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Archive - May 24, 2013

Georgia Elizabeth (Smith) Sweeney

May 24, 2013

Georgia Elizabeth (Smith) Sweeney, 88, died Monday, May 20, 2013 after a short illness.
She was born July 1, 1924 to George and Theresa Smith in St. Marys.
She attended the local Catholic School and graduated in 1930.
She spent her life raising five children and worked for a few years as a nurse’s aide at the St. Marys Hospital. She and her husband, Gene moved to Dutch Flat, Calif. in 1984 and moved to Colorado in 2000 to be near their daughter, Edie.

Richard Marcel Smith

May 24, 2013

Richard Marcel Smith, 77, of Bridge Street, Johnsonburg, died suddenly Friday, May 24, 2013, at home.
Visitation will be Tuesday, May 28, 2013 from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, May 29, 2013 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., and Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 10-11 a.m. at the Ubel Funeral Home, Johnsonburg.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Ubel Funeral Home, Johnsonburg, with Pastor Stephen Fair. 
A complete obituary will be published in the next edition.

Gun pulled on cops in high speed chase

May 24, 2013

ST. MARYS – A St. Marys man is imprisoned for allegedly pulling a gun on police after leading them on a high speed chase while driving under the influence of alcohol.
Michael John Detsch, 32, of 105 Rocky Top Drive, St. Marys, is charged with assault, reckless endangerment, DUI and related offenses after he reportedly attempted to outrun police when stopped for speeding and pointed a gun at his pursuing officers.

Financial woes facing North Central

May 24, 2013

RIDGWAY – The North Central Regional Planning Development Commission is holding just over $5 million in total assets, a nearly $2 million dollar drop from last year, with expenses over $7 million and liabilities over $6 million. This according to a state audit of the organization's financial records dated March 22.
North Central distributes government grant monies to communities, industry, economic growth, workforce quality, and business opportunity in the six counties they serve.

3 Kane residents die in traffic accident

May 24, 2013

Three Kane residents were killed in a two-vehicle crash late Thursday night near the intersection of Routes 66 and 948 in Highland Township.
Ridgway-based State Police identified the victims as:
*Robert D. "Rob" Higginbotham, 33.
*Clyde W. Nelson II, 33.
*Delores L. Woodall, 36.
Elk County Coroner Michelle Muccio of St. Marys pronounced Higginbotham and Nelson dead at the scene. 
Police said Woodall died at Kane Community Hospital less than an hour after the accident.

Clyde "Punky" Nelson III

May 24, 2013

Clyde "Punky" Nelson III, 33, of 427 Biddle Street, Kane, died Thursday evening (May 23, 2013) of injuries sustained in an automobile accident near the intersection of Route 66 and Route 948 in Highland Township.
He was born June 15, 1979, in Kane, a son of Clyde and Joyce Robinson Nelson.
Mr. Nelson was employed by ITL on Montmorenci. He was a member of the Ridgway Loyal Order of the Moose and a former member of the Kane Moose #130.

Motorcycle safety classes now offered in St. Marys

May 24, 2013

Motorcycle enthusiasts now have the option of taking the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program's Basic Rider Course (BRC) and Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC2) in St. Marys as Elk County Catholic High School was recently added to the list of the state's training sites. There is no cost for the program, and motorcycles and helmets are provided for those enrolled in the BRC.
According to Josh Burrs, ECC site coordinator, the addition of the school as a training site came about after Burrs began looking for a potential site closer to the area.

Marian T. Mertz

May 24, 2013

Marian T. Mertz, 85, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of Elk Towers, died Thursday evening, May 23, 2013, at Elk Haven after a lengthy illness.
She was born on January 2, 1928 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Norbert Lecker, who died in 1985, and Caroline Hassennetter Lecker, who died in 1993.
On November 26, 1949 in the St. Mary’s Church, she married Harold G. “Dutchie” Mertz, who preceded her in death on May 4, 1990.

Marian T. Mertz

May 24, 2013

Marian T. Mertz, 85, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of Elk Towers, died Thursday evening, May 23, 2013, at Elk Haven after a lengthy illness.
She was born on January 2, 1928 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Norbert Lecker, who died in 1985, and Caroline Hassennetter Lecker, who died in 1993.
On November 26, 1949 in the St. Mary’s Church, she married Harold G. “Dutchie” Mertz, who preceded her in death on May 4, 1990.

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