Archive - Mar 2011 - News Article
RIDGWAY - Elk County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Richard Masson ruled that due to pre-trial publicity, a jury from outside of Elk County will be chosen to hear the murder case against Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys.
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania will choose the county in which the jurors are to be summoned from.
Donachy is charged in the April 6, 1999 rape and murder of Irene Challingsworth, a 57-year-old St. Marys beautician, after he allegedly broke into her Walnut Street residence.
Recent visitors to the the St. Marys Walmart located in Fox Township are sure to have noticed the remodeling activities taking place. The work began on March 7 and is expected to be completed sometime in May.
The St. Marys Municipal Airport would benefit from refinancing its debt, according to city councilman Dan Hepner. Hepner was appointed to fill a vacancy on the St. Marys Area Airport Authority in January, a term that will run for five years.
"In looking at redoing the city bonds, it is my recommendation that we seriously consider taking the airport debt and refinancing that was part of the bond refinancing," Hepner said. "In other words, pay off the existing debt and then have them become part of the bond indenture. [They would] continue to pay as they do on a monthly basis."
Area residents have probably noticed by now that older trees located on the Diamond were recently removed and replaced with younger, healthier trees. City Councilman Rick Gabler commented briefly on the matter during Monday evening's city council meeting.
Gabler remarked that council members had received e-mails about the plan to remove the trees, an action that was completed earlier this month.
According to a release that was previously issued by the city's Shade Tree Commission, the trees that were removed were a Norway maple and a Red maple.
Patrick Watkavitch, 20, of Weedville, along with 707 fellow Penn State students, succeeded in raising just over $9.5 million for The Four Diamonds Fund, an organization committed to conquering pediatric cancer. Their efforts were all part of the annual Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon.
Affectionately referred to as THON, the event is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, having raised more than $78 million since 1977.
Members of the Cameron and Elk Counties Local Housing Options Team [LHOT] have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming Housing Expo, the first of its kind offered by the group, on April 14 from noon to 6 p.m. at Central Hose Company along North Broad Street in Ridgway.
The expo will showcase builders, contractors, realtors, financing mechanisms and services available to the seasoned homeowner, first-time homebuyer, landlords and renters.
The event is still in need of area participants.
Building owner Edward J. Aiello said Tuesday night that cleanup will begin today at the site of the fire that engulfed the 3-story brick building at 205 Main St. in downtown Ridgway.
"We've had opinions from the fire department and the police but we need to bring in a structural engineer to see if the building can be saved," Aiello said. "We're not going to wait around long on this."
Pa. State Police officials gave Aiello permission Tuesday to begin to clean up the site both inside and out.
The City of St. Marys is still pursuing selling water to companies in the Marcellus drilling industry, according to City Manager Dave Greene. Greene provided members of city council with an update on Monday evening regarding the progress the city has made in finding interested drilling companies to purchase effluent water, which has been treated and discharged from the city's wastewater treatment plant.
In an effort to give back to the local community, the St. Marys Pharmacy/Home Medical has chosen to become a major sponsor as part of the 2011 Elk County Relay for Life, a program of the American Cancer Society (ACS).
As part of this venture, St. Marys Pharmacy (SMP) recently donated $1,000 to the American Cancer Society. In addition, the business also established its own Relay for Life team.
SMP Relay Captain Kari Ryan announced the businesses' sponsorship of the event during the March 8 monthly meeting of ACS Relay teams.
Contrary to a number of rumors City Manager Dave Greene indicated are making their way around town, work is still underway on the Depot Street parking garage and the project deadline has not been extended from its original completion date of the first week of July.
Greene addressed rumors about the project during city council's meeting on Monday evening.
St. Marys resident Jerry Marshall inquired at the meeting about rumors that work on the project has stopped because the workers were not being paid and had walked off the job.