January 10th, 2012
ST. MARYS - The 2nd Annual Elk County Catholic Alumni Spirit Night is set for Friday evening. This year's event is being held in conjunction with the much-anticipated ECC versus St. Marys Area boys' basketball game.
The cross-town rivals will meet at ECC this year and event organizers are encouraging alums to sport their alma mater's colors of maroon and gold to cheer the Crusaders. The junior varsity game is set for 6 p.m., with the varsity matchup tipping off at 7:30 p.m.
James T. "Perch" O'Connell, 58, of 225 Fairies St., Wilcox died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2012 at Bradford Regional Medical Center.
He was born July 21, 1953 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Daniel and Dorothy Heglen O'Connell.
On Sept. 11, 1976, in the Wilcox Presbyterian Church, he married Debra "Debbie" Stanley, who survives.
Johnsonburg wrestling lost 39-29 in a dual meet against Sheffield Monday night at Johnsonburg Area High School.
Johnsonburg won four of the six matches wrestled on the mat against the Wolverines. Johnsonburg coach Mike Votano said the team's hard work is showing in the improvement as the season has progressed.
On Monday afternoon, Elk County President Judge Richard Masson handed down a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole to Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, who was found guilty of second-degree murder in the April 5-6, 1999 homicide of Irene Challingsworth, a 56-year-old St. Marys beautician.
Several family members of homicide victim Irene Challingsworth addressed Lawrence Donachy, found guilty of her homicide and sentenced to life in prison without parole, during his sentencing hearing held Monday afternoon at the Elk County Courthouse.
The first to speak was Challingsworth's daughter, Kelly Bauer of St. Marys, who also testified during the preliminary hearing and trial.
Bauer said Challingsworth was a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, daughter and much more to the people who cared about her.
Today is National Cut Your Energy Cost Awareness Day. With unseasonably warm temperatures heating up our winter, and the approaching backlash of this warmth, now is a perfect time to start cutting your energy cost.
Jay Burke from Burkes Ace Home Center is certified in heat loss and heat design. Burke said the three biggest problems with heat loss in the home are foundation problems, faulty or missing insulation, and drafts.
ST. MARYS â€“ The River 98.9 will once again be hosting the Second Annual Polar Sweet Express event sponsored by Ridgway BiLo and Northwest Savings Bank.
CAPSEA [Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse] Executive Director Billie Jo Weyant said the popular fundraising event is a one-stop shopping experience for all your Valentine's Day needs.
The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Franklin Center in downtown St. Marys and will feature local vendors.
ST. MARYS â€“ The gymnasium at Elk County Catholic High School was the place to be on Saturday night and open seats were hard to come by as basketball fans came out to watch the much anticipated match-up between the resilient Crusaders and the undefeated Ridgway Elkers. The two teams did not disappoint as they battled back and forth for the lead throughout the contest until Ridgway finally put the game away in the fourth quarter to secure their first win at ECC since December 2002.
Flutterbye is a support program created by the Community Nurses, Inc., to help children cope with the loss of a loved one.
The program reaches out to grades kindergarten through 12th grade. The support program meets monthly for meetings and yearly for a day camp. Because of a grant awarded by Women Who Care, the program will be extended to a two-day camp in the summer of 2012.
Workers in the Marcellus Shale industry and a local well fire department were on hand Saturday for a confined space entry and rescue training and certification program held at the Ridgway Firemen's Carnival Grounds.
During the program, simulations and drills were held that practiced rescuing injured workers from a frac tank. An actual frac tank, a tank that is used to hold water used in the hydrofracturing process that extracts natural gas from shale formations deep beneath the earth's surface, was used as part of the activities.