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December 17th

Lady Crusaders improve to 5-0, beat DuBois 65-39

December 18, 2014

The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader basketball team defeated the DuBois Area Lady Beavers by a 65-39 score in their District 9 League opener Wednesday night at the ECCHS gym.

Seneca to offer input on drilling ordinance proposal

December 17, 2014

While in the preliminary stages of drafting a zoning ordinance pertaining to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling, Seneca Resources Corp. has reached out to St. Marys city officials in offering their recommendations for amendments to the proposed ordinance.
Recently, several members of City Council met with Seneca representatives who said the company plans to submit their recommended amendments to the proposed ordinance.
"I have no idea what we're going to see and we'll react to it when we see it," said Tom Wagner, city solicitor.

Education initiatives ramp up in North Central area

December 17, 2014

RIDGWAY – Education was a major point of discussion during Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the executive board of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission.
This month’s education discussion focused around the entrepreneurial programs that are being started within the region’s high schools, as well as the rural college initiative that is being worked on to bring a post-secondary institution into the area.

Dilley waived for court on arson charges

December 17, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – Jon Frederick Dilley, 54, of Ridgway, waived his preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge George A. "Tony" King Wednesday morning and is scheduled to be arraigned at county court on Jan. 5.
Dilley faces felony charges of arson and risking catastrophe and lesser related offenses stemming from an incident involving a large brush fire on Sept. 21 and the burning of a neighbor's couch.

St. Marys man charged in credit card fraud

December 17, 2014

A St. Marys man faces the felony charge of access device fraud and related offenses for the alleged theft of his mother-in-law's credit card.

3 jailed in storage shed burglaries

December 17, 2014

Three St. Marys residents have been arrested and charged with felony counts of criminal conspiracy, burglary and criminal trespass after police found property in a vehicle that was allegedly removed from a storage shed along Bucktail Road.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, police were on patrol in the area of Sheetz on Sept. 24 when they encountered Tracy Ann Robinson, 32, Lloyd E. Rairdan, 34, and Christopher McMillen, 23, who had an active arrest warrant.

Thomas G. "Tom" Zelechoski Sr.

December 17, 2014

Thomas G. "Tom" Zelechoski Sr., 92, of 402 Willow St., Johnsonburg, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 16, 2014 at his residence following a brief illness.
He was born Feb. 12, 1922 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Michael and Winifred Muroski Zelechoski.
On Feb. 7, 1948, he married Irene Parana in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg. She preceded him in death July 28, 2008.
He resided in Johnsonburg all his life. He graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1939 and attended college briefly in California.

Roger N. Smith

December 17, 2014

Roger N. Smith, 46, of Byrnedale, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys.
He was born Aug. 2, 1968 in Buckhannon, W. Va., son of Robert and Delena Smith.
On Aug. 14, 1999, he married Tammy (Benson) Smith.
He had been employed as a die setter at Eastern Sintered Alloy since 1998. He enjoyed hunting and racing, being a member of the pit crew for BMC Racing and a member of the B&S Tractor Pulling Team.
He lived in West Virginia until coming to Johnsonburg in 1998 and then to Byrnedale in 2001.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Robin Williams was the Most Popular Google Search Term of 2014

December 17, 2014

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Robin Williams was the Most Popular Google Search Term of 2014
According to Google, which released a report Tuesday on the top trending terms of the year, the top term overall was "Robin Williams," after the well-known and popular comedian died in August. No. 2 was "World Cup," the global soccer tournament held in Brazil in June. Third on the list was "Ebola," the highly contagious virus.

December 16th

Big Brothers Big Sisters in dire straits

December 16, 2014

RIDGWAY – The Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Elk County is currently in dire straits as 19 youngsters are waiting for a volunteer Big Brother or Big Sister match.
"If we don't find matches for those kids, that's a big opportunity missed," said Cinde Schuckers, a program coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters. "Recruitment definitely is one of our areas for concern and we are always looking for new ways to recruit and the avenues to reach out to."
The county currently has 18 volunteer "Bigs" matched with a "Little," but 19 area youth are still waiting.

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