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April 10th, 2012

Testing requirements concern school district

April 10, 2012

State requirements for the Keystone Exams continue to 'bewilder' Ridgway Area School District Superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien.
O'Brien explained his confusion for the shifting requirements during Tuesday night's board of directors meeting.
The Keystone Exams are one component of Pennsylvania's new system of high school graduation requirements. The exams are designed to assist school districts in guiding students toward meeting state standards.

Testicular cancer screenings for young men encouraged

April 10, 2012

Experts are urging more young men to get themselves screened for testicular cancer, as the disease is most often found in males between the ages of 15 and 35 years old. In addition, the disease is the most common form of cancer for white males between the ages of 20 to 34 years old.
The National Cancer Institute says most testicular cancers are found first by the patient, whether through self-examination or randomly.

Voters advance Pip to next round of 'The Voice'

April 10, 2012

ST. MARYS – The results from Monday night's live voting round of NBC's "The Voice" were announced during another live show on Tuesday. Votes were cast from 10 p.m. Monday through 10 a.m. Tuesday and the top three vote getters on Team Adam and Team Cee Lo were automatically advanced to the next round of the competition. The bottom three vote getters on each team had the opportunity to perform one last song, with their coach then selecting one to "save," while the other two were eliminated from the competition.

Task force takes a look at Marcellus drilling

April 10, 2012

Members of the Elk County Gas Task Force learned more about the new Marcellus Shale drilling law that recently took effect at their Tuesday meeting, including a brief overview of shale deposits in the state.
State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Oil and Gas Manager Craig Lobins discussed what a typical well site might look like and some history about drilling. According to Lobins, the first Marcellus well in Pennsylvania was drilled in 2004.

Elk County Women's Social looks to 'Spruce Up for Spring'

April 10, 2012

ST. MARYS – The Elk County Women's Social, sponsored by the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce, is looking to 'Spruce Up for Spring' for its 24th annual dinner, which includes tips by local experts on interior design, painting, decorating and much more.

April 9th

Community Center pool closes indefinitely

April 9, 2012

JOHNSONBURG – The basement of the Johnsonburg Community Center at 600 Market St. in Johnsonburg will be closed indefinitely beginning Sunday, April 15 due to mold in the swimming pool and archery room of the building.
Council accepted quotes from Kimball Environmental for $3,500 to remove the mold in the swimming pool and $6,200 for the archery room during Monday afternoon's regular borough council meeting.
Recreation Board president Ronald King said the basement can be reopened once construction is finished and the new dehumidifiers have been installed.

Results of live show to be announced tonight on 'The Voice'

April 9, 2012

St. Marys, Pa. – On last night's live show on NBC's "The Voice," Pip, the 19-year-old son of St. Marys native Jim Arnold, put on a rousing performance of The Killers' 'When You Were Young.' Voting opened immediately after the show, at 10 p.m. EST, and will continue through 10 a.m. today.
Pip and the five other remaining members of Adam Levine's team performed last night, and after the votes are tallied, the top three vote-getters will be saved while the remaining three will have one last chance to perform in hopes of being "saved" by Levine.

April 8th

Second annual Bunny Hop sees good turnout

April 8, 2012

ST. MARYS – It may have been a bit cool on Saturday morning, but the sunny weather still resulted in a good turnout for this year’s Bunny Hop 5K walk/run at Benzinger Park. The second annual event was the result of efforts by Taylor and Carly Frank and Michael, Daniel, and Rachael Paladino to raise money for The Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
“It was definitely better weather [this year] and I think we might have had more people,” said Taylor Frank prior to the 5K run.

Pip to vie for votes on 'The Voice' tonight

April 8, 2012

St. Marys, Pa. – Pip, the 19-year-old son of St. Marys native Jim Arnold, is set to once again appear on NBC's "The Voice" tonight, this time in a live show that will require people to vote to prevent him from being eliminated.

April 6th

Courts tout success of online payment method for fines and fees

April 6, 2012

An online method of paying court fees using credit and debit cards is being called a success by court administrators who credit it with improving efficiency and contributing to higher collection levels.
According to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), any traffic tickets, court-ordered fines, costs, and restitution issued anywhere in Pa. can now be paid using the online E-Pay system. The system was expanded from Common Pleas courts to all magisterial courts, phased in between April 2010 and December 2011.

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