Monday’s high, 85; Overnight low, 59






Ridgway man accused of shoplifting at Walmart…Kersey resident cited for swearing at PennDot workers…woman warned about speeding after Elk County crash….repairs continue at Tioga County State parks hit by rain storm……

A 28 year old Ridgway man has been arrested for shoplifting at the St. Marys Walmart.  According to state police, the suspect, whose name they did not release, was observed removing $312 worth of merchandise from  the store on the afternoon of July 2. The stolen items included a dehumidifier and an air conditioner.

Troopers at Ridgway have filed harassment charges against 67 year old Arthur Boults of Kersey. Authorities claim Boults harassed and yelled obscenities at four Penn Dot workers as they were taking a lunch break on the Brecthtel  Road in Jones Township  on the afternoon of July 15.

State police at Ridgway have warned a Dagus Mines woman for speeding after she caused another vehicle to wreck Saturday afternoon in Fox Township, Elk County. According to police, Denise Cameroni was going south on Skyline Drive between Taylor Street and Dagus Mines Road when her Dodge Ram, while making a right curve, went into the northbound lane. The driver of the northbound  Dodge Caravan swerved to avoid impact but the van went off the south side of the road and collided with a utility pole. Police said no one was hurt and did not release the name of the van driver.



As we await rain from Hurricane IDA, repairs continue across the region from recent rain storm.Leonard Harrison State Park in  Wellsboro remains closed

PennDOT has received the necessary emergency permits and began work  yesterdat to replace the culvert that was washed out by fast moving flood waters with a new 72-inch pipe and repair the damage done by heavy rains to the section of State Route 660 that leads to the park entrance. It is anticipated that the work will be completed this week and Leonard Harrison will be reopened to the public for Labor Day weekend.

The park, located 10 miles from Wellsboro, was closed on Thursday, Aug. 19 due to the storm damage done to Route 660.

Prior to the reopening of Leonard Harrison, those who want to visit the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon can go to Colton Point State Park at 927 Colton Road, Wellsboro. It is open and sits on the canyon’s west rim.

Questions? Please call the Hills Creek State Park office at 570-724-4246.

On Thursday, Aug. 19, the DCNR Tioga State Forest, District 16 office in Wellsboro temporarily closed the Pine Creek Rail Trail from Darling Run south to Blackwell due to flooding and storm damage to all of the trail’s bridges and culverts between Darling Run and Tiadaghton.

The district’s maintenance crew began working early on Aug. 19 to divert storm water and clear mud, rocks and large woody debris from the trail surface. Work to reopen the trail to the public was completed by Saturday morning Aug. 21.

The damage was caused by a persistent but confined rainfall event in the vicinity of Leonard Harrison State Park and southward along the east rim of the canyon.

“The trail is passable but the surface is muddy and rough in damaged areas so bicyclists and pedestrians should use caution”, according to a District 16 spokesperson.

The paving project that was taking place near Tiadaghton is now completed so the entire length of the Pine Creek Rail Trail in the Tioga State Forest is open in Tioga County.

The contractor has moved south to begin the Pine Creek Rail Trail resurfacing project between Jersey Mills and Ramsey in Lycoming County. The trail in that work zone area in Lycoming County is now closed and will remain closed for approximately three weeks, dependent on the weather.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that between 12:00 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 28 and Monday, Aug. 30, there were 9,078 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,297,119.


ELK 1674

McKEAN 3023


TIOGA 2699



There are 1,768 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 476 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19.

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients continues to increase again.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of Aug 20 – Aug. 26 stood at 7.8%.

Between 11:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27 and Sunday, Aug. 29, there were 34 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 28,214 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

According to the CDC, as of Sunday, Aug. 29, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

According to the CDC, as of Sunday Aug. 29, 65.7% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine providers have administered 12,161,625 total vaccine doses as of Monday, Aug. 30.

5,952,047 people are fully vaccinated; with 51,661 vaccinations administered over the past three days and a seven-day moving average of more than 17,200 people per day receiving vaccinations.

There are 197,995 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 637 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.

There are 5,136,138 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 74,331 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 15,872 cases among employees, for a total of 90,203 at 1,607 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 13,957 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 30,125 of total cases have been among health care workers.

All Pennsylvanians age 12 and older are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine. Use Vaccine Finder to find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you.

A commonwealth COVID-19 vaccination guide explains the current process for getting one. Pennsylvanians with questions about the vaccination process can call the Department of Health hotline at 1-877-724-3258.