Archive - 2014 - News Article
RIDGWAY â€“ As overcrowding at the county prison continues to plague officials, Prison Warden Greg Gebauer said Tuesday that he must stretch out even further to house inmates.
The county's prison board and board of commissioners approved three new contracts to combat the overcrowding. They include Columbia ($70 per day), Erie ($75 per day), and Tioga counties ($60 per day). All three correctional facilities in these counties are over two hours away.
RIDGWAY â€“Â Several area organizations have benefited from another round of Act 13 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee grants for local projects.
Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday announced that seven more applicants were awarded funds.
The St. Marys City Police Department also received an allocation of $8,000 to offset costs associated with the purchase of bulletproof vests.
While 10 applications were submitted, seven were approved.
St. Marys City Council unanimously approved its 2015 insurance broker during their Monday evening meeting.
In 2014, the city paid $355,105 for its insurance and will see a substantial cost savings in 2015 at$240,906, according to figures provided by Council.
St. Marys Insurance Agency, Inc. was awarded the contract as they submitted the lowest bid at $240,906, a cost savings of $114,199 to the city.
City Council approved filing two grant applications, one for the study of flooding along the Elk Creek area in downtown St. Marys and the second for the purchase of a generator for City Hall.
St. Marys Community and Economic Development Coordinator Tina Gradizzi presented the grant applications to council, explaining each grant is for $10,000.
What is going to become of St. Joseph Monastery now that the Benedictine Sisters are gone? Local historian Ray Beimel took a few moments to address this question during his recent tours of the facility.
As he led a large group thorough the complex on the Friday evening tour, Beimel indicated that several people had asked about the future of the site. Speaking to the crowd as a whole, he remarked that he hoped to address the many rumors that have been circulating by sharing the most accurate information he had available at the time.
RIDGWAY â€“Â St. Marys mayor and former Ridgway mayor Robert V. Howard was issued a non-traffic citation for disorderly conduct on Nov. 25.
According to the citation, Howard entered a hair salon located along Main Street in Ridgway on Monday, Nov. 24 at 11:18 a.m. and began yelling at the owner, according to police.
In addition to talking about the buildings that make up St. Joseph Monastery and the purposes they have served over the years, local historian Ray Beimel also spoke to attendees about the women who resided at the convent throughout its history.
The present location of St. Joseph Monastery is actually the Sisters' second home in St. Marys. The original convent was located closer to the hospital in the area that was also once Harrison Stackpole's backyard.
MT. JEWETT â€“ The horrific scars of D-Day are forever etched in the mind of U.S. Army veteran Bill Carl of Mt. Jewett.
Just 19 years old, Carl was a newly-enlisted soldier with the U.S. 1st Infantry Division (The â€śBig Red Oneâ€ť) that was a key part of the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach in Normandy on June 6, 1944.
Thousands of young Americans died as the German army fired round after round of shells from their fortified bunkers at strategic locations along the hills bordering the beach.
The Elk County Solid Waste Authority has received the first check in support of a fundraiser for Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse, Inc. (CAPSEA), a check which totals $418.
During the month of October, in support of domestic violence awareness month, the Elk County Solid Waste Authority collected electronics to raise money for CAPSEA's flood relief efforts.
The authority gave all the electronics to Orro Fundraising, a company that specializes in the collection of used electronics to be refurbished.
SPRING CREEK TWP. â€“ A Pittsburgh man died early Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash on Portland Mills Road in Spring Creek Township.
According to the Ridgway-based state police, 44-year-old Daniel S. McGinnis of Pittsburgh was killed in the crash. He was a passenger in the car.