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December 15th

Kersey couple jailed for bath salts charges

December 15, 2014

KERSEY – A Kersey couple became the latest in a growing line of arrests made by the North Central Municipal Drug Force.
Michael Todd Bizzak, 44, and Cynthia Marie Bizzak, 49, of 491 Main St., Kersey, were taken into custody on Dec. 9 when a search warrant was served on their home. Items seized included approximately $3,000 in cash, over 138 grams of suspected alpha-PVP (the drug commonly known as bath salts), numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia, packing materials and electronic devices typically used to order bath salts.

December 14th

Holiday wreaths honor deceased veterans

December 14, 2014

Despite the cold and gloomy weather conditions Saturday morning, a group of area residents that included girl scouts and members of Elk County Catholic High School's Future Business Leaders of America Chapter gathered at the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery to take part in the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony, which got underway at 12 p.m.
According to Dolly Wehler, who helps coordinate the annual event, roughly 420 holiday wreaths were being placed on veterans' graves this year.

District approves substitute teacher pay increase

December 14, 2014

Substitute teachers at St. Marys Area School District will now receive a rate of $100 per day, effective Jan. 1, 2015.
The SMASD board of directors also voted to reinstate a bonus of $500 for every 30 days of substitute teaching during the school year.
In addition, SMAHS Assistant High School Principal Joseph Schlimm will be moved from a 10-month to a 12-month administrator effective after Jan. 1, 2015. Salary and benefits are to be prorated for the remainder of the 2014-15 school year.

Candle vigil remembers world's lost children

December 14, 2014

RIDGWAY – "The biggest fear we have is that we won't be remembered."
Leslie Neal spoke those words during Sunday's candle lighting ceremony that she helped organize in an attempt to make sure that the area's deceased children will not be forgotten.
Last year, Neal, who lost her 16-year-old son in 2011, started a local candle lighting ceremony in Ridgway along with Elk County Commissioner Jan Kemmer to remember the area's children who died at a young age, much like her son.

December 12th

Surra to head Fish and Game review team

December 13, 2014

It was recently announced that Governor-Elect Tom Wolf selected a variety of individuals from across the state to head transition review teams that will be tasked with examining various agencies, policies, and issues in an effort to aid him in starting off his first term as governor as effectively as possible. Among those individuals was Kersey resident Dan Surra, who will head the Fish and Game review team.

Jury: Weidow guilty in vehicular homicide

December 12, 2014

By Jim Meyer
Staff Writer

RIDGWAY – A jury found Brandon Michael Weidow guilty of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and related offenses for his involvement in the 2012 one-vehicle crash that claimed the life of Savannah Straub.

VIDEO OF THE DAY Babies Discovering Things For The First Time

December 12, 2014

VIDEO OF THE DAY Babies Discovering Things For The First Time

December 11th

Emergency personnel have busy day

December 11, 2014

Area emergency personnel had a busy day Thursday with multiple calls ranging from traffic accidents to icy roadways.
State Route 255 was first temporarily closed shortly after 10 a.m. due to a truck blocking the roadway, according to scanner reports. Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) was called out near SR 255's intersection with West Joseph Road in St. Marys. The roadway was later reopened.

Policy review continues by school board

December 11, 2014

Recently the St. Marys Area School District board of directors discussed several items at their meeting including letters of agreement for educational service entities, review of district policies and general school affairs.
Fox Township Elementary School Principal Noel Petrosky presented the board with a $10,000 check from the Stackpole Hall Foundation which is to be used to purchase supplemental equipment for the school's new playground.

RATA contract made public

December 11, 2014

RIDGWAY – The Ridgway Area School District has released the recently approved contract with the Ridgway Area Teachers Association, a contract that includes a $500 one-time signing bonus, but no retroactive pay raises.
The school board voted to approve the contract during a special meeting Wednesday, and board president Lisa Connelly said that the contract would be available after the two sides had signed the agreement.

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