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February 10th

Beimel: Volk an 'unsung hero' in St. Marys' history

February 10, 2014

According to local historian Ray Beimel, one of the unsung heroes in St. Marys' history is Captain Charles H. Volk.
Beimel discussed Volk's contribution to the community while passing by his grave during a recent tour of St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. 
Volk was born in 1820 and died in 1871.

Truck driver is killed at Hutchins plant

February 10, 2014

HUTCHINS – A truck driver was killed about 6 p.m. Monday in a freak accident at the particleboard plant in Hutchins.
State Police from the Lantz Corners station are investigating the incident. They were not ready to release details Monday night.
McKean County Coroner Mike Cahill of Bradford was called to the scene. He also declined to release information Monday night pending the investigation.

February 9th

Servicemen's Detail holds annual banquet

February 9, 2014

The St. Marys Servicemen's Detail held their annual banquet on Saturday evening at Bavarian Hills, and a good size crowd of both members and nonmembers turned out for the occasion.
Tom Price served as the master of ceremonies, and following dinner and introductions, he highlighted events in which Detail members participated through 2013.

Two-time Purple Heart recipient honored

February 9, 2014

Each year, the St. Marys Servicemen's Detail attempts to honor a veteran from the area who has received the Purple Heart medal for wounds suffered in combat in the U.S. Armed Forces. At their annual banquet on Saturday night, they honored a man who has received not one, but two of the medals.

Many with religious ties buried in cemetery

February 9, 2014

During a recent tour of the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, local historian Ray Beimel made stops by some of the graves of individuals with religious ties who are buried in the facility.
One of those people was the man responsible for building Decker's Chapel. 
According to Beimel, Michael Decker Sr., a farmer who lived across from where Tractor Supply is currently located, injured himself and made a vow that resulted in the chapel's construction. 

February 7th

State funding discussed by school board

February 7, 2014

While Governor Corbett may have proposed an increase to the state education budget, St. Marys Area School District is not benefitting from the increase.
Although Corbett's preliminary budget is not set in stone the figures provide the school district an opportunity to start to build its budget and estimate what they anticipate receiving from the state and federal government, earned income and real estate.
SMASD's proposed 2014-15 budget is $9,782,347, an increase compared to the 2013-14 budget of $9,571,032.

Some of community's founders buried in cemetery

February 7, 2014

St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery is the final resting place of some of the founders of the community, and local historian Ray Beimel pointed out a few of their graves during a recent tour of the cemetery. 
The first grave Beimel stopped at, which is located near the chapel, is that of John Walker. 

Charges filed against Eldred man in 2013 crash

February 7, 2014

SMETHPORT – The Kane-based state police on Thursday filed multiple charges against Tieler Richard Raymo, 21, of Eldred, stemming from a February 2013 fatal crash in Smethport.
Raymo on Thursday was charged with homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle, recklessly endangering another person, and six summary traffic citations, all of which were filed in District Court 48-3-02.

February 6th

SMASD's Kearney to retire at end of contract

February 7, 2014

St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney announced her plans to retire at the conclusion of her current contract ending on June 30, 2014. Kearney divulged the information during Thursday evening's SMASD Board of Directors workshop.
The board offered Kearney an extension on her contract to serve another year as superintendent, a gesture which she said she was "honored" by.
"After much deliberation and prayer, I have come to the decision that it is time for a new chapter in my life," Kearney stated in a letter addressed to the board.

Lunch prices to increase

February 7, 2014

Lunch prices within the St. Marys Area School District will be increasing 10 cents starting this fall for the 2014-15 school year.
The new costs will be $1.80 for elementary lunch, $2.05 for high school lunch, $2.10 for ala carte lunch and adult lunches to $3.25 as they were not raised last year.
SMASD Superintendent Ann Kearney proposed this action during Thursday evening's school board workshop citing the federal guideline requiring school districts to raise their lunch rates at 10 cents per year until they reach $2.25.

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