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June 12th, 2015

Beagley settles in as new publisher

June 13, 2015

Harlan J. Beagley has been named the new publisher of The Daily Press, Ridgway Record and Kane Republican under Horizon Publications, Inc.
Beagley has extensive experience in print media having served previously as business and operations manager at the Killeen Daily Herald in Fort Hood, Texas, and the Copperas Cove Herald in central Texas.
He previously served as group publisher in central Washington state where he worked nearly all management positions at the Columbia Basin Herald, a daily publication, and the Royal Register, a weekly publication.

District approves personnel items

June 13, 2015

Among the latest personnel changes approved by the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors are new hires of school drivers, support personnel, awarding of numerous supplemental contracts, a resignation, leaves of absences and transfer of support personnel.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151, child abuse history background check, and Act 34, Pa. criminal history record, clearance documentation and pre-employment drug testing if applicable.

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.

Lady Crusaders to play for PIAA Class A Championship

June 10, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK — The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders will be playing for the PIAA Class A Softball Championship Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Nittany Lion Softball Park at Penn State.
The Lady Crusaders didn't use a walk-off this time but they came up with a 2-1 victory over the Cochranton Cardinals Tuesday at Slippery Rock University.

St. Marys Legion's Dan Stauffer slides into third base during the Region 8 Tournament.
The St. Marys junior baseball all-star team advanced to the final of the winner's bracket with a 13...
The second-seeded St. Marys Legion baseball team opened the Elk County League playoffs on Wednesday...
Jeffrey Scott Buck Jr., an 18-year-old volunteer firefighter with Lawrence Township Fire Company,...