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New acts being featured at fair

August 1, 2014

New acts featuring an up and coming country singer, an automotive stunt show and a one-man sideshow are all slated to perform at the upcoming Elk County Fair which kicks off Tuesday afternoon.
"We try things three years to see if it pans out," said Elk County Fair President Ann Distler.
The Black Cat Hell Drivers, touted as America's number one traveling automotive stunt show, will host a 70-minute show mixing danger and comedy along with a thrill show clown.

Elk County Fair celebrates 40th anniversary

July 31, 2014

KERSEY – "Treasure the Memories" at the 2014 Elk County Fair takes place Aug. 5-9 as new entertainment will grace the fairgrounds along with old favorites.
Among the new faces around the fair will be the young country crooner Coston Cross, David Darwin - One Man Sideshow, Black Cat Hell Drivers, Buffalo Beals Petting Zoo and Buttons the Clown, a Ridgway native.
The fair will open Tuesday at 4 p.m. with the opening ceremony set for 6 p.m. Fair hours for the week are from 4-10 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 11 p.m.

Circus set for Aug. 13 at Kaulmont Park

July 31, 2014

An event many adults may remember from their own childhoods is set to return to St. Marys later this month. Walker International Events, Inc. will be on hand at Kaulmont Park on Wednesday, Aug. 13 for a pair of 90-minute performances of their "Under The Big Top Circus Circus And More Circus." There will also be a midway, petting zoo, and camel and pony rides. The family-friendly event promises "lots of laughs" and will be held rain or shine.

Couple arrested in bath salts bust

July 31, 2014

RIDGWAY – Two Ridgway residents were arrested on felony charges of selling and possessing alpha-PVP, the drug commonly known as "bath salts."
Justin Anthony Dalton, 23, and Ann Marie Dalton, 19, both of 318 N. Broad St., Apt. 3, Ridgway, were recently incarcerated as a result of an investigation that began in January.

K9 Copper makes drug bust

July 31, 2014

A St. Marys couple is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia as a result of a suspicious vehicle stop on Lafayette Street on July 13.
After deploying the drug detection K9, K9 Copper, on the vehicle, Richard Alan Poage, 39, and Barbie Jo Poage, 38, both of St. Marys, were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Johnsonburg woman charged with forgery

July 31, 2014

A Johnsonburg woman is charged with forgery and theft by deception for allegedly receiving and cashing a $300 check that belonged to someone else.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Tammy Dee Lytle, 43, of Johnsonburg, cashed a check that was addressed to the previous occupant of her apartment.

Republicans host annual gathering

July 30, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – The Elk County Republican Party hosted their annual summer gathering on Wednesday evening at the Johnsonburg Fire Hall.
Numerous guest speakers were on hand including state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield), Matt Blackburn, western Pa. director for U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, Joyce Haas, vice-chairperson of the Republican Party of Pa., and Brent Pasquinelli of Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson's office.
Also in attendance was Mike Scott, central regional director for the Republican Party of Pa.

Issues with intersection cause red lights

July 29, 2014

As the state Route 255 construction project continues, inquiries have been made regarding the newly reconstructed Arch Street intersection. The new layout includes an alignment of the West Arch intersection with East Arch Street. Due to this, a curve was created at the entrance of West Arch.
St. Marys City Councilman Greg Gebauer voiced his concern stating a fire truck would not make the turn if positioned in the right turn lane traveling south. Gebauer is a volunteer with the Crystal Fire Department.

Park Day draws 150 participants

July 29, 2014

It may have been chilly and overcast on Tuesday morning, but that did not deter roughly 150 area youngsters between the ages of four and 15 from turning out for Benzinger Park's annual Park Day. This marked the 37th year for the event, which got underway at 10 a.m. and continued through the early afternoon.
"We're really pleased with the turnout," said Benzinger Park Director John Schneider. "It (150) is a good number just to keep the events moving and keep the kids interested and involved."

St. Marys man sentenced in child pornography case

July 28, 2014

RIDGWAY – A St. Marys man was sentenced Monday for charges involving over 311 images of child pornography found on his computer.
Donald Henry Blessel, 36, was sentenced to nine to 24 months, less one day, of incarceration in Elk County Prison and three years of probation for the felony offenses of sexual abuse of children and possession of child pornography, both to which he pleaded guilty on March 14. He maintains the possibility of work release as the sexual offender assessment determined that he isn't a sexually violent predator and there was no identifiable victim in this case.

Conservation District discusses new and old projects

July 28, 2014

RIDGWAY – The Elk County Conservation District held its regular monthly meeting on Monday to discuss the creation and continuation of several projects, a search for a new employee and the new state budget. Among the projects that were discussed at the meeting were continuing assistance in flood cleanup, a West Creek Wetland project and a dirt and gravel road program. The West Creek Wetland project is currently waiting on a reconstruction estimate that should be received by this Wednesday at the latest, while both of the other projects have been underway and will continue.

Library program promotes early reading

July 28, 2014

Reading 1,000 books may sound like a daunting task, especially when those books are being read to youngsters with short attention spans. However, the St. Marys Public Library is encouraging parents to do just that through their new 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, which is being implemented this fall.

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July 28, 2014

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New committee focused on emergency management

July 27, 2014

The recently formed St. Marys Emergency Management Committee is looking to work closely with the city and local emergency services in becoming more prepared to aid residents in times of emergencies and natural disasters.
"We want to get St. Marys to the point where we're self-sufficient. Where we can handle most incidents that occur within the city," said Councilman Greg Gebauer.
According to Gebauer, the formation of the committee was prompted by the May flooding disaster and having to work with various emergency services within the community.

Color for a Cause 5K a success

July 27, 2014

Memorial Park staff held their first annual Color for a Cause 5K run/walk to raise money for the HPS Network on Saturday morning, and the event exceeded expectations in terms of attendance and money raised.
According to Memorial Park staff member Laura Buchheit, who coordinated the event, nearly 250 people preregistered for the race and roughly another 50 showed up to register the morning of the event.
"I thought we would have way less people, but it made it more fun that we had more people," Buchheit said.

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