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April 8th, 2015

Council approves park project, parking request

April 8, 2015

St. Marys City Council has approved a bid for a reconstruction project at Memorial Park as well as a request for free parking from the American Red Cross.
The project includes work on the park's basketball courts.
The lowest bid received was awarded to St. Marys Paving for $126,838. This includes the base bid for the courts at $119,544 plus additional paving at a cost of $7,294.
Also submitting a bid was Dave Roman Excavating of Reynoldsville for $154,661.

EMA progressing with setting up operations center

April 8, 2015

Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Tim Pearson said he hopes renovations to the basement of City Hall are completed in May.
The renovations would allow the area to be used as an Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in case of any major incidents that occur in St. Marys such as natural disasters, acts of terrorism, biological incidents or large scale events.

City of St. Marys' ties to Civil War remembered

April 8, 2015

One hundred fifty years ago today marked the surrender of General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, and while celebrations and reenactments have been taking place in honor of that occasion, as well as other key moments from throughout the Civil War, there were several people with ties to St. Marys who experienced those events firsthand.
According to local historian Ray Beimel, there were at least 105 people with ties to the community who served in the Civil War.

Equipment issue causes delay at American Red Cross blood drive

April 8, 2015

A blood drive scheduled to be held by the American Red Cross at the Moose Club Lodge along Erie Avenue Wednesday got underway several hours behind schedule due to an issue that necessitated equipment being sent to the site from the Red Cross facility in Buffalo, N.Y.
According to Tracey Wood, American Red Cross account manager for Elk, McKean, Cameron, Potter, and southern Cattaraugus County in New York, the blood drive, which was scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., was only able to get underway around 12:30 p.m. It continued until 4 p.m., its normally scheduled conclusion.

Homestead man sentenced in St. Marys heroin trafficking

April 8, 2015

RIDGWAY – A Homestead man pleaded guilty before Judge Richard A. Masson Monday afternoon for charges related to a September 2014 heroin trafficking bust.
Justin Westin, 26, of Homestead, pleaded guilty to the felony charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He was sentenced to one to five years of incarceration in state prison. As Westin had no prior record score, he is eligible for the recidivism risk reduction incentive, which means he could be paroled after nine months.

April 7th

ECC track and field teams split with Brookville squads

April 8, 2015

The Elk County Catholic track and field teams opened their home meet season by playing host to the Brookville squads Tuesday afternoon.
The Lady Crusaders defeated the Lady Raiders 117.5-28.5. The Raiders edged the Crusaders 76-74.

New parking authority could be in the works

April 7, 2015

Forming a fully operational parking authority for 2016 was proposed by councilman Ned Jacob during Monday evening's St. Marys City Council work session.
The new parking authority would be different from past parking authorities as it would allocate revenue received from metered parking, permits and parking violations, which is currently placed into the city's general fund.

Decker's Chapel repair estimates over $10K, county officials say

April 7, 2015

RIDGWAY – After reaching out to county officials Tuesday morning regarding the well-documented foundation issues with Decker's Chapel in St. Marys, progress appears to have been made after a followup afternoon meeting at the site.
Elk County Commissioner Dan Freeburg met with Charlie Steger, a contractor who runs a local masonry company with extensive expertise in historical masonry.

Commissioners award more Act 13 grants

April 7, 2015

RIDGWAY – Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday morning passed out another round of Act 13 grants to local municipalities, county offices, and area groups.
The commissioners last year established a grant program to redistribute a portion of their allocation of the Act 13 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee for local projects.

Battle for state land tax fairness continues

April 7, 2015

RIDGWAY – The battle against the lack of fair taxes on state-owned forest and game lands continues to gain traction as the Pennsylvania State Land Tax Fairness Coalition pushes the issues to the forefront.
Elk County government officials last month pledged their support and unveiled a detailed map illustrating the amount of tax-exempt land within the county.
Reports indicate just 23 percent of the land in Elk County is generating local taxes at market value.
On Tuesday, officials reiterated their support pledge and discussed recent headway regarding the issues.

St. Marys Area High School junior Jordan Romain defeated Clearfield's Kerry Maines for the District...
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch softball team ran their record to 8-3 on the season Tuesday night as...
The Elk County Catholic Crusader baseball team improved to 10-1 on the season with a 10-2 victory...
Jeffrey Scott Buck Jr., an 18-year-old volunteer firefighter with Lawrence Township Fire Company,...