News. Brief.

Rich Valley Rumble Allegheny Mountains Chapter of Nam Knights of America will host its annual “Rich Valley Rumble,” on Friday and Saturday, June 24-25, at the Cameron County Fairgrounds. The public is welcome. Events will take place throughout the weekend and include live music both evenings starting at 7 pm, raffles, prize drawings, games, food and more. Cost is $25 […]

Hands-on nature lessons for kids

Not all learning takes place inside the walls of a school. A group of Potter County organizations took advantage of a local “outdoor classroom” to educate some Coudersport sixth-graders about environmental conservation and related topics. It culminated with a field day to close out the school year. Organized under the “Trout in the Classroom” program administered by Trout Unlimited (TU) […]


Inside the Outdoors

Bitten by the fly fishing bug

I was thinking back this week to the day I became a bona fide fly fisherman. Like many 12-year-olds, I liked to fish, but I didn’t understand much about the sport. My father had taken me out to fish for stocked trout or panfish and I never gave much thought to any other options. Then my father bought me an […]

Wolf Tracks

Outdoor Columnist

Trout fishing is king in north-central Pennsylvania, but there are some opportunities for bass anglers. Its season opener, June 18 this year, is considered the kickoff of summer for many. Statewide, bass fishing has been gaining in popularity, due largely to the large number of lakes, ponds and streams that hold the species. You won’t see large crowds at any […]


‘Baby selling’ case in 6th year

On the fifth anniversary of charges being filed in a high-profile Potter County “babyselling” case, defendants petitioned the court to have all counts dismissed. Coudersport lawyer Jarett Smith, 47, and his former wife, Donna Albright Smith, 42, were accused in May 2011 of helping to arrange an illegal adoption for Smith’s brother and sister-in-law, Jerome and Eileen Smith. Those four […]

Family facing drug charges

An Emporium family is facing multiple charges as the result of a search at a Shippen Township home last week. State police discovered drugs and paraphernalia at a Hillcrest Drive residence occupied by Donna Burnside, 54; her son Michael Hallowell, 24; and daughter Brianna Hallowell, 21. Charged with DUI A driving under the influence of alcohol charge is pending against […]

Trails now open to ATVs

Susquehannock State Forest has announced that 43 miles of designated all-terrain vehicle trails are now open. ATV riders are reminded that their machines must be registered and they must carry proof of liability insurance. All riders must also wear protective helmets. No one under age eight can operate an ATV on state forest trails. All riders 16 and under must […]


Mistaken identity 12 — A recent survey found that 12 percent of photo identification cards used at bars were counterfeit and the vast majority of them were purchased over the internet and manufactured in China. While fake IDs are used primarily by underage drinkers, they can also fool some security scans. Congress has been urging China to crack down on […]