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June 10th, 2015

Lady Crusaders to play for PIAA Class A Championship

June 10, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK — The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders will be playing for the PIAA Class A Softball Championship Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Nittany Lion Softball Park at Penn State.
The Lady Crusaders didn't use a walk-off this time but they came up with a 2-1 victory over the Cochranton Cardinals Tuesday at Slippery Rock University.

Martin receives life sentence

June 10, 2015

RIDGWAY – Nicholas Martin, 24, was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder approximately two months ago in the 2013 stabbing death of his then girlfriend, Alyssa Forsyth.
The life sentence was expected to be handed down by President Judge Richard A. Masson as state law mandates a life sentence for first-degree murder convictions.
Despite not having any control to change the sentence, Masson said that the court had no reluctance to sentencing Martin to a life sentence.

June 9th

SMASD approves 2015-16 budget with no tax increase

June 9, 2015

The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors unanimously approved a $26.78 million budget for the 2015-16 school year on Monday evening during their regular meeting.
Once again there is no tax increase in this year's budget as previously announced by the school board in April when they released their preliminary spending plan.
The budget includes the following tax levies, all of which are standard as in past years: 32.35 mills on real estate, 63.6 mills on assessed value of oil, gas and minerals, and 1,450 on occupational assessment.

Community Nurses' Used Book Sale starts Thursday

June 9, 2015

KERSEY – The Community Nurses, Inc. of Penn Highlands Elk will be holding their 2015 Used Book Sale Thursday through Sunday in the St. Boniface School cafeteria in Kersey.

Dagus Mines man arrested in Johnsonburg

June 9, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – According to Johnsonburg Borough Police Department Officer-In-Charge John Clopp, Jason P. McCandless, 40, of Dagus Mines, was arrested in Johnsonburg on Monday following an incident on Powers Avenue.
According to Clopp, the incident started as McCandless was allegedly driving recklessly on Powers Avenue in Johnsonburg when he hit a curb with the right front of his vehicle.
After hitting the curb, McCandless allegedly exited his vehicle and assaulted another citizen that was on the scene, Clopp said.

June 8th

Infrastructure projects approved by board

June 8, 2015

Several projects for the St. Marys Area School District were approved by the board of school directors on Monday evening. The 17 projects are being funded with proceeds from the new $9.995 million bond the district approved in March. The cost of all the projects total $5.65 million.

Inebriated man allegedly pulls knife at party

June 8, 2015

A Ridgway man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly brandished a pocketknife at a May birthday party and reportedly made terroristic threats.
Benjamin E. Meyer, 34, of 229 W. Main St., Ridgway, was charged Monday, June 8 with making terroristic threats and criminal mischief-damage property following an incident May 21 in St. Marys at a birthday party along East Eschbach Road.
According to reports, St. Marys City Police Patrolman Jason A. Miller was dispatched to a dispute May 21 at approximately 8:59 p.m. in the 1200 block of East Eschbach Road in St. Marys.

Library holding Worldwide Knit in Public Day event

June 8, 2015

The St. Marys Public Library will be holding an event on Saturday, June 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in conjunction with Worldwide Knit in Public Day. Community members are encouraged to go to the library during that time to either knit or crochet purple hats for newborns and premies. All of the hats will be donated to the maternity ward at Penn Highlands Elk.
St. Marys Public Library director Leslie Swope explained that Worldwide Knit in Public Day is a way to show people that knitting – and crocheting – can be fun for individuals of all ages.

June 7th

Elk County holds another successful Relay for Life

June 7, 2015

KERSEY – Overcast conditions early Saturday morning gave way to sunshine and warm weather, providing ideal conditions for this year’s Relay for Life of Elk County which was held at Fox Township Community Park from 9 a.m. on Saturday until 3 a.m. Sunday. The theme of this year’s event was Mardi Gras – A Celebration of Life.
While walkers began making their way on the pathways at the park at 9 a.m., the event’s opening ceremony did not take place until 11 a.m. At that time, Bill Babik, event chairman, took to the stage to welcome all those who were participating in this year’s Relay for Life.

Assalone: Never lose hope

June 7, 2015

KERSEY ­– Nate Assalone was the featured speaker at this year’s Relay for Life of Elk County, and he briefly took to the stage at Fox Township Community Park on Saturday evening to share the story of how he defied the odds to become a 13-year cancer survivor.
When Assalone, 36, stepped up to the microphone, he joked that he had only agreed to speak because he had been told there were supposed to be funnel cakes at the event.
"There are no funnel cakes, just so you know," he said to the crowd gathered around the stage. "I'm very disappointed."

St. Marys Legion's Dan Stauffer slides into third base during the Region 8 Tournament.
The St. Marys junior baseball all-star team advanced to the final of the winner's bracket with a 13...
The second-seeded St. Marys Legion baseball team opened the Elk County League playoffs on Wednesday...
Jeffrey Scott Buck Jr., an 18-year-old volunteer firefighter with Lawrence Township Fire Company,...