Archive - Dec 2011 - News Article
During Thursday's meeting of the SMASD Board of Directors, Superintendent Ann Kearney expressed her opposition to a school voucher bill now before the Pa. House of Representatives and urged taxpayers to contact their representatives and express their disapproval of the legislation, which she said "could bankrupt local school districts."
The former Floyd Howell building, also known as the Demitri building and the Mullaney building because it housed Mullaney's Shoe Store for many years, is scheduled for demolition on Monday.
Located in downtown St. Marys on the corner of N. St. Marys and Center streets, the property was acquired by the city during the Elk County Judicial Sale held on June 9, which allows properties that are behind multiple years on the payment of real estate taxes to be put up for sale to the highest bidder.
RIDGWAY - On Thursday afternoon Edward R. Kralik, 68, of St. Marys, went before Elk County President Judge Richard Masson as part of a Post-Conviction Relief Act (PCRA) hearing. Kralik pleaded guilty in May to third-degree murder in the June 2010 homicide of Clayton Lecker of St. Marys and is currently incarcerated at State Correction Institution (SCI) Smithfield in Huntingdon.
Leanne Nedza, Kralik's attorney, stated the purpose of the hearing is that Kralik "was not afforded effective assistance of council when he made his plea."
At Thursday's meeting of the St. Marys School District Board of Directors, a number of members were sworn into their new positions following the Nov. 8 Elk Co. municipal elections.
The Leaders in Training I (LIT) program just completed their ninth year with a closing program at the Ridgway Area High School. This program was open to all students in eighth grade in any of the Elk County schools. The LIT I program is a very hands-on program that began in September with a trip to Camp Mountain Run. Besides the trip to Camp Mountain Run, activities included government day at the Elk County Courthouse, a financial management workshop, team building, community service project, communication skills, a community awareness project and a sleepover.
ST. MARYS - A new baler that will make recycling efforts easier and more efficient was delivered to the Elk County Community Recycling Center at the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys this week.
The main part of the baler was delivered and placed on Tuesday, while the tipper used to load recyclables into the baler arrived on Wednesday.
A campaign to save the Pennsy Railroad Station along North Broad Street in downtown Ridgway has already begun.
Ridgway resident Dennis D. Heindl and wife Rose met with borough officials and Genessee & Wyoming property manager William V. Gentilman on Tuesday morning to present a $50,000 check to assist in restoring the outside of the train station to its original condition.
Heindl hopes to raise an additional $50,000 to $75,000.
As an added bonus, all contributors who donate $250 or more will have their name engraved on a plaque that will be displayed outside of the station.
An email warning readers that their cellphone numbers are set to be released to telemarketing companies this month has been declared a hoax.
The email instructs readers to register with the National Do Not Call (DNC) List in order to prevent themselves from receiving the imminent torrent of sales calls. The email says that registering with the DNC list "will only take a minute of your time, and blocks your number for five years."
RIDGWAY - County commissioners on Tuesday released an $11.3 million spending plan that features no new taxes highlighted with a 3-percent wage increase for bargaining and non-bargaining county employees.
"We're very pleased to announce that the 2012 proposed budget will now be on display," said Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg. "We're very pleased that there is no tax increase forecast in the numbers.
ST. MARYS - At the Elk County Job Fair held Tuesday at the Sacred Heart Activity Center in St. Marys, 22 employers representing the transportation, telecommunications, manufacturing, healthcare and service industries were on hand to meet with area job seekers like Adam Robuck of Kersey, who said he has been in the job market since October 2010. Robuck said prior to that, he had been employed with GKN Emporium until the company initiated a reduction in its workforce in 2008.