RIDGWAY â€“ A proposed 2015 budget for Elk County features no tax increase according to the county's board of commissioners.
"The budget reflects no tax increase while maintaining full continuation of all vital county services, programs and departments, including a 3 percent cost of living increase for bargaining and non-bargaining employees,"according to a press release provided by the commissioners.
Plans are moving ahead in establishing Pennsylvania's first Rural Regional Community College which would serve a nine-county area including Elk County.
The 15-member Rural Regional Community College Board of Trustees met for the first time Tuesday afternoon at the Community Education Council in St. Marys in order to complete initial steps for the formation of the community college with the goal of offering two-year associate degrees, training and certificate programs.
Laura Anderson, Science Department Chairperson at Elk County Catholic High School, attended a three-day professional development program for educators held over the summer at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), and she expressed excitement about bringing what she learned back to ECC.
"I always try to find something new that I can bring back," Anderson said. "What's happening? What can I bring back new to the students this year? What can I add to the classes? It's sort of like a 'what did you do with your summer?'"
RIDGWAY â€“ As overcrowding at the county prison continues to plague officials, Prison Warden Greg Gebauer said Tuesday that he must stretch out even further to house inmates.
The county's prison board and board of commissioners approved three new contracts to combat the overcrowding. They include Columbia ($70 per day), Erie ($75 per day), and Tioga counties ($60 per day). All three correctional facilities in these counties are over two hours away.
RIDGWAY â€“Â Several area organizations have benefited from another round of Act 13 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee grants for local projects.
Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday announced that seven more applicants were awarded funds.
The St. Marys City Police Department also received an allocation of $8,000 to offset costs associated with the purchase of bulletproof vests.
While 10 applications were submitted, seven were approved.
Thanksgiving Day Football 11/27/14
Detroit (8-4) 34 vs
Chicago (5-7) 17
As they do every year, Detroit played a home game on Thanksgiving Day. This time
they were matched up against divisional rival Chicago. Chicago QB Jay Cutler came
out firing the ball all over the field. Cutler through 2 touchdown passes to WR
Alshon Jeffery in the first quarter to jump out to a 14-3 lead. The lead wouldnâ€™t
last long as Detroit responded with 3 touchdown drives in the second quarter.
Detroit WR Calvin â€śMegatronâ€ť Johnson scored 2 of those touchdowns. Detroit took a
St. Marys City Council unanimously approved its 2015 insurance broker during their Monday evening meeting.
In 2014, the city paid $355,105 for its insurance and will see a substantial cost savings in 2015 at$240,906, according to figures provided by Council.
St. Marys Insurance Agency, Inc. was awarded the contract as they submitted the lowest bid at $240,906, a cost savings of $114,199 to the city.
City Council approved filing two grant applications, one for the study of flooding along the Elk Creek area in downtown St. Marys and the second for the purchase of a generator for City Hall.
St. Marys Community and Economic Development Coordinator Tina Gradizzi presented the grant applications to council, explaining each grant is for $10,000.
What is going to become of St. Joseph Monastery now that the Benedictine Sisters are gone? Local historian Ray Beimel took a few moments to address this question during his recent tours of the facility.
As he led a large group thorough the complex on the Friday evening tour, Beimel indicated that several people had asked about the future of the site. Speaking to the crowd as a whole, he remarked that he hoped to address the many rumors that have been circulating by sharing the most accurate information he had available at the time.
RIDGWAY â€“Â St. Marys mayor and former Ridgway mayor Robert V. Howard was issued a non-traffic citation for disorderly conduct on Nov. 25.
According to the citation, Howard entered a hair salon located along Main Street in Ridgway on Monday, Nov. 24 at 11:18 a.m. and began yelling at the owner, according to police.