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November 13th, 2014

Jury: McCracken guilty in kidnap case

November 13, 2014

RIDGWAY – A jury found Dayon Deche McCracken, 24, of Reading, guilty on all charges in a kidnapping incident that occurred on April 27.
"He told me that he could kill me and that no one would find my body," the victim, Rachael Imdorf, said in court Thursday. "I had no doubt in my mind that I was going to die that day. He was terrifying."

Dr. George A. Kunkel

November 13, 2014

Dr. George A. Kunkel, 91, died peacefully Wednesday evening, Nov. 12, 2014.
He was born June 26, 1923 in Pittsburgh, one of six children to the late Frank and Agnes Nolan Kunkel.
Dr. Kunkel was a member of St. John the Evangelist RC Church. He enlisted in the United States Army at the beginning of World War II and was stationed for three years on the island of EspĂ­rito Santo in the South Pacific.

November 12th

Annual assembly recognizes area veterans

November 12, 2014

The 2014 Veterans Day Assembly was held at St. Marys Area High School Wednesday as they paid tribute to area veterans, many of whom were seated onstage as the school's honored guests.
Following the posting of the colors by the St. Marys Servicemen's Detail, SMAHS senior Marlea Winslow, acting as the mistress of ceremonies, led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the playing of the national anthem by the SMAHS Concert Band.
Fellow seniors Diego Araujo recited a letter "An American Soldier" and Danielle Holthauser read the Presidential Proclamation of Veterans Day.

Loudon touches on sacrifice of veterans and families

November 12, 2014

A box of cards was a simple gesture which encouraged St. Marys Area High School teacher Randy Loudon to share his experience as a gold star parent with those at the school's Veterans Day Assembly held Wednesday afternoon.
The Loudon family experienced the loss of their middle son, U.S. Army Second Lieutenant Christopher Loudon, on Oct. 17, 2006 after an IED destroyed his Humvee, killing him and three fellow soldiers along with their Iraqi interpreter.

St. Marys man gets 2-5 years in statutory case

November 12, 2014

RIDGWAY – A St. Marys man was sentenced to two to five years in state prison Wednesday morning for one felony count of statutory sexual assault, to which he pleaded guilty in August.
Adam Lee Hill, 26, faced a total of 22 charges prior to the plea agreement.

Arson declared in Harrison Avenue fire in Johnsonburg

November 12, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – Following an investigation into Wednesday's Harrison Avenue fire, Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Corporal Greg Agosti reported that the fire was the result of arson.
The fire, which damaged three vacant houses along Harrison Avenue, started at approximately 2:30 a.m., and firefighters did not finish leaving the scene until 10:30 a.m.
According to Agosti's investigation, the fire started at the house located at 112 Harrison Ave., and the fire then spread to the adjacent properties at 110 and 114 Harrison Ave.

November 11th

Veterans Day service held Tuesday morning

November 11, 2014

Mild temperatures and abundant sunshine greeted area residents on Tuesday, and the nice weather led to a fairly good turnout for the annual Veterans Day Memorial Service, which was held on the Diamond beginning at 11 a.m.
"With the weather cooperating so beautifully, this is the nicest Nov. 11 I've ever seen here on the Diamond," said Victor Straub, a retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. who served as the master of ceremonies for the program.

Distler comments on importance of Veterans Day

November 11, 2014

Veterans Day is a day "for more than simply remembering," explained Jim Distler, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the current adjutant and financial officer of American Legion Post 103, during Tuesday morning's Veterans Day Memorial Service, which was held on the Diamond beginning at 11 a.m.

Shakespeare's production blends modern and tradition

November 11, 2014

This weekend the St. Marys Area High School Drama Club is mixing old and new during their production of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Their performance takes on a contemporary twist as it is set at the modern Athens High School, rather than ancient Athens, with the actors playing the traditional Shakespearian characters in updated roles.

Joseph M. Verbka

November 11, 2014

Joseph M. Verbka, 46, of Cabot, died unexpectedly Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 at Butler Memorial Hospital.
He was born Nov. 8, 1968 in St. Marys, son of Rudy and the late Joan (Gresock) Verbka of Kersey.
Joe received his bachelor's degree from Gannon University and his master's degree from Ball State University. He loved archaeology and was a regional archaeology supervisor for PennDOT.

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