James H. Dietz, 90, of 106 Linwood Ave., St. Marys, died on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 at Dubois Nursing Home following a brief illness.
He was born Dec. 11, 1922 in Ridgway, a son of the late Joseph and Mary Pfingstler Dietz.
On June 14, 1947 in St. Mark's Church in Emporium, he married the late Elizabeth J. "Betty" Dietz, who preceded him in death on Feb. 7, 2012.
Shirley E. Amacher, 87, of 224 Park Ave., Ridgway, died on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 at Pinecrest Manor in St. Marys following a brief illness.
She was born Oct. 9, 1925 in Brockway, a daughter of the late Clemens and Marie Weilacher Richards.
On May 30, 1952 in Brockway, she married the late Clayton Amacher, who preceded her in death in 1979.
Mrs. Amacher was a lifelong resident of the area and an active member of Ridgway Church of the Nazarene, where she also served as a custodian for many years.Â She enjoyed playing the piano and spending time with her family.
RIDGWAY - A controversial lawsuit pitting the Elk County Board of Commissioners against the county sheriff's office was resolved with little fanfare Friday as following three hours of testimony both sides reached a settlement behind closed doors.
The Nicholas J. Sinibaldi Concert Band performed a Christmas Concert Spectacular on Friday evening inside the Queen of the World Church in St. Marys. Under the direction of Christopher Jon Gankosky, the band performed numerous pieces: "Ding Dong Merrily on High," "Compassion," "I Saw Three Ships," "Believe," "Bells of Joy," "A Festive Christmas Celebration," "Sleigh Ride," and a selection from the movie "Home Alone."
The band consists of 62 individuals from throughout the area, including Elk County, Emporium, Forestville, Canonsburg, York, DuBois, Johnstown and Indiana (IUP).
While Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital was eventually rebuilt at its original location, local historian Ray Beimel indicated that at least one piece of evidence has come to light suggesting that another site for the facility may have at least been considered.
A new dimension has been added to the ongoing battle between the county's board of commissioners and the sheriff's department.
With the sheriff's department reportedly over budget by $9,000 by the year's end, the board of commissioners reportedly will not cover the overage and Elk County Sheriff Jeffrey C. Krieg filed a civil complaint on behalf of his department against the board.
It has rained for several days this week, so how can there still be a drought watch in the area? St. Marys Area Water Authority Manager Dwight Hoare explained why residents served by the authority should continue to conserve water.