June 18th, 2015
RIDGWAY â€“ The Pennsy Bridge in Ridgway has collapsed. Motorists are urged to avoid the area. It appears the foundation has failed. Early reports indicate that there is at least one person with injuries.
The St. Marys Area School District will be transitioning the management of their cafeterias over to The Nutrition Group, a food and facility management company based in Irwin. This move is an effort to recoup $221,000 the district has lost over the past three years with its cafeteria service. The company is projecting the district will earn $19,792 next year. The one-year contract is slated to begin July 1 and includes the option of four renewals.
UNIVERSITY PARK â€” STATE CHAMPS.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader softball team captured the 2015 PIAA Class A Softball championship Friday afternoon at Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park on the campus of Penn State University by defeating the Conemaugh Valley Lady Blue Jays 7-0.
A bloop single to left field by St. Marys' Dan Stauffer scored Tim Beimel from third base as the St. Marys Legion baseball squad edged the Bradford Legion 2-1 Tuesday night at Berwind Park.
RIDGWAY â€“ Elk County Commissioner Dan Freeburg provided a brief update on the status of the Deckerâ€™s Chapel project in St. Marys during a board meeting Tuesday morning in Ridgway.
Due to issues with poor drainage, the structureâ€™s foundation has begun to crumble, forcing necessary renovations.
A strong outpouring of support has allowed officials to dive into fundraising efforts. The result will be a massive landscaping facelift in addition to renovations to the chapel building and its foundation.
The Elk County Community Foundation (ECCF) awarded a total of 129 scholarships to graduating area high school seniors totaling $173,300 for the school year.
"The young adults that are receiving these scholarships are the future of this community," said Paula Fritz Eddy, ECCF executive director. "Donors who have established these scholarships are contributing to our future leaders."
RIDGWAY â€“ As part of the countyâ€™s Act 13 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee distribution, the Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday announced the winners of two $5,000 scholarships for students attending college or trade school for oil and gas industry studies.
â€śAs commissioners we get to perform some pleasant tasks and with the Act 13 funds from Marcellus Shale, itâ€™s been our honor to give two $5,000 scholarships each year to students who are going to study in the gas and oil field,â€ť said Elk County Commissioner Jan Kemmer.
RIDGWAY TWP. â€“ Following a scheduled public hearing Tuesday, the Ridgway Township Supervisors approved the adoption of an oil and gas ordinance with a 2-1 vote.
The decision ends a nearly six-month process that the supervisors began in January to add regulations for the oil and gas industry within the township's zoning ordinance, which was originally adopted in 1981.
St. Marys interim co-City Manager Tim Brennen provided information and updates on road projects in the downtown St. Marys area during a meeting Monday night.
St. Marys City Councilman Gary Anderson inquired about the condition and the repair of a portion of state Route 255 located in downtown St. Marys in front of the Boys and Girls Club, situated adjacent to the railroad tracks. A small section of the road was washed away during a June 5 rainstorm. There is currently a large steel plate covering the damaged portion of the road.