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June 12th, 2015

ECC softball team receives sendoff to state championship

June 12, 2015

The Elk County Catholic High School girls softball team received a warm sendoff Friday morning as they departed for the state championship game taking place at 3 p.m. at Penn State University's Nittany Lion Softball Park where they will take on Conemaugh Valley. A sizable crowd of parents, fellow students, teachers, staff and community members gathered at the school around 11 a.m. to wish the team good luck.

June 11th

Sheriff responds to audit findings

June 11, 2015

RIDGWAY – Elk County Sheriff Theresa Merritt on Thursday morning responded to a published report concerning the county’s annual internal audit which cited "serious issues" with her department.
The sheriff was unavailable for comment Wednesday as Merritt was in Monroeville for sheriff’s continuing education training.
According to the audit report signed by Elk County Auditors Elizabeth A. Mader, also serving as chairperson, and fellow auditors Karen R. Gies and Jerry W. Goetz, the auditors "get no cooperation from the sheriff to resolve the many issues in that office."

SMAHS swim co-op approved with Ridgway

June 11, 2015

A cooperative sport agreement was approved by the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors for the high school swimming program between SMAHS and the Ridgway Area School District.
The cost per participant is $525. Terry Straub, SMAHS student activities director, determined the cost and said this amount relates to the cost of what it would be to run the swim program including such expenses as officials, game management, swimsuits, and more. There is an amount set aside for Straub's salary and benefits as well as for his secretary and all the coaches.

Lady Crusaders are seeing hard work pay off

June 11, 2015

For the second year in a row, Elk County Catholic High School sports fans will be flocking to State College today to watch one of the school's teams compete for a state championship.

June 10th

Martin sentenced to life in prison

June 10, 2015

RIDGWAY – Convicted murderer Nicholas Martin was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday at the Elk County Courthouse after a jury of his peers found him guilty of the 2013 killing of his then girlfriend Alyssa Forsyth.
The sentence was expected; Martin's conviction of first-degree murder carried with it a mandatory life sentence.
President Judge Richard A. Masson had no choice in sentencing Martin to life in prison, but he added that the court had no reluctance to imposing the sentence of life in prison.

Auditors question sheriff's dept. on 'serious issues'

June 10, 2015

RIDGWAY – Elk County auditors on Wednesday released their internal audit for fiscal year 2014 for the county.
In addition to their combined statement of revenues, expenditures and changes in fund balance, the auditors also released "audit findings" which cites "serious issues" with the Elk County Sheriff's Department.
According to the audit report signed by Elk County Auditors Elizabeth A. Mader, also serving as chairperson, and fellow auditors Karen R. Gies and Jerry W. Goetz, the auditors "get no cooperation from the sheriff to resolve the many issues in that office."

BV students let their hero out during Field Day

June 10, 2015

Bennetts Valley Elementary students recently channeled their inner superhero during their school's annual Field Day where they had the opportunity to sport their favorite superhero attire, and choose a superhero name and superpowers.
"We are excited for our students to practice their superhero skills for the day," said Shannon Eckels, Bennetts Valley Elementary physical education teacher and event organizer.
Their Field Day is typically held near the end of the school year.

Martin receives life sentence

June 10, 2015

RIDGWAY – Nicholas Martin, 24, was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder approximately two months ago in the 2013 stabbing death of his then girlfriend, Alyssa Forsyth.
The life sentence was expected to be handed down by President Judge Richard A. Masson as state law mandates a life sentence for first-degree murder convictions.
Despite not having any control to change the sentence, Masson said that the court had no reluctance to sentencing Martin to a life sentence.

June 9th

SMASD approves 2015-16 budget with no tax increase

June 9, 2015

The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors unanimously approved a $26.78 million budget for the 2015-16 school year on Monday evening during their regular meeting.
Once again there is no tax increase in this year's budget as previously announced by the school board in April when they released their preliminary spending plan.
The budget includes the following tax levies, all of which are standard as in past years: 32.35 mills on real estate, 63.6 mills on assessed value of oil, gas and minerals, and 1,450 on occupational assessment.

Community Nurses' Used Book Sale starts Thursday

June 9, 2015

KERSEY – The Community Nurses, Inc. of Penn Highlands Elk will be holding their 2015 Used Book Sale Thursday through Sunday in the St. Boniface School cafeteria in Kersey.

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