A third mayor in the Valley has announced that he will not seek re-election this year. Sayre Mayor Denny Thomas announced yesterday that he will not be seeking a fourth term as mayor, after spending the last 12 years in charge of the borough. Thomas becomes the latest long-serving mayor in the Valley to announce he will be leaving local politics, joining Waverly Mayor Dan Leary and Athens Mayor George Whyte. Thomas thanked the residents of Sayre for their support. Besides his civil service, Thomas also owns a funeral service and is the athletic director of the Athens Area School District.
A Sayre man has been arrested after allegedly attempting to break into a home and then pulling a BB gun on authorities. 53-year-old Daniel Acorn is accused of attempting to burglarize a home on Seneca Street in Sayre before fleeing from responding police.
Sayre Police Officers later went to Acorn’s apartment on North Lehigh Avenue to question him. When Acorn opened his door, one of the officers noticed a black gun behind his back. The officer managed to get the gun away from Acorn and restrain him. It was only later that authorities discovered that the weapon was a realistic-looking BB gun. Acorn has since been sent to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.
For the 3rd year in a row, the Bradford County government is donating $10,000 to every fire department and ambulance service in the county. The money comes from impact fees of natural gas drilling. The Bradford County government does not place restrictions on how the money can be used by the emergency services.
In total, over $300,000 has been distributed to county emergency service departments this year alone. Over $1 million has been donated in the past 3 years.
After over two years of fundraising, the Sayre Theatre has a new marquee hanging above its doors. The former marquee was over 90 years old, and its age had begun to show. Designers of the new sign tried to stay as true to the original design as possible. Though some finishing touches still need to be performed, the new sign can now be seen by commuters travelling in the area of the Sayre Theater on South Elmer Avenue.
The Sayre Area School District and surrounding community is mourning the loss of a longtime coach. 78-year-old Ralph Hendershot passed away on Friday. He was an English teacher in the Sayre Area School District from 1960 until 1998. Hendershot coached Sayre’s varsity baseball team for over 30 years, as well as the district’s JV basketball team for more than 20. A viewing ceremony is being held tonight from 4-8pm at Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home on Desmond Street in Sayre. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 tomorrow morning at the Church of the Epiphany on South Elmer Avenue.
Sayre officials are working to keep traffic moving through the borough with a new parking layout. Officials have proposed the purchase of 200 new parking meters which will be placed around downtown. The new meters would allow commuters to park in one space for up to 90 minutes. The meters would charge $0.25 per fifteen minutes around Howard Elmer Park, and $0.25 per half hour throughout the rest of the borough. In addition, parking fines would be raised as a part of the plan. Residential parking permits, however, would be expanded. Sayre Borough officials will be meeting on October 24th at 4pm at Borough Hall to review the plan. The public is encouraged to attend.
Information is still limited as to why a former Sayre Area School District employee was escorted out of his office by police officers last month. Samuel Moore, the former business manager at the Sayre Area School District, was escorted off the premises and his computer seized by authorities. The school district has not said why Moore left, but says that he will use his remaining paid sick time, and vacation to officially retire in June. The Sayre Area School District has since posted Moore’s job, looking for a replacement, effective immediately.
The Sayre Constable who was arrested on charges of intimidation and reckless endangerment among others last month has waived his upcoming formal arraignment. By doing this, 47-year-old Terrance Blacknell has acknowledged the charges against him and essentially entered a plea of “not guilty.” Blacknell currently faces several charges after an alleged road rage incident in Sayre at the Beginning of August. Blacknell is currently out of jail on $5,000 bail.