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Pitbull owner says he shot dog to protect family during attack

October 25, 2011

ST. MARYS - The owner of the pitbull found shot last week in the Lake City area said the dog was "family" to him and he shot it because it was attacking his fiancee and would not respond to his commands to stop.
Jeremiah Wickett, 35, of Lake City, said he had raised the dog, Ganja, a six-year-old half-pit bull, half-bull mastiff, from a puppy. He said he and his fiancee, Michelle Oertly, 34, also of Lake City, were standing on their front porch on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 18 engaged in a play "wrestling" match when the dog attacked Oertly, latching on to her left leg.

Recycling budget more secure one year after center's opening

October 25, 2011

RIDGWAY – According to Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner, close to 200 tons of material have likely come through the Community Recycling Center over the course of the past year. Not only is the county's recycling program thriving, but the program's budget is also no longer in the dire straits it was a year ago.
"We are no longer bleeding red, which is incredible," Titchner said.

Gabler to hold town hall meetings addressing veteran and transportation issues

October 25, 2011

State Representative Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield) will be hosting a number of meetings intended to address concerns held by his constituency, specifically those pertaining to veterans' affairs and new transportation regulations for truck drivers.
Truck drivers' meeting

Monitoring project moving along

October 25, 2011

Watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine reported no abnormal findings for the Elk County Monitoring Project during Monday night's Elk County Conservation District meeting.
"I haven't found anything abnormal," Bonfardine said. "Each of the streams I have been looking at have different conductivity rates in them, but that's normal. I haven't discovered anything outrageous."
Dr. Bruce Dickson of AGES, Inc. [Applied Geology and Environmental Science] is assisting Bonfardine in the project.

Residents discuss parking issues at special meeting

October 25, 2011

Nearly 20 local residents, senior citizens, business owners and employees were in attendance at a special parking meeting held Monday evening at City Hall. St. Marys Mayor Sally Geyer and City Councilman Dick Dornisch hosted the meeting, during which attendees discussed their concerns and potential solutions to parking in downtown St. Marys.

Conservation District approves budget

October 25, 2011

The Elk County Conservation District approved the proposed 2012 budget during Monday night's regular meeting.
District officials budgeted $190,897 for the 2012 fiscal year with a three-percent raise for employees.
An executive session was held prior to the meeting to discuss the budget.
"We went over some numbers and I think we came up with a fairly well-balanced budget," Braun said.
Braun said the decision for the three-percent wage increase was based off of what county officials were doing.

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