The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch basketball team opened their 2014-2015 season Saturday night by playing host to the Bishop Guilfoyle Lady Marauders in a non-league contest.
Bishop Guilfoyle came away with a 64-24 win over the Lady Dutch.
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The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader basketball team opened their season at home on Friday by hosting the Ridgway Lady Elkers. Elk Catholic came away with a 54-22 victory.
Fox Township held its annual Light Up Night on Friday evening. This year the event was moved to a new, warmer location inside at the Fox Township Community Building. Santa arrived on a Christmas float featuring a winter scene complete with snowmobiles and escorted by Mrs. Claus and the Grinch. Inside the center children and their families enjoyed hot soup, cookies, hot chocolate and other more. Santa and Mrs. Claus gifted each child with a coloring book and a bag of goodies.
Frances D. Eckert, 98, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home, and formerly of Bucktail Trail, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at Elk Haven, on her motherâ€™s birthday.
She was born March 8, 1916 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Pfingstler Dietz. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Leoâ€™s High School, Class of 1934. She was a retired employee of the Stackpole Carbon Company, retiring in 1981 after 28 years of service.
On Aug. 17, 1935 in Portageville, N.Y., she married Herbert G. Eckert, who preceded her in death Feb. 20, 1976.
Anthony C. "Charlie" Distler, 78, of 249 Rightmeyer St., St. Marys, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 at his home.
He was born May 14, 1936, a son of the late Charles and Emma Eckert Distler.
Charlie attended St. Marys Parochial Schools and retired from Stackpole Carbon Company after many years of service. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and will be remembered by his friends that he had in town.
He is survived by several cousins and close friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Rosemary Distler.
The flow of people into the Farmers National Bank in downtown St. Marys was fairly steady at times throughout the day on Friday. Instead of making deposits or withdrawals though, many were there to give out money to a worthy cause. The bank hosted the annual Make-A-Wish Day, which was also broadcast on area radio station The River 98.9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Clythera Hornung was named as the new president of the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors Thursday evening during their organizational meeting.
The regular meeting convened following the brief organizational meeting. Bob Luchini, outgoing board president, declined a nomination to continue as president.
According to Luchini, this was due to him having only one year left to serve in his term and he is unsure if he will seek re-election to the board.
The St. Marys Area School District will lose $65,630 in revenue as a result of a settlement agreement with Mersen USA regarding a property tax appeal by the company.
The appeal was filed due to the company's belief that it was being over-assessed based on the fair market value of their facility.
The appeal was filed in August 2013 for the company's 45-acre property on Trout Run Road in St. Marys, home to its carbon and graphite manufacturing facility. The plant employs 200 people locally.