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January 24th, 2012
Elk County Waterways Conservation Officer Thomas McMann of the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission attended Monday night's Elk County Conservation District [ECCD] meeting to report on a bentonite spill that occurred along Silver Creek near Johnsonburg in November 2011.
On Nov. 15, the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company spilled a large amount of bentonite into the stream. The bentonite quickly made its way into a reservoir controlled by the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority.
Bentonite is a form of impure clay that easily absorbs water and is often used to facilitate gas drilling.
BROOKVILLE â€” In his closing statement of Steven P. Rebert's double murder trial Tuesday, District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett invoked the voice of one of the victims, Wayne Shugar, and asked that the jury hear it, too.
"The blood of Wayne Shugar cries out in this courtroom," Burkett said, citing evidence that showed that four spots of Shugar's blood was found on the bottom of Rebert's work boots.
"Your DNA is the content of your person: It's responsible for your eye color, your personality, your height," he said.
BROOKVILLE â€” Both sides in Steven Rebert's double homicide trial rested their cases Monday following a week of testimony at the Jefferson County Courthouse.
The Commonwealth seeks the death penalty in the case in which Rebert, formerly of Emporium, faces double-homicide charges in the shooting deaths of Victoria and Wayne Shugar, both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home in Brockway.
The Elk County Conservation District [ECCD] approved three dirt and gravel road projects during Monday night's regular meeting.
Three applications were submitted for projects in Jones and Fox Townships.
According to ECCD Chairman Russ Braun, a meeting with the Quality Assurance Board was held prior to the regular meeting to rank the projects.
"As far as the rankings are concerned, the two Jones Township projects came in on top and the Fox Township project came in third," Braun said. "They are all good projects and there is enough money to cover all three and all three were approved."
Organizers are preparing for what will be the 13th installment of the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous scheduled for Feb. 18-25 in downtown Ridgway.
"We're excited because it's coming fast and we're excited about the new location," said Zoe Boni, daughter of Rendezvous founders Rick and Liz Boni.
St. Marys native Kelly Carver recently left the West Coast and is back on the East Coast serving as the new gallery coordinator at Elk County Council on the Arts (ECCOTA).
Carver returned to the area from Seattle, Wash. in February 2010 and began an association with ECCOTA that led to her current position.
"I moved back home in February of 2010, and then in June of 2010, I became a volunteer and then I sat on the board of directors of ECCOTA. So I sat on the board until August of 2011 and then the job of gallery coordinator became available and they offered me the position," Carver said.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Grey Knights Drum & Bugle Corps of Johnsonburg is on the lookout for fresh faces to join the team.
The Corps offers an opportunity to members of all ages to perform in a number of parades and special events.
No music experience? Grey Knights Music Instructor Eugene Sallack says not to worry. All that is needed is a love for music and a little patience.
BROOKVILLE â€” Testimony about a jailhouse confession by Steven P. Rebert emerged during his Aug. 11, 2010, preliminary hearing in the shooting deaths of Victoria and Wayne Shugar, and Thursday, the man who allegedly heard the confession testified for the prosecution Thursday.
Joel Eagleson, formerly of Phoenix, Ariz., now residing in Batavia, N.Y., told the jury about a 15- to 20-minute conversation he and Rebert had in early June 2010, after Rebert had been arrested by authorities in Genessee County, N.Y., for possession of a weapon.
Tax documents for 2011 will soon start arriving in the mail, and it is never too soon to start getting organized to ensure a maximum refund with minimal difficulties.Â
Jennifer Jenkins, Internal Revenue Service media relations for Ohio and Western Pa., had some basic tips to offer taxpayers.Â
â€śThe first thing most people wonder is what's the deadline to file, and this year the deadline is Tuesday, April 17,â€ť Jenkins said.Â
Since August of 2011 ownership of Lumberjacks has switched from Larry Buehler to John and Martha Toncich. Toncich had previously been hired to consult for Lumberjacks to help turn it around and eventually he came upon the purchase. Toncich explains he wanted to maintain the business to help keep a part of Ridgwayâ€™s heritage alive.
â€śLarry redid the restaurant in late 2006 as a dedication to the town,â€ť Toncich said. â€śThe lumber industry is what built this county, and the history shouldnâ€™t be walked away from.â€ť