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October 16th, 2011

Mary O. Mortle

October 16, 2011

Mary O. Mortle, 83, of St. Marys and previously of Versailles Boro, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center.
She was born in Versailles Boro on July, 4 1928 to the late Louis and Anna (Ross) Onesi.
She married Homer W. "Hubbell" Mortle, who preceded her in death on Aug. 2, 1994.

Rovers edge Crusaders 42-41 in double overtime

October 16, 2011

BROCKWAY – The Elk County Catholic Crusaders came up a few yards short of beating the Brockway Rovers on Friday evening, losing 42-41 in 2 OT as their two-point conversion attempt failed.
"It was a hard-fought ball game the whole time," said ECC coach Travis Skrzypek. "Both teams played outstanding football. It was an exciting game. We just came out one point shy."
"We definitely played a solid game, I think. We didn't have any dumb penalties. We held onto the ball. We played a solid football game. We just didn't get it done at the end," Skrzypek added.

DuBois Beavers hand Dutch 27-12 non-league setback

October 16, 2011

DuBOIS - The DuBois Area Beavers handed the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen a 27-12 non-league setback last night at the E.J. Mansell Stadium in DuBois.
While the Dutch scored the first points of the contest, the Beavers came back with 14 in the second quarter and outscored St. Marys 7-6 in the third period for a 21-12 lead. DuBois added a touchdown in the fourth quarter, making the score 27-12.

First week of Donachy murder trial closes

October 16, 2011

RIDGWAY - In the fifth day of testimony in the trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy on Friday, the defense called upon witnesses that included a sexual assault forensic examiner, former City of St. Marys Police officers and pedestrians who had seen lights on in Irene Challingsworth's residence the night of the murder. Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, is accused of the April 5-6, 1999 rape and murder of Challingsworth. The trial is being held at the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway before a jury from Butler County and is presided over by President Judge Richard Masson.

Johnsonburg native now a published author

October 16, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – Born and raised in Johnsonburg, Bob Ford is now a published author. His work, titled "Beagle Tales," is a collection of his humor columns about beagles, life and the outdoors.
Ford is a 1990 graduate of Johnsonburg Area High School. He is the son of the late Harold and Paula Ford. His sister is Diane Del Rio of Johnsonburg. Ford has traveled from his town of State College for a book signing at the Johnsonburg Community Center Saturday, Oct. 15 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Law enforcement personnel recollect murder investigation

October 14, 2011

RIDGWAY - Former St. Marys City Police Sergeant John Lovett and Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Dave Ray recollected the details of the Irene Challingsworth homicide on Thursday during the trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys. Donachy is charged in the April 5- 6, 1999 rape and murder of the 57-year-old St. Marys beautician.
A jury of Butler County residents listened to the officers' testimony during the fourth day of the 10-day trial being held at the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway.

DNA profiling expert connects Donachy to crime scene

October 14, 2011

RIDGWAY - An expert forensic DNA scientist testified on Thursday, during day four of the homicide trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, who is charged in the April 5 or 6, 1999 death of Irene Challingsworth, a St. Marys beautician. The trial is being held at the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway.
Pennsylvania State Police Forensic DNA Scientist Alex Glessner, employed for the past 10 years at the PSP Greensburg lab, provided extensive information on DNA profiling pertinent in the case.

First Artisan Trail Open House to be held this weekend

October 14, 2011

WILCOX – The Art on the Edge first ever Artisan Trail Open House will be held this weekend. The event kicks off Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m. at The Winery at Wilcox. The event runs through Sunday, Oct. 16.

Lady Crusader soccer squad blanks Lady Dutch 2-0

October 13, 2011

The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader girls' soccer team picked up a 2-0 win over the Lady Dutch on Thursday afternoon, in a game played under threatening skies at the SMAHS soccer field.
"Our girls played a good game, but Elk Catholic was the better team today," said St. Marys coach Dr. Bob Schmidt. "Mia Keener in goal, Caley Keister in the midfield and Holly Shields at forward played a really, really good game. Our captain Shannon Bridges was playing injured and she still played."

St. Marys Area girls' tennis team takes 7-2 win over Bradford

October 13, 2011

The St. Marys Area Lady Dutchmen girls' tennis team beat the Bradford Lady Owls 7-2 on Thursday afternoon in a match played at St. Marys Area High School.
In first singles, St. Marys' Amy Orr won her match 6-4, 6-3 against Emily Hardy.
In second singles, SMA's Mary Rosman defeated Colleen Douglas 6-0, 6-1.
At third singles, SMA's Marta Vega went undefeated this season, beating Alyssa McGraw 6-0, 6-1.
In fourth singles, St. Marys' Aubrey Wiesner won her match 6-0, 6-0 against Sara James.
In fifth singles, Danielle McCoy lost a tough match against Bradford's Danbee Kim 5-7, 5-7.

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