June 18th, 2014
ST. MARYS â€“ The former St. Marys Country Club, located along South Michael Street, has reopened with a new name and a more community-oriented purpose. Now called The Highlands, the facility, which is owned by Mike Heiberger and Joe Schroeder, is no longer a private club and instead is open to the public.
Officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission are keeping a sharp eye on budget discussions in Harrisburg as the commonwealth's fiscal year draws to a close at the end of the month.
Preliminary reports from the state Capitol indicate the commonwealth is staring at a budget deficit in excess of $1 billion while across the country, state revenue is up 3.8 percent over last year, according to the National Association of State Budget Officials.
The amount of recyclables coming into the community recycling center in St. Marys is increasing quickly according to members of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority.
"It's been ungodly busy over there," said recycling and solid waste coordinator Bekki Titchner. "It just doesn't quit anymore."
The Elk County Prison again received full compliance recognition following a mid-May inspection by the state Department of Corrections.
Warden Greg Gebauer, also a member of St. Marys City Council, reported the good news Tuesday morning during a county board of commissioners meeting.
According to Mike McAllister, director of Elk County's Office of Emergency Services, the total loss of all municipalities in Elk County from the May flood disaster totals approximately $1.7 million.
However, in order to qualify for a public assistance grant, damages must be $17 million. Loans from the Small Business Administration [SBA] will reportedly be the only assistance available. They are available for residents and business owners.
The Ridgway Township Board of Supervisors discussed upcoming plans to repair some of the damage sustained in the township during the recent flood. Although Ridgway Borough took on the majority of the water, the township filed damage estimates with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency [PEMA] for roads, bridges and gabion baskets which clocked in at just under $66,000.
A St. Marys man is charged with aggravated assault for allegedly assaulting hospital staff and police officers at Penn Highlands Elk on June 12.
ST. MARYS â€“ An Emporium resident is charged with providing false information in an attempt to purchase a firearm from Elk County Ammo and Arms.
Robert G. "Elvie" Hayes, 55, of 230 George St., St. Marys, died on Monday, June 16, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family following a hard fought battle with cancer.
He was born Oct. 12, 1958, a son of the late Gerald and Jane Spangler Hayes.
On Oct. 8, 1982 in Sacred Heart Church, he married Mary Nero Hayes, who survives.
During their regular meeting held Monday evening, the Ridgway Borough council discussed several updates concerning the aftermath of the recent flood that devastated the borough.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has recently been in contact with the borough concerning flood damage, particularly the damage sustained to portions of Elk Creek.