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January 14th, 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.
RIDGWAY â€“ 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 weâ€™re only paying for seven of those currently."
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.
JOHNSONBURG â€“Â 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.
â€œI 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; itâ€™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. â€“ 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.
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JOHNSONBURG â€“ St. Marys Mayor Robert V. Howard was found to be guilty Monday of disorderly conduct, a summary offense, before Judge Barry D. Brown, filling in for Judge George "Tony" King.
"I never felt so good about losing something in my life," Mayor Howard said in a press conference later that day. "I don't apologize for my feelings one bit."
Howard was cited for a Nov. 24, 2014 incident during which he entered a Ridgway hair salon and screamed at the owner, using profanity while at least one customer was present.
The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors were informed about the options available to the district regarding the restructuring of its debt.
Les Bear and Dan O'Brien of Robert W. Baird Co., a financial advising company, presented information to the board during its Monday evening meeting.
"St. Marys is close to being debt free," Bear said.
Current projections show the school could be out of debt in 2018.
It is the board's goal to solidify projects and check with their bond council and bond agency before taking any action.
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For the past several years, a handful of college-age students have spent their summers copying old photographs and documents, making sure the scanned images are properly sized, annotated, and saved in the correct location, before continuing the process as they make their way through what, at times, likely seems like endless family files that make up the collection of the Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township.