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January 12th, 2012

DECA students bring home top places at districts

January 12, 2012

Over 30 St. Marys Area High School students are preparing for the state DECA competition taking place from February 22-24 in Hershey.
Recently 57 SMAHS students competed in the DECA District 1 competition held in December at the Royal Inn where 36 students advanced to the state competition by placing in the top three in 40 events.
"For most, this was their first academic award that they have received while in high school," said SMAHS DECA Advisor Michelle Jackson.

January 11th

Judge Cleland sets schedule for Jerry Sandusky sex case

January 12, 2012

WETMORE TWP. - The judge overseeing the Jerry Sandusky criminal case is establishing a schedule for prosecutors and defense attorneys, and says he plans to hear argument on pretrial issues in less than three months.
The court system on Wednesday released an order by Judge John M. Cleland that requires the attorney general's office to turn over material to Sandusky's lawyers by Monday. 

January 10th

ECC Alumni Spirit Night taking place Friday

January 10, 2012

ST. MARYS - The 2nd Annual Elk County Catholic Alumni Spirit Night is set for Friday evening. This year's event is being held in conjunction with the much-anticipated ECC versus St. Marys Area boys' basketball game.
The cross-town rivals will meet at ECC this year and event organizers are encouraging alums to sport their alma mater's colors of maroon and gold to cheer the Crusaders. The junior varsity game is set for 6 p.m., with the varsity matchup tipping off at 7:30 p.m.

Personnel items approved at recent SMASD meeting

January 10, 2012

At Monday's meeting of the St. Marys Area Board of School Directors, the board approved several new personnel items.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation.
Resignations were accepted for the following: Molly Uberti of Force as tutor at Fox Township Elementary, effective January 6, 2012.
The following supplemental contract hires were approved: Andrew Yost as intramural assistant boys' basketball coach at a renewed rate of $331.

January 9th

Donachy sentenced to life in prison for murder

January 9, 2012

RIDGWAY - On Monday afternoon, Elk County President Judge Richard Masson handed down a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole to Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, who was found guilty of second-degree murder in the April 5-6, 1999 homicide of Irene Challingsworth, a 56-year-old St. Marys beautician.

Replacement sworn in at SMASD meeting

January 9, 2012

Monday's meeting of the St. Marys Area School District's Board of Directors saw Steve Aul of St. Marys was sworn in as the district's Region 2 representative. He was appointed to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Jesse Azzato. Azzato was elected to the position in the November elections, but submitted a letter of resignation prior to assuming his role. The appointment remains effective until the next municipal election in November 2013.

Shopping event benefits CAPSEA shelter

January 9, 2012

ST. MARYS – The River 98.9 will once again be hosting the Second Annual Polar Sweet Express event sponsored by Ridgway BiLo and Northwest Savings Bank.
CAPSEA [Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse] Executive Director Billie Jo Weyant said the popular fundraising event is a one-stop shopping experience for all your Valentine's Day needs.
The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Franklin Center in downtown St. Marys and will feature local vendors.

Chasing away the post-holiday blues

January 9, 2012

With the holiday season now behind us for another year, it is not unusual for people to feel a bit "down" as they transition back into their normal winter routines. While these feelings are sometimes mistaken for depression, this is not always the case.

Cut your energy costs today

January 9, 2012

Today is National Cut Your Energy Cost Awareness Day. With unseasonably warm temperatures heating up our winter, and the approaching backlash of this warmth, now is a perfect time to start cutting your energy costs.
Jay Burke from Burkes Ace Home Center is certified in heat loss and heat design. Burke said the three biggest problems with heat loss in the home are foundation problems, faulty or missing insulation, and drafts.

January 8th

Frack tank rescue simulations enacted in weekend training program

January 8, 2012

RIDGWAY - Workers in the Marcellus Shale industry and a local well fire department were on hand Saturday for a confined space entry and rescue training and certification program held at the Ridgway Firemen's Carnival Grounds.
During the program, simulations and drills were held that practiced rescuing injured workers from a frack tank. An actual frack tank, a tank that is used to hold water used in the hydrofracturing process that extracts natural gas from shale formations deep beneath the earth's surface, was used as part of the activities.

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