April 7th, 2015
RIDGWAY â€“Â Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday morning passed out another round of Act 13 grants to local municipalities, county offices, and area groups.
The commissioners last year established a grant program to redistribute a portion of their allocation of the Act 13 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee for local projects.
RIDGWAY â€“ The battle against the lack of fair taxes on state-owned forest and game lands continues to gain traction as the Pennsylvania State Land Tax Fairness Coalition pushes the issues to the forefront.
Elk County government officials last month pledged their support and unveiled a detailed map illustrating the amount of tax-exempt land within the county.
Reports indicate just 23 percent of the land in Elk County is generating local taxes at market value.
On Tuesday, officials reiterated their support pledge and discussed recent headway regarding the issues.
FOX TWP. â€“ Two St. Marys women have been charged in an alleged robbery that occurred March 28 around 10 p.m. in the Fox Township Walmart parking lot.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Debra Ann Penfield, 52, and Phoebe Ann King, 37, are charged with taking items from Megan Kathleen Emerick as she sat in her vehicle outside the store.
Emerick reportedly told police that Penfield entered the vehicle and demanded $245 that Emerick owed her. When Emerick said she didn't have any money, Penfield allegedly took a cellphone and was attempting to take Emerick's purse.
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Not only was Monday opening day for Major League Baseball, locally it also finally ended up being opening day for the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader softball team. The Lady Crusaders were originally scheduled to begin their 2015 campaign on Wednesday, March 25 against DCC, but the lingering winter weather resulted in that game only happening Monday. It ended up being worth the wait for Elk Catholic as the Lady Crusaders rallied for a 6-3 victory at Benzinger Park.
On Monday evening, St. Marys City Council unanimously approved to pledge their support and resources to the Decker's Chapel repair project.
Mary Kalinowski, executive director of the Elk County Historical Society, spoke to council about the status of Decker's Chapel located along the Million Dollar Highway in St. Marys. The 159-year-old landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as of 1998.
The St. Marys Area School District school board held its monthly workshop meeting Monday in which various presentations were given to the board, including presentations on the district's upcoming budget and potential changes to several district programs.
Arguably the most important presentation at the meeting concerned the district's upcoming 2015-2016 budget which was made by SMASD business manager Ginger WIlliams and SMASD superintendent Brian Toth.
Toth began the budget presentation by saying that 2015-2016, the budget is balanced and requires no additional taxes.
A new Taco Bell restaurant is proposed to move into St. Marys at 911 South St. Marys St., situated along the Million Dollar Highway, as cited in a city zoning permit application.
The location was previously occupied by Pizza Hut.
A public hearing is scheduled for April 15 at 5:45 p.m. at City Hall in which Charter Foods North, LLC, has requested a special exception and variance to construct a fast food restaurant with a drive-thru.
The proposed restaurant will be 2,020 square ft. with 40 seats and eight employees working during a peak shift.
RIDGWAY â€“ A St. Marys man was dragged from the Elk County Court fighting, screaming and howling after sheriff's deputies took him into custody Monday afternoon for allegedly being under the influence of illegal substances.
Jeremiah Adam Dilley, 35, was scheduled for final jury call on multiple charges related to possession and sale of alpha-PVP, the drug commonly known as "bath salts."
When Dilley arrived, bystanders noticed that he was behaving erratically, pacing around and making guttural noises.