JOHNSONBURG â€“ Now in his eighth season at the helm of the Johnsonburg girlsâ€™ varsity basketball program, Mike Zilkofski is looking for a little bit more this time around as his team prepares to storm the court.
â€śWeâ€™re hoping for bigger and better things this year,â€ť Zilkofski said after posting a 13-10 mark last season and an early playoff exit Feb. 21 at East Forest. â€śIt was a heartbreaker losing on the road to East Forest in the playoffs. They had a lot of seniors, a pretty good group there, and we just didnâ€™t play well.â€ť
New faces will be all around the Ridgway wrestling program this season.
First-year head coach David Fordoski takes over as the varsity head coach for Ridgway wrestling after the retirement of Gary Gerber this past winter from that post. Fordoski said the team may be limited in varsity starting experience but the team is full of wrestlers with an excitement and work ethic for the program.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg wrestling enters this season with nine varsity wrestlers and a focus on winning more duals.
â€śAs a team, our goal is to win half of our dual matches,â€ť Johnsonburg coach Mike Votano said. â€śLast year, we won two matches. I believe we have a few more numbers this year if we can stay healthy. Looking at other teamâ€™s lineups, thereâ€™s a chance we could win half of our dual matches, we set that as our team goal.â€ť
Johnsonburg starts with nine on the varsity level.
The Ridgway Township Municipal Authority approved the 2013 operating budget during their regular meeting Thursday night.
Finance Manager Jeff Schutz briefed officials on a budget that has a total estimated operating revenue of $986,870.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg School District is a recent recipient of a grant they will use to purchase laptop computers. Â
â€śThe district received a $6,534 grant from the Elk County Community Foundation,â€ť said Dennis Crotzer, Superintendent. â€śThis money will be used in conjunction with our title money to purchase 15 laptops for the teachers.â€ť
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Following a lengthy executive session the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority [JMA] voted to increase water rates during their regular meeting Tuesday night.
Effective Jan. 1, residents can expect a $10 per month increase in their water bills.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ With a 2-7 season in the rear view mirror and the Johnsonburg varsity football program in serious jeopardy due to lack of player turnout and graduation, the current coaching staff paused Sunday for a season-ending banquet and paid tribute to the team's playmakers.
"Our seniors worked extremely hard in the summer and they were the heart and soul of this program," said Johnsonburg varsity football coach Jesse Schreiber. "They really wanted it and I was glad to be able to coach them."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg football program celebrated the 2012 football season Sunday afternoon with a banquet and awards ceremony at the high school.
Johnsonburg varsity football coach Jesse Schreiber, who earlier this year earned his first varsity victory and followed it with a 13-12 win over rival Ridgway later in the season, paid tribute to his coaching staff, players, and several individuals working behind the scenes.
Members of the Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department responded Tuesday afternoon to what initially started out as an odor investigation at the Elk County Courthouse Annex in the 300 block of Center Street.
According to Ridgway fire chief John Wygant, an initial investigation yielded no results and he terminated the investigation. Elk Company 4 was reportedly called out at 2:58 p.m., according to 911 dispatch.
"Five minutes after I left, I was called back as the smell got more intense," Wygant said. "It was then that I called for the general alarm."
Elk County commissioners presented a tentative 2013 budget Tuesday morning without a tax increase during their board meeting.
According to commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg, 2012 has followed a continued trend of challenges for small local governments.
"With rising costs in healthcare, gas and everyday expenses, the county is continually striving to cut spending where possible," Freeburg said. "Adding on to this burden is the continual reduction in state funding for mandated programs."