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December 11th

Emergency personnel have busy day

December 11, 2014

Area emergency personnel had a busy day Thursday with multiple calls ranging from traffic accidents to icy roadways.
State Route 255 was first temporarily closed shortly after 10 a.m. due to a truck blocking the roadway, according to scanner reports. Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) was called out near SR 255's intersection with West Joseph Road in St. Marys. The roadway was later reopened.

Policy review continues by school board

December 11, 2014

Recently the St. Marys Area School District board of directors discussed several items at their meeting including letters of agreement for educational service entities, review of district policies and general school affairs.
Fox Township Elementary School Principal Noel Petrosky presented the board with a $10,000 check from the Stackpole Hall Foundation which is to be used to purchase supplemental equipment for the school's new playground.

RATA contract made public

December 11, 2014

RIDGWAY – The Ridgway Area School District has released the recently approved contract with the Ridgway Area Teachers Association, a contract that includes a $500 one-time signing bonus, but no retroactive pay raises.
The school board voted to approve the contract during a special meeting Wednesday, and board president Lisa Connelly said that the contract would be available after the two sides had signed the agreement.

December 10th

Second trial begins in Weidow case

December 10, 2014

RIDGWAY – The second trial for Brandon Michael Weidow, 26, of Byrnedale, began Wednesday morning.
Weidow is facing felony charges of homicide by vehicle and homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence for his alleged involvement in a 2012 vehicle crash that killed Savannah Straub.
The first trial, held in June, was declared a mistrial when the jury was deadlocked after five hours of deliberation.

Bah Humbug Festival continues to grow

December 10, 2014

Over the past 22 years the Sacred Heart Parish Bah Humbug Festival in St. Marys continues to attract vendors from throughout the area, with significant growth this year as the festival will showcase over 90 vendors, the most in its history.
This year's festival will feature a new layout with vendors situated on two floors. The cafeteria area will house 60 vendors along with lunch items available for takeout or to eat-in.

December 9th

Commissioners set salaries for county officers

December 9, 2014

The Elk County Commissioners approved a resolution fixing the salaries of certain county officers for the fiscal years 2016-2019.
On Tuesday evening the commissioners unanimously voted to increase wages by 2 percent for county commissioners, prothonotary, register of wills/recorder of deeds, treasurer, sheriff, and coroner.
The raises are considered a cost of living increase.

Lighting ceremony seeks to comfort parents of deceased children

December 9, 2014

RIDGWAY – Area residents are scheduled to come together Sunday evening for Elk County's second annual candle lighting ceremony held in conjunction with The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony, an event held to honor children who have died at a young age.
The event is held across the globe at the same local hour on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. The local event will once again be held at the gazebo on the Elk County Courthouse lawn in downtown Ridgway.

Jay Township Water Authority may reduce membership

December 9, 2014

JAY TWP. – Several points of business were discussed at the Jay Township Water Authority meeting Tuesday night.
Under new business the board discussed changing from seven members to five members. A resolution must be drafted and then approved by the board of supervisors. After tonight's meeting, there will be two vacancies on the seven-member board.

December 8th

Fair funding formula in the works at SMASD

December 8, 2014

The St. Marys Area School District board of directors have voiced their support for a fair funding formula which calls for an efficient and equal system of public education that does not shift the burden to local taxpayers.
"There needs to be a fair funding formula that meets the needs of every type of district that there is. We can't keep going year to year saying, 'We don't have a clue of what we might be getting.' That's terrible for budgeting," said Superintendent Brian Toth.

Couple pleads guilty in bath salts ring

December 8, 2014

RIDGWAY – A St. Marys couple pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the July 17 drug busts carried out in St. Marys and Ridgway by the North Central Regional Drug Task Force.
Leif Eric Moats (known as Eric), 40, and Kristin M. Moats, 33, both of 325 Kaul Ave., appeared in Elk County Court before Judge Masson Monday morning. They were arrested along with Rachel Shrefler and Tammy Zawatski, both of Ridgway, and are believed to have all worked together in the sale and distribution of alpha-PVP, the drug commonly known as bath salts.

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