May 15th, 2015
KANE â€“ Johnsonburg track and field finished Friday with three district champions and four state qualifiers after the conclusion of the District 9 Class AA championships held Friday at Paul R. Miller Stadium in Kane.
For Johnsonburg, Caitlin Viglione won the girls 100-meter dash with a time of 12.49 for her second district title in the 100. Viglione also won her 100-meter heat with a time of 12.78.
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The Ridgway-based state police report investigating a DUI crash that occurred Thursday morning at approximately 4:55 a.m. on state Route 219 near Boot Jack Auto in Ridgway Township.
A known 59-year-old male was reportedly traveling south on SR 219 in a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado and failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway.
Police say the truck traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment, overturning and coming to rest on its roof.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area School District school board unanimously approved a preliminary budget Thursday, a balanced budget that includes the maximum tax increase allowable by the state.
JASD school board treasurer Patty Calkins said during JASD's budget work session meeting May 7 that the tax increase, which will be a 1.9 tax increase, is expected to bring an additional $40,000 into the district, and the tax is expected to cost the average homeowner in the district an additional $21 a year.
ST. MARYS â€“ In commemorating Peace Officers Memorial Day, a special Blue Mass is being held today at noon at Sacred Heart Church in St. Marys to remember those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice and laid down their lives to protect their fellow officers and members of their communities.
Father Eric Vogt will act as celebrant for the Mass, which will be followed by a luncheon.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ It was all Austin Amacher Thursday in Johnsonburg.
On the hill for the Rams, Amacher limited Coudersport to just one unearned run in a five-inning 11-1 win for Johnsonburg.
In addition to his five-strikeout performance, Amacher also delivered at the plate. He reached on an error in the first inning to plate two runs, slapped a two-out double in the fourth for an 8-1 lead, then hit a bases loaded single in the fifth to end the game at 11-1.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg softball split a doubleheader with Kane Thursday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School in Ridgway.
Kane won the first game 6-5 in eight innings before Johnsonburg took the second game 21-2 in five innings.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg boys tennis lost 7-2 to DCC Tuesday afternoon at Johnsonburg Area High School.
ST. MARYS â€“ Crystal Fire Department responded to a garage fire shortly before 4 p.m. along Woodland Road in St. Marys. More information will be available in the Wednesday edition.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ With blight becoming an increasingly growing problem in the area, the Johnsonburg Borough Council is doing what they can to stop the blight from spreading in the borough.
Since 2007, the borough has spent over $95,926 of taxpayer money on razing blighted structures within the borough, and the county has spent an additional $46,039 in the borough during that same time period.
Going forward, the Johnsonburg Borough Council discussed what to do about a few specific blighted properties that are still in the borough.