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August 16th

Over 1,000 firemen coming to Kane for convention

August 16, 2011

More than 1,000 volunteer firemen will be coming to Kane for a three-day convention that begins Thursday.
The Kane Volunteer Fire Department is hosting the 119th annual convention of the Central District Volunteer Firefighter's Association (CDVFA). The organization, founded in 1892, meets annually for business meetings-- as well as for fun, relaxation and camaraderie.

August 15th

Council approves publishing drilling ordinance amendment

August 16, 2011

Mayor Sally Geyer informed members of council on Monday evening that she believed the city should move forward and publish their draft of the zoning ordinance amendment pertaining to oil and gas development.
"I believe that we have a solicitor and I believe that we hashed it out back and forth enough. I think we should move forward with what we have and we can always change, amend or whatever at another time," Geyer said.

Farm Bureau tour highlights logging industry

August 16, 2011

The logging industry in Elk County was the featured topic at this year's 15th annual Elk County Farm Bureau Legislative Tour, held Monday morning at Dave's Saw Shop on Linwood Avenue in St. Marys.
Congressman Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-5) and state Representative Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield) were among the attendees at the event, which included a group discussion on the logging industry, the challenges it faces and its affiliation with the agricultural industry. They were joined by Farm Bureau members and lumber industry representatives.

Leuschel sentenced on charges related to theft of over $200,000

August 16, 2011

Laurene L. Leuschel, 51, of St. Marys, was sentenced on Monday morning at the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway by 59th Judicial District Judge Richard Masson for the charges of theft by unlawful taking, a grade three felony, and tampering with evidence, a grade one misdemeanor. Leuschel had previously pleaded guilty to the charges during the county’s monthly return day session on Friday, June 3. At that time, sentencing had been deferred so that a pre-sentence investigation report, including a forensic mental health evaluation conducted by Dr. David Webster, could be prepared.

August 12th

Event offers behind-the-scenes look at drill site

August 13, 2011

Approximately 300 people, including the general public, business owners and industry representatives, had the opportunity to catch a behind-the-scenes look at an active Marcellus Shale drilling rig as part of the EOG: B2B Network Day held Friday afternoon.
EOG Resources volunteered one of their well pad sites, located inside S.B. Elliott State Park in Clearfield County, during the event hosted by the DuBois Chamber Energy Committee and the Clearfield County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC).

August 11th

Parking garage nearing completion

August 12, 2011

Construction on the parking garage is near completion and City Manager Dave Greene recently indicated that he anticipates ownership of the facility being turned over to the city by the middle of this month.
At the most recent city council meeting, councilman Bob Roberts suggested that the city offer free parking in the garage for one month to help residents become acclimated to the new facility.

Fair evolves over time

August 12, 2011

KERSEY – As patrons stroll the Elk County Fairgrounds this week, they might be interested to know that several organizers have been around since the event's inception in the early 1970s.
Ernest Mattiuz, vice president of the Elk County Farm Bureau, has been around since the third county fair and fondly remembers the constant evolution with ease.
Unofficially, the fair started out in 1974 as a weekend event held at the Kersey Community Center. The following year, the event was held behind the building and it was turned into a weeklong event in 1976.

School board approves various policies

August 12, 2011

This year, students in the St. Marys Area School District (SMASD) will be permitted to possess asthma inhalers and epinephrine auto-injectors and to self-administer the prescribed medication in compliance with state law and board policy. This policy was approved during a recent school board meeting.

August 10th

Western Home Appliances holding grand reopening this weekend

August 11, 2011

The building at 429 N. St. Marys St. in St. Marys has been the site of a grocery store, a roller skating rink, and a variety of other businesses. It is now the new location for major appliance store Western Home Appliances, which is holding a grand reopening this weekend.

SMASD continues addressing budget issues

August 11, 2011

Recently St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney updated the school board on budget issues.
This year, the district has absorbed six professional positions and combined other positions at a savings of over $500,000 to their current budget.
Additionally, positions absorbed in the past three years have helped with the budget crunch which other districts have been experiencing.

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