Archive - 2014 - News Article
RIDGWAY â€“ A St. Marys couple pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the July 17 drug busts carried out in St. Marys and Ridgway by the North Central Regional Drug Task Force.
Leif Eric Moats (known as Eric), 40, and Kristin M. Moats, 33, both of 325 Kaul Ave., appeared in Elk County Court before Judge Masson Monday morning. They were arrested along with Rachel Shrefler and Tammy Zawatski, both of Ridgway, and are believed to have all worked together in the sale and distribution of alpha-PVP, the drug commonly known as bath salts.
St. Marys Area High School students and faculty have demonstrated their holiday spirit by participating in the Giving Tree program sponsored by The Salvation Army.
Recently they have all pitched in and donated $2,000 worth of new clothes, toys, bikes, shoes and jackets for families whose Christmas would otherwise be bleak.Â
RIDGWAY â€“ Brandon J. Ecklund, 22, of Ridgway, pleaded guilty Monday morning to a misdemeanor charge of corruption of minors, which had been downgraded from a felony charge.
District Attorney Shawn T. McMahon informed the court that the Commonwealth and the defense had worked toward a resolution given the cost and complications of prosecution.
He noted that the cost of prosecution was considerable as a key witness had to be brought here from South Carolina.
Emergency responders were at the scene of a crash Monday evening on Ridgway St. Marys Road (state Route 120) in Ridgway Township. Elk Company 4 (Ridgway Fire Department) and Ridgway Ambulance were dispatched to the scene. No additional information was available at press time.
On Sunday evening, roughly 100 people gathered at The Red Fern in Fox Township to celebrate the 172nd anniversary of the founding of Sancta Marienstadtâ€“St. Marysâ€“during the 52nd annual banquet of the Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township.
Each year, the historical society tries to hold the banquet on the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the founding, which occurred Dec. 8, 1842.
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Fox Township held its annual Light Up Night on Friday evening. This year the event was moved to a new, warmer location inside at the Fox Township Community Building. Santa arrived on a Christmas float featuring a winter scene complete with snowmobiles and escorted by Mrs. Claus and the Grinch. Inside the center children and their families enjoyed hot soup, cookies, hot chocolate and other more. Santa and Mrs. Claus gifted each child with a coloring book and a bag of goodies.
The flow of people into the Farmers National Bank in downtown St. Marys was fairly steady at times throughout the day on Friday. Instead of making deposits or withdrawals though, many were there to give out money to a worthy cause. The bank hosted the annual Make-A-Wish Day, which was also broadcast on area radio station The River 98.9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Clythera Hornung was named as the new president of the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors Thursday evening during their organizational meeting.
The regular meeting convened following the brief organizational meeting. Bob Luchini, outgoing board president, declined a nomination to continue as president.
According to Luchini, this was due to him having only one year left to serve in his term and he is unsure if he will seek re-election to the board.