October 16th, 2011
RIDGWAY - In the fifth day of testimony in the trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy on Friday, the defense called upon witnesses that included a sexual assault forensic examiner, former City of St. Marys Police officers and pedestrians who had seen lights on in Irene Challingsworth's residence the night of the murder. Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, is accused of the April 5-6, 1999 rape and murder of Challingsworth. The trial is being held at the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway before a jury from Butler County and is presided over by President Judge Richard Masson.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Born and raised in Johnsonburg, Bob Ford is now a published author. His work, titled "Beagle Tales," is a collection of his humor columns about beagles, life and the outdoors.
Ford is a 1990 graduate of Johnsonburg Area High School. He is the son of the late Harold and Paula Ford. His sister is Diane Del Rio of Johnsonburg. Ford has traveled from his town of State College for a book signing at the Johnsonburg Community Center Saturday, Oct. 15 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
RIDGWAY - Former St. Marys City Police Sergeant John Lovett and Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Dave Ray recollected the details of the Irene Challingsworth homicide on Thursday during the trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys. Donachy is charged in the April 5- 6, 1999 rape and murder of the 57-year-old St. Marys beautician.
A jury of Butler County residents listened to the officers' testimony during the fourth day of the 10-day trial being held at the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway.
RIDGWAY - An expert forensic DNA scientist testified on Thursday, during day four of the homicide trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, who is charged in the April 5 or 6, 1999 death of Irene Challingsworth, a St. Marys beautician. The trial is being held at the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway.
Pennsylvania State Police Forensic DNA Scientist Alex Glessner, employed for the past 10 years at the PSP Greensburg lab, provided extensive information on DNA profiling pertinent in the case.
WILCOX â€“ The Art on the Edge first ever Artisan Trail Open House will be held this weekend. The event kicks off Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m. at The Winery at Wilcox. The event runs through Sunday, Oct. 16.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader girls' soccer team picked up a 2-0 win over the Lady Dutch on Thursday afternoon, in a game played under threatening skies at the SMAHS soccer field.
"Our girls played a good game, but Elk Catholic was the better team today," said St. Marys coach Dr. Bob Schmidt. "Mia Keener in goal, Caley Keister in the midfield and Holly Shields at forward played a really, really good game. Our captain Shannon Bridges was playing injured and she still played."
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutchmen girls' tennis team beat the Bradford Lady Owls 7-2 on Thursday afternoon in a match played at St. Marys Area High School.
In first singles, St. Marys' Amy Orr won her match 6-4, 6-3 against Emily Hardy.
In second singles, SMA's Mary Rosman defeated Colleen Douglas 6-0, 6-1.
At third singles, SMA's Marta Vega went undefeated this season, beating Alyssa McGraw 6-0, 6-1.
In fourth singles, St. Marys' Aubrey Wiesner won her match 6-0, 6-0 against Sara James.
In fifth singles, Danielle McCoy lost a tough match against Bradford's Danbee Kim 5-7, 5-7.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader volleyball team recorded a 3-0 victory over the Kane Lady Wolves last night at the ECCHS gym.
The Lady Crusaders won the first set 25-10 and took the second set 25-19. Elk Catholic won the third set by a 25-11 score to win the match.
â€śWe need to be more than one dimensional. Our defense was solid and our passing game was there,â€ť said ECCHS coach Diane Gies.
â€śWe played well tonight and it was good to get everyone in the game. We working on our weaknesses and improving in our strengths,â€ť added Gies.
The Elk County Catholic boys soccer team took control early and were dominant in a 9-0 victory over Ridgway Thursday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
The game was delayed for a hour because only one referee showed up for the game and the delay was done until a second referee could get to the site. The game started at 5 p.m. and a full 40-minute first half was played but there was only a 3-minute halftime and a 30-minute second half before the game was called due to darkness.
The Johnsonburg Rams golfers edged the team from Elk County Catholic High School 232-233 to win this year's Elk County Golf Tournament on Thursday afternoon at the Bavarian Hills Golf Course. The Ridgway Elkers came in third with a score of 244 and St. Marys Area was fourth with 250.
Six members of each school participated in the tournament, except for Johnsonburg, which had only five players. The tournament consisted of six holes of scramble, six holes of alternating shots and six holes of best ball.