December 27th, 2012
RIDGWAY - Adhering to the 20-day comment period, Elk County commissioners approved their 2013 budget during a special meeting Thursday morning. The spending plan features no tax increase.
St. Marys Area High School senior Alicia Gerg never imagined being crowned as the school's 2012 Homecoming queen, let alone being invited to participate in the Annual Autozone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31 in Memphis, Tenn.
The annual Elk County Holiday Basketball Tournament is set to begin tonight and funds will once again be raised to benefit the local chapter of the American Cancer Society through Coaches vs Cancer.
Elk County was hit with a winter storm Wednesday afternoon, with some areas receiving nearly a foot of snow. Various events were canceled throughout the region and there were a number of traffic delays in municipalities and on SR 255 and SR 120 due to rapid snowfall and low visibility. Plow trucks were out and residents could be seen shoveling and snowblowing during the first wave, with more snow expected overnight.
Shown is the Elk County Courthouse later Wednesday evening following the storm. Photo by Larry Simon.
Shirley I. Breindel, 62, of 186 Taft Rd., St. Marys, died Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at the Elk Haven
Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
She was born March 3, 1950 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Clinton and Frances Grosshauser Fitch. On June 27, 1975 in the Queen of the World Church, she married Jerome D. Breindel, who survives.
Mrs. Breindel was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys schools. She was a former employee of Osram-Sylvania, where she had worked for 13 years. She was a member of the St. Maryâ€™s Church. She enjoyed traveling and watching movies.
The Rev. I. Dewayne Johnson, 89, of 411 Toby Rd., Kersey, died on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys following a brief illness.
He was born March 10, 1923 in Toby, a son of the late Victor C. and Daisy Moyer Johnson.
On May 20, 1951 in Brandy Camp United Methodist Church, he married Ardith Trumbull
Johnson, who survives.
Rev. Johnson was a member of the Western PA Conference of United Methodist Ministers, having served fi ve charges over the years, including Haze, Summerville, Rockwood, Tarrs, and Mahaffey.
52-year-old Randy Lee Poole, of Tidioute, has been arrested and charged with burglary and criminal homicide following the Dec. 20 murder of Kathleen Sweeney in Deerfield Township.
As Christmas Day festivities wound down, storm warnings ramped up, with the National Weather Service (NWS) issuing a winter storm warning for Elk, McKean and surrounding counties Tuesday.
After a less-than-'fruit'-ful experience, the Elk County Catholic High School Band Boosters are encouraging area residents who purchased citrus fruit from them that did not meet the previous year's quality to contact them.
Goldie May Rearick, 87, of Bennetts Valley Highway, Byrnedale, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center after a short illness.
She was born Aug. 5, 1925 in Plum Twp., the daughter of the late James Edmond and Lessie Irene (Harkleroad) Kaufman.
On Aug. 27, 1946, she married William P. C. Rearick, who preceded her in death on Oct. 5, 1985.
Mrs. Rearick was born and raised in Plum Twp. and came to Bennetts Valley in 1966. She was a homemaker.