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October 21st, 2011

Groundbreaking ceremony held for future Dickinson facility

October 22, 2011

Dickinson Center, Inc. [DCI], formerly Dickinson Mental Health Center, held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning for their new facility along Servidea Drive atop Boot Jack Hill.
The new facility will consolidate 10 distinct site- and community-based programs into a 28,200-square-foot facility and will house approximately 100 full- and part-time employees.

Wreath drive for area vets' graves to begin

October 22, 2011

Helpings Hands of St. Marys will again partner with Wreaths Across America and area organizations to honor deceased veterans by placing wreaths on
their graves during the holiday season, but this year, there are a few changes to the program that area residents should be aware of.
Now in its fourth year locally, the program allows area residents to purchase wreaths to place on the graves of loved ones and even strangers in local cemeteries who
have served their country. Dolly Wehler of Helping Hands said due to some mix-ups in the past, this year only the wreaths ordered for

Hoh retires after 27 years with city police

October 22, 2011

Sergeant Philip G. Hoh officially retired from the City of St. Marys Police Department on Sept. 1, 2011, marking 27 years of distinguished service to the citizens of St. Marys. In addition, Hoh had worked for five years in another police department.
Hoh was honored for his years of service during the St. Marys City Council meeting on Oct. 17, when he was presented a plaque by St. Marys Police Chief Todd Caltagarone and received a retirement police badge, as well as a Pa. Senate citation from state Sen. Joe Scarnati.

Horse looking for greener pastures

October 22, 2011

The Elk County Humane Society is looking for a permanent home for a 7-year-old horse named Smokey. The Humane Society was awarded custody of three horses, including Smokey, in December 2009 following a cruelty case in Elk County. Having already placed the other two, Smokey is the last of the three remaining at a foster farm.
Smokey is a 7-year-old male gelding. He is a Haflinger cross-breed that stands 15 hands high, meaning it is 60 inches, or five feet, to the top of his back. He has a palomino golden coloring with a flaxen tail.

Council approves community project funding

October 22, 2011

St. Marys Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Coordinator Tina Gradizzi explained three projects during Monday's city council meeting, including the demolition of a city building and grant submissions for the D.A.R.E. program and Elk Creek Park to the Stackpole Hall Foundation.
At the meeting, council approved a bid for the demolition of the former Howell Building located on the corner of North St. Marys and Center streets. A total of five bid packages were picked up, with two official bids received.

October 20th

Donachy found guilty of murder in Challingsworth case

October 21, 2011

Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the April 5-6, 1999 homicide of Irene Challingsworth, a 56-year-old St. Marys beautician.

After 42 years, hero comes home

October 21, 2011

Area veterans and citizens stood at the Bucktail Plaza in St. Marys on a cold and rainy Thursday afternoon to pay their respects to United States Air Force Major Thomas Clark, an Emporium native shot down by enemy fire over Laos in February 1969, as he was escorted home to Emporium for a public visitation, funeral services and interment.

Animal cruelty case under investigation

October 21, 2011

LAKE CITY - The Elk County Humane Society reports investigating an act of animal cruelty that occurred on Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Lake City, Spring Creek Township, Elk County, when a male brindle-colored pit bull dog was discovered shot in the shoulder at close range with a shotgun.
The dog was found on private property in the Lake City area with a large wound in his right shoulder.

Jay Twp. Supervisors look to cut costs in balancing 2012 budget

October 21, 2011

At Thursday's meeting, Jay Township Supervisors discussed changes and if at all possible, costs that could be cut or altogether eliminated in attempting to balance the township's budget.
Supervisor Jeremy Rippey suggested that the board consider taking $50,000, in the form of a CD, previously earmarked for a paving project and move the funds to the township's general fund to compensate for currently low tax revenue.

Donachy found guilty of murder

October 20, 2011

Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys has been found guilty of second degree murder in the April 5-6, 1999 homicide of Irene Challingsworth, a 56-year-old St. Marys beautician.
A 12-member Butler County jury concluded their deliberations Thursday morning at approximately 10:20 a.m. when Elk County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Richard Masson announced the a verdict had been reached inside the Elk County Courthouse.

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