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July 14th, 2014
RIDGWAY â€“ On Monday afternoon, a jury found Willis R. Jordan III, 34, of Johnsonburg, guilty of endangering the welfare of children.
At the request of the defense, the jury was polled, at which time they all affirmed that it was a unanimous verdict.
City Council discussed potentially taking over several street lights on Access Road, located in the Elk County Industrial Park on West Creek Road in St. Marys.
At their recent workshop, council tabled the item in order to obtain more information.
The city received a letter from the Elk County Industrial Development Authority (ECIDA) stating they are turning over the park's streetlights and the sign lighting over to the city.
This is usually done when a road is turned over to the city however the authority continued to carry the bill for the lights through November 2013.
BENEZETTE â€“ The first ever Elk Country Multi-County Democratic picnic was celebrated Saturday afternoon at the Dudley Farm in Benezette.
The event, sponsored by the Elk County Democratic Committee, featured addresses from several state and federal candidates.
Among the candidates was Jack Donahue, a Democratic nominee for the 75th District of the state House of Representatives. A Penn State graduate and strong proponent for public education, he resides in Treasure Lake with his wife and daughter.
BENEZETTE â€“ Half a year into his term as Elk County district attorney, Shawn McMahon's office is tasked with prosecuting hundreds of drug-related cases during the year, a trend that he does not see receding in the near future.
St. Marys Area School District's new superintendent Dr. G. Brian Toth is visiting town this week making his rounds and familiarizing himself with the district's personnel, staff and buildings. He will officially take office Aug. 18.
Toth last month was named to the superintendent position along with former St. Marys Area High School Principal Josh Williams being promoted to assistant superintendent.
Over the past 11 years, Toth was superintendent of the Bellwood-Antis School District in Blair County. He has been working in the education field for 31 years.
The ballpark turned 100 earlier this year, and a special edition on its history can be found inside today's edition.
Multiple charges have been filed against David J. Charles II, 22, of Benezette, who led police on a foot chase before being apprehended Tuesday.
Around 2 p.m. Tuesday, Patrolman Peter Largey of the St. Marys City Police identified Charles and a known juvenile walking on Ash Street and approached him, telling Charles that he needed to talk to him about a recent incident. According to an affidavit of probable cause, Charles, who was wanted for questioning in an aggravated assault incident, ran from police and disregarded commands to stop.
St. Marys City Council unanimously approved to sponsor a grant application for the West Creek Recreational Trail Association as part of a project connecting St. Marys to Emporium via an 18.9-mile corridor.
Cliff Clark, president of West Creek Recreational Trail Association, was in attendance at Monday's meeting to explain the project.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ A preliminary hearing was held Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge George A. King for an inmate of Elk County Prison charged with possession of contraband or controlled substances in the prison.
Keenan McMillen, 21, of 182 Sara Rd., St. Marys, was held for court on all charges for an incident that occurred on April 12.
The occasional rain showers that passed through the area early Wednesday afternoon did little to dampen the spirits of the 327 area youngsters between the ages of 5-14 taking part in Memorial Park's annual Inner Park Day.
This year's turnout was nearly the same as last year's, and Memorial Park Director Jason Schreiber remarked that he and his staff were "very happy" with the number of youngsters taking part in the event.
"Five years ago we had a lot at 180. To almost double that is unbelievable," Schreiber said.