April 1st, 2011
At a hearing Friday morning at the Elk County Courthouse, President Judge Richard A. Masson heard arguments on whether alleged arsonist Philip Bradley Wolfel was competent to stand trial.
Wolfel, age 22, of 5448 Rasselas Rd., Wilcox, is charged with setting a fire at a house previously located at 204 Depot St. in Ridgway on Aug. 12, 2010.
Members of the American Legion Post 978 in Weedville presented a check for $5,000 to members of the Bucktail Monument Committee on Thursday evening. The funds will be put toward the cost of constructing a monument, which will be located at the Mt. Zion Historical Park, to honor the members of the Elk County Rifles, Company G of the Civil War Bucktail Regiment.
Jim Burke, committee member and president of the Mt. Zion Historical Society, addressed members of Post 978 prior to the check presentation.
At the recent meeting of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority, Recycling and Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner provided authority members with a cost comparison report depicting costs incurred by the county's recycling programs both before and after the formation of the Community Recycling Center at the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys.
Viola K. Leathers, 87, died at the Latrobe Area Hospital on Thursday, March 31, 2011.
She was born July 7, 1923 in DuBois, the daughter of the late Samuel and Twila Stewart Thomas. the last of a family of eight children.
She married Armand A. Leathers, who predeceased her on Feb. 18, 1996, shortly after their 50th wedding anniversary.
As part of the reorganization of the newly established Elk County Catholic School System, several administrative positions were announced Thursday afternoon during a brief press conference at the St. Marys Catholic Middle School.
St. Marys Planning Commission member Matt Quesenberry explained to members of the planning commission and city council earlier this week that the city's ability to limit oil and gas drilling in certain sections of the city is limited by the regulations that currently exist under the state's Oil and Gas Act.
Area officials have been keeping a close eye on the state's budget proceedings and are anxious to see the "trickle-down" effect that it will have at a local level.
According to Eric Bridges, executive director of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC], the spending plan will impact the six-county region that the entity serves.
After being looked over by a structural engineer while police officials from Ridgway Borough and the Ridgway-based state police concluded investigations, owner Ed Aiello said Thursday night he is confident that the fire-damaged building at 205 Main St. in downtown Ridgway will remain standing.
Trooper Greg Agosti, a fire marshal for the Pennsylvania State Police, completed the investigation Wednesday and reported that the cause of the fire was determined to be an overheated electrical outlet located in apartment 2B on the second floor of the 3-story brick building.
Helen L. Shields, 94, of Summerville, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at the Jefferson Manor of Brookville.
She was born Aug. 16, 1916 in Brookville, the daughter of the late Arthur C. DeMotte and Gertrude Carberry DeMotte.
At the Baptist Church in Brookville, she married Blair E. Shields, who preceded her in death
Florence S. Dietz, 88, of 7452 Ridgway-St. Marys Rd., Ridgway, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at Elk Regional Health Center.
She was born Oct. 7, 1922, in Ridgway, daughter of the late United and Etta Mae (Birchfield) States.
On July 21, 1951, she married Paul E. Dietz , who preceded her in death on April 10, 1999.