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February 15th, 2015

Carbon industry was key to St. Marys' prosperity

February 15, 2015

Editor's note: This is the last in a series of articles based on a presentation given by local historian Ray Beimel on an overview of St. Marys' history in the carbon industry.
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As he concluded his brief overview of the history of the carbon industry, local historian Ray Beimel remarked that St. Marys has become adept at taking "cheap stuff" such as coke, pitch, and graphite and turning it into something valuable.
"This is the key to St. Marys' prosperity," Beimel said.

February 13th

Salary 'steps' increased at SMASD

February 13, 2015

The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors recently approved several items at their latest meeting ranging from a contract, environmental plan, new courses of study, student field trips and support organizations.
Under general school affairs, a contract was approved between SMASD and the St. Marys Area Education Association beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2016.
The starting salary in 2015-2016 for professional employees with a bachelor's degree is $43,397 with a top salary of $64,272.

Carbon companies contributed to war effort

February 13, 2015

Editor's note: This is the sixth in a series of articles based on a presentation given by local historian Ray Beimel on an overview of St. Marys' history in the carbon industry.
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While providing a brief overview of the history of the carbon industry in St. Marys, local historian Ray Beimel explained that three of the local carbon plants had also made significant contributions to the Allies' victory in World War II.
The first plant he discussed was Keystone, which invented a product called the nickel cup.

Crash at Rite Aid

February 13, 2015

Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department), St. Marys Ambulance and St. Marys Police responded shortly after 3 p.m. Friday to a two-vehicle crash in the Rite Aid parking lot along the Million Dollar Highway in St. Marys. A public information release report was unavailable at press time but St. Marys Police confirmed a patron was exiting the business Friday afternoon and struck an unattended Ford F150 pickup truck and a large business sign located on the property.

Ex-McKean County Sheriff headed to county court on charges

February 13, 2015

Charges against former McKean County sheriff Bradley A. Mason have been bound over to county court.
Mason is charged with two counts of corruption of minors and furnishing alcohol to a minor.
According to court documents, Mason, 52, the charges are linked with his alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.
The alleged tryst took place while she was a tenant in a house he owns adjacent to his residence at 1230 South Ave., Bradford Township.

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February 13, 2015

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February 12th

Two dead in Wilcox crash Thursday

February 12, 2015

WILCOX – Two Wilcox residents died early Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of state Routes 219 and 321 in Wilcox, Jones Township.
According to a public information release report provided by the Ridgway-based state police, 81-year-old Vera Johnson of Wilcox was operating a 2004 Ford Escape along with a passenger, 92-year-old Rose Swanson, also from Wilcox.
Reports indicate Johnson was traveling south on SR 219 and failed to stop for a stop sign at the roadway's intersection with SR 321.

School district approves personnel issues

February 12, 2015

Among the latest personnel changes approved by the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors were the awarding of numerous supplemental contracts, support personnel, and resignations.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151, child abuse history background check, and Act 34, Pa. criminal history record, clearance documentation and pre-employment drug testing if applicable.

Three more carbon factories soon were in business

February 12, 2015

Editor's note: This is the fifth in a series of articles based on a presentation given by local historian Ray Beimel on an overview of St. Marys' history in the carbon industry.
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During a recent presentation on the history of the carbon industry in St. Marys, local historian Ray Beimel explained that after Speer Carbon and Stackpole Carbon, the next plant to form was Keystone Carbon.

Crash in Ridgway

February 12, 2015

An SUV drove over the curb and broke through a front glass pane at Hello Beautiful at approximately 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening along Main Street in Ridgway. Responders were on the scene to help those in the car as traffic was restricted for about 35 minutes and cleanup was done in front of the business. One person was taken out on a stretcher. No further information is known as of press time.

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