Archive - Oct 2012 - News Article
JOHNSONBURG - A Ridgway woman charged with theft after allegedly failing to return a laptop computer to her former employer following her resignation was in District Court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge George A. "Tony" King.
ST. MARYS - Compliance with new legislation signed into law by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal at Penn State University was discussed at a recent meeting of the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors.
BELLEFONTE â€“ "It's a story of betrayal."
This is how presiding Senior Trial Court Judge John Cleland of Kane labels the child sexual abuse case against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Cleland, speaking Tuesday before sentencing at a packed Centre County courtroom in Bellefonte, told the defendant "you abused trust in those who trusted you." He said Sandusky "expertly deceived" his victims-- 10 young boys who were molested by the defendant over a 15-year period.
ST. MARYS - A St. Marys man charged with arson and related offenses after allegedly setting fire to his father's home waived his preliminary hearing on Tuesday before District Judge Mark Jacob.
Steven Ray Hulings, 25, of St. Marys, was in District Court Tuesday after being charged on Oct. 4 for a July 14 arson at the 137 Lynch Rd. home of his father and stepmother, who were away on an out-of-town camping trip at the time of the incident.
The Northwest Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) were just one of the organizations that played a role in the recent opening of the TAT Technology Development and Training (TDT) Center in St. Marys.
During TAT's open house, Erin Heath, district manager of NWIRC based in DuBois, who worked closely with TAT Technologies President Harb Nayar, PhD, of Summit, N.J. in assisting with getting the business up and running, referred to industry trends being reported by industry groups and national accounting firms.
RIDGWAY - The Salvation Army in Ridgway will continue to shoot for the sky as Lieutenant Esther Wilson, Core Officer, takes the reins at the church and community center.
A third-generation Salvationist, Wilson went into the training school in Suffern, N.Y., roughly 45 minutes away from New York City, and her first appointment in Ridgway started back in July.
"As an ordained minister, the Salvation Army is a church, first and foremost," Wilson said. "Everything that we do is based on the love of God and the love that He has for us, and we extend that to the community.
St. Marys City Council has unanimously approved amending the non-uniformed pension plan, updating it for recent changes mandated by the Internal Revenue Service code.
The policy states if non-uniformed city employees are serving in the military on active duty, their pension will be turned over to their spouse in the event of their death. In addition, any raises that would have occurred in the timespan they were serving would go toward the plan's beneficiary.
ST. MARYS - With a long-unused portion of the Bennetts Valley Elementary School building in a state of disrepair, the SMASD Board of Directors, in deeming it too expensive to salvage the section, have recommended its demolition.
The demolition discussion concerns what SMASD Superintendent Ann Kearney referred to as the "old half" of the Bennetts Valley Elementary School, which she said has sat unused for the past four years.
ST. MARYS - "We continue to be above state averages, which is very good," said St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney in reviewing the district's report card for the 2011-- 2012 school year during Thursday's workshop meeting of the district's board of directors.
The report, issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), includes findings based on the district's attendance and graduation rates and performance on state assessment tests, namely the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), as well as other criteria.
A Kersey resident recently received the most overall votes in the Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundationâ€™s â€śTake Five in the Outdoorsâ€ť photo contest.
Tom Dorsey of Kersey won the "People's Choice Best in Show" award for his photo of a doe and fawn standing in the water at Oil Creek State Park in Venango County.
â€śThe light and background was absolutely perfect. I captured at least 25 images as the fawn held different poses as if modeling for my camera,â€ť Dorsey said. â€śJust seeing this beautiful scene was lucky enough, but to photograph it was over the top.â€ť