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Highway beautification project in the works

September 22, 2014

Since the inception of the state Route 255 construction project, many St. Marys residents have voiced their dissent about the removal of trees along the highway, however, a new project is in the works to beautify South St. Marys Street to its former glory.
Elk County Catholic High School's Future Business Leaders of America have embarked on the South St. Marys Street Beautification Project which was presented to City Council during their Monday evening meeting.

Luminary service to shed light on addiction

September 22, 2014

A luminary/prayer service will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 on the Diamond in St. Marys to educate the public on the dangers of addiction.
The event, organized by Patty Greene of Kersey, was inspired by her late son, Daniel Titchner, who died May 18.
Speakers include St. Marys Mayor Bob Howard, Pastor Tim Hoover from First United Methodist Church, Greene, Elk County District Attorney Shawn McMahon, Alcohol & Drug Services Executive Director Heidi Stahlnecker, an anonymous recovering addict, St. Marys Police officer Anthony Pistner, and Father Ross Miceli.

Rocco to join Ridgway Area School District Oct. 27

September 22, 2014

RIDGWAY – Robert Rocco, the current principal at the Brookville High School, is set to officially join the Ridgway Area School District as the superintendent on Oct. 27.
Rocco was hired as the new superintendent during a Sept. 13 RASD school board meeting, but the process to finalize his hiring and leave his current position delayed his start until late October.
Currently, he is in his 31st year serving within the education field, and he will join the RASD as a first-time superintendent.

VIDEO: Steelers pick Panthers defense apart

September 22, 2014

VIDEO: Steelers pick Panthers defense apart
Kirk Morrison on the Steelers' win over the Panthers.

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MS support group offers comfort, education

September 21, 2014

Those suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, more often referred to as MS, may take some comfort in having the opportunity to attend a new monthly support group where they may seek advice, solace and share experiences.
The group meets during the last Wednesday of each month from 6-7 p.m. at the St. Marys Area Middle School. The site is handicap accessible. Their next meeting is taking place on Wednesday, Sept. 24.
In addition to those diagnosed with MS, the group is also open to caregivers and families.

Over 60 years later, Turner at rest

September 20, 2014

GROVE TWP. – It was a bittersweet day Saturday as family members, friends, dignitaries and military members paid their respects to U.S. Air Force First Lieutenant William "Bill" Turner.
Turner, who grew up in Cameron and Potter counties, died Nov. 22, 1952 at just 24 years old when the C-124 Globemaster plane that he was traveling in crashed into Mount Gannet in the Chugach Mountains of Alaska.
Severe weather at the time prevented any search from being executed until three days after the crash; aircraft and seas vessels searched for three days before plane wreckage was found Nov. 28, 1952.

Crystal Fire Dept. honored with Fall Fest award

September 19, 2014

The Bavarian Fall Festival committee honored the Crystal Fire Department with a Community Appreciation Award during the event's opening ceremony held Friday evening.
The ceremony, which serves as the official kickoff to the festival, was hosted by emcee John Salter and began with the pledge of allegiance and a prayer offered by Fr. Richard Allen, pastor of Queen of the World Parish.

Kopp opening new health food business

September 19, 2014

New Horizons Healthy Foods, owned by LeRoy Kopp of St. Marys, will officially open its doors Monday, providing area residents with a location to purchase items such as smoothies, coffee, burritos and stir fry while also having a wide range of specialty products such as gluten free items, spices, and natural supplements in stock.
The mission statement of the business, according to Kopp, is "to provide reasonably priced, tasty, healthy, and nutritious food in a friendly atmosphere."

2014 SMAHS homecoming queen crowned

September 19, 2014

Holly Shields was named the 2014 St. Marys Area High School homecoming queen during a ceremony held at halftime of the varsity football game between the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen and Keystone Panthers on Friday night at Dutch Country Stadium. Shields was escorted by Shawn Anders. Olivia Pollino was the first runner-up, and she was escorted by Mike Wolfel. Pictured, from left, are Wolfel, Pollino, Shields, and Anders.

Two more charged in heroin sting

September 18, 2014

Two more local residents have been charged in connection with the heroin trafficking bust that occurred Monday at 131 Hemlock Rd.
Aaron Christopher Johnson, 27, of 160 Country Ln., Kersey, and Kayla Ann Gillen, 24, of 122 Bennett Rd., St. Marys, were incarcerated at Elk County Prison Wednesday. They each face felony charges related to the sale and distribution of heroin.

Bow Glow 5K highlights fight against cancer

September 18, 2014

St. Marys will be set aglow next Friday evening as part of the annual Let Your Bow Glow 5K race/walk sponsored by St. Marys Pharmacy Home Medical and Penn Highlands Elk.
The festive party atmosphere at the St. Marys Eagles Club on Trout Run Road will feature a local celebrity DJ, music, hula hoop dancers, a sky lantern release, splatt tent and more.
"Everyone is welcome, young and old. Cancer doesn't discriminate and neither does this race," said Barb Schatz, event coordinator.

Jay Twp. awaits answers from EQT

September 18, 2014

JAY TWP. – Thursday night's Jay Township Supervisors meeting was a full house as many residents showed up expecting EQT representatives to be attendance.
EQT representatives were expected to address concerns about a well to be drilled near Byrnes Run, which many residents say is too close to the watershed. Supervisor board chairman Jeremy Rippey said that he received an 'out-sick' letter on behalf of the EQT representative that was supposed to be present.

ATVs becoming nuisance in Jay Twp.

September 18, 2014

JAY TWP. – Various residents voiced concerns at the Jay Township Supervisors meeting over noise and environmental issues with increased ATV activity in the area.
Neighbors said that a piece of property that was recently purchased in the Caledonia area has become a free-for-all on weekends, with large groups of people camping with dirt bikes and four wheelers.

PSP Ridgway offers car seat check

September 18, 2014

RIDGWAY – The Ridgway State Police offered a free car seat check on Thursday from 1 p.m to 7:30 p.m. to citizens who were concerned about the installation of child car seats within their vehicles.
This seat check was held at the PennDOT garage, and Morris said that the event lasted for over six hours to make sure that the troopers were there long enough to allow people ample time to go get their seats checked.
This seat check was one of several within the area that are being held in conjunction with the National Child Passenger Safety Week.

SMAHS Homecoming Court 2014

September 18, 2014

Shown in the front row from left to right are the 2014 SMAHS Homecoming Queen candidates, shown seated from left to right are, Sierra Ginther, Holly Shields, Andria Copelli, Morgan Gleixner, Olivia Pollino, Jackie Lenze and Marlea Winslow. Their escorts, shown standing from left to right, are Shawn Sheeley, Shawn Anders, Ryan Miller, Justin Eckert, Mike Wolfel, Derek Taylor, and Zachary Whelpley.

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