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December 9th

Yolanda E. “Viola” Geci

December 10, 2014

Yolanda E. “Viola” Geci, 95, of 1173 Million Dollar Hwy., Kersey, died unexpectedly Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, at Penn Highlands Elk.
She was born Feb. 8, 1919 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Anthony and Lucia Pasta Salvatore.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Sacred Heart School and St. Marys Public schools.
On June 15, 1940 in the Sacred Heart Church, she married Lucian M. Geci, who preceded her in death July 18, 1982.

Helen E. Urmann

December 10, 2014

Helen E. Urmann, 88, formerly of 340 Allenhurst Ave., Ridgway, died Friday morning, Dec. 5, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a brief illness.
She was born June 3, 1926 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Joseph V. and Ruth (McMackin) Urmann.
She had resided in Ridgway all of her life, and was a member of the St. Leo Catholic Church.
Helen enjoyed reading, gardening and playing bridge. She was a graduate of St. Leo High School and Seton Hill College.
She had been employed by Brockway Glass for 40 years.

Crusaders open season with win over Rams

December 10, 2014

The Elk County Catholic Crusaders opened their 2014-2015 campaign with a 72-33 victory over the Johnsonburg Rams on Tuesday night at the ECCHS gymnasium.
"I'm happy with the win, happy to start this way," said ECC head coach Aaron Straub.
The Crusaders held a 20-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and were up 32-17 at the break. At the end of three quarters they had extended that lead to 56-25.

Lady Elkers fall to DCC

December 10, 2014

Ridgway girls basketball lost 73-45 to DuBois Central Catholic Tuesday night at Ridgway Area High School in the Lady Elkers' home opener.
Ridgway had three players finish in double figures in scoring. Jessica Kifer had a team-high 13 points while Hannah Park had 11 points and Emily Fullem finished with 10. The 45 team points are the most scored in a game under third-year head coach Stacy Kifer.

Shorthanded Rams fall to Red Raider wrestlers

December 10, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Rams wrestling team managed just one win in five matches wrestled on the mat Tuesday night against visiting Cameron County.
Handcuffed with a shorthanded lineup, the Rams were forced to forfeit eight matches en route to a 65-6 loss. Joey Elinski got the lone win for Johnsonburg, scoring a fall in the 145-pound bout against Parker Lumley.
"Joey Elinski was wrestling pretty tough, he's 4-2 now in his first year wrestling," said Johnsonburg head varsity wrestling coach Mike Votano.

Pro football weekly recap

December 9, 2014

Thursday Night Football 12/4/14

Dallas (9-4) 41

Chicago (5-8) 28

Dallas used the 3rd quarter to put this game out of reach. After a tightly contested
first half the score was 14-7 in Dallas’ favor. Dallas was able to use an early
second half turnover to score a 24 yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Cole
Beasley. They used great field position to tack on 2 more touchdowns before the end
of the 3rd quarter to make the score 35-7. Chicago made the game somewhat close
thanks to a 21 point fourth quarter of their own, but it was too little, too late.

December 8th

Pricilla (Peachy) Shrefler

December 9, 2014

Pricilla (Peachy) Shrefler, 89, of the Ridgmont Assisted Living Facility in Ridgway, died Monday morning, Dec. 8, 2014 at her residence following an illness of the last three years.
She was born Aug. 23, 1925 in Shawmut, daughter of the late David and Edna (Hook) Moline.
She married Franklin Maxwell Shrefler on March 22, 1947, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 21, 1981.
She had resided in Ridgway all of her life, and she was a 1942 graduate of the Ridgway Area High School.

Johnsonburg Borough approves tax schedule

December 9, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Borough Council approved a 2015 tax schedule during the council's regular monthly meeting on Monday as part of the overall 2015 budget, which was also approved during the meeting.
Borough manager Mary Polaski announced that the taxes for 2015 will include 26.36 mills for total real estate taxes, 227.5 mills for occupation taxes and a $47 local services tax.
The tax schedule calls for a three-mill tax hike deemed necessary to fund the hiring of a new police officer, a project to repair Harrison Avenue, a part-time street department worker and flood control.

Couple pleads guilty in bath salts ring

December 9, 2014

A St. Marys couple pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the July 17 drug busts carried out in St. Marys and Ridgway by the North Central Regional Drug Task Force.
Leif Eric Moats (known as Eric), 40, and Kristin M. Moats, 33, both of 325 Kaul Ave., appeared in Elk County Court before Judge Masson Monday morning. They were arrested along with Rachel Shrefler and Tammy Zawatski, both of Ridgway, and are believed to have all worked together in the sale and distribution of alpha-PVP, the drug commonly known as bath salts.

After two mistrials, Ecklund pleads guilty

December 9, 2014

Brandon J. Ecklund, 22, of Ridgway, pleaded guilty Monday morning to a misdemeanor charge of corruption of minors, which had been downgraded from a felony charge.
District Attorney Shawn T. McMahon informed the court that the Commonwealth and the defense had worked toward a resolution given the cost and complications of prosecution.
He noted that the cost of prosecution was considerable as a key witness had to be brought here from South Carolina.

Ridgway girls basketball defeated the Lady Owls but balanced scoring had the Lady Elkers' offense...
Ridgway wrestling defeated Curwensville 45-32 in a dual meet Thursday night at Ridgway Area High...
JOHNSONBURG – Johnsonburg girls basketball lost 45-23 to Bradford Wednesday night at Johnsonburg...