RIDGWAY - County commissioners on Tuesday released an $11.3 million spending plan that features no new taxes highlighted with a 3-percent wage increase for bargaining and non-bargaining county employees.
"We're very pleased to announce that the 2012 proposed budget will now be on display," said Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg. "We're very pleased that there is no tax increase forecast in the numbers.
ST. MARYS - At the Elk County Job Fair held Tuesday at the Sacred Heart Activity Center in St. Marys, 22 employers representing the transportation, telecommunications, manufacturing, healthcare and service industries were on hand to meet with area job seekers like Adam Robuck of Kersey, who said he has been in the job market since October 2010. Robuck said prior to that, he had been employed with GKN Emporium until the company initiated a reduction in its workforce in 2008.
RIDGWAY - Officials discussed the intricacies of two prison policies Tuesday morning during a lengthy meeting of the Elk County Prison Board.
Board members highlighted an existing policy regarding work release and school release inmates, and also discussed a policy regarding the detainment of inmates on civil and criminal bench warrants issued by a Court of Common Pleas judge.
Bertha A. Schneider, 96, ofÂ 1004 S. Michael Road, St. Marys, died on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 at her home.
She was born Dec. 13, 1914 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Joseph and Amelia Werneth Wehler. On Aug. 13, 1935 in St. Mary's Church, she married the late Raymond Schneider.
Thomas G. Schreiber, 69, of 1127 E. Eschbach Rd., St. Marys, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 at the Christ the King Manor in DuBois as a result of an automobile accident that occurred on Nov. 14, 2011.
He was born Aug. 31, 1942, in St. Marys, son of the late Ambrose and Bertha Brem Schreiber. On July 18, 1970, in the St. Boniface Church in Kersey, he married Connie M. Lorenzini and she survives.
William E. "Butch" Preston, 62, of 1078 E. Eschbach Road, St. Marys, died unexpectedly while hunting on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 in Brookville.
He was born March 3, 1949 in DuBois, a son of the late William and Caroline Dixon Preston. On Aug. 22, 1974 in Johnsonburg, he married Patricia Catalano Preston, who survives.
On Monday evening, St. Marys City Council approved changes to the parking ordinance which were discussed during a previous workshop.
There will now be 24-hour parking allowed in all public parking lots, whether metered, unmetered, permitted or non-permitted. The Depot Street Parking Garage will be regulated by permit parking and a pay-to-park machine, with rates set by Council.
Santa Claus will be making a special trip to Elk County on Dec. 17. He and Mrs. Claus are set to arrive that morning in a Pennsylvania State Police cruiser and travel to locations in St. Marys, Johnsonburg and Ridgway to hand out toys to area youth through Project Gifts for Elk County.
According to Project Gifts president Bob Roberts, the toy distribution this year will be held at Project Gifts for Elk County on Depot Street in St. Marys, the Johnsonburg Municipal Building, and the Ridgway High School.
KANE - Now the family knows the whole story.
Relatives of Army Cpl. Ralph E. â€śDutchâ€ť Bradybaugh of Kane knew this soldier was killed in action during the â€śBattle of the Bulgeâ€ť in Bastogne, Belgium on Jan. 3, 1945â€”just four months before Germany surrendered to end World War II.
What they didnâ€™t know until 66 years later is that Bradybaugh died as a hero by saving the life of his best friend and fellow soldier, Alfred M. Percival of Milan, Ohio.
This revelation surfaced last summer when Al Percival Jr. of Berlin Heights, Ohio made contact with Joan Bizzak of Kane. Bradybaugh was her uncle.
Local author John Schlimm has tapped a new market with his latest cookbook "The Tipsy Vegan", 75 Boozy Recipes to Turn Every Bite into Happy Hour, which showcases plant-based recipes using an array of wine, beer and vodka as key ingredients.