May 5th, 2015
A mock crash was held at Elk County Catholic High School on Tuesday afternoon to highlight the dangers of distracted driving ahead of this weekend's prom. The annual program alternates between Elk County Catholic and St. Marys Area High School and gives students a firsthand look at what happens during a crash as well as the lasting impact it can have on the lives of those involved. Emergency responders from a variety of area organizations were on scene to assist with the event.
With the primary election less than 30 days away on May 19, political signs dot the landscape found everywhere from front yards, along busy highways and rural roadways.
During St. Marys City Council's recent meeting, regulations and enforcement governing various aspects of political signs sparked a lively conversation.
Councilman Greg Gebauer said two candidates' signs were out of compliance with the city code.
RIDGWAY â€“ With funding issues far from resolved, the state House on Monday voted 134-59 to increase the monthly fee used to help fund Pennsylvania countiesâ€™ 911 emergency communication centers.
The measure, which still must pass the Senate, calls for an increase to $1.65 a month. Currently, the 25-year-old 911 Public Safety Emergency Telephone Act calls for $1 a month for cellphones, and $1.50 for landlines.
RIDGWAY â€“ After months of topping out at well over 70 inmates a day, officials at the Elk County Prison are finally seeing those figures taper off.
â€śThe population has drastically stabilized,â€ť said Elk County Prison Warden Greg Gebauer. â€śI think thatâ€™s due to the fact that a lot of inmates are being transported to the state penitentiary.â€ť
As cases are being settled in county court, many are being sentenced to the state penitentiary due to crime severity and other factors.
The average daily population at the prison for January was 70; February was 73; March was 63; and April was 58.
RIDGWAY â€“ The Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday morning acknowledged local home healthcare agencies for National Visiting Nurse Association Week.
The week, falling on the second week of May, is recognized this year from May 3-8.
â€śIn Elk County, we have a number of providers that care for patients who are homebound or need assistance in their home,â€ť said Rebecca Nelson, President and CEO of Community Nurses, Inc.
St. Marys Area junior Jordan Romain will take on Clearfield's Kerry Maines today at 1:30 p.m. at Benzinger Park to decide the District 9 Class AA singles champion.
Sydney Hoffman struck out 14 batters while giving up only two hits Monday afternoon as the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders improved to 12-1 with a 7-3 victory over Brockway at Benzinger Park.
The Brookville Raiders outlasted the St. Marys Area Flying Dutch by a 16-14 score Monday night in a game played at Berwind Park.
St. Marys City Council unanimously voted to acknowledge receipt of the St. Marys Early Intervention Program (EIP) report on Monday evening during their work session.
"We do not necessarily have to do everything in the report," said Councilman Ned Jacob.
Jacob proposed the motion to acknowledge the report stating the caveat is the yet-to-be-named city manager must meet with council and a committee to review the report before passing anything in the report.
The St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail was presented with the Community Non-Profit Award during the recent St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner.
On Friday evening, numerous Detail members and their spouses were the honored guests at the Chamber dinner held at The Highlands.
The Community Non-Profit Award recognizes an organization which has given back to the community through service. Accepting the award was Bill Miller, a detail member.
Chamber Outreach Coordinator Ashley Oâ€™Dell provided information on the Detail upon receiving its award.Â