Archive - 2014 - News Article
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The community building in Johnsonburg was a major point of discussion during Monday's borough council meeting as repairs to fix the damaged track at the community building could cost anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000, according to Johnsonburg Borough councilman Ron King.
King updated the council on the situation at the community building during Monday's borough council meeting, saying that while a woman was walking on the track, the floor cracked.
Currently, the track has been closed because of the crack in the floor, and it will remain closed until repairs can be made.
After 1,065 days, contract negotiations between the Ridgway Area Teachers Association and the Ridgway Area School District may end if the school board votes to ratify a contract proposal during Wednesday's meeting.
According to RATA president Jason Phipps, the current contract that the school board will be voting on was proposed by the RASD negotiating committee.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Borough Council approved a 2015 tax schedule during the council's regular monthly meeting on Monday as part of the overall 2015 budget, which was also approved during the meeting.
Borough manager Mary Polaski announced that the taxes for 2015 will include 26.36 mills for total real estate taxes, 227.5 mills for occupation taxes and a $47 local services tax.
The tax schedule calls for a three-mill tax hike deemed necessary to fund the hiring of a new police officer, a project to repair Harrison Avenue, a part-time street department worker and flood control.
A St. Marys couple pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the July 17 drug busts carried out in St. Marys and Ridgway by the North Central Regional Drug Task Force.
Leif Eric Moats (known as Eric), 40, and Kristin M. Moats, 33, both of 325 Kaul Ave., appeared in Elk County Court before Judge Masson Monday morning. They were arrested along with Rachel Shrefler and Tammy Zawatski, both of Ridgway, and are believed to have all worked together in the sale and distribution of alpha-PVP, the drug commonly known as bath salts.
Brandon J. Ecklund, 22, of Ridgway, pleaded guilty Monday morning to a misdemeanor charge of corruption of minors, which had been downgraded from a felony charge.
District Attorney Shawn T. McMahon informed the court that the Commonwealth and the defense had worked toward a resolution given the cost and complications of prosecution.
He noted that the cost of prosecution was considerable as a key witness had to be brought here from South Carolina.
Emergency responders were at the scene of a crash Monday evening on Ridgway St. Marys Road (state Route 120) in Ridgway Township. Elk Company 4 (Ridgway Fire Department) and Ridgway Ambulance were dispatched to the scene. No additional information was available at press time.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The new Common Core standards that have been adopted by the state are changing the way schools are being evaluated, and at a local level, the Johnsonburg Area High School received lower scores than anticipated, according to JAHS principal Brock Benson.
Benson presented the high school's performance scores from the 2013-2014 school year to the Johnsonburg Area School District school board on Thursday, presenting scores that he called "disappointing."
Members of the Ridgway Area School District's Board of Directors and administration discussed the most recent performance results for the district, which were the first results to be given under the new Pa. Common Core rules.
Under the new Pa. Common Core standards that are being fully implemented this year, new evaluative metrics are being put into place to measure the success of students, teachers and schools as a whole.
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ST. MARYS â€“ The flow of people into the Farmers National Bank in downtown St. Marys was fairly steady at times throughout the day on Friday. Instead of making deposits or withdrawals though, many were there to give out money to a worthy cause. The bank hosted the annual Make-A-Wish Day, which was also broadcast on area radio station The River 98.9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.