February 11th, 2015
HORTON TWP. â€“ Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection officials have reportedly received multiple complaints from residents regarding septic tanks leaking and running into a nearby stream in the Elbon area according to the Horton Township supervisors.
Russ Braun, the sewage enforcement officer for Horton Township, completed a field investigation report that was given to the supervisors and discussed at Wednesday's meeting.
Eleanore M. Prokop, 91, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of 421 Center St., died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 at Elk Haven after a lengthy illness.
She was born Aug. 19, 1923 in Johnstown, N.Y., daughter of the late John and Mary Palkovic Solar.
On Nov. 3, 1945 in Johnstown, N.Y., she married Martin Prokop Jr. who preceded her in death Oct. 6, 1991.
She was a graduate of Johnstown High School in New York and had resided in St. Marys since 1956. She was a retired employee of St. Marys Carbon and was a former hairdresser.
Verna R. Kondek, 92, a resident at Elk Haven in St. Marys, formerly of Emporium, diedÂ Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 at UPMC-Hamot Medical Center in Erie after a short illness.
She was born June 4, 1922 at Toby Valley, a daughter of the late Eric Sr. and Charlotte (Lottie)Â McCool Gustafson. She was married to Gale Chapin Sr. who was killed in action in World War II. SheÂ later married Edward Kondek who died in 1971.
The St. Marys Lady Dutch (7-15) spoiled the Johnsonburg Ramettes' (6-16) Senior Night on Tuesday with a 44-39 win in the Paper City.
The Dutch wrestlers treated fans to another exciting come-from-behind victory on Tuesday night in their final home dual meet of the season as they traded the lead five times with the Redbank Valley Bulldogs, trailing 28-27 headed into the final bout before rallying for the 33-28 win.
As emotions continue to run high and allegations brought to light involving an alleged sexual assault which reportedly occurred last spring at St. Marys Area Middle School, Elk County District Attorney Shawn McMahon discussed general information regarding the juvenile justice system.
While McMahon emphasized he could not discuss the specifics of the case, he noted such allegations are handled with the utmost seriousness, respect and are investigated thoroughly by all parties involved.
All criminal charges against Richard Alan Prow, 60, of 346 N. Michael St., involving the theft of an antique rifle from the property of Lynch-Green Funeral Home have been withdrawn.
According to court documents, the victim's family didn't desire any further prosecution given that the firearm has been returned.
Prow was initially arrested and confined to Elk County Prison on Jan. 27 and released on Feb. 3.
Editor's note: This is the third 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.
During a presentation on the history of the carbon industry in St. Marys, local historian Ray Beimel gave two main reasons for focusing much of his talk on Speer Carbon Company.
"The reason I'm talking about Speer a lot, first they were the first one, and second, we have a lot of pictures from them, which is not the case with the other carbon plants unfortunately," Beimel said.
SMETHPORT â€“ An Ohio developer who had hoped to build a McDonald's Restaurant in Kane for a client has purchased the site at 300 N. Fraley St. in the borough.
This is the word from Jeremy Morey, the director of the McKean County Planning Commission. The board met here Tuesday for its monthly meeting.
According to Morey, Cocca Development of Boardman, Ohio has purchased the site now occupied by Mountain Motor Sports.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ A Ridgway man faces a felony count of aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI and related lesser charges for a Dec. 26, 2014 one-vehicle crash that resulted in serious injuries to two passengers.