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April 8th, 2015
Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Tim Pearson said he hopes renovations to the basement of City Hall are completed in May.
The renovations would allow the area to be used as an Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in case of any major incidents that occur in St. Marys such as natural disasters, acts of terrorism, biological incidents or large scale events.
One hundred fifty years ago today marked the surrender of General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, and while celebrations and reenactments have been taking place in honor of that occasion, as well as other key moments from throughout the Civil War, there were several people with ties to St. Marys who experienced those events firsthand.
According to local historian Ray Beimel, there were at least 105 people with ties to the community who served in the Civil War.
A blood drive scheduled to be held by the American Red Cross at the Moose Club Lodge along Erie Avenue Wednesday got underway several hours behind schedule due to an issue that necessitated equipment being sent to the site from the Red Cross facility in Buffalo, N.Y.
According to Tracey Wood, American Red Cross account manager for Elk, McKean, Cameron, Potter, and southern Cattaraugus County in New York, the blood drive, which was scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., was only able to get underway around 12:30 p.m. It continued until 4 p.m., its normally scheduled conclusion.
RIDGWAY â€“ A Homestead man pleaded guilty before Judge Richard A. Masson Monday afternoon for charges related to a September 2014 heroin trafficking bust.
Justin Westin, 26, of Homestead, pleaded guilty to the felony charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He was sentenced to one to five years of incarceration in state prison. As Westin had no prior record score, he is eligible for the recidivism risk reduction incentive, which means he could be paroled after nine months.
Forming a fully operational parking authority for 2016 was proposed by councilman Ned Jacob during Monday evening's St. Marys City Council work session.
The new parking authority would be different from past parking authorities as it would allocate revenue received from metered parking, permits and parking violations, which is currently placed into the city's general fund.
RIDGWAY â€“Â After reaching out to county officials Tuesday morning regarding the well-documented foundation issues with Decker's Chapel in St. Marys, progress appears to have been made after a followup afternoon meeting at the site.
Elk County Commissioner Dan Freeburg met with Charlie Steger, a contractor who runs a local masonry company with extensive expertise in historical masonry.
RIDGWAY â€“Â Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday morning passed out another round of Act 13 grants to local municipalities, county offices, and area groups.
The commissioners last year established a grant program to redistribute a portion of their allocation of the Act 13 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee for local projects.
RIDGWAY â€“ The battle against the lack of fair taxes on state-owned forest and game lands continues to gain traction as the Pennsylvania State Land Tax Fairness Coalition pushes the issues to the forefront.
Elk County government officials last month pledged their support and unveiled a detailed map illustrating the amount of tax-exempt land within the county.
Reports indicate just 23 percent of the land in Elk County is generating local taxes at market value.
On Tuesday, officials reiterated their support pledge and discussed recent headway regarding the issues.
FOX TWP. â€“ Two St. Marys women have been charged in an alleged robbery that occurred March 28 around 10 p.m. in the Fox Township Walmart parking lot.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Debra Ann Penfield, 52, and Phoebe Ann King, 37, are charged with taking items from Megan Kathleen Emerick as she sat in her vehicle outside the store.
Emerick reportedly told police that Penfield entered the vehicle and demanded $245 that Emerick owed her. When Emerick said she didn't have any money, Penfield allegedly took a cellphone and was attempting to take Emerick's purse.
On Monday evening, St. Marys City Council unanimously approved to pledge their support and resources to the Decker's Chapel repair project.
Mary Kalinowski, executive director of the Elk County Historical Society, spoke to council about the status of Decker's Chapel located along the Million Dollar Highway in St. Marys. The 159-year-old landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as of 1998.