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RIDGWAY â€“Â "The biggest fear we have is that we won't be remembered."
Leslie Neal spoke those words during Sunday's candle lighting ceremony that she helped organize in an attempt to make sure that the area's deceased children will not be forgotten.
Last year, Neal, who lost her 16-year-old son in 2011, started a local candle lighting ceremony in Ridgway along with Elk County Commissioner Jan Kemmer to remember the area's children who died at a young age, much like her son.
It was recently announced that Governor-Elect Tom Wolf selected a variety of individuals from across the state to head transition review teams that will be tasked with examining various agencies, policies, and issues in an effort to aid him in starting off his first term as governor as effectively as possible. Among those individuals was Kersey resident Dan Surra, who will head the Fish and Game review team.
By Jim Meyer
RIDGWAY â€“ A jury found Brandon Michael Weidow guilty of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and related offenses for his involvement in the 2012 one-vehicle crash that claimed the life of Savannah Straub.
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Area emergency personnel had a busy day Thursday with multiple calls ranging from traffic accidents to icy roadways.
State Route 255 was first temporarily closed shortly after 10 a.m. due to a truck blocking the roadway, according to scanner reports. Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) was called out near SR 255's intersection with West Joseph Road in St. Marys. The roadway was later reopened.
Recently the St. Marys Area School District board of directors discussed several items at their meeting including letters of agreement for educational service entities, review of district policies and general school affairs.
Fox Township Elementary School Principal Noel Petrosky presented the board with a $10,000 check from the Stackpole Hall Foundation which is to be used to purchase supplemental equipment for the school's new playground.
RIDGWAY â€“ The Ridgway Area School District has released the recently approved contract with the Ridgway Area Teachers Association, a contract that includes a $500 one-time signing bonus, but no retroactive pay raises.
The school board voted to approve the contract during a special meeting Wednesday, and board president Lisa Connelly said that the contract would be available after the two sides had signed the agreement.
RIDGWAY â€“ The second trial for Brandon Michael Weidow, 26, of Byrnedale, began Wednesday morning.
Weidow is facing felony charges of homicide by vehicle and homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence for his alleged involvement in a 2012 vehicle crash that killed Savannah Straub.
The first trial, held in June, was declared a mistrial when the jury was deadlocked after five hours of deliberation.
Over the past 22 years the Sacred Heart Parish Bah Humbug Festival in St. Marys continues to attract vendors from throughout the area, with significant growth this year as the festival will showcase over 90 vendors, the most in its history.
This year's festival will feature a new layout with vendors situated on two floors. The cafeteria area will house 60 vendors along with lunch items available for takeout or to eat-in.
The Elk County Commissioners approved a resolution fixing the salaries of certain county officers for the fiscal years 2016-2019.
On Tuesday evening the commissioners unanimously voted to increase wages by 2 percent for county commissioners, prothonotary, register of wills/recorder of deeds, treasurer, sheriff, and coroner.
The raises are considered a cost of living increase.