June 11th, 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.
RIDGWAY â€“ 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.
RIDGWAY â€“Â 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."
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.
SLIPPERY ROCK â€”Â 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.
RIDGWAY â€“ 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.
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.
KERSEY â€“Â 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.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ According to Johnsonburg Borough Police Department Officer-In-Charge John Clopp, Jason P. McCandless, 40, of Dagus Mines, was arrested in Johnsonburg on Monday following an incident on Powers Avenue.
According to Clopp, the incident started as McCandless was allegedly driving recklessly on Powers Avenue in Johnsonburg when he hit a curb with the right front of his vehicle.
After hitting the curb, McCandless allegedly exited his vehicle and assaulted another citizen that was on the scene, Clopp said.
Several projects for the St. Marys Area School District were approved by the board of school directors on Monday evening. The 17 projects are being funded with proceeds from the new $9.995 million bond the district approved in March. The cost of all the projects total $5.65 million.