May 10th, 2013
ERIE â€“ A St. Marys woman, Sandra Prechtel, 51, charged with embezzling over $1 million from her former employee was sentenced in an Erie Federal Court Friday to serve four years and three months in federal prison.
The Concert Choir of Elk County will pay tribute to the outstanding achievements in the music industry as they perform a variety of award winning songs during "A Night at the Grammy's", a dinner and song show, taking place May 16-18 starting at 6 p.m. at the Royal Inn in Ridgway.
It rained off and on throughout the day on Thursday, and the question of whether or not the rain would hold off long enough for the Elk County Catholic Crusaders and Brockway Rovers to get in all their matches in the District 9 Class AA team championship at DuBois Area High School only added to the exciting atmosphere as ECC edged Brockway 3-2 to repeat as District 9 Class AA team champions.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders captured the Elk County Girls' Track and Field Championship Thursday at the Elk County Meet held at Johnsonburg. Only four points separated the three girls' squads. Elk Catholic won with a total of 65 points. Johnsonburg was second with 62 and St. Marys was third with 61.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch won the Elk County Boys' Track and Field Championship Thursday afternoon at the championship meet held at the Johnsonburg Track and Field complex with 82 points. Elk Catholic was second with 59 while Johnsonburg finished with 48.
Elk County Catholc softball took a big early lead and was able to take an 8-2 win over Johnsonburg Thursday afternoon at Knothole Area Recreational Park.
The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors voted to approve the district's tentative 2013 budget which contains over $25 million in expenditures, but no tax increase to residents. According to Superintendent Ann Kearney, the vast majority of that $25 million figure comes in the form of increases in the district's contributions to health care costs and retirement funds.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday morning at the Ridgway Reservoir to unveil an educational sign depicting the effects of acid rain on the Big Mill Creek Watershed.
PITTSBURGH â€“ A detention hearing is set for the man charged with kidnapping a Clarion teen and driving her across state lines "for the purpose of engaging in unlawful sexual activity with her." Joshua D. Baker, 31, of Leeper, was indicted by a federal grand jury last week and charged in the disappearance of a 13-year-old juvenile who went missing from her Clarion Borough home at around 2 a.m. on March 28.
Willard J. "Willy" Kennedy, Jr., 57, of Jacksonville, N.C and formerly of Johnsonburg, died on May 6, 2013 due to an automobile accident.
He was born on Aug. 12, 1955 in Ridgway, the son of Willard J. "Buster" Kennedy, Sr. and Constance A. (Simchick) Kennedy.
Willy had been a life long resident of Johnsonburg until the last few years in which he had resided in North Carolina. A 1974 graduate of Johnsonburg Area High School, he was also a member of the Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg. He was a proud member of AA and NA for more than 20 years.