March 25th, 2012
On Jan. 6, 2012, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced revision to the Uniform Crime Report's definition of rape, broadening the federal criteria and for the first time including male victims and removing the previous requirement that a sexual assault be physically forced.
Wording of the pre-existing federal definition, in place since 1929, included â€śthe carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will,â€ť and related only to men engaging in nonconsensual coitus with women.
St. Marys City Solicitor Tom Wagner was approved to draft an ordinance for the Planning Commission's review to bring the city's oil and gas ordinance in compliance with new state regulations.
"I think it's doable to amend the zoning ordinance in a sensible fashion to incorporate all the restrictions the state law now imposes on land use regulations for oil and gas development," Wagner said. "I think you can amend your zoning ordinance effectively."
City Council voted unanimously on the issue during its recent meeting.
April School of Dance presented the Dynamic Dance Competition Company (DDCC) Showcase on Sunday afternoon at ECCHS. The company, overseen by artistic director Jennifer Blankenship of Kane, performed a total of 15 pieces, including six solos. DDCC consists of 18 dancers ranging in age from 9-18 years old who are divided into three different companies. The group recently concluded their competition season.
RIDGWAY - St. Marys Area softball pitcher Rachel Ginther had a perfect start to her season.
Ginther threw a perfect game against the Lady Elkers in an 18-0, 5-inning win over Ridgway Friday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
Ginther struck out 11 of the 15 batters she faced and had a stretch of five strikeouts in a row from the second until the fourth innings.
"With Rachel throwing a perfect game, you can't ask for much more," St. Marys Area coach Manny Gerarge said. "It's a good way to start the season."
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader softball team opened their season Friday by traveling to Bradford, where they defeated the Bradford Lady Owls 10-0 in a five-inning contest.
Taylor Schlimm threw a one-hitter for Elk Catholic while striking out 13 batters.
â€śTaylor was dominant today,â€ť noted ECCHS coach Joe Coroso. â€śShe struck out 13 of the 17 batters she faced.â€ť
â€śOur hitting was slow to start, but improved as the game progressed. It was also very balanced throughout the lineup,â€ť said Coroso.
With gas prices nearing or topping $4 per gallon across the country, the financial strain placed on individuals and small businesses alike is worsening. With the rising price of gasoline slowing the economic recovery of industries, the commercial transport industry has been among the hardest hit. Commercial transport companies are treading on uncertain ground as fuel prices threaten their bottom lines and squeeze their profit margins.
As part of their celebration for the 10th anniversary of their office in downtown St. Marys, Northwest Savings Bank made a $500 donation to the St. Marys Public Library on Thursday morning to mark the occasion.
"We were trying to look over all of how we could benefit the community more as a whole, and we knew there were some projects going on at the library that needed some funding, such as the e-books," said Russ Daniels, assistant branch manager at Northwest Savings Bank's downtown St. Marys office.
From silver tap-dancing aliens to dancers perched atop a six-foot wall, such unique routines have consistently ranked among the judges' favorites during this year's competition season of the Dynamic Dance Competition Company, an 18-member troop from April School of Dance in St. Marys.
The group, overseen by artistic director Jennifer Blankenship of Kane, recently concluded their season, during which they brought home a myriad of top-place trophies.
Discrepancies with a recent audit of Jay Township accounts was brought to the attention of officials at Thursday's meeting of the board of supervisors. Supervisor Murray K. Lilley claimed that the township's general fund balance as shown on the 2011 audit exceeds the actual total held by the township as of the end of the fiscal year by roughly $105,000.
"It starts out showing that we had cash investments of $251,492 as of Dec. 31  when we only had $146,000," Lilley said.
The warm and sunny weather Thursday evening made for a perfect night to enjoy some time outside, which is exactly what many area youth did as they waited in line outside the Apollo Theatre hoping to score tickets to the midnight showing of "The Hunger Games."
"I've been seeing people arrive since around 3 p.m.," said theater owner Alyson Lynch. "They got out of school, got something to eat real fast, and then they came right back down here."
Tickets were scheduled to go on sale at 7:30 p.m., and by 7 p.m. a line of close to 100 people was along the sidewalk outside the building.