March 2nd, 2015
JAMES CITY â€“Â The Highland Township supervisors voted unanimously on Monday to allow The Community Environmental Defense Fund (CELDF) to proceed in defending the township in a lawsuit over a township ordinance regulating injection wells.
The decision came after a 30-minute public meeting in which the township supervisors and approximately 25 residents of the township and the county were able to voice their opinion on what should be done with the lawsuit.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg girls basketball honored their 2014-2015 team with a banquet held Sunday afternoon at Johnsonburg Area Elementary School.
Varsity head coach Ellie Kocjancic introduced the four seniors and gave each one of them plaques referencing a game which stood out in her mind from the past season. Taylor Wolfe was the first senior mentioned and Kocjancic remembered the Ramettes win at Curwensville in which she scored 15 points and held Ciara Strickland to 14 points. Wolfe was also the Defensive MVP award winner.
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The weeklong sweet 16th birthday celebration of the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous reached its high note Saturday with the annual auction attended by a large crowd.
Auctioneers auctioned off a wide variety of artistic creations throughout Saturday at the annual event on Court Street in downtown Ridgway.
Robert F. McCabe Sr., 82, of High Street, Johnsonburg, died early Friday morning, Feb. 27, 2015 at Penn Highlands Elk after a short illness.
He was born July 7, 1932 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Francis and Maude (Fellows) McCabe.
On May 9, 1961, he married Patricia Klink and she survives.
He was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School and had retired from the Johnsonburg Paper Mill after 43 years of service.
He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, the American Legion and the K of C. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He lived all his life in Johnsonburg.
ST. MARYS â€“ A fire Friday morning broke out on the Straub Brewery property in St. Marys and destroyed a structure utilized as a maintenance and storage building.
Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) and St. Marys Ambulance were dispatched at 9:16 a.m. for a report of a structure fire at a commercial industry site at 303 Sorg St. in St. Marys.
"Upon arrival we found that the maintenance storage building was fully involved so at that time we called for mutual aid from Fox Township, Ridgway and Johnsonburg," said Tom Bauer, public relations representative for Crystal Fire Department.
As 12-year-old Chloe Frank of Ridgway fights the battle of her life, she is armed with a positive attitude, the power of prayer and an outpouring of community support as her weapons.
â€œShe has deep strength which comes from her passion and love of dance," said her mother, Tara Frank.
The Frank family was devastated by their eldest daughter's diagnosis of childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on Sunday, Feb. 16.
ST. MARYS â€“ A St. Marys man and a Wilcox woman are charged in a April 2014 incident involving a car being stolen and then left along the old railroad grade on state Route 555 after being set on fire.
Chris Deon McMillen, 24, and Abby Marie O'Rourke, 30, face felony charges of theft by unlawful taking and arson, and lesser related offenses.
According to the affidavits of probable cause, State Police at Ridgway were notified of a stolen vehicle on April 1, 2014 around 7:44 a.m. The vehicle was found about a mile east of Benezette on fire.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ A Ridgway man is charged with the misdemeanor offense of harassment for multiple violent threats against his estranged wife's boyfriend.
John Paul Raubenstrauch, 45, of Ridgway allegedly threatened Robert John Lillie via text messages and phone calls, at times threatening to shoot him.
"I will [expletive] shoot him in the head," Raubenstrauch allegedly told his estranged wife Brandy Lynne Buehler over the phone. "If I have to do it in front of the kids, I'll do it."
ST. MARYS â€“ A building on the Straub Brewery went up in flames Friday morning.