    Hometown Mentors has released the names of this year’s entrants into the Hometown Hall of Fame Cameron County Sports Edition, with an induction ceremony to be held on Saturday in the Cameron County High School Auditorium. Twenty individuals have been named to the Sports Hall of Fame since its inaugural year. This year’s […]

Autumn Festival Saturday

    by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor The 27th Annual Autumn Festival at Sizerville State Park will be held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. this Saturday, October 7. The historic festival celebrates pioneer crafts, skills and foods, with local artisans set to demonstrate their skills and offering some of their creations for sale. […]

Borough Officials Continue To Deal With Blighted Properties

    Borough officials continue to deal with blighted properties, abandoned cars and other issues in downtown Emporium. Correspondence was received from the county assessment office concerning the former Marsiglio home located at 129 East Fifth Street. The house, which suffered damage from a fire several years ago, is now available through the county repository. […]

Emporium, Surrounding Area Gearing Up For Fall

    Cameron County and the surrounding areas are readying to see an influx of tourists as autumn approaches. The Pennsylvania Wilds region attracts fall tourists interested in hunting opportunities, viewing the Pennsylvania Elk herd during the rutting season, and leaf-peeping.  Pennsylvania is one of just a few areas in the world where full autumn […]

Unemployment Down In Latest Job Numbers

    Cameron County’s unemployment rate was down in August, coming in at a seasonally-adjusted 6.7%, with approximately 100 individuals unemployed. This is nearly a full percentage-point drop from just two months ago; June’s rate was 7.5% for Cameron County, the highest in the state. The lowest rate was 3.4% in Chester County. Only 28 […]

Gov. Wolf Visits Area, Tours Embassy Powdered Metals

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Last week, Governor Tom Wolf (D-PA) had a whirlwind tour of northern Pennsylvania, and visited manufacturing facilities in Emporium as part of his trip. Wolf and his wife, Pennsylvania’s First Lady Frances Wolf, made a number of stops across the region, including at Cole Memorial in Coudersport, […]

County Commissioners Approve 2% Raise For Elected Officials

    Cameron County Commissioners reported on the details of a special meeting held several days ago during their regular meeting held on Thursday in Emporium. The special meeting was held on Tuesday, scheduled to set raises for elected officials for the next term. Commissioners approved raises of 2% per year for the next four […]

Fuel On, Ambulance Assoc. Issue Joint Statement

    The business owners of Fuel On and representatives of the Cameron County Ambulance Service met on September 22, 2017 to discuss the two recent incidents discussed on social media as well as published reports by local media organizations. It was decided at this meeting that a joint statement would be issued to address […]

Three Cases Continued During Return Day

    Three cases were continued during Return Day proceedings held at the Cameron County Courthouse last Tuesday. Proceedings in the case of Elijah Jacob Conser, age 22, formerly of Punxsutawney, could not be held due to a transportation order allowing him to leave the State Correctional Facility in Waynesburg not being processed in time. […]

Class of 1968 Honors Jim Miller

    by Amanda Jones,  Echo News Editor The Class of 1968 recently met to begin planning their 50th Class Reunion, and decided that they wanted to do something to give back to the community and honor a man whom they looked up to throughout their lives. The reunion’s planning committee chose to purchase a […]

BBQ Contest Results

    Hundreds of people flocked to downtown Emporium for this year’s All Fired Up and Kickin’ Ash BBQ Competition held this past Saturday. Teams from across the state came to town to compete in several different categories, with winners taking home a grill-themed trophy for their efforts. The event has grown from previous years, […]

Fired Up, Kickin’ Ash BBQ Competition This Weekend

    by Amanda Jones  Echo News Editor Competitors and food enthusiasts are readying for the annual All Fired Up and Kickin’ Ash BBQ Competition, scheduled for this coming weekend.  This year’s event has been expanded to include two days of fun and grilling, with entertainment, a bonfire, and adult beverages available on Friday evening […]

Fuel On Owners Respond To Online Allegations

    Social media is abuzz in the Emporium area following allegations lodged against the owners of the Fuel On convenience store on Emporium’s West End. Owner Karen Singh stated that she believes much of the issue stems from miscommunication. Recently, an individual posted on social media that the owners told Cameron County Ambulance Service […]

School Board Officially Accepts Teachers’ Contract

    The Cameron County School District Board of Directors voted to accept the contract recently negotiated with the Cameron County Educators’ Association. The district had initially rejected the recommendations stemming from fact-finding by a third-party arbiter, but after the terms were accepted by the teachers’ group and published online, district representatives met again to […]

Preliminary Hearing Held In Pettit Rape Case

    A preliminary hearing was held on Thursday in the case of an Emporium man accused of rape of a minor and related charges. Norman Francis Pettit, II, age 22, faced a total of 12 felony and 12 misdemeanor counts stemming from an incident alleged to have occurred in an apartment on Fourth Street […]

Local Woman Pens Book of Encouragement

  by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor An Emporium resident has written a book chronicling her battle with oral cancer in an effort to remove the stigmatism behind the disease and help other people going through the same issues. Christine Dickinson, a lifelong resident of Emporium, is now a five-year survivor of Stage IV oral […]

Public School Standardized Testing To Be Shortened

  Last month, Governor Tom Wolf (D-PA) announced a move to decrease the amount of time elementary and junior high students spend taking standardized tests in public schools across the state. The Pennsylvania System for School Assessment (PSSA) Exams have long drawn criticism from a number of groups, from educators to parents and even students […]

Emporium Native Celebrates 100th Birthday

  by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor An Emporium woman and one of the Cameron County Echo’s longest subscribers celebrated a century on this earth on September 1. Catherine Burke Wiest, currently of Essex, Vermont, was born September 1, 1917, to Cameron County residents Patrick Henry Burke and Catherine Elizabeth “Kate” Bair, a school teacher […]

St. Mark Festival Next Week

  The fifth annual St. Mark Festival will be held next weekend, Friday, September 15, and Saturday, September 16, on the grounds of St. Mark Catholic Church on Fourth Street in Emporium. Festivities will kick off Friday evening with a Spaghetti Dinner at O’Connell Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. The dinner will feature home-made […]

Courtney Enters Guilty Plea In Gerlach Murder

  by Amanda Echo News Editor On Tuesday, an area man was sentenced to decades in jail following his admission of guilt in a murder case involving an Emporium woman. Michael Fuller Courtney, age 35, entered a guilty plea to one count of murder in the third degree, and was sentenced to serve between 18 […]

County Court Return Day

  Two defendants were resentenced on old charges due to violations of their probation terms during Return Day proceedings held Tuesday at the Cameron County Courthouse. Norman Francis Pettit, age 22, of Emporium, will serve out the remainder of the twelve month maximum he was sentenced to serve due to a previous probation violation in […]

Business District House Razed

  by Amanda Jones, Echo News Editor A former apartment building located at 36 West Fourth Street in the Borough of Emporium is finally being demolished, with work to raze the structure beginning Monday. For the past several months, the three-story, gray structure has been wrapped with insulating house wrap as it stood vacant on […]

Unemployment Up Slightly In Latest Job Numbers

  The Cameron County unemployment rate is up slightly from the previous month, coming in at 7.5% for the month of June. New data on unemployment numbers and job creation across the Commonwealth have been released by the Pennsylvania Center for Workforce Information and Analysis. For the same period, the unemployment rate for Pennsylvania was […]

CCSD Accepts Teacher Contract

  by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor The Cameron County School District (CCSD) Board of Directors voted to accept the results of a fact-finding report issued on the disputed teachers’ contract. Results of the fact-finding were released as of last Monday, and board members initially rejected the findings. The Cameron County Education Association (CCEA) accepted […]

Three Additional Suspects To Be Charged In South Mountain Drug Bust

  More information has been released pertaining to the search by law enforcement officers of a building where it was suspected drug use was occurring. Earlier this month, police obtained a search warrant for a gray outbuilding in the 500 block of South Mountain Road. Caretakers for the property, which is used by adjoining residents […]

Courtney Murder Case Plea Hearing Tuesday

  A plea hearing will be held on Tuesday for a local man accused of murdering an Emporium woman in her apartment last October. Michael Fuller Courtney, age 35, whose current address is listed in Smethport, faces charges of first-degree murder, third-degree murder and aggravated assault stemming from the murder of Deborah Gerlach, age 45. […]

Local EMA Director Speaks at Commissioners Meeting

  by Amanda Jones Echo News Editor Cameron County Commissioners heard a presentation from Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Kevin Johnson in an effort to continue highlighting department heads and the operations they oversee within the county. Johnson stated that the county has not had any emergencies to respond to in a while, but EMA […]

Areas of Kinzua Dam Lake Closed To Public

  Areas of the Kinzua Dam have been closed to the general public due to “ongoing law enforcement issues,” though officials have not yet released a more specific reason. Last week, it was announced by the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), which oversees operations at the dam, that the dam parking lot, pedestrian access area, […]

Disputed Teacher Contract Rejected By School Board

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

Local Man Arrested On Rape Charges

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

Meth Discovered at South Mountain Road Location

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

Board Considers Idea of Sponsored Football Games

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

St. Mark Festival Sept. 16

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

Rich Valley Burners Open For Business

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

West Creek Rail Trail Complete, Dedication Aug. 7

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

School Board Holds Special Meeting To Fill Vacated Positions

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

Community College To Accept Students For Fall Classes

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

Miller, Lundberg Honored As They Step Down From EFI Board

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

Driftwood Boro Votes To Open Roads To ATV Use

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

New Pet Supply Store Opening In Emporium

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

Sensenig Resigns As Band Director

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

Romanowski Charged With Felonies Involving Minor

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

Something New Is Brewing

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

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

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