May 6th, 2011
During his sentencing hearing held Friday morning, Edward R. Kralik, 68, of St. Marys, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the June 2010 homicide of Clayton Lecker of St. Marys.
Elk County President Judge Richard Masson presided over the hearing, which took place in the main courtroom of the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway, where many of Lecker's family members and friends were in attendance.
Pure Thirst, an organization founded by DuBois Central Catholic senior Matt Burnett and comprised of students from a number of area schools, successfully completed its goal earlier this year of raising $28,500 for the construction of a water filtration system in El Jaral, Honduras. Now the students are working to raise enough money to allow several of them to embark on a week-long mission trip to El Jaral on June 18 to dedicate the system and participate in service work throughout that community.
According to Matt Burnett, the water filtration system itself will cost roughly $22,500.
St. Marys Areaâ€™s Kevin Hoy and DuBois Areaâ€™s Garrett Peterson locked up in a pitcherâ€™s duel Thursday afternoon at Berwind Park as each threw a three-hitter. Unfortunately for the Dutchmen, one of those hits was a home run by Peterson and an RBI single by Adam Young.
Hoy went all seven innings for the Dutch, giving up three hits, walking four and striking out six. Peterson went the distance for the Beavers, giving up three hits, walking one and striking out 13.
â€śKevin shut down a good hitting team,â€ť said St. Marys coach Tony Azzato. â€śUnfortunately, Peterson was sitting on a curveball.â€ť
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney reviewed the proposed budget for the 2011-12 school year during the SMASD Board of Directors workshop held Thursday evening.
Kearney began by explaining the reserve funds, specifically why the district's budgeted numbers and actual numbers may be different.
"We don't have the exact numbers because the state changes them and we have to estimate our earned income," Kearney said.
During a recent presentation held at St. Marys Area High School geared toward informing parents about current drug trends, Heidi Aikens, Prevention Supervisor for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc., discussed some of the many signs of drug use and abuse.
Gertrude K. â€śTrudieâ€ť Luke, 83 of 14 Lafferty Hollow, Bradford, formerly of 1208 South Ave., Bradford, died on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.
She was born on March 24, 1928 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Henry N. and Marguerite N. Cooney Wolfe.
On Jan. 8, 1955 in the St. Bernard Catholic Church, Bradford, she married Kenneth J. Luke, who preceded her in death on March 24, 2008.
She was a 1946 graduate of St. Marys Catholic High School in St. Marys and a 1949 graduate of the St. Vincent School of Nursing, Erie, PA.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch baseball team came up with two runs in the home half of the sixth inning to defeat the Brookville Raiders by a 10-8 score on a chilly Wednesday afternoon at Berwind Park.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders picked up their eighth win of the season on Wednesday afternoon in frigid temperatures as they defeated the visiting DuBois Central Catholic Lady Cardinals by a 3-0 score.
Taylor Schlimm recorded her seventh shutout of the season as she went the distance in striking out 13, issuing no walks and giving up four hits.
Taylor Thomas took the loss for the DuBois Central girls as she gave up six hits, struck out two and issued five free passes.
During Wednesday evening's Fox Township Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Dave Mattiuz updated the board on additional changes made to the draft to the township's proposed saving plan ordinance.
"Something caused some concern about the report on the landfill's income," Mattiuz said.
He noted the income at Veolia Landfill, located in Fox Township, has not increased as anticipated. Mattiuz explained that if this trend continues the township will come out $200,000 below budget.
St. Marys Catholic Middle School (SMCMS) students recently participated in a contest, and in doing so, also raised money to help fight hunger locally.