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June 25th, 2014

Weidow vehicle homicide trial continues

June 25, 2014

RIDGWAY – The trial for Brandon Michael Weidow, 26, of Byrnedale, reconvened Wednesday morning at the Elk County Courthouse.
Weidow is charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence for his alleged involvement in the crash that killed Savannah Straub in July 2012. In Tuesday's opening remarks, both attorneys advised that the key question in the case is whether Weidow was driving the vehicle on the night of the crash.

Flooding discussed by council

June 25, 2014

During the May flooding incident that plagued much of Elk County, the St. Marys Crystal Fire Department responded to a total of 76 incidents of cellar pumps.
The incidents ranged from homes with a few inches of water in their basements to those with basements will water up to their ceiling rafters.
Many of those homes were on Fourth and Depot streets with a few on North Michael Street.
As a member of the CFD, Greg Gebauer provided this information to his fellow city council members during their regular June meeting. Councilman Ned Jacob is also a member of the CFD.

Memorial Park now offering dance-fitness program

June 25, 2014

Memorial Park is offering individuals of all ages a way to dance away the afternoons while also getting a good workout in this summer. Tuesday marked the first day of Mumba, which is the park staff's version of the popular dance-fitness program Zumba. Mumba is currently being held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2-3 p.m. at the park's tennis courts and is free of charge.
Memorial Park staff member Anna Hoffman came up with the idea for Mumba, and fellow staff member Erin Gahn serves as the instructor.

June 24th

Weidow vehicle homicide trial underway

June 24, 2014

RIDGWAY – A jury trial began Tuesday for Brandon Michael Weidow, 26, of Byrnedale, who is charged in a 2012 vehicle accident that resulted in the death of Savannah Straub.
Weidow is facing felony charges of homicide by vehicle and homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, as well as several DUI and traffic offenses, according to court records.

New gift shop honors Benedictine Sisters of Elk County

June 24, 2014

On Tuesday the new Benedictine Gift Shop, located inside the St. Mary's Parish annex building, is opening its doors to the community.
"The store will continue to serve as an honor to our Benedictine Sisters while providing additional products that are produced by other Benedictine communities," explained Fr. Thomas More Sikora, O.S.B. of St. Mary's Parish.

Glenwood Beer Distributor coming to Ridgway

June 24, 2014

Glenwood Beer Distributors, a wholesale distributor out of Erie, will soon be opening their doors in Ridgway. Construction of the facility is still in the early stages however.
"It's going well, all the rain down there is kind of slowing things down at times," said Mike Green, one of Glenwood's owners. "We've run into a couple hiccups, but everything is on point."

June 23rd

Man charged with threatening DA

June 23, 2014

A Brookville man is charged with felony counts of criminal use of a communication facility and "threats and other improper influence in official and political matters" for allegedly contacting Elk County District Attorney Shawn McMahon by telephone and making homicidal threats.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Christopher Raymond Thomas, 41, of Brookville was upset about an arson conviction from January 2009. He made several calls and left messages on the office phone of the Elk County District Attorney's office on June 17.

Chamber nears its fireworks funding goal

June 23, 2014

The St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce is closing in on their $18,000 firework fundraising goal. To date they have $4,000 yet to raise before the July 3 St. Marys Independence Day Celebration.
"We're having a great year for fundraising. The community's been very supportive," said Ashley O'Dell, Chamber outreach coordinator.
O'Dell emphasized the Chamber is happily accepting any amount of donations from individuals, family, businesses and industry. Those donations may be dropped off at the Chamber office, mailed in or picked up by O'Dell.

Former St. Marys teacher to be honored at Art in the Wilds

June 23, 2014

The 2014 Art in the Wilds (AIW) Committee is honoring one of its own for his distinguished art career and a lifetime of achievement as a master potter, art teacher and advocate for artists of the visual arts.
This Saturday, June 28 at the eighth annual AIW fine arts show in Evergreen Park in Kane, the AIW Committee will recognize and celebrate John Bloomquist’s career as an artist and art teacher, and, one who has had an incalculable impact on art and artists in our region and beyond.

June 22nd

New demolition project addresses blighted structures

June 22, 2014

The city approved funding for a new demolition project of two blighted structures, a house at 213 N. Michael St. and the Grange building at 219 N. Michael St.
Funding for the project, in the amount of $9,500, is being utilized from the city's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is federal grant funding.
Ann Bolden, owner of Bold Looks and Bolden Apartments, has purchased the structures situated next to her business with plans to demolish them leaving one site vacant which she plans to utilize as parking and constructing a duplex on the other lot.

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