Archive - 2014 - News Article
RIDGWAY â€“ The Solid Waste Authority has received county approval for the purchase of land at the corner of Ceramic and Stackpole streets in St. Marys for the building of a new recycling center.
"We're out of room at our current location," said Bekki Titchner, recycling and solid waste coordinator for Elk County. "The building is old and has served its purpose. We couldn't have done this with any other organization because we were able to get the property at a very cheap rental fee.
MT. JEWETT â€“Â Taking no chances, the Kane Area School District issued an alert to students and parents Tuesday about a possible child abductor lurking in a "white van" at school bus stops.
Dr. Maryann Anderson, school district superintendent, said the alert was prompted by an alleged incident in the Smethport School District.
A Smethport student from the Mt. Jewett area of Hamlin Township reportedly "ran away" from a "white van" that pulled up to a bus stop Tuesday morning.Â
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St. Marys City Council adopted its 2015 budget for various city funds during their regular meeting on Monday evening. Next year's budget proposal stands at $7.5 million with no tax increase.
During the public hearing portion of the meeting where residents could pose inquires about the budget to council, Neal Lepovetsky approached the board requesting funding to maintain a dog park, which he is hoping to purchase the land for and donate the property back to the city.
KERSEY â€“ A Kersey couple became the latest in a growing line of arrests made by the North Central Municipal Drug Force.
Michael Todd Bizzak, 44, and Cynthia Marie Bizzak, 49, of 491 Main St., Kersey, were taken into custody on Dec. 9 when a search warrant was served on their home. Items seized included approximately $3,000 in cash, over 138 grams of suspected alpha-PVP (the drug commonly known as bath salts), numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia, packing materials and electronic devices typically used to order bath salts.
Despite the cold and gloomy weather conditions Saturday morning, a group of area residents that included girl scouts and members of Elk County Catholic High School's Future Business Leaders of America Chapter gathered at the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery to take part in the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony, which got underway at 12 p.m.
According to Dolly Wehler, who helps coordinate the annual event, roughly 420 holiday wreaths were being placed on veterans' graves this year.
Substitute teachers at St. Marys Area School District will now receive a rate of $100 per day, effective Jan. 1, 2015.
The SMASD board of directors also voted to reinstate a bonus of $500 for every 30 days of substitute teaching during the school year.
In addition, SMAHS Assistant High School Principal Joseph Schlimm will be moved from a 10-month to a 12-month administrator effective after Jan. 1, 2015. Salary and benefits are to be prorated for the remainder of the 2014-15 school year.
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.