January 14th, 2015
A Wednesday morning fire that destroyed a Taft Road residence in St. Marys has been ruled accidental with no suspicious circumstances suspected.
The Crystal Fire Department was dispatched around 10:33 a.m. on Wednesday for a reported chimney fire at 162 Taft Rd., however upon arriving at the scene they encountered a fully engulfed two-story wood frame structure. In addition, heavy smoke could be scene from the road.
CFD Chief Bill Kraus said the home is a total loss with damage estimated at $250,000.
During their recent meeting the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved a resolution indicating there will be no increase in the real estate tax for 2015-16 school year by more than the index amount of 2.4 percent set by the Department of Education for the district
The index is valued at approximately three-fourths of a mill.
Superintendent Brian Toth said he does not anticipate there to be a tax increase.
JAMES CITY â€“ The Highland Township Board of Supervisors is exploring a plan to adopt a "home rule" charter to fight a proposed Seneca Resources "injection well."
If adopted by voters, the charter would guide most municipal affairs in place of state law.
The Community Environmental Defense Fund (CELDF) contends the township could better fight Seneca through a "home rule" charter.
Highland Supervisors Jim Wolfe, Joe Milstead and Paul Burton Sr. discussed the "home rule" concept Wednesday at their meeting at the township building in James City.
No action was taken.Â
Doris A. Paar, 85, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Doris was born Dec. 30, 1928 in Daguscahonda, daughter of Jacob and Ann (Bosnik) Paar.
After graduating from Central Catholic High School, she was employed by Stackpole Carbon Company in St. Marys until 1962. She then moved to Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and retired from Civil Service at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
Doris was a lifelong member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Court 95, in St. Marys.
She is survived by brother, Anthony (Linda) Paar; and a sister, Patricia Eckert.
Cloy O. Rhines, 84, of 110 Lecker Rd., St. Marys, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at his home.
He was born June 12, 1930 in Hallton, a son of the late Ralph and Frances Simmerline Rhines.
He married Beverly Bankovic Rhines at Queen of the World Church, she survives.
Ardith Pauline (Trumbull) Johnson, 89, of Toby, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 in Greensburg where she had relocated to be closer to her son Doug following a debilitating illness.
Ardith was born May 26, 1925 in Brandy Camp, daughter of the late Donald and Elizabeth (Jefferson) Trumbull.
A structure fire broke out Wednesday morning shortly after 10:30 a.m. at 162 Taft Rd. in St. Marys. Multiple units from St. Marys and Johnsonburg responded to the fire. Preliminary reports list Fox Township and Ridgway on standby as well.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders stayed unbeaten on the season with a 52-25 victory over the Curwensville Golden Tide Tuesday night at the ECCHS gym.
The St. Marys Area Dutch wrestling team picked up another win on Tuesday evening as they defeated the Smethport Hubbers 51-18 in a dual meet at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
Â The St. Marys Area competition cheerleading squad placed third out of 11 teams at the third annual District 9 Competitive Spirit Championships on Saturday afternoon at the DuBois Area High School, advancing to the PIAA Competitive Spirit Championships for the third consecutive season.