April 2nd, 2014
Facing a three-run deficit early in Wednesday afternoon's game, the Elk County Catholic Crusaders rallied to defeat the Ridgway Elkers 5-3 in a contest that was the season opener for both teams.
Alice R. Vanatta, 94, of Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, formerly of 522 1st Ave., Johnsonburg, died Wednesday afternoon, April 2, 2014 at Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, following a lengthy illness.
She was born Sept. 12, 1919 in Wilcox, daughter of the late Albert N. and Mary Lecker Smith.
She married H. Dean Vanatta on Aug. 8, 1941. He died June 15, 1973.
She resided in Johnsonburg most of her life and graduated from Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1937.
She was a member of Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg Senior Center and the former Rolfe Sportsmen's Club Women's Auxiliary.
Eugene A. "Oscar" Kriegel, 88, of 10 Samsel Ave. Johnsonburg, died Tuesday afternoon, April 1, 2014 at Penn Highlands-Elk, St. Marys, following a brief illness.
He was born May 13, 1925 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Anthony C. and Gertrude Keenen Kriegel.
He married Virginia M. "Chook" Williams on Dec. 17, 1945. She died Oct. 23, 1994.
He resided in Johnsonburg all his life and graduated from Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1943.
Leo E. (Amacher) Cuthbert, 47, of 214 Fairview Ave., Johnsonburg, died March 13, 2014 at UPMC Presbyterian following a brief illness.
He was born Dec. 10, 1966 in Ridgway, son of Thomas and Ruth Amacher.
He liked to walk in the woods to observe the wildlife.
He is survived by his mother, Nancy Cuthbert; and his siblings Lorraine Nolen, Dan Krzeminski, Julianne Folger, Laura Cuthbert, Karen Glenn, Willa Amacher, Thomas Amacher Jr., Fred Amacher, and Cris Amacher.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Dawn E. Shipe; and by a nephew, Zacharias Amacher.
On Sunday the Dynamic Dance Competition Company (DDCC) is hosting a showcase featuring their 2014 season routines. There is free admission to the event being held at Elk County Catholic High School with a 2 p.m. curtain call.
This season's 22 dancers encompass the largest group in company history which is based out of April School of Dance in St. Marys.
"This competition season has gone very smooth," said Jennifer Blankenship, DDCC founder and artistic director. "Every time we start a new season it's a challenge for me and my dancers. It was an intense season."
Friday marks the sixth annual Elk County Catholic School System Heritage Gala Benefit Dinner, which raises significant funds for the general operations of the three local Catholic schools.
Last year's event raised more than $100,000 including donations to the gala, business sponsor contributions and contributions to the newly established Monsignor JohnÂ B. Hagerty Scholarship Fund.
BENEZETTE â€“ A Wilcox woman and a St. Marys man were arrested Tuesday afternoon on multiple charges, including felony charges of criminal conspiracy and manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to sell.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, police found approximately 1.5 ounces of marijuana, several glass smoking pipes, a scale and several glass pipes in a priority mail envelope during a search of a room at the Benezette Hotel that was occupied by Jeremiah Adam Dilley, 34, of St. Marys and Abby Marie O'Rourke, 29, of Wilcox.
Due to several challenges being encountered by crews working on the state Route 255 project, the anticipated completion date of early September could be pushed back slightly later into the fall.
Among the road blocks being encountered are weather, hitting rock while installing utility lines and discovering numerous drains from homeowners which were unknown prior to construction.
RIDGWAY â€“ Recent renovations to the former assessment office in the Elk County Courthouse have uncovered glimpses of the county's long forgotten past.
The courthouse, reportedly completed in 1880, had a very different look inside the facility versus today's building.
"Back in the 1970s there were major renovations done to the courthouse and they tore out a Victorian hardwood winding staircase and they put in the aluminum and plastic steps, and in the 1970s it was all about energy efficiency and urban renewal," said Elk County Commissioner Dan Freeburg.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ A Johnsonburg woman has been charged with corruption of minors and child endangerment in connection with the sexual assault of her 15-year-old daughter.
According to court records, Jeannie M. Showalter of 113 East Ave, Johnsonburg, contacted Johnsonburg Borough Police on Feb. 18 stating that she had information concerning the sexual assault case of her daughter. Charges were filed in December of 2013 against Eric Paul Hulings of James City in the sexual assault of Showalter's daughter, 15.