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February 13th, 2015

Vera E. "Midge" Johnson

February 13, 2015

Vera E. "Midge" Johnson, 81, of Worrall Street, Wilcox, formerly of Mt. Jewett, died Thursday afternoon, Feb. 12, 2015 as the result of an automobile accident on Route 219 in Wilcox.
She was born Oct. 19, 1933 in Kane, daughter of the late George B. and Vera Patterson Laughlin.
On Oct. 19, 1974, she married Richard Johnson in St. Callistus Church, Kane. He died Jan. 24, 2012.
She resided in Wilcox and had lived in Mt. Jewett for 10 years and in Pittsburgh for 20 years.
She graduated from Wilcox High School in 1950.

Rose M. Swanson

February 13, 2015

Rose M. Swanson, 92, of 649 Marvin St., Wilcox, died Thursday afternoon, Feb. 12, 2015 as the result of an automobile accident on Route 219 in Wilcox.
She was born May 21, 1922 in Wilcox, daughter of the late George B. and Vera Patterson Laughlin.
On June 24, 1947, she married Carl A. "Swen" Swanson in Rasselas. He died Oct. 29, 1998.
She resided in Wilcox all her life.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 7 Cute & Quirky DIY Valentine's Day Cards

February 13, 2015

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 7 Cute & Quirky DIY Valentine's Day Cards

February 12th

Two dead in Wilcox crash Thursday

February 12, 2015

WILCOX – Two Wilcox residents died early Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of state Routes 219 and 321 in Wilcox, Jones Township.
According to a public information release report provided by the Ridgway-based state police, 81-year-old Vera Johnson of Wilcox was operating a 2004 Ford Escape along with a passenger, 92-year-old Rose Swanson, also from Wilcox.
Reports indicate Johnson was traveling south on SR 219 and failed to stop for a stop sign at the roadway's intersection with SR 321.

School district approves personnel issues

February 12, 2015

Among the latest personnel changes approved by the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors were the awarding of numerous supplemental contracts, support personnel, and resignations.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151, child abuse history background check, and Act 34, Pa. criminal history record, clearance documentation and pre-employment drug testing if applicable.

Three more carbon factories soon were in business

February 12, 2015

Editor's note: This is the fifth in a series of articles based on a presentation given by local historian Ray Beimel on an overview of St. Marys' history in the carbon industry.
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During a recent presentation on the history of the carbon industry in St. Marys, local historian Ray Beimel explained that after Speer Carbon and Stackpole Carbon, the next plant to form was Keystone Carbon.

Crash in Ridgway

February 12, 2015

An SUV drove over the curb and broke through a front glass pane at Hello Beautiful at approximately 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening along Main Street in Ridgway. Responders were on the scene to help those in the car as traffic was restricted for about 35 minutes and cleanup was done in front of the business. One person was taken out on a stretcher. No further information is known as of press time.

Suspect digs heels in - literally

February 12, 2015

A St. Marys woman dug her heels in, literally, when police asked her to exit a vehicle.
Deanna Rae Wortman, 35, of 1551 Bucktail Rd., is charged with resisting arrest or other law enforcement, a misdemeanor offense, for allegedly digging her feet into the floorboard and clinging to the seat as St. Marys Police officers removed her from the vehicle.

Alleged Ridgway thief won't be wintering in Florida

February 12, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – A Ridgway man with plans of catching a bus to Florida will have to make the best of Elk County Prison instead.
Timothy Simmons, 30, of Ridgway, is charged with theft by unlawful taking for allegedly taking cash from the register of a Ridgway grocery store while he was employed there.

JASD denies recorded 'bankrupt' comments

February 12, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – At Thursday's Johnsonburg Area School District School Board meeting, school board member Richard "Louie" Wolfe denied that the term "bankruptcy" was ever used at a Jan. 21 JASD budget workshop, despite the word "bankrupt" being recorded by The Ridgway Record.
Wolfe made the claim after board members were asked about the district's financial situation, which has become a hot topic for the community since the most recent JASD budget workshop, according to Jason Pratt, a concerned parent that questioned the board about the district's financial status.

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