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January 15th, 2015

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 2015 Oscar Nominations Announced

January 15, 2015

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 2015 Oscar Nominations Announced

Neil Patrick Harris will host the Academy Awards on February 22 and the list of who
will be nominated for an Oscar has been announced. Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman
lead the nominations list with nine each. Meryl Streep nabbed her 19th nomination,
and Bradley Cooper earned his third consecutive acting nod. Four Brits were
nominated this year in the Best Acting categories, Felicity Jones has been nominated
along with fellow British actress Rosamund Pike and Eddie Redmayne and Benedict

January 14th

Accidental fire destroys Taft Road home

January 14, 2015

A Wednesday morning fire that destroyed a Taft Road residence in St. Marys has been ruled accidental with no suspicious circumstances suspected.
The Crystal Fire Department was dispatched around 10:33 a.m. on Wednesday for a reported chimney fire at 162 Taft Rd., however upon arriving at the scene they encountered a fully engulfed two-story wood frame structure. In addition, heavy smoke could be scene from the road.
CFD Chief Bill Kraus said the home is a total loss with damage estimated at $250,000.

Budget transfers among items reviewed by board

January 14, 2015

During their recent meeting the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved a resolution indicating there will be no increase in the real estate tax for 2015-16 school year by more than the index amount of 2.4 percent set by the Department of Education for the district
The index is valued at approximately three-fourths of a mill.
Superintendent Brian Toth said he does not anticipate there to be a tax increase.

Highland explores 'home rule' charter to fight Seneca

January 14, 2015

JAMES CITY – The Highland Township Board of Supervisors is exploring a plan to adopt a "home rule" charter to fight a proposed Seneca Resources "injection well."
If adopted by voters, the charter would guide most municipal affairs in place of state law.
The Community Environmental Defense Fund (CELDF) contends the township could better fight Seneca through a "home rule" charter.
Highland Supervisors Jim Wolfe, Joe Milstead and Paul Burton Sr. discussed the "home rule" concept Wednesday at their meeting at the township building in James City.
No action was taken. 

Multiple fire units respond to Taft Road fire

January 14, 2015

A structure fire broke out Wednesday morning shortly after 10:30 a.m. at 162 Taft Rd. in St. Marys. Multiple units from St. Marys and Johnsonburg responded to the fire. Preliminary reports list Fox Township and Ridgway on standby as well.

January 13th

Overcrowding continues into new year

January 13, 2015

RIDGWAY – Overcrowding issues at the Elk County Prison in Ridgway have continued into the new year.
As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, the total number of individuals incarcerated at the correctional facility was 76 inmates.
"We're currently housing 12 females but there are 16 on the books as four are being housed out-of-county due to overcrowding," said Elk County Prison Warden Greg Gebauer. "Ten males also are housed out-of-county due to overcrowding and other circumstances, but we’re only paying for seven of those currently."

Wortman recognized for success in educational leadership

January 13, 2015

St. Marys Area Middle School Principal Jim Wortman was recognized for excellence in educational leadership as he was recently awarded the inaugural Horton Coe Southworth Scholarship from Duquesne University.
The scholarship recognizes a deserving members of Duquesne's School of Education Professional Doctorate in Educational Leadership (ProDEL) program for excellence in demonstrating vision, altruism, collaboration and a commitment to social justice.

Judge King retires after 40 years

January 13, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – After 40 years in public service, Senior Magisterial District Judge George A. "Tony" King announced his retirement Tuesday which will end his 28-year stretch as magisterial district judge.
“I had made a decision some time ago that after 40 years of public service, it was time to move on," King said. "No health reasons or anything like that; it’s just time to make the decision."
King's decision to retire comes at a time that will allow his seat to be on the ballot for the upcoming Nov. 3 election.

Jay Twp. Water Authority addresses revenue problems

January 13, 2015

JAY TWP. – The Jay Township Water Authority determined that 30 residential meters are giving inaccurate readings and about 20 more are giving no readings at all.
"We're probably losing about a third of our revenue through inaccurate meters," Chairperson Marty Rosenfeld said at Tuesday night's meeting.
Letters are to be sent to r

Pro Football Playoff Preview and Predictions: League Championship Round

January 13, 2015

Pro Football Playoff Preview and Predictions: League Championship Round

1/18/15
Green Bay @ Seattle 3:05pm
Betting: Over/Under: 47 Spread: Seattle -7

What to watch for:

Headed into the final bout of the night, the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen held a slim three-point...
The Elk County Catholic Crusaders defeated the Sheffield Wolverines by a 71-33 score on Little...
The St. Marys Area gymnastics squad hosted the St. Marys Area Gymnastics Invitational on Saturday...
On March 14, 2012, Governor Tom Corbett signed into law a contentious piece of legislation...