January 24th, 2013
James Thomas, a Cameron County commissioner, officially took the reins Wednesday as chairman of the board of directors at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC].
Georgiana Louise Simchick, 65, of 1625 Bendigo Rd., Johnsonburg, died Wednesday evening, Jan. 23, 2013, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, following a lengthy illness.
She was born Jan. 29, 1947 in Ridgway, daughter of George and the late Mary Chupa Cherry.
She married Richard Simchick on Jan. 29, 1966 in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg; he survives.
The Bradford Owls outscored the Elk County Catholic Crusaders by a 6-3 margin in overtime Wednesday night to take over sole possession of the District 9 League with a 5-0 record as Bradford won the game 42-39.
JOHNSONBURG - A Ridgway man charged with robbing a Johnsonburg bank at gunpoint was in Magisterial District Court on Wednesday where he waived his preliminary hearing on felony charges stemming from the Jan. 8 incident.
Officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] are preparing to launch a new website next week geared toward community input in various North Central projects.
Governor Tom Corbett was originally expected to announce a transportation budget for the Commonwealth today, a comprehensive spending plan to address the state's aging infrastructure. However, information obtained Wednesday night indicates lawmakers will have to wait another month.
In yet another installment of America's gun-control debate, more than 230 vendors, a Bennezette-based conservation group among them, have decided not to attend this year's Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show in Harrisburg following the organizer's decision to ban assault weapons and related accessories from the event.
The two men who died recently at a Clairton home because a malfunctioning furnace caused carbon monoxide poisoning are just the latest casualties of this deadly gas, and experts say people need to use extra caution during the winter months to prevent exposure that could result in unconsciousness, brain damage or death.
William B. Weis, 83, of 634 Evergreen Rd., St. Marys, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Cleveland Clinic after a brief illness. He was born May 26, 1929 in St. Marys, son of the late Leander [Lee] and Marian Ryan Weis. He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, class of 1947. In his early years he had worked for the FBI, then served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War. After the service he worked for the Stackpole Carbon Co. for 30 years and then founded the Penn Metal Stamping in 1978 and retired from the company in n1994.
Alfred E. Shippling, 81, of 721 Evergreen Road, St. Marys, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 at his residence after a lengthy illness. He was born Aug. 31, 1931, in Johnsonburg, son of the late Adolph and Luisa Granitza Shippling. He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, class of 1949. He also graduated Williamsport Technical Institute in 1956. He was a retired employee of the Keystone Carbon Co., retiring in 1995 after over 35 years of service.