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June 20th, 2014

Police pursue grants for staffing, equipment

June 20, 2014

The City of St. Marys Police Department was approved to apply for two grants which would update equipment and help fund a new officer position.
An application was approved for the COPS Hiring Grant Program, administered through the U.S. Department of Justice, which would provide $125,000 over a three-year timeframe. This funding covers the $42,000 base salary for a new officer, however the city is responsible for benefit and retirement costs.

Celesta E. Thompson

June 20, 2014

Celesta E. Thompson, 87, of 544 Church St., St. Marys, died on Friday, June 20, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk.
She was born on Jan. 11, 1927, a daughter of the late Anthony and Frances Friedl Fritz.
On Jan. 14, 1956 in St. Mary's Church, she married Thomas A. Thompson, who preceded her in death on Sept. 12, 1999.

Nancy R. Weis

June 20, 2014

Nancy R. Weis, 77, of 203 Dippold Ave. St. Marys, died Thursday, June 19, 2014 surrounded by her family and friends at Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness.
She was born July 30, 1936 in Niagara Falls, N.Y., the daughter of the late Grover and Christine Garvey Rodenbaugh.
She was a graduate of the Lewiston-Porter High School in Youngstown, N.Y. in 1954 and was a graduate of the Buffalo State College for Teachers in 1958. She was a retired teacher and had resided in St. Marys since 1961.

June 19th

Early intervention program plans continue

June 20, 2014

St. Marys City Council continues working toward its Early Intervention Program as they unanimously voted to award the project proposal.
The program helps municipalities develop comprehensive multi-year financial plans and establish short- and long-term financial objectives after reviewing the city's various departments, finances and inner workings of the city government.

Various budget related items approved

June 20, 2014

With the passing of the 2014-15 St. Marys Area School District budget, several items were approved by the school board in conjunction with the budget.
They included the Retirement Reserve Fund budget with expenditures of $449,684. The fund budget is based on budgeted salaries of $11,178,623 for the 2013-14 fiscal year and an increase of 4.47 percent in the employer retirement contribution rate for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Detour impacts local travel

June 20, 2014

State Route 120 between state Route 255 (South St. Marys Street) and Rock Street was scheduled to close Thursday night.
Officials at PennDOT said the closure would remain in effect for 24 hours a day until construction of this portion of the highway is complete. It is anticipated that it will be closed for four weeks.
The detour should have an impact on tractor-trailers coming into St. Marys. Signs erected indicate large truck traffic will only be able to access St. Marys Carbon, Keystone Powdered Metal, Gasbarre Sinterite Furnace, West Penn Power, Product Assurance and Custom Industrial.

Thomas S. Bianco

June 20, 2014

Thomas S. Bianco, 85, of Marlton, N.J., died Monday, June 9, 2014.
Born in 1929 in Johnsonburg, he was the son of the late Thomas and Anna Bianco. In 1958, he married Fran nee Ragone, who survives.
A former Johnsonburg resident, he was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1947, and was a well-accomplished player for the then Johnsonburg Shamrock football team.
Tom proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War with Patrol Bomber Squadron VP 34 and aboard the USS Coral Sea.

June 18th

The Highlands hopes to benefit community

June 18, 2014

The former St. Marys Country Club, located along South Michael Street, has reopened with a new name and a more community-oriented purpose. Now called The Highlands, the facility, which is owned by Mike Heiberger and Joe Schroeder, is no longer a private club and instead is open to the public.

Community Foundation awards scholarships

June 18, 2014

This year the Elk County Community Foundation (ECCF) awarded a total of 122 scholarships to graduating area high school seniors totaling $153,540.
"The dollars given to these students will impact generations to come as these young adults begin to shape our communities. Donors who have established these scholarships are contributing to our future leaders," said Paula Fritz Eddy, ECCF executive director. "The Elk County Community Foundation Board extends their gratitude to those who have seen the need and believe in the youth of today."

Commission keeping close eye on budget

June 18, 2014

Officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission are keeping a sharp eye on budget discussions in Harrisburg as the commonwealth's fiscal year draws to a close at the end of the month.
Preliminary reports from the state Capitol indicate the commonwealth is staring at a budget deficit in excess of $1 billion while across the country, state revenue is up 3.8 percent over last year, according to the National Association of State Budget Officials.

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