March 11th, 2015
The St. Marys Area High School held a Winter Sports Awards Program Tuesday night at Carpin Auditorium recognizing those student-athletes who participated in boys and girls basketball and cheerleading.
The student-athletes who participate in wrestling, gymnastics and swimming and diving will be recognized on Tuesday, March 24.
WILCOX â€“ The East Branch Dam Safety Initiative project is now in full swing following several years of discussion and planning.
Just 10 years after it was constructed a serious internal erosion episode occurred at the dam, roughly the size of a school bus, resulting in the lowering of the lake to make repairs. There have been no observed changes in seepage conditions or performance of the dam in the time since repairs were completed.
A St. Marys man was arrested Tuesday on felony charges of rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion as well as a misdemeanor charge of simple assault and a summary charge of harassment.
Donald Craig "Donny" Penfield Jr., 33, of 19 Mertz Ave., St. Marys, is being held at the Elk County Prison with bail set at $25,000 cash.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the victim arrived at the St. Marys Police Department around 9 a.m. Tuesday with cuts, scrapes and bruises on her head, arms and hands.
RIDGWAY â€“Â A classic play and Hollywood film will be hitting the stage the next two weekends as the Footlighters of Elk County will be presenting "Harvey" from March 13-15 and March 20-21 at Aiello's Cafe.
JAMES CITY â€“ The Highland Township Board of Supervisors is considering a revision to a 2013 ordinance that bans injection wells for the disposal of drilling waste fluid.
Township Supervisors Jim Wolfe and Paul Burton Sr. introduced the amended ordinance Wednesday at a meeting at the township building in James City. Supervisor Joe Milstead did not attend the meeting.
Adoption of the revised ordinance could come during a special board meeting March 24 at 7 p.m. at the township building. The supervisors will hear comments on the revisions before acting to adopt them.
After a foot pursuit along Brusselles Street, police apprehended a suspect in the alley behind Sheetz. One of the officers could be heard admonishing the suspect for running. The officer said he had almost been stuck by a needle that was reportedly found in the suspect's pocket.
WILCOX â€“Â Construction activities on the $132.5 million East Branch Dam Safety Initiative project have begun.
Despite winter weather, the project's contractor, Layne Christensen Company of Texas, has started work including setting up numerous trailers onsite, installing project and traffic signs, placement of erosion and sediment control features and stockpiling rock to be used to construct the project's work platform.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area School District continues to look for answers to projected deficits in this school year and the next during a budget workshop held Tuesday night at Johnsonburg Area High School.
CLARION â€“Â The Elk County Catholic Crusaders saw their season come to an end with a 79-49 loss to Farrell on Tuesday night at Clarion University in the PIAA Class A second round.
St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved a bond resolution to borrow $9.995 million along with the refund and restructuring of their 2010 bond in order to finance various capital improvement projects.
The motion was approved by a 6-2 vote with Matt Quesenberry and Pat Rezmerski opposing the motion.
Even with the new bond, the district will continue to make similar payments.
Currently, SMASD's annual debt service payment is $1.635 million and with the new bond would be $1.613 million, a roughly $22,000 decrease.