Archive - Jun 2014 - News Article
The downtown St. Marys hotel project took a leap forward on Tuesday as a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the future site of Cobblestone Hotel and Suites, situated on the corner of Fourth and Depot streets.
The $6.5 million project is an endeavor spearheaded by local project developer Todd "Booka" Hanes of Creekside Hospitality which includes partners John Schatz, Mike Faulk and Dean Hanes.
Construction is slated to begin the first week of July with an anticipated opening the first week of January.
RIDGWAY â€“ A Ridgway man is set to go to trial at Elk County Courthouse on Thursday, June 5 on charges of statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors and indecent assault on a person less that 16 years of age.
Charges were filed in September 2013 against Brandon James Ecklund, 23, of 4236 Grant Rd., Ridgway. Police report that on Aug. 20, 2013, the victim's mother came into the Ridgway Borough Police station with her daughter, 14, to report that her daughter had had sex with Ecklund, who was 22 at the time.
RIDGWAY â€“ Elk County residents may soon see some relief in the form of low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA) following a disastrous flooding incident that ravaged the area two weeks ago.
St. Marys City Council members discussed a variety of issues during their Monday evening work session. Among the topics of concern were smoke testing of the sanitary sewer lines, parking legislation, the city's stormwater management plan and more.
Councilman Ned Jacob encouraged residents to attend the July council meeting when council plans to vote on the ordinance so they may offer their comments on the topic.
"This is going to affect everyone in St. Marys," Jacob said.
Councilman Greg Gebauer added that citizens both in favor and opposed to the ordinance should attend the meeting.
Elk County and its 12 municipalities will benefit from over $1 million in funding from Act 13 Marcellus Shale Impact Fees and greenways funding.
At the county level, the impact fees distributed totals $350,665.54 along with greenways funding totaling $30,233.25.
The county commissioners in early May announced the establishment of a grant program designed for the redistribution of a portion of their allocation of the Act 13 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee for local projects.
Lifeguards at the St. Marys Community Pool lingered after the facility had closed for the day on Sunday evening to take part in their annual emergency inservice training. Aided by EMTs from the St. Marys Area Ambulance Association, lifeguards took turns at three different stations set up around the pool to brush up on back-boarding protocol and CPR techniques.
BENEZETTE TWP. â€“ Two Bradford residents suffered major injuries Saturday evening on Homestead Drive near the Elk Country Visitor Center.
The crash occurred on at 7:28 p.m. as a 2013 BMW K1500 GTL motorcycle, operated by Daniel S. Hushon, 40, of Bradford, was traveling south on Homestead Drive. Hushon reportedly passed another vehicle and lost control of the motorcycle. It exited the roadway and both Hushon and a passenger, Ashley J. Beckwith, 30, also of Bradford, were thrown from the motorcycle.
It only took 54 years, but the Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township is finally operating out of a location owned by the organization.
Construction on the building began last year, the society's collection was moved to the new building earlier this year, and the society officially reopened on Sunday afternoon with a special open house from 1-4 p.m. During that time, members of the community were invited to come tour the new facility, which is located along Erie Avenue, and see what all it has to offer.
St. Marys Area High School Salutatorian Catherine Riddle and Valedictorian Amy Orr reflected on school memories while imparting hopes for future successes for the Class of 2014 during the school's recent commencement program.
"I would like to extend appreciation toward everyone who has helped mold us into the people we are today," Riddle began.
Valedictorian Amy Orr compared high school to a roller coaster filled with ups and downs involving schoolwork, jobs, sports or personal matters.