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June 13th, 2014
SMETHPORT â€“ A Ridgway man has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of illegally possessing a handgun in Kane in 2013.
William Aaron Fourness Jr., 25, entered the plea Tuesday in McKean County Court in Smethport.
Under a plea agreement, six other charges have been dismissed. These charges include possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, two charges related to driving under the influence (DUI) of a controlled substance and operating a red 2009 Subaru with a cracked windshield.
RIDGWAY â€“ The Elk County Boulder Dash, a 20-mile run, walk or hike event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9 at 8 a.m. starting at the firemen's carnival grounds along North Broad Street in downtown Ridgway.
The event takes place on 20 miles of State Game Lands 44, just south of Ridgway, featuring about 4,000 feet of vertical rise over the course. The deadline to register online at www.elkcountyboulderdash.com is Friday, Aug. 1.
Among the latest personnel changes approved by the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors are new hires, awarding of numerous supplemental contracts, transfer of support personnel, resignations, and leaves of absences.
School board member Bert Sorg cast an opposing vote for approval of the June personnel stating he "felt some of them could've been handled differently."
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation and pre-employment drug testing if applicable.
Over the past few months, the Elk County Catholic Crusader baseball team has racked up an impressive 26-0 record and has one final game remaining in their seasonâ€“the PIAA Class A State Championship on Friday afternoon.
Though only nine players can be out on the field at any given time, reaching this point and maintaining a perfect record has taken the effort of all 20 of the players on the Crusaders' roster.
The 2014-15 St. Marys Area School District budget of $26,122,346 was unanimously approved by the school board.
"The great news for the community is there is no tax increase for the upcoming year," said Superintendent Ann Kearney. "Once again this is a budget that the district can be very proud of. We are in fiscally sound condition for the upcoming year. This is based on past decisions made by a very responsible board over the years."
This year's $26 million budget is an increase from the previously budgeted $25,264,867 in 2013-14.
RIDGWAY â€“ Ridgway Area School District superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien offered a formal statement during Tuesday evening's school board meeting in order to address his recently-announced resignation. O'Brien will officially be leaving the district Aug. 8.
"It's hard to believe that three years have eclipsed so quickly," he said. "No words can articulate the deep appreciation I feel for the community and the opportunity to serve this wonderful district.
"As superintendent I have enjoyed a plethora of experiences that have allowed me to grow personally and professionally."
Ridgwayâ€™s Senior Center, located on Vine Avenue, is slowly but surely recovering after taking on roughly three feet of water during last monthâ€™s devastating flood. After losing much of what was inside, including just under three feet of the bottom portion of its inner walls, things are beginning to come together.
â€śWeâ€™re down here working, and hopefully next week our breakfast club will be able to start up again,â€ť said executive director Harry Himes.
The center is beginning to replace some of the items lost in order to become fully operational.
Action on hiring a new superintendent for the St. Marys Area School District was absent from the school board meeting agenda on Monday evening.
"The search is still ongoing," said Bob Luchini, SMASD school board president. "We have a number of items to discuss in executive session pertaining to that."
A motion was made during Thursday's workshop to have St. Marys Area High School Principal Josh Williams, who is a candidate for the superintendent position, placed on the meeting agenda to be approved for the position.
Grumley was hired in 1999 as SMAHS principal and was transferred to SSMSE as principal in 2001. Superintendent Ann Kearney described Grumley as being a legend in the district and has been highly respected.
"He knows his students and parents and has led the school to high levels of academic achievement. He has certainly 'touched the future'," Kearney said. She wished Grumley and his wife Maria best of luck in their retirements.
On Saturday morning the large meeting room in the downstairs area of the St. Marys Public Library was filled with sounds more befitting of a science laboratory than a library. It was all part of the kickoff event for the library's Summer Reading Program: Fizz, Boom, Science with Sean.
This year's Summer Reading Program theme is "Fizz, Boom, Read," and so the help of Sean Petrick, a librarian from DuBois who has degrees in environmental science and computer science, was enlisted for the occasion.