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Friday, July  25, 2014

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  Dave Klemencic of Ritchie County has been dubbed by the Wall Street Journal as “David versus Goliath” in a lawsuit against the IRS that may now be headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. It’s making national news that a ruling this week in Klemencic’s favor may be the “undoing of ObamaCare.”

  Klemencic is fighting against the federally funded mandate for the Affordable Care Act. He qualifies for the Medicaid program for healthcare, but does not want to be forced to sign up for Medicaid.

  “Everyone tells me to just sign up for it because it’s free,” says Klemencic, owner of Ellenboro Floors. “Well, it is not free and you and everyone else is paying for it when someone signs onto Medicaid. I don’t want to do that.”

   He doesn’t feel he should be forced into something he doesn’t think is legal. He’s telling the government he does not want to be enrolled in a public assistance program - never has and never intends to rely on government assistance. The government is telling him he must.

  The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the federal government cannot provide direct insurance subsidies to people who sign up for ObamaCare in the 36 states that opted not to set up their own exchanges.

Ritchie County Businessman

Takes On IRS

By Debbie Frederick

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  Volunteers, staff and teachers have stepped it up all week to work on getting the contents of Harrisville Elementary School moved back into the building.

   Most, if not all, of the three trailers parked by the school have now been emptied and loaded into classrooms and the hallway to be assigned their proper placement.

  Board President Carolyn Bowie commented when speaking with Ritchie Online that it is a lot of work with the move, but it is not unusual for classrooms to be emptied each Summer in order to wax floors and/or paint the rooms. This time things aren’t stacked into the hallway or a room next door is what’s making the work seem more difficult.

  Volunteers and staff were packing up rooms at the high school Wednesday with work well underway to return Harrisville Elementary to normal.

  The good news is with all the rooms emptied, it has been possible to rearrange the setup to allow 5th-grade classes inside the school building. Using modular units as classrooms will not be necessary this school year. The teachers had two lounge/break areas and gave up one of those rooms to be used as a classroom. Another large storage room will house a smaller class to allow the 5th-grade class its own space.

Harrisville Elementary Filling Up Again

by Debbie Frederick

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HHS Alumni Singing

7:00 p.m. Courthouse Lawn


Moving Day Back Into School

9:00 a.m. Harrisville Elementary School


Ritchie Co. Farmers Market

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Harrisville Municipal Bldg. Main Street


Thomas M. Harris Museum Open

Noon-4:00 p.m. 217 W. Main Street, Harrisville.



  Last Thursday the Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority invited several local and state officials to a meeting to discuss keeping regional jail costs down.

  In attendance from Ritchie County were Sheriff Bryan Backus, Pennsboro City Judge Irv Talkington, Pennsboro Mayor Robert Riggs, County Commissioner Steve Worden and Magistrate Teresa Harper.

  They listened to a presentation at the North Central Regional Jail by Regional Jail Authority Executive Director Joe DeLong as he outlined how the jail had lowered its costs over the past couple of years. They streamlined all operations.

   There are 10 regional jails, and each one was doing business on a day-to-day basis following their own methods and practices. The Regional Jail Authority implemented a program for all jails to follow the same plan, using the same vendors and following the same “best practices.”

County Officials Attend Regional Jail Meeting

By Debbie Frederick


HHS Alumni Parade

11:00 a.m. Main St., Harrisville


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In the Harris Addition of Harrisville because of a waterline leak and repairs on Virginia Street.

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