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July 15th

Reported drilling plans draw ire

July 15, 2014

RIDGWAY – Initial plans by a local drilling company to establish a Marcellus Shale gas well drilling pad in Spring Creek Township have already been met with extreme opposition.
The land in question, located along Spring Creek Road, involves parcels reportedly owned by Shirley Melego and land in the national forest system.

Storytime at Fox Twp. Park debuting on Friday

July 15, 2014

Storytime at Fox Township Park will make its debut in Kersey on Friday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Families with children from birth to kindergarten may stop by the park anytime between those hours for the free event consisting of games, crafts, live pets and snacks.
The event is sponsored by Parents as Teachers (PAT), a program of Dickinson Center, Inc.
Pre-registration is not required however participants are required to sign in. In addition all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Pisani trial on drug charges begins

July 15, 2014

RIDGWAY – A jury trial for Edward J. Pisani, 59, of Johnsonburg, began Tuesday morning at the main courtroom of the Elk County Courthouse.
Pisani is charged with a felony count of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor charges of use or possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. The charges stem from a search warrant that was executed at Pisani's home on Sept. 6, 2012.

July 14th

Downtown property owners learn about facade program

July 14, 2014

The St. Marys Redevelopment Authority (RDA) held an informational meeting on Monday evening where downtown property owners were invited to provide their feedback on a proposed Facade Program. As part of the project they also want to address awnings and signage.
In order to apply for the $50,000 DCED (Department of Community and Economic Development) grant, the RDA is required to obtain input from property owners if they are interested in participating in the project.

Straub Brewery sign

July 14, 2014

Crews on Tuesday were seen working on the Straub Brewery sign at 303 Sorg St. in St. Marys.

Jordan found guilty in child endangerment case

July 14, 2014

RIDGWAY – On Monday afternoon, a jury found Willis R. Jordan III, 34, of Johnsonburg, guilty of endangering the welfare of children.
At the request of the defense, the jury was polled, at which time they all affirmed that it was a unanimous verdict.

July 13th

Council contemplates taking over street lights

July 13, 2014

City Council discussed potentially taking over several street lights on Access Road, located in the Elk County Industrial Park on West Creek Road in St. Marys.
At their recent workshop, council tabled the item in order to obtain more information.
The city received a letter from the Elk County Industrial Development Authority (ECIDA) stating they are turning over the park's streetlights and the sign lighting over to the city.
This is usually done when a road is turned over to the city however the authority continued to carry the bill for the lights through November 2013.

Dems hope for better result in 2014

July 13, 2014

BENEZETTE – The first ever Elk Country Multi-County Democratic picnic was celebrated Saturday afternoon at the Dudley Farm in Benezette.
The event, sponsored by the Elk County Democratic Committee, featured addresses from several state and federal candidates.
Among the candidates was Jack Donahue, a Democratic nominee for the 75th District of the state House of Representatives. A Penn State graduate and strong proponent for public education, he resides in Treasure Lake with his wife and daughter.

DA McMahon: Area in 'crisis situation'

July 13, 2014

BENEZETTE – Half a year into his term as Elk County district attorney, Shawn McMahon's office is tasked with prosecuting hundreds of drug-related cases during the year, a trend that he does not see receding in the near future.

July 10th

Toth welcomed as new superintendent

July 10, 2014

St. Marys Area School District's new superintendent Dr. G. Brian Toth is visiting town this week making his rounds and familiarizing himself with the district's personnel, staff and buildings. He will officially take office Aug. 18.
Toth last month was named to the superintendent position along with former St. Marys Area High School Principal Josh Williams being promoted to assistant superintendent.
Over the past 11 years, Toth was superintendent of the Bellwood-Antis School District in Blair County. He has been working in the education field for 31 years.

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