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June 27th, 2014

SMASD names new superintendent

June 27, 2014

After a lengthy and rigorous search the St. Marys Area School District board of directors approved the appointment of Dr. G. Brian Toth of Tyrone as the new superintendent.
During a special board meeting held Friday evening current SMAHS Principal Joshua Williams was unanimously approved as the assistant superintendent, a newly-created position unanimously approved by the board with a salary of $110,000.

New assistant principal approved

June 27, 2014

During their special meeting Friday evening the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors named Karen Cataldo of East Berlin as the new South St. Marys Street Elementary School assistant principal.
Cataldo will begin her duties on Aug. 22 as she assists new SSMSE Principal Chrissy Kuhar, former principal at Bennetts Valley and Fox Township Elementary schools.
The newly created position carries a salary of $60,000.

Council tour area drilling rig operation

June 27, 2014

With the potential of a Marcellus Shale drilling well site in St. Marys' future, City Council members explored an active Elk County well site owned by Seneca Resources, Corp. on Thursday evening.
As part of the tour city officials took in live drilling rig operations, active pipeline construction and viewed a reclaimed well site from five years ago.
Plans are moving along for Seneca Resources' $10 million seismic testing plan in St. Marys with well plans yet to be determined.

June 26th

Deadlocked jury in vehicle homicide trial

June 26, 2014

RIDGWAY – After over five hours of jury deliberation Thursday, Judge Richard Masson declared a mistrial in the trial of Brandon Michael Weidow.
Masson told the court that the jury foreperson had met with him in the presence of council and stated that the jury was unable to render a verdict on any or all of the charges, nor was there any expectation that they would reach a verdict. Weidow declined to comment.

Council tours Marcellus Shale well site

June 26, 2014

A few members of St. Marys City Council toured a Seneca Resources Marcellus Shale well site on Thursday evening. The Clermont Pad D well site, also known as Ensign 125, is located in Jones Township, Elk County and encompasses close to seven acres. In addition to observing live drilling rig operations the councilmen also viewed active pipeline construction.

Concert Choir singing anthem at Pirates game

June 26, 2014

The Concert Choir of Elk County will be performing the national anthem at the Pirates game this Sunday, June 29. The Pirates will be taking on the New York Mets with the game set to begin at 1:35 p.m.
"It's really quite a thrill to go out there and hear our name announced and the crowd cheer," said choir member Jack Cleaver.
Aside from singing the anthem, the choir's men's quartet will be singing "God Bless America" following the seventh inning stretch. The men's quartet members are Ron Capuano, Grover Slater, David Carr and Cleaver.

June 25th

Weidow vehicle homicide trial continues

June 25, 2014

RIDGWAY – The trial for Brandon Michael Weidow, 26, of Byrnedale, reconvened Wednesday morning at the Elk County Courthouse.
Weidow is charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence for his alleged involvement in the crash that killed Savannah Straub in July 2012. In Tuesday's opening remarks, both attorneys advised that the key question in the case is whether Weidow was driving the vehicle on the night of the crash.

Flooding discussed by council

June 25, 2014

During the May flooding incident that plagued much of Elk County, the St. Marys Crystal Fire Department responded to a total of 76 incidents of cellar pumps.
The incidents ranged from homes with a few inches of water in their basements to those with basements will water up to their ceiling rafters.
Many of those homes were on Fourth and Depot streets with a few on North Michael Street.
As a member of the CFD, Greg Gebauer provided this information to his fellow city council members during their regular June meeting. Councilman Ned Jacob is also a member of the CFD.

Memorial Park now offering dance-fitness program

June 25, 2014

Memorial Park is offering individuals of all ages a way to dance away the afternoons while also getting a good workout in this summer. Tuesday marked the first day of Mumba, which is the park staff's version of the popular dance-fitness program Zumba. Mumba is currently being held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2-3 p.m. at the park's tennis courts and is free of charge.
Memorial Park staff member Anna Hoffman came up with the idea for Mumba, and fellow staff member Erin Gahn serves as the instructor.

June 24th

Weidow vehicle homicide trial underway

June 24, 2014

RIDGWAY – A jury trial began Tuesday for Brandon Michael Weidow, 26, of Byrnedale, who is charged in a 2012 vehicle accident that resulted in the death of Savannah Straub.
Weidow is facing felony charges of homicide by vehicle and homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, as well as several DUI and traffic offenses, according to court records.

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