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November 16th, 2014

Changes to various policies approved by school board

November 16, 2014

The St. Marys Area School District board of school directors recently approved a variety of items ranging from an employee savings plan to an update to its field trip policy.
An amendment to the district's 403(b) plan now will allow Roth 403(b) employee-only contributions according to the established eligibility criteria and the investments, exchanges, transfers and distributions options.
"These are a unique savings opportunity for employees," said SMASD Business Manager Ginger Williams. "It is an opportunity to diversify."

UPB students given Seneca rig tour

November 16, 2014

EMPORIUM – Representatives from Seneca Resources invited four University of Pittsburgh at Bradford students to tour one of their rigs in Emporium to show the realities of working and living on a drilling rig.
The four students, who were all enrolled in the petroleum technology program at UPB, were able to use the tour to transition their knowledge from books to real life while learning about future employment opportunities that may be available to them.

November 14th

City Council conducts budget workshops

November 14, 2014

No new taxes. At least that is what is anticipated in the 2015 budget for the City of St. Marys.
St. Marys City Council recently conducted several budget workshops. The results of those workshops will be discussed during a budget presentation Monday evening during their meeting.
Next year's budget proposal stands at $7.5 million, a $1.4 million increase from last year's $7.2 million.
Of this is $1 million through a Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank loan for street construction for next year, which City Manager Dave Greene initially announced in August.

Ground broken for clock project

November 14, 2014

St. Marys Rotary Club members on Tuesday morning gathered on the Boulevard for a ground-breaking ceremony for the new clock project.
Dubbed the "Gift of time for all time," construction will begin next week as the foundation will be poured.

Rubik's cube, green plastic soldiers, and bubbles in Toy Hall of Fame

November 14, 2014

Rubik's cube, green plastic soldiers, and bubbles in Toy Hall of Fame
There are three favorites that are still getting a little playtime as new inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York.

November 13th

Jury: McCracken guilty in kidnap case

November 13, 2014

RIDGWAY – A jury found Dayon Deche McCracken, 24, of Reading, guilty on all charges in a kidnapping incident that occurred on April 27.
"He told me that he could kill me and that no one would find my body," the victim, Rachael Imdorf, said in court Thursday. "I had no doubt in my mind that I was going to die that day. He was terrifying."

November 12th

Annual assembly recognizes area veterans

November 12, 2014

The 2014 Veterans Day Assembly was held at St. Marys Area High School Wednesday as they paid tribute to area veterans, many of whom were seated onstage as the school's honored guests.
Following the posting of the colors by the St. Marys Servicemen's Detail, SMAHS senior Marlea Winslow, acting as the mistress of ceremonies, led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the playing of the national anthem by the SMAHS Concert Band.
Fellow seniors Diego Araujo recited a letter "An American Soldier" and Danielle Holthauser read the Presidential Proclamation of Veterans Day.

Loudon touches on sacrifice of veterans and families

November 12, 2014

A box of cards was a simple gesture which encouraged St. Marys Area High School teacher Randy Loudon to share his experience as a gold star parent with those at the school's Veterans Day Assembly held Wednesday afternoon.
The Loudon family experienced the loss of their middle son, U.S. Army Second Lieutenant Christopher Loudon, on Oct. 17, 2006 after an IED destroyed his Humvee, killing him and three fellow soldiers along with their Iraqi interpreter.

St. Marys man gets 2-5 years in statutory case

November 12, 2014

RIDGWAY – A St. Marys man was sentenced to two to five years in state prison Wednesday morning for one felony count of statutory sexual assault, to which he pleaded guilty in August.
Adam Lee Hill, 26, faced a total of 22 charges prior to the plea agreement.

Arson declared in Harrison Avenue fire in Johnsonburg

November 12, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – Following an investigation into Wednesday's Harrison Avenue fire, Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Corporal Greg Agosti reported that the fire was the result of arson.
The fire, which damaged three vacant houses along Harrison Avenue, started at approximately 2:30 a.m., and firefighters did not finish leaving the scene until 10:30 a.m.
According to Agosti's investigation, the fire started at the house located at 112 Harrison Ave., and the fire then spread to the adjacent properties at 110 and 114 Harrison Ave.

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