Archive - 2014 - News Article
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
RIDGWAY â€“ 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 Christmasâ€ť exhibit covering roughly a century of toys and decorations. The Friday event will feature hors dâ€™oeuvres and eggnog while the Saturday event is geared more towards our areaâ€™s youth with hot chocolate, candies, and cookies.
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 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. â€“ 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.
RIDGWAY â€“ 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.
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.
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?'"