Archive - 2014 - News Article
FOX TWP. â€“ Several Fox Township residents living on David Street have expressed their concern about a troublesome ditch running behind their properties which has been the cause of several issues.
The group was in attendance at Wednesday evening's Fox Township Supervisors meeting where they were adamant about finding a solution to the ongoing problem.
Signups for the Summer Reading Program at the St. Marys Public Library are currently underway, and the program's kickoff event, "Fizz, Boom, Science with Sean," will be held at the library on Saturday from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
This year's theme is "Fizz, Boom, Read," and the programs and activities offered throughout the summer will all be geared toward science in some way.
"We'll be doing things on electricity and magnification and magnets and making tin robots. We have a lot of really cool activities planned," said Vicki Miller, who is in charge of children's services at the library.
Now that another school years has ended, summer seasons are once again underway at area parks.
Benzinger Park Director John Schneider reported that a number of activities at that location actually began prior to the end of the school year. The park's coed sand volleyball league for adults began on Wednesday, May 28, with the high school coed sand volleyball league and the men's basketball league opening their seasons the following day. The women's basketball league began play on Monday.
SMETHPORT â€“ A jury found a Mt. Jewett man not guilty Wednesday of all five charges linked with the alleged rape of former Mt. Jewett woman.
Paul Ray Swank, 33, of 7 Chestnut St., Mt. Jewett, had tears in his eyes after the verdict was read.
"I'm happy to get my life back and move on," Swank said as he left the McKean County courtroom following a three-day trial.Â
He has a sense of relief because he said the charges have been "hanging over my head" since Nov. 2, 2012. Swank has been free on $100,000 bail.
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.