St. Marys City Council adopted its 2015 budget for various city funds during their regular meeting on Monday evening. Next year's budget proposal stands at $7.5 million with no tax increase.
During the public hearing portion of the meeting where residents could pose inquires about the budget to council, Neal Lepovetsky approached the board requesting funding to maintain a dog park, which he is hoping to purchase the land for and donate the property back to the city.
KERSEY â€“ A Kersey couple became the latest in a growing line of arrests made by the North Central Municipal Drug Force.
Michael Todd Bizzak, 44, and Cynthia Marie Bizzak, 49, of 491 Main St., Kersey, were taken into custody on Dec. 9 when a search warrant was served on their home. Items seized included approximately $3,000 in cash, over 138 grams of suspected alpha-PVP (the drug commonly known as bath salts), numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia, packing materials and electronic devices typically used to order bath salts.
Adam M. Wolfel, 23, ofÂ 126 Beech Rd., St. Marys, died suddenly Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 at his home.Â Â
He was born Feb. 14, 1991 in St. Marys, a son of Michael and Jane Ritter Wolfel, who survive.
Robert John Tuberson, 85, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.
He was born in St. Marys, raised in that city and in Ridgway, and was the son of the late Clarence and Edith Tuberson.
Bob was retired from the FBI as a special agent with 28 years service, in Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Norfolk, Va.
After retirement from the FBI he served another 12 years as a special agent with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Virginia State Police, working in southeastern Virginia.
Kane girls basketball used a 9-0 third-quarter run to break open a tie game en route to a 42-33 win over St. Marys Saturday afternoon at the Johnsonburg Tip-Off Tournament held at Johnsonburg Area High School.
Despite the cold and gloomy weather conditions Saturday morning, a group of area residents that included girl scouts and members of Elk County Catholic High School's Future Business Leaders of America Chapter gathered at the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery to take part in the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony, which got underway at 12 p.m.
According to Dolly Wehler, who helps coordinate the annual event, roughly 420 holiday wreaths were being placed on veterans' graves this year.
Substitute teachers at St. Marys Area School District will now receive a rate of $100 per day, effective Jan. 1, 2015.
The SMASD board of directors also voted to reinstate a bonus of $500 for every 30 days of substitute teaching during the school year.
In addition, SMAHS Assistant High School Principal Joseph Schlimm will be moved from a 10-month to a 12-month administrator effective after Jan. 1, 2015. Salary and benefits are to be prorated for the remainder of the 2014-15 school year.
RIDGWAY â€“Â "The biggest fear we have is that we won't be remembered."
Leslie Neal spoke those words during Sunday's candle lighting ceremony that she helped organize in an attempt to make sure that the area's deceased children will not be forgotten.
Last year, Neal, who lost her 16-year-old son in 2011, started a local candle lighting ceremony in Ridgway along with Elk County Commissioner Jan Kemmer to remember the area's children who died at a young age, much like her son.
Larry L. Harlan, 72, of 101 Frey Rd., Kersey, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 at his residence after a lengthy illness.
He was born March 4, 1942 in St. Marys, son of the late Aileen Harlan.
On May 22, 1971, in St. Marys, he married Mary Ann Frey, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys Schools. He was a retired employee of SGL, retiring in 2001 after 32 years of service.
Mr. Harlan enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.
Bernard T. "Bernie" Gapinski, 86, of 407 High St., Johnsonburg, died Saturday morning, Dec. 13, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys following a brief illness.
He was born May 27, 1928 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Joseph and Josephine Butts Gapinski.
On Sept. 16, 1961 in Holy Cross Church, Brandy Camp, he married Elizabeth "Betty" Zambanini, and she survives.
A 1946 Johnsonburg High School graduate, he was a member of Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg Senior Center, and Knights of Columbus Council 2007.