Sunday’s high, 46; Overnight low, 35






Coudersport state police investigate ID theft and criminal mischief in Austin….Elderly couple hurt in Tioga County accident….Several DUI arrests made by state police across the region….Public input sought for proposed open air market in Coudersport….Covid cases continue to taper off

Coudersport based State Police are investigating an ID theft victimizing an Austin  woman.  Someone illegally wrote a check in the name of Veronica Owens February 11, or 12.

A criminal mischief also current in Austin is being probed by State Police to Coudersport. Vandals dumped a quantity of roofing nails in a driveway and yard along Costello Road owned by two  Austin women ages 51 and 71.

A Crosby woman was arrested for drug possession after police stopped her 2019 Nissanon  Cowley Hill Road in Portage Township at around 1:30am January 17. Police claim that Tanner Orndorff was found in possession of crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

A Dubois woman has also been arrested for drug possession. Brooke Hibbard,28, of Dubois was arrested after police allegedly discovered she was driving her 2019 Nissan under the influence of a controlled substance and was allegedly found in possession of crystal methamphetamine.

DUI charges are pending against a 26 year old Pittsburgh woman by State Police at Emporium who stopped her 2012 Chevrolet Silverado on Route 120. In Shippen Township, Cameron county last Friday evening.  Her name was not released.

Two people were hurt in a one vehicle accident occurring Saturday afternoon in Charleston Township Tioga County. According to Mansfield base State Police, 81 year old Kenneth Wilson of Mansfield was going west when he lost control of his Lincoln Continental MKC, which drifted off the north side of the road entered a ditch located alongside the road before stopping. He and his 78 year old wife Carol, his wife were taken to UPMC Soldiers and Sailors for treatment of unknown injuries.

No one was hurt in a collision occurring last Monday in Gaines Township Tioga County.  State Police report a Chevy Silverado driven by 18 year old Ty Stover of Gaines was traveling east on Elk Run Road and hit a patch of ice causing it to slide off the left side of the highway striking a ditch and overturning onto the passenger side. The pickup  continued sliding east on hitting a striking a Mack truck. that pickups sustained disabling damage.

State Police at Ridgway are charging a 41 year old Kersey woman whose name they did not release for DUI charges. When she pulled into a closed business on Irishtown Road in Fox township Saturday morning just after 2am police claim they found that she had been drinking alcohol. She is now facing charges pending chemical testing results.

A 58 year old St. Mary’s man whose name was not released by troopers has also been cited for DUI after he was stopped late Saturday night on Hall Avenue in the city of St. Mary’s. Police say he was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI after they initiated a traffic stop for multiple traffic violations. He was taken to Penn Highlands Elk and consented to a blood draw.  Charges are pending those results.

Progress continues on a proposal to establish an open-air retail center on a vacant lot in downtown Coudersport. It’s a project of the Revitalize Potter County Steering Committee. County officials emphasize that the plan is merely a proposal, subject to public input and a number of elements – including funding – falling into place. The committee has been working on the “market village/farmers market” concept on a county-owned lot at the corner of East Second and North East streets.

Steering committee co-chairs Will Hunt and Ellen Russell describe the proposed development as a semi-permanent “village” with multiple short-term rental spaces. Retail space would complement the Potter County Farmers Market, with short-term occupants marketing agricultural goods, prepared food, locally crafted items or other products.

The committee envisions the lot becoming a gathering place where live music and other entertainment or educational programs could be presented. Similar open-air markets could be developed in Galeton, Ulysses, Roulette and other Potter County towns.

Rentals would be available at low fees. The market village could serve as an incubator for new businesses. It would provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs and small business owners to “pilot” their business idea, without running the large risk associated with a storefront. Once the business proves to be successful, the hope is it would move into an empty storefront to help revitalize the business district. Meanwhile, the steering committee is investigating grant opportunities.

Public comment on the plan is now being accepted.  A logo contest is also kicking off soon. For details, visit the Revitalize Potter County website Those interested in becoming involved in the God’s Country Village and Farmers Market can contact Ellen Russell at 814-274-8290, ext. 209;; or Will Hunt, 814-274-8290, ext. 229;

he Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., February 27, there were 3,361 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 929,697. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting area, the number of cases seems to have leveled off. The McKean County has 2295 confirmed cases Tioga 2161, Elk 1233; Potter 820 and Cameron 175. Across the border in New York State Allegheny County has 2900 and cattaraugus County 4411 confirmed cases

There are 1,897 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 403 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per day is about 3,900 lower than it was at the peak on December 25, 2020. However, the current 14-day average is just below what it was at the height of the spring peak on May 3, 2020.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of February 12 – February 18 stood at 6.5%.

The most accurate daily data is available on the website, with archived data also available.

As of 11:59 p.m. Friday, February 26, there were 63 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 24,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Pennsylvania hospitals began receiving shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine the week of Dec. 14 and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine the week of Dec. 21. Please note that this includes vaccine administration through CVS as part of the Federal Pharmacy Partnership. Vaccination numbers for Pennsylvania do not include Philadelphia, which is its own jurisdiction, or federal facilities, which are working directly with the federal government.

This week, a total of 3,172,900 doses will have been allocated through February 27:

225,890 first doses will have been allocated this week.

180,610 second doses will have been allocated this week.

To date, of the 3,172,900 doses allocated through February 27, 2,307,725 doses total through February 26 have administered

First doses, 88 percent (1,621,102 administered of 1,836,065 allocated)

Second doses, 51 percent (686,623 administered of 1,336,835 allocated)

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home, even if fully vaccinated. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 110,412 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 636 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.

There are 3,876,216 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 66,835 resident cases of COVID-19, and 13,059 cases among employees, for a total of 79,894 at 1,567 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 12,435 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here. Note that the number of deaths reported to NEDSS is not exactly the same as the COVID-19 related deaths reported by the death registry. The number of deaths among nursing and personal care home residents and employees is taken from the PA-NEDSS death data, as this information is not available in the death registry data. Approximately 24,770 of the total cases are among health care workers.

he McKean County Republican Committee is inviting voters to come out to any of five upcoming petition-signing events.

The events will focus on petitions for candidates running for county and local offices as well as statewide judge candidates. The committee is urging citizens to pay extra attention to judge races due to the activist nature of the courts and the state Supreme Court’s recent rubber-stamping of Gov. Tom Wolf’s  March 2 at Gandma Bair’s in Kane 6-8 pm light refreshments.

Causer to Hold Satellite Office Hours




BRADFORD – State Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) will hold monthly satellite office hours on Thursday,March 4, at the following locations:


  • Emporium Borough Office – 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.


  • Port Allegany Borough Office – 11 a.m. to noon.




Services available include assisting constituents with state-related issues or concerns, assistance with driver license and vehicle registration applications, and help in filling out applications for various state programs, such as the senior citizen Property Tax/Rent Rebate and PACE prescription drug assistance programs.




People who cannot make the satellite sessions may contact Causer’s offices in Bradford at 78 Main St., first floor, telephone 814-362-4400; or Coudersport, 107 S. Main St., Room 1, telephone 814-274-9769; or Kane, 55 Fraley St., telephone 814-837-0880. Information is also available at or on Facebook at




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