January 18th, 2015
Over the past few years, the stray cat population in Elk County has reached unprecedented numbers and has become a growing problem for the community, just as it is across the country. The Elk County Humane Society (ECHS) has been at the forefront of this issue.
The School Performance Profile (SPP) scores were recently released for public schools across the state.
The SPP acts as a report card from the Pa. Department of Education. The profiles are based off the results of each public school's Pa. System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests and Keystone Exams, a state required year-end exam.
The purpose of the profile is to measure annual student academic growth, graduation rates, attendance, achievement in underperforming students, participation in Advanced Placement courses, SAT and ACT scores and other factors.
James M. Hoyt, 73, of 39738 State St. in Ridgway, died Saturday morning, Jan. 17, 2015 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.
He was born July 30, 1941 in Jamestown, N.Y., son of the late John J. and Margaret (Taraska) Hoyt Sekelsky.
He married Beverly J. Pontious on June 19, 1965.
He had resided in Ridgway for the last 50 years, and he was a member of the St. Leo Catholic Church and a past K of C member.
Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, playing cards and polka music.
He had served in the U.S. Navy, and he was a peacetime veteran.
Adda R. Lundy, 102, of Caledonia, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at Elk Haven Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
She was born April 11, 1912 in Caledonia, daughter of the late Charles and Ida (Hewitt) Tyler.
On Nov. 5, 1928, she married Leo T. Lundy who preceded her in death Dec. 13, 1997.
She worked at Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital for many years in the housekeeping department.
She was a member of the Caledonia Methodist Church, Bennetts Valley Senior Center and the Bennetts Valley Legion Auxiliary.
She lived all her life in Caledonia.
The Elk County Catholic Crusaders defeated the Brookville Raiders 72-38 on Friday night at the ECCHS gymnasium to remain undefeated at home so far this season.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch basketball led the Clearfield Bison 45-43 after three quarters of play but Clearfield was able to outscore the Dutchmen 23-17 in the fourth quarter to pick up a 66-62 non-league win at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
RIDGWAY â€“ A makeshift memorial shrine may soon be removed according to initial plans by Ridgway Borough officials.
The memorial-- a handmade wooden cross and artificial flowers-- rests in front of a fence at a small park located at the corner of North Broad Street and Eagle street in Ridgway. The tribute is for Brian Holterback who died July 13.
BENEZETTE â€“ A Bradford man faces criminal charges in a May 31, 2014 one-vehicle motorcycle crash, which resulted in major injuries to Ashley J. Beckwith of Bradford.
The crash occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Homestead Drive near the Elk Country Visitor Center.
Daniel S. Hushon, 41, is charged with a felony count of aggravated assault by motor vehicle, a misdemeanor count of recklessly endangering another person, as well as summary offenses of driving a vehicle at an unsafe speed and reckless driving.
The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved several personnel items during their recent meeting.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation and pre-employment drug testing if applicable.
James R. Sexton, 87, of St. Marys and formerly of Weedville, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at Elk Haven Nursing Home after a short illness.
He was born Feb. 12, 1927 in Benezette, son of the late Raymond and Cathleen (Von Riebnitz) Sexton. On July 19, 1947, he married Virginia â€śGalaâ€ť Crocco who preceded him in death on Dec. 27, 1998.
Born and raised in Benezette, he lived most of his life in Weedville and the past 12 years in St. Marys. He worked at Stackpole Carbon of St. Marys for 37 years. He was a Member of St. Joseph Church.