February 4th, 2015
Rides 4 Vets, a local volunteer based organization, aims to help area veterans make it to medical appointments by providing transportation services.
The organization has provided services for six years after starting in 2008; they began transporting veterans in 2009.
Throughout those six years, Rides 4 Vets has provided over 1,000 rides for veterans, according to secretary, office manager and and driver Jake Himes.
He added the organization has been offering about 20 rides per month over the past few months.
The planning for the fifth annual housing expo continues as Local Housing Options Team (LHOT) workers are working to add more vendors to the event, which is set to take place March 12 from 1-6 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Church parish center in St. Marys.
The expo is set up to allow local vendors to showcase their particular crafts in an attempt to help renters, buyers, landlords and current homeowners learn about housing topics such as building, renovating and maintaining their homes.
Two St. Marys men charged with robbing a home at gunpoint on Sunrise Road now face criminal conspiracy charges for allegedly concocting a story about stolen prescription pills.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Kyle Lee Sarginger, 25, of St. Marys allowed Spencer Gene Rudolph, 19, of St. Marys, to punch him in the face and then reported to police that an unknown suspect had struck him and stolen his Oxycodone tablets.
Jay Tomas Schill, 45, of Launer Drive, Johnsonburg, died unexpectedly at home Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.
He was born Oct. 21, 1970 in Ridgway, son of Sandra E. (Lewis) Schill and the late Fredrick John Schill.
He was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School and Penn State with an associate in engineering.
He was a member of the Wilcox Sportsmenâ€™s where he had served as manager for several years and a member of the Johnsonburg Elks, Piedmont, American Legion and Central Hose Company. He enjoyed hunting, playing cards and especially fly fishing.Â He lived all his life in Johnsonburg.
Virginia D. Gigliotti, 88, of 727 Penn St., Johnsonburg, died Tuesday morning, Feb. 3, 2015 at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys following a short illness.
She was born July 14, 1926 in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Marion and Wladyslawa Silcosky Simchick.
On Sept. 29, 1944, she married Battiste J. Gigliotti. He died Sept. 4, 2010.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen and the Punxsutawney Chucks battled through two overtime periods before the Chucks were able to come out on top 57-54 Tuesday night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
RIDGWAY â€“ Officials continue to disburse Act 13 Marcellus impact fees funding as commissioners on Tuesday morning announced allocations to the eight county fire departments.
"We decided from the onset of receiving the Act 13 funds that we'd try to help each of the fire companies in the county," said Elk County Commissioner Jan Kemmer. "We'll be sending out $500 checks to each of the fire departments."
Elk County Commissioner Dan Freeburg said it will be an annual allocation as long as the funds keep coming in.
Every winter complaints are received at City Hall regarding snow-covered sidewalks which hinder the way for pedestrians often going to work, school or completing errands.
During Mondayâ€™s City Council meeting an inquiry was made if the cityâ€™s ordinance could be changed to state snow must be removed after accumulation of three inches rather than the current timeframe of 12 hours after the last snowfall.
During their workshop meeting Monday evening, the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors heard a lengthy presentation from Infradapt regarding issues with the school system's phone system and network, and how those could be fixed through a partnership with the company.
Nate Kline, an account executive for Infradapt, was the primary individual to address the board, and he explained that the study his team conducted came about following a conversation with assistant superintendent Josh Williams regarding the school's phone system.
RIDGWAY â€“ Two of the four co-defendants charged in August 2014 in a criminal conspiracy for the sale and distribution of alpha-PVP, the drug commonly known as bath salts, pleaded guilty Monday to charges at Elk County Court.