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April 14th, 2015
St. Marys Area High School junior Devin Anderson was acknowledged by the SMASD board of directors as having been chosen the Pennsylvania American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year.
Superintendent Brian Toth presented the 17-year-old with a presidential pin of excellence for his achievement.
JAY TWP. â€“ Eric Johnston stepped down as a township employee, announcing at Tuesday night's water authority meeting that this would be his last week working for the township.
"I would like to thank the previous board members who gave me an opportunity to work here," Johnston said, adding that he had more to say but that board member Jeremy Rippey wasn't present.
Immediately following the meeting, Johnston shared his comments on the absent member.
The St. Marys Area School District board of directors unanimously approved the district's 2015-2016 preliminary budget with no tax increase to area residents.
It will be on display in the SMASD business office, located at the high school, for the next 30 days. It may also be viewed on the district's website at www.smasd.org.
The budget will receive final approval in June. The district's total operating budget is just over $26 million.
According to SMASD Superintendent Brian Toth, the budget remains a "working budget" between now and June in which the board may choose to change it.
JAY TWP. â€“ An air tanker dispatched by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources made several passes dumping water on a brush fire Monday afternoon near 3077 River Rd. in Jay Township.
A spokesperson for DCNR said the fire was mostly contained as of 5 p.m. Monday and that the cause is still under investigation.
Charges were filed against a Martin Road resident after a witness reported observing a girl screaming for help as a man forcefully walked her into a house in a bear hug.
Matthew John Cunningham, 27, of 209 Martin Rd., St. Marys, is charged with misdemeanor offenses of recklessly endangering another person and false imprisonment, and the summary offense of harassment.
An explosion in a coal room of a Rosely Road home late Saturday morning damaged a residence in St. Marys.
Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) and St. Marys Ambulance were called out at 11:22 a.m. Saturday to 1366 Rosely Rd. for what 911 dispatchers described as an explosion at the residence.
The earliest makings of what is now state Route 120 (SR 120) was a trail used by North American Indians to cross the continental divide between the Susquehanna and Allegheny rivers, according to the Elk County Historical Society.
The western Pennsylvania section of the trail would have been established by the Erie tribe, a sub tribe of Indians who spoke the Iroquoian language but were destroyed and dispersed by the northern Iroquois for helping refugees from the enemy of the Iroquois, the Huron Indians, during the Beaver Wars, a battle over hunting grounds for the fur trade.
A packed audience was in attendance Friday evening in the Ridgway Area High School auditorium for the "Elk County Performs for Chloe" benefit performance.
Currently, 123,000 men, women and children are on the waiting list to receive a life-saving organ transplant with a new name added to that list every 10 minutes. Each day at least 18 people will die without receiving an organ.
These surprising statistics and the topic of organ donation may not often be discussed among families, however, it is the goal of organizations like the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) to raise awareness of the issue.
The St. Marys Public Library will be holding its annual Food for Fines program next week, April 13-18, as part of National Library Week. The popular program has been held for a number of years.
Through Food for Fines, library patrons who owe fines because of overdue items can bring in nonperishable food items to have those fines reduced or eliminated entirely.
"If people have any current fines, for every canned food item they bring in we'll take $1 worth of fines off of their account," said Leslie Swope, director of the St. Marys Public Library.