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February 8th, 2015

Leroy Paul Benson

February 8, 2015

Leroy Paul Benson, 66, of 2130 Montmorenci Rd., Ridgway, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at Hamot Medical Center in Erie.
He was born April 20, 1948, in Ridgway, son of the late Paul and Alice Woodall Benson. He married Lillian Poage, who survives. He was Episcopalian by faith. He had lived all of his life in Ridgway.
He had been employed by PennDOT for 33 years. He served in the U.S. Navy. Benny enjoyed car racing and tractor pulling.

February 6th

Crusaders down Dutchmen 73-41 in District 9 League game

February 7, 2015

The Elk County Catholic Crusaders defeated the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen by a 73-41 score in a District 9 League game played Friday night at the ECCHS gym on Senior Parent Night.

Ninth ward has new voting location

February 6, 2015

The ninth ward voting site in St. Marys has a new home at the Sacred Heart Parish Center along Center Street for the May primary election.
The change comes after complaints were received about various issues reported by voters at the City Hall site including a lack of adequate parking, privacy concerns and handicap accessibility.
Elk County Commissioners Dan Freeburg and Jan Kemmer along with Elk County Elections Director Kim Frey met with Fr. Eric Vogt, pastor at Sacred Heart Parish, on Wednesday to tour the site and ensure it meets all of the polling site requirements.

Renovations new beginning for Haberberger

February 6, 2015

RIDGWAY – A conversation with 25-year-old Eric Haberberger leads one to believe he’s just like any other young adult.
The young man from St. Marys is looking forward to warmer weather, and with it the Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates, his two favorite baseball teams, hitting the diamond.
But with freezing temperatures dominant this time of year, Eric is inside the friendly confines of the Ridgway YMCA working up a sweat… in a wheelchair.

New fund established to support Humane Society

February 6, 2015

Veronica Conrad and her daughter, Heather, have been long time volunteers at the Elk County Humane Society and together they recently established an endowed fund at the Elk County Community Foundation.
The Animal Emergency Care Fund was established to provide shelter animals with life threatening medical care for years to come.

Jason A. "Jake" Trask

February 6, 2015

Jason A. "Jake" Trask, 33, of 1070 Theresia St., St. Marys, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 in Clearfield County following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born Oct. 20, 1981, a son of Carl and Cheryl Jasper Baumgratz and Thomas (Gretchen) Trask, who survive.
Jake was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 2000, and had received a degree in wildlife management from Penn State.

Russell Laverne Swackhammer

February 6, 2015

Russell Laverne Swackhammer, 80, of Gardner Hill Road, Weedville, died unexpectedly at home Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015.  
He was born Sept. 19, 1934 in Benezette to the late David and Mildred (English) Swackhammer.
Russell married Eileen Beck on Jan. 8, 1955 in the Penfield Free Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his first wife who died Feb. 24, 1975, and is also survived by their children, Ralph (Sandy) Swackhammer of Gardner Hill, Richard “Dutch” (Debbie) Swackhammer of St. Marys and Faye (Paul) Lucore of Weedville.

Rose E. Werner

February 6, 2015

Rose E. Werner, 91, a resident of Silver Creek Terrace, and formerly of 844 Johnsonburg Rd., St. Marys, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at the Elk Haven Nursing Home after a brief illness.
She was born May 26, 1923 in Weedville, daughter of the late Patsy and Theresa Sica Santo.
On May 21, 1949 in the St. Joseph’s Church in Force, she married George J. Werner in a ceremony officiated by the Rev. Father Ferrera. Her husband preceded her in death Feb. 26, 2008.

February 5th

St. Marys man dies in Huston Twp. crash

February 6, 2015

HUSTON TWP. – A 33-year-old St. Marys man died Thursday afternoon after the car he was driving collided with a school bus with 12 preschool children onboard.
Jason Allen Trask was pronounced dead at the scene Thursday afternoon by the Clearfield County coroner's office, according to a public information release report filed by the DuBois-based state police.

McCracken sentenced for multiple charges

February 6, 2015

RIDGWAY – Dayon McCracken was sentenced to six to 12 years of incarceration in the State Diagnostic and Classification Center in Pittsburgh after being found guilty of one felony and four misdemeanors stemming from an April 27, 2014 kidnapping incident.

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