July 14th, 2014
Cecilia Miriam Prechtl, 78, of St. Marys, died at home surrounded by her family Monday, July 14, 2014.
Cecilia was born Feb. 18, 1936 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Dorothy Simbeck and Jerome Nicklas. She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys Schools.
On Dec. 15, 1951, she married her husband Albert in the Sacred Heart Church. Cecilia and her husband were the owners of Elk Cameron Bus Lines, St. Marys Equipment Company, Inc., and Eagle Express Trucking, Inc.
Batiste T. "Kack" Franco, 85, of 6478 Ridgway-Johnsonburg Rd., Johnsonburg, died Sunday morning, July 13, 2014 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, following a brief illness.
He was born Sept. 20, 1928 in Johnsonburg, son of Batiste and Frances Sirianni Franco.
On Oct. 31, 1950, he married Stephana C. "Steffie" LaFarr in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg, and she survives.
He resided in Johnsonburg all his life and graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1946.
Paul J. Grieggs, 77, of 232 Monterey Ave., Ridgway, died unexpectedly on Sunday evening, July 13, 2014.
He was born on Dec. 8, 1936 in St. Marys, a son of the late Thomas and Anna Francis Grieggs.
On May 9, 1958 in St. Leo Church, he married Inez Magrini Grieggs, who survives.
Paul was a lifelong resident of the area, and a graduate of Central High School, Class of 1954. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He retired from Keystone Carbon Company after more than 35 years of service. He was a member of the Elks and enjoyed gardening and sitting on his porch swing.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Borough Council heard from ARS Engineering Services senior engineer Ryan Miller concerning Johnsonburg's continued efforts toward flood control.
WILCOX â€“ The Wilcox bats couldn't solve Smethport pitcher Dustin Zetwick Sunday afternoon.
They won't have another chance to this season.
Zetwick threw eight shutout innings and held Wilcox to just two hits in a 3-0, eight-inning victory for Smethport Sunday afternoon at Jones Township Community Park.
Daniel A. Thorwart, 83, of 2720 Wilcox Road, Johnsonburg, died Saturday night, July 12, 2014, at the Lutheran Home at Kane following a short illness.
He was born Sept. 30, 1930 in Ridgway, son of the late Luke J. and Johanna E. Polaski Thorwart.
On Jan. 27, 1951, he married Virginia Shaffer by Fr. John A. Kirk and she survives
He resided in Johnsonburg all his life and attended Holy Rosary School and graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1948.
Laura J. Thiry, 97, Johnsonburg, died Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Lutheran Home in Kane after a lengthy illness.
She was born Dec. 21, 1916 in Clarion County, daughter of the late Merle and Pearl Wolfe.
She was married to Edward A. Thiry, he preceded her in death in 2002.
Laura was Methodist by faith. She loved to play the board game â€śSorry.â€ť
BENEZETTE â€“ The first ever Elk Country Multi-County Democratic picnic was celebrated Saturday afternoon at the Dudley Farm in Benezette.
The event, sponsored by the Elk County Democratic Committee, featured addresses from several state and federal candidates.
BENEZETTE â€“ Half a year into his term as Elk County district attorney, Shawn McMahon's office is tasked with prosecuting hundreds of drug-related cases during the year, a trend that he does not see receding in the near future.
WILCOX â€“ With elimination in the cards with a loss, Wilcox picked a good time to put a decisive effort together.
A seven-run first inning was followed by more timely hitting as Wilcox was able to cruise to an 11-0 win over Fox Township Friday evening at Jones Township Community Park in an elimination game in the Elk County American Legion League playoffs.