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June 23rd, 2014

Man charged with threatening DA

June 23, 2014

A Brookville man is charged with felony counts of criminal use of a communication facility and "threats and other improper influence in official and political matters" for allegedly contacting Elk County District Attorney Shawn McMahon by telephone and making homicidal threats.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Christopher Raymond Thomas, 41, of Brookville was upset about an arson conviction from January 2009. He made several calls and left messages on the office phone of the Elk County District Attorney's office on June 17.

Chamber nears its fireworks funding goal

June 23, 2014

The St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce is closing in on their $18,000 firework fundraising goal. To date they have $4,000 yet to raise before the July 3 St. Marys Independence Day Celebration.
"We're having a great year for fundraising. The community's been very supportive," said Ashley O'Dell, Chamber outreach coordinator.
O'Dell emphasized the Chamber is happily accepting any amount of donations from individuals, family, businesses and industry. Those donations may be dropped off at the Chamber office, mailed in or picked up by O'Dell.

Former St. Marys teacher to be honored at Art in the Wilds

June 23, 2014

The 2014 Art in the Wilds (AIW) Committee is honoring one of its own for his distinguished art career and a lifetime of achievement as a master potter, art teacher and advocate for artists of the visual arts.
This Saturday, June 28 at the eighth annual AIW fine arts show in Evergreen Park in Kane, the AIW Committee will recognize and celebrate John Bloomquist’s career as an artist and art teacher, and, one who has had an incalculable impact on art and artists in our region and beyond.

June 22nd

New demolition project addresses blighted structures

June 22, 2014

The city approved funding for a new demolition project of two blighted structures, a house at 213 N. Michael St. and the Grange building at 219 N. Michael St.
Funding for the project, in the amount of $9,500, is being utilized from the city's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is federal grant funding.
Ann Bolden, owner of Bold Looks and Bolden Apartments, has purchased the structures situated next to her business with plans to demolish them leaving one site vacant which she plans to utilize as parking and constructing a duplex on the other lot.

Large turnout for Smoke on the Mountain

June 22, 2014

KERSEY – A large crowd came out to support the Smoke on the Mountain BBQ cook-off held over the weekend at the Fox Township Volunteer Fire Department in Kersey.
The cook-off began at 11 a.m. and Saturday afternoon featured a talent show featuring local youth.
In the 16-and-over age group, Jake Burns took first place.
In the 10-15-year-old age group, Lexi Catalone took first place, Jacob Mosier took second place, and Abby Mosier and Lainee Swanson tied for third place.

Crash on Bucktail Road

June 22, 2014

Members of Crystal Fire Department, St. Marys Ambulance, St. Marys Police and fire police responded Sunday evening to a one-vehicle crash on Bucktail Road. Unconfirmed reports indicate a vehicle was traveling westbound toward St. Marys before reportedly running off the roadway and into a ditch. The call came in shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday. The accident happened near Vollmer Road.

Highland Twp. picnic for clean water held Saturday

June 22, 2014

JAMES CITY – Nearly 100 people attended Saturday’s “Highland Township residents fight for clean water picnic,” according to one of the event organizers, Marsha Buhl.
Buhl, a James City resident and member of an organization entitled “Highland Township Citizens Advocating a Clean Healthy Environment” (CACHE), collected the names and addresses of most of those in attendance throughout the four hour event held at the fire hall in James City.

June 20th

Police pursue grants for staffing, equipment

June 20, 2014

The City of St. Marys Police Department was approved to apply for two grants which would update equipment and help fund a new officer position.
An application was approved for the COPS Hiring Grant Program, administered through the U.S. Department of Justice, which would provide $125,000 over a three-year timeframe. This funding covers the $42,000 base salary for a new officer, however the city is responsible for benefit and retirement costs.

June 19th

Early intervention program plans continue

June 20, 2014

St. Marys City Council continues working toward its Early Intervention Program as they unanimously voted to award the project proposal.
The program helps municipalities develop comprehensive multi-year financial plans and establish short- and long-term financial objectives after reviewing the city's various departments, finances and inner workings of the city government.

Various budget related items approved

June 20, 2014

With the passing of the 2014-15 St. Marys Area School District budget, several items were approved by the school board in conjunction with the budget.
They included the Retirement Reserve Fund budget with expenditures of $449,684. The fund budget is based on budgeted salaries of $11,178,623 for the 2013-14 fiscal year and an increase of 4.47 percent in the employer retirement contribution rate for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

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