January 30th, 2012
BROOKVILLE â€” A Punxsutawney man who served as the jury foreman in the Steven Rebert double-homicide trial, which concluded late Friday, said the jury became deadlocked while deliberating whether or not Rebert should be put to death.
Rebert was sentenced to life in prison by Jefferson County President Judge John H. Foradora, after the jury could not come to a consensus as to whether or not he should be put to death in the murders of Wayne and Victoria Shugar, both 61, Brockway, who were found shot to death in their home April 12, 2010.
Ridgway boys basketball used a second-quarter run to break a tie after eight minutes as the Elkers went on to a 53-40 win over Brockway Monday night at Ridgway Area High School.
The win puts Ridgway at 16-0 overall and a perfect 6-0 in the AML South, winning the division. The win also means DuBois Central Catholic will finish as the division runner-up. DCC went into Monday with a 3-2 AML South record.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Kane had the game's highest scorer by one point Monday night but the Johnsonburg Rams took care of the rest in an 81-54 victory in the Paper City.
The visiting Wolves were fueled by sophomore forward Jeffrey Kocjancic's game-high 23 points but it wasn't enough to overcome a trio of Johnsonburg Rams scoring in double figures.
Senior Mitchell Holmberg and sophomore Cameron Grumley finished with 22 and 21 points, respectively, while sophomore Cole Peterson contributed 13 points to the winning effort.
Ridgway head wrestling coach Gary Gerber will lead the Elkers for the final time in front of the home fans Tuesday night as Ridgway hosts Brookville.
The junior high dual is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. with the varsity match to follow at approximately 7 p.m.
Gerber announced before the season that he will retire after this season is over. Gerber has over 430 wins to his career among a litany of coaching accomplishments. He announced the decision on Oct. 10, 2011 on "Talk of The Town" hosted by Dennis D. Heindl on 97.5 The Hound.
The Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce provides a wide variety of benefits to its members.
Many businesses and individuals in the area may be unaware of the promotional opportunities it provides.
For instance, through membership, an organization called "Chamber Choice" can provide low-cost health insurance to members who may not otherwise have the option.
Irma Maria Chirillo, 84, of 501 Market St., Johnsonburg, died Saturday evening, Jan. 28, 2012 at DuBois Nursing home in DuBois following a brief illness.
She was born Jan. 19, 1928 in Colosimi Province of Cosenza, Italy, the daughter of the late Mario and Rosa Colosimi Pastore. On Oct. 4, 1949, in Motta Santa Lucia, Italy, she married Victor F. Chirillo, who survives.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch wrestling squad picked up a pair of victories over the Johnsonburg Rams and Sheffield Wolverines during a tri-meet at SMAHS on Saturday morning. The Dutch defeated the Rams 72-12 and beat the Wolverines 59-9. Sheffield also picked up a 48-18 victory over Johnsonburg.
BROOKVILLE â€“ A hung jury sentenced former Emporium resident Stephen P. Rebert to life in prison for the shooting deaths of Brockway residents Wayne and Vicki Shugar, both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010 in their Coal Tipple Road home.
The jury could not come to a unanimous decision on the death penalty, which was being sought by District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett. Eight jurors were for the death penalty and four for life, an automatic sentence of life in prison.
Despite increasing difficulty with staying physically active due to constraints associated with winter conditions, the Ridgway YMCA continues to make leaps and bounds.
"This time of the year it is hard to stay active due to our winter conditions," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA. "There is no better way than to come and swim in our 86-degree pool.Â For more than 100 years the YMCA has been teaching people to swim."
The Cheer Xplosion competition cheerleading squad has been a part of the Ridgway YMCA since 2001.
"Our caring and understanding coaches have made this program a success," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA. "Each year between 45 and 60 girls dedicate themselves to representing the Ridgway YMCA at competitions throughout Pennsylvania and New York.
"Through the years our mini squad has become our junior squad and then onto our senior squad."