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December 9th

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.

SMAHS students and faculty brighten holidays for area children

December 8, 2014

St. Marys Area High School students and faculty have demonstrated their holiday spirit by participating in the Giving Tree program sponsored by The Salvation Army.
Recently they have all pitched in and donated $2,000 worth of new clothes, toys, bikes, shoes and jackets for families whose Christmas would otherwise be bleak. 

After two mistrials, Ecklund pleads guilty

December 8, 2014

RIDGWAY – Brandon J. Ecklund, 22, of Ridgway, pleaded guilty Monday morning to a misdemeanor charge of corruption of minors, which had been downgraded from a felony charge.
District Attorney Shawn T. McMahon informed the court that the Commonwealth and the defense had worked toward a resolution given the cost and complications of prosecution.
He noted that the cost of prosecution was considerable as a key witness had to be brought here from South Carolina.

Crash on SR 120

December 8, 2014

Emergency responders were at the scene of a crash Monday evening on Ridgway St. Marys Road (state Route 120) in Ridgway Township. Elk Company 4 (Ridgway Fire Department) and Ridgway Ambulance were dispatched to the scene. No additional information was available at press time.

December 7th

Historical society celebrates St. Marys' founding

December 7, 2014

On Sunday evening, roughly 100 people gathered at The Red Fern in Fox Township to celebrate the 172nd anniversary of the founding of Sancta Marienstadt–St. Marys–during the 52nd annual banquet of the Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township.
Each year, the historical society tries to hold the banquet on the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the founding, which occurred Dec. 8, 1842.

VIDEO: Steelers Beat Bengals 42-21, Make AFC North a Wide-open Race

December 7, 2014

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December 5th

Fox Township celebrates Light Up Night

December 5, 2014

Fox Township held its annual Light Up Night on Friday evening. This year the event was moved to a new, warmer location inside at the Fox Township Community Building. Santa arrived on a Christmas float featuring a winter scene complete with snowmobiles and escorted by Mrs. Claus and the Grinch. Inside the center children and their families enjoyed hot soup, cookies, hot chocolate and other more. Santa and Mrs. Claus gifted each child with a coloring book and a bag of goodies.

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