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March 11th, 2014

School district budget outlined

March 11, 2014

St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney presented a budget update during the board's recent workshop.
Kearney stated that fiscally the district is in much better shape than many other districts.
St. Marys property tax levy is 32.35 mills, lower than that in Ridgway, Cameron County, DuBois, Bradford and Clearfield. Johnsonburg is the lowest levy of 30.80.
If taxes remain the same the district will collect just over $9.4 million next year in real estate tax.

Business Expo slated for Saturday

March 11, 2014

The 2014 Business Expo is around the corner taking place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Red Fern in St. Marys featuring over 40 vendors.
Businesses representing numerous fields including contractors, energy representatives, educational, home-based businesses, manufacturing, insurance and health care, along with many more.
Once again the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the The River 98.9 in sponsoring the event.
"Last year over 1,500 people attended the Expo and 2014 promises to be even better," said Ashley O'Dell, Chamber outreach coordinator.

Despite cuts, rising costs affect Ridgway school district budget

March 11, 2014

RIDGWAY – On Tuesday evening, Ridgway Area School District finance manager Brent Rhoads presented information to the board concerning costs and trends for the school district over the past several years.
The 2014-2015 budget is yet to be completed. However, according to Rhoads, district officials will not wait until the state budget is passed as it could be as late as July by the time figures come through.
"I just wanted to try to show some of the issues we have going on in our budget this year," Rhoads said.

March 10th

IU9 budget contribution questioned

March 10, 2014

In a 5-3 vote the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors voted to approve the Intermediate Unit Nine's (IU9) budget. Next year SMASD will contribute $162,688 to the IU9 budget which is an increase of $16,731 from the 2014-15 budget. This amount is determined by a formula established by the Pa. Department of Education (PDE).
"We were hoping for possibly a different calculation as to how it's determined that we pay our share because St. Marys consistently pays the lion's share of that budget and we just don't think that's fair," said Bob Luchini, SMASD school board president.

Accident on S. St. Marys Street

March 10, 2014

Police and an ambulance crew were on scene at an accident that occurred Monday afternoon at the intersection of South St. Marys Street and Mill Street in the midst of road construction.

March 9th

Cold weather continues in area

March 9, 2014

A light dusting Saturday night extended a winter season that already featured sub-zero temperatures and significant snowfall throughout the area.
After relatively normal numbers from October to December, the area received roughly 22 inches of snowfall in January, exceeding an average which is reportedly around 19 inches within the past 30 years, according to weatherdb.com.

Chamber of Commerce to hold red carpet event

March 9, 2014

The St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce is holding their annual dinner, "A Night with the Stars," on Saturday, April 5 at The Highlands (formerly the St. Marys Country Club).
The Chamber has been holding their annual dinners for over 25 years, and according to Ashley O'Dell, St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce Outreach Coordinator, this year's event will feature a red carpet theme with paparazzi taking attendees' photographs as they arrive. There is no dress code for the event though, O'Dell stressed.

March 7th

Latin not a "dead language" at ECCHS

March 8, 2014

Latin may be referred to by some as a "dead language," but that is not the case at Elk County Catholic High School.
After a hiatus of several years, the school once again began offering Latin courses a few years ago under the direction of Janet VanEerden. VanEerden currently teaches Latin II, while Fr. Ross Miceli, ECCHS Campus Minister, teaches Latin I.
"We have 22 kids in Latin I, so it's a pretty big class," Miceli said.

March 6th

Sanderson enjoys hobby as WWII reenactor

March 7, 2014

Complete with his helmet, supplies, and U.S. Army attire, Mitchell Sanderson looks every bit the part of a World War II medic from Pennsylvania's 28th Infantry Division.
A sophomore at St. Marys Area High School and a member of the school's German Club, Sanderson is a World War II reenactor whose interest in the hobby was sparked several years ago as he began attending reenactments in which his father was participating.

March 5th

Dissent over proposed personnel policy

March 5, 2014

FOX TWP. – A proposal to save township money through increased monitoring of overtime generated strong disagreement among Fox Township supervisors at Wednesday night's meeting.

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