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Policies updated for county repository

April 15, 2014

RIDGWAY – The Elk County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday reviewed their new policies regarding the sale of properties from the repository.

Personnel changes questioned by board members

April 15, 2014

With recent personnel changes in the St. Marys Area School District, some school board members have voiced their opposition despite the approval of the items.
On Monday the board approved the transfer of Christine Kuhar, current principal at Bennetts Valley and Fox Township elementary schools, as the principal of South St. Marys Street Elementary which is being vacated by Robert Grumley who is set to retire at the end of the 2014 school year.

Court date is delayed for driver in 6-fatality crash 

April 15, 2014

SMETHPORT – A change has been made in the next court date for a Kane woman charged in connection with a horrific six-fatality crash Aug. 31.
Kathleen S. "Kathy" Douglas, 37, had been scheduled to appear Thursday in McKean County Court in Smethport to enter a plea in the case,
Her last day for a plea has been delayed until Friday, April 25 at 9:30 a.m. before Senior Judge William F. Morgan, according to court documents. The records also list that date and time for a "status conference" before Judge Morgan.

Departments respond to Hilltop fire

April 15, 2014

JAY TWP. – Multiple fire departments responded Tuesday evening for a report of a structure fire at Rose's Hilltop Diner located at 24716 Bennetts Valley Highway.

Projects slated for elementary and high schools

April 14, 2014

mong the two building projects bids approved was the Kelly Gym renovation at South St. Marys Street Elementary and new carpeting in the St. Marys Area High School Carpin Auditorium.
The gym project bid was submitted by Fred L. Burns, Inc. in Shippenville in the amount of $285,000.
It entails replacing all the windows and frames, floor repair, painting of gym, new ceiling and wall pads, installation of standards for sleeves to set up volleyball and tennis nets, electric motors to raise and lower the side basketball nets, replacement of new glass blocks due to water damage.

District approves personnel matters

April 14, 2014

Among the latest personnel changes approved by the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors are new hires of support personnel, homebound teachers and a bus driver, awarding of numerous supplemental contracts, resignations, leaves of absences and transfer of support personnel.
Bradley Morgan of Kersey was hired, upon court approval, as a school police officer at a rate of $16.25/hour. Morgan has 60 college credits and is Act 120 certified as well as being a certified New Jersey police officer.

Kersey woman charged in GameCube assault

April 14, 2014

A Kersey woman is charged with assaulting a man with a Nintendo GameCube Friday evening.
According to a police report, Ashley Himes, 34, of 118 Lovers Ln., Kersey, struck Exper J. Fox III in the head with a GameCube during an argument at their shared apartment on Windfall Road.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, a police officer was dispatched to Penn Highlands Elk to meet with Fox, who said he had been assaulted. The officer met with Fox in the hospital parking lot where the officer observed skin and tissue hanging from Fox's left ear.

Craft beer event to benefit United Way

April 13, 2014

St. Marys Area United Way has teamed up with local home brewers and area distributors as part of its inaugural craft beer tasting event with proceeds benefitting the organization's annual campaign.
Attendees may pick and choose what to sample from the over 70 different beers being offered at various stations. The beer fest will feature eight to 10 distributors and six to eight home brewers.
It is being held on May 3 from 6-9 p.m. at The Highlands, formerly the St. Marys Country Club.

Trout season opens

April 13, 2014

Area waterways were busy on Saturday for the opening day of the 2014 Pa. trout season. Unlike as is often the case, this year's weather did not feature any snow or rain. Instead, there was plenty of sunshine and temperatures were in the high 60s. Pictured above are a number of individuals trying their luck at the Laurel Run Reservoir on Saturday afternoon.

Crews respond to outdoor fire

April 13, 2014

Area fire crews responded to what was reportedly a large outdoor fire along Irishtown Road in Fox Township on Sunday afternoon. The Fox Township Fire Department was first called to the scene, which was located in the area of Monica Lane and Browns Road, at 2:09 p.m. Members of the Crystal Fire Department in St. Marys were called to assist roughly seven minutes later at 2:16 p.m.

St. Marys superintendent search continues

April 11, 2014

The search continues for the next St. Marys Area School District Superintendent.
Recently the SMASD Board of Directors completed the initial screening phase of the search which entailed a selection process.
A total of 15 candidates initially applied for the position, none of whom were current staff members according to Robert Luchini, board president.
During the preliminary assessment the board reviewed every candidate's application documents and background research in order to determine how each applicant corresponds to the expected qualifications of the superintendent.

Rotary embarks on clock campaign

April 11, 2014

In celebrating their 65-year anniversary the St. Marys Rotary Club plans to continue to give back to the community by donating a large clock set to be displayed along the General Edward Meyer Boulevard in downtown St. Marys.
The $50,000 clock will stand 16 ft. high and is made of cast aluminum in a black finish with gold leaf highlights and brass clockworks. It designed in a Victorian theme which will complement the city's theme.
St. Marys City Council gave its unanimous approval of the project and to accept the clock as a gift to the community.

Library accepting Food for Fines

April 11, 2014

The annual Food for Fines program at the St. Marys Public Library will take place from Monday, April 14 through Saturday, April 19 in conjunction with National Library Week. A staple at the library over the past few years, the program allows patrons to bring in nonperishable food items for the Christian Food Bank and receive up to $1 off of their existing or new fines on overdue books or movies or have the fines completely eliminated if the book or movie is over two months overdue.

Principals to be confirmed by school board

April 11, 2014

Two new principals positions are on the agenda for approval by the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors during their upcoming Monday evening meeting.
Fox Township and Bennetts Valley Elementary Principal Christine Kuhar will likely be transferred to the South St. Marys Street Elementary School principal position, which is being vacated following the retirement of current Principal Robert Grumley at the conclusion of the 2014 school year.

Dutchmen advance in mascot contest

April 11, 2014

The St. Marys Area High School Flying Dutchmen mascot is a state champion in a roundabout way winning the first round of the USA TODAY High School Sports' Best Mascot, garnering the top votes out of seven Pennsylvania high school finalists.
SMAHS ranked second in the country in total votes with 7,684. The initial field of candidates began with 408 of America's top high school nicknames.
Votes may be cast by visiting the contest website at http://contest.usatodayhss.com/. The contest includes America's strangest, most interesting and just plain comical mascots.

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