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December 4th

Tax appeal, building projects discussed by school board

December 5, 2014

The St. Marys Area School District will lose $65,630 in revenue as a result of a settlement agreement with Mersen USA regarding a property tax appeal by the company.
The appeal was filed due to the company's belief that it was being over-assessed based on the fair market value of their facility.
The appeal was filed in August 2013 for the company's 45-acre property on Trout Run Road in St. Marys, home to its carbon and graphite manufacturing facility. The plant employs 200 people locally.

Making the season bright with holiday lights display photo submissions

December 5, 2014

The Christmas season is upon us and with that comes festively lit homes and businesses. The Daily Press is seeking photos and descriptions of your holiday light displays in and around St. Marys, Kersey, Weedville and Benezette. Selected submissions will appear online and in the print editions of the newspaper. Submit photos by emailing them to

Concert Choir set for Saturday performance at Sacred Heart

December 5, 2014

Talented musicians and singers are taking center stage this holiday season throughout Elk County.
The Concert Choir of Elk County on Tuesday night presented their annual Christmas show entitled "Wreath of Carols" at St. Leo's. A followup performance is scheduled to be performed Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church in St. Marys.
Directors for the choir include Gloria Almquist-Shull and Lois Sadley, along with accompanist Rita Ordiway assisted by Ann Ordiway.

Open House features historical toy exhibit

December 5, 2014

RIDGWAY – The Elk County Historical Society will be hosting a Christmas Toy Exhibit/Open House event tonight from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6, from 1-4 p.m. at the Center House Museum, 109 Center St., in Ridgway.
The free event features an "Old Time Christmas” exhibit covering roughly a century of toys and decorations. The Friday event will feature hors d’oeuvres and eggnog while the Saturday event is geared more towards our area’s youth with hot chocolate, candies, and cookies.

December 3rd

Residents frustrated with boil water notice

December 4, 2014

Numerous Fox Township residents voiced frustration over their water quality to Fox Township Supervisors during their Wednesday evening meeting. For nearly two weeks 127 Toby Water customers have been under a boil water notice which is not expected to cease anytime soon as supervisors work to remedy the situation.
On Nov. 18, Fox Township officials were notified they were in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act following an inspection of the Toby Water Treatment Plant during which time the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) determined the presence of Giardia cyst.

Stand-up comic to return for a hometown show

December 4, 2014

Stand-up comic and St. Marys native Bubba Bradley will perform this Friday and Saturday at the Green Lite Restaurant and Lounge in St. Marys.
Bradley, who currently resides in Nashville, Tenn., has appeared on "Last Comic Standing," ABC's "Nashville" and the upcoming comedy-horror movie "Shark Exorcist." This weekend's show will be a stop on his tour to promote his recently released debut CD "Save A Raft, Ride A Fat Kid."

Jay Twp. Sewer Authority to change meeting dates

December 4, 2014

JAY TWP. – The Jay Township Sewer Authority announced a change of the meeting schedule at Wednesday night's regular meeting.
Board member Dennis Winkler made a motion to hold regular meetings on the second Thursday of each month, to begin in February. The motion was seconded by Alex Rebo and approved unanimously by the board.

December 2nd

Officials hold the line on county taxes

December 2, 2014

RIDGWAY – A proposed 2015 budget for Elk County features no tax increase according to the county's board of commissioners.
"The budget reflects no tax increase while maintaining full continuation of all vital county services, programs and departments, including a 3 percent cost of living increase for bargaining and non-bargaining employees,"according to a press release provided by the commissioners.

Groundwork set for new rural community college

December 2, 2014

Plans are moving ahead in establishing Pennsylvania's first Rural Regional Community College which would serve a nine-county area including Elk County.
The 15-member Rural Regional Community College Board of Trustees met for the first time Tuesday afternoon at the Community Education Council in St. Marys in order to complete initial steps for the formation of the community college with the goal of offering two-year associate degrees, training and certificate programs.

Conference provides ideas for encouraging student research

December 2, 2014

Laura Anderson, Science Department Chairperson at Elk County Catholic High School, attended a three-day professional development program for educators held over the summer at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), and she expressed excitement about bringing what she learned back to ECC.
"I always try to find something new that I can bring back," Anderson said. "What's happening? What can I bring back new to the students this year? What can I add to the classes? It's sort of like a 'what did you do with your summer?'"

St. Marys Legion's Dan Stauffer slides into third base during the Region 8 Tournament.
The St. Marys junior baseball all-star team advanced to the final of the winner's bracket with a 13...
The second-seeded St. Marys Legion baseball team opened the Elk County League playoffs on Wednesday...
Jeffrey Scott Buck Jr., an 18-year-old volunteer firefighter with Lawrence Township Fire Company,...