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March 9th, 2015
St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved a bond resolution to borrow $9.995 million along with the refund and restructuring of their 2010 bond in order to finance various capital improvement projects.
The motion was approved by a 6-2 vote with Matt Quesenberry and Pat Rezmerski opposing the motion.
Even with the new bond, the district will continue to make similar payments.
Currently, SMASD's annual debt service payment is $1.635 million and with the new bond would be $1.613 million, a roughly $22,000 decrease.
A St. Marys woman is charged in multiple felony charges related to the sale and distribution of alpha-PVP, the drug commonly known as bath salts.
Chelsea Ann Micale, 27, of 122 Houston Rd., was charged as a result of an ongoing investigation by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General's North Central Municipal Drug Task Force.
KANE â€“ A criminal case against a Kane man accused of raping a 7-year-old girl is headed to McKean County Court.
The defendant is Joseph Allen Snyder, 42, of 323 Moffit Ave., Kane.
Kane District Court Judge Dave Engman "bound over" all charges to McKean County Court following a preliminary hearing Monday at the Kane court on Fraley Street.
The defendant remains in the McKean County Jail near Smethport in lieu of $200,000 cash bail.
Students enrolled in St. Marys Area High School's metal working occupation (MWO) course of study are entering post-graduate life a step ahead of their counterparts.
SMAHS' metal shop teacher Ben Schneider instills in students the necessary skills manufacturers are looking for in employees. Those lessons, coupled with many of the students' employment at local plants and shops through the school's co-op program, has proven a successful start in many of their careers.
Residents from throughout the area were treated to an evening of music and a few good laughs Saturday night as Shenandoah took to the stage at the St. Marys Area High School's Carpin Auditorium along with local band Six Pak and comedian Bubba Bradley, as part of the annual concert presented by St. Marys Auto Body.
In ongoing efforts to revise the city's oil and gas ordinance, a three-member committee consisting of St. Marys City Council members have met separately with Seneca Resources representatives and concerned citizens to gain their input on the ordinance.
The oil and gas committee consists of Sally Geyer, Gary Anderson and Bob Mohr.
The next step is to conduct a public hearing, however solicitor Tom Wagner said he would like input from council members on what they have heard or any changes they may want made.
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As part of an new cross-curricular effort, St. Marys Area High School students recently completed a project combining mathematics, drafting and metal shop.
The inaugural project entailed a small group of Greg Snelick's Calculus II students as they learned to utilize various mathematical concepts to draft and create a metal funnel.
This real-world application of concepts and coursework will serve as an invaluable lesson to students in the future.
RIDGWAY â€“ Brandon Michael Weidow, 27, of Byrnedale was sentenced to four to nine years of incarceration in state prison for the 2012 DUI crash that claimed the life of Savannah Straub.
In December 2014, a jury found Weidow guilty of homicide by vehicle while DUI, as well as related offenses, concluding that he was driving the vehicle in which Straub was a passenger.
When given the opportunity to make a statement, Weidow replied, "No thank you, your honor." He also declined the opportunity to offer an apology.
RIDGWAY â€“ Almost a year to the day after his arrest, Ronald Gregory Dill, 59, of St. Marys was sentenced a total of five to 10 years of incarceration in state prison as well as having to register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life.
"I understand that you had no direct physical contact with any children," President Judge Richard A. Masson said during sentencing. "People seem to forget that by viewing these images, you are facilitating this victimization."
Dill replied that he didn't realize that at the time.