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April 16th

Dam project completion date pushed back to 2019

April 16, 2014

JONES TWP. – The completion date to the extensive East Branch Dam repair project has been pushed back to 2019, two years later than originally anticipated. The $280 million project entails constructing a full-length, full-depth concrete cutoff wall through the dam to reduce risk and restore the dam to normal operation.
On Wednesday morning representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District reported the delay during an East Branch Dam Safety Project Stakeholders meeting.

Ambulance Service subscription campaign underway

April 16, 2014

The St. Marys Area Ambulance Service is currently holding their annual subscription campaign, which takes place every April, and funds generated by the event are used to provide upfront operating capital for the purchase of vehicles and equipment as well as to fund training for staff members.

Price cut on Ridgway Armory building

April 16, 2014

The minimum bid price for the Ridgway Armory has been reduced by 20 percent after the state Department of General Services posted the site in September 2013.
The minimum bid is now $88,000; it was previously $110,000.
The property was first put up for bid with a historical covenant requiring the preservation of the building's exterior; this requirement has since been wiped out.

April 15th

Policies updated for county repository

April 15, 2014

RIDGWAY – The Elk County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday reviewed their new policies regarding the sale of properties from the repository.

Personnel changes questioned by board members

April 15, 2014

With recent personnel changes in the St. Marys Area School District, some school board members have voiced their opposition despite the approval of the items.
On Monday the board approved the transfer of Christine Kuhar, current principal at Bennetts Valley and Fox Township elementary schools, as the principal of South St. Marys Street Elementary which is being vacated by Robert Grumley who is set to retire at the end of the 2014 school year.

Court date is delayed for driver in 6-fatality crash 

April 15, 2014

SMETHPORT – A change has been made in the next court date for a Kane woman charged in connection with a horrific six-fatality crash Aug. 31.
Kathleen S. "Kathy" Douglas, 37, had been scheduled to appear Thursday in McKean County Court in Smethport to enter a plea in the case,
Her last day for a plea has been delayed until Friday, April 25 at 9:30 a.m. before Senior Judge William F. Morgan, according to court documents. The records also list that date and time for a "status conference" before Judge Morgan.

Departments respond to Hilltop fire

April 15, 2014

JAY TWP. – Multiple fire departments responded Tuesday evening for a report of a structure fire at Rose's Hilltop Diner located at 24716 Bennetts Valley Highway.

April 14th

Projects slated for elementary and high schools

April 14, 2014

mong the two building projects bids approved was the Kelly Gym renovation at South St. Marys Street Elementary and new carpeting in the St. Marys Area High School Carpin Auditorium.
The gym project bid was submitted by Fred L. Burns, Inc. in Shippenville in the amount of $285,000.
It entails replacing all the windows and frames, floor repair, painting of gym, new ceiling and wall pads, installation of standards for sleeves to set up volleyball and tennis nets, electric motors to raise and lower the side basketball nets, replacement of new glass blocks due to water damage.

District approves personnel matters

April 14, 2014

Among the latest personnel changes approved by the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors are new hires of support personnel, homebound teachers and a bus driver, awarding of numerous supplemental contracts, resignations, leaves of absences and transfer of support personnel.
Bradley Morgan of Kersey was hired, upon court approval, as a school police officer at a rate of $16.25/hour. Morgan has 60 college credits and is Act 120 certified as well as being a certified New Jersey police officer.

Kersey woman charged in GameCube assault

April 14, 2014

A Kersey woman is charged with assaulting a man with a Nintendo GameCube Friday evening.
According to a police report, Ashley Himes, 34, of 118 Lovers Ln., Kersey, struck Exper J. Fox III in the head with a GameCube during an argument at their shared apartment on Windfall Road.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, a police officer was dispatched to Penn Highlands Elk to meet with Fox, who said he had been assaulted. The officer met with Fox in the hospital parking lot where the officer observed skin and tissue hanging from Fox's left ear.

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