JOHNSONBURG â€“ After declaring a residence at the west end of Johnsonburg a public nuisance, the Johnsonburg Borough Council took further action during Monday's meeting to abate the property.
On Aug. 22, a fire at 208 Church St. destroyed a single-stall garage, four residential structures and a vehicle. The residence, owned by Albert Lee Abplanalp, sustained the most damage, as the fire originated in a detached single-stall garage at the property and spread to the main residence situated several feet away.
Betty Jean Geer, 86, of Swedetown Road, Portland Mills, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center. She was born Sept. 28, 1926, the daughter of Perry E. and Edith Ecklund Geer. Betty was a lifelong member of the Lake City United Methodist Church, where she loved teaching the youth in Sunday school and vacation bible school. Betty served as the tax collector for Spring Creek Township for 14 years. Betty served as a 4-H leader for more than 50 years.
In response to a civil complaint filed Dec. 6 by Elk County Sheriff Jeffrey C. Krieg against the county's board of commissioners, Tom Wagner, county solicitor acting on behalf of the board, has filed a response regarding the issues and has introduced new matters in the case.
A hearing on Krieg's initial complaint will be held Friday, Dec. 14 at 1:30 p.m. in the main courtroom of the Elk County Courthouse.
On the evening of Jan. 2, 2011, an 89-year-old Johnsonburg man was home alone when two intruders forced their way into his home and held him to the ground while brandishing a knife and demanding money from him.
"We don't want to hurt you," one of the intruders allegedly told Thomas G. Zelechoski as he was pinned to the kitchen floor.
St. Leo Catholic School students held a dress rehearsal for their annual Christmas play in front of a large audience Wednesday morning in the social hall of the St. Leo Magnus Roman Catholic Church in downtown Ridgway.
This year's play, â€śThe Christmas Shoe Tree,â€ť was chosen in conjunction with the students' service project that focuses on providing shoes to the less fortunate.
BROCKPORT â€“ The Horton Township Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the 2013 budget with no tax increase during their regular meeting Wednesday night.
"The taxes will stay the same," said Dennis Thompson, township secretary. "It's been 15 or so years since we've raised taxes."
The new budget allocates $292,570 for total expenses.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The monkey is finally off Mike Zilkofski's back.
Now in his eighth season as head coach of the Johnsonburg girls varsity basketball team, Zilkofski was on the winning side against Elk County Catholic for the first time in his career after Wednesday night's 47-44 victory in Johnsonburg.
The Johnsonburg Rams spoiled the season opener for the Elk County Catholic Crusader basketball team with a 47-37 victory Tuesday night at the ECCHS gym.
The Rams were able to take advantage of two runs in the first quarter which moved them out to a 14-6 lead after the first eight minutes of play.
After the Crusaders had taken the early 4-0 lead, the Rams came back on a 8-0 run to make the score 8-4. They outscored Elk 6-2 the rest of the quarter making the score 14-6.
"Johnsonburg has a good team and they are well-coached," said ECCHS coach Aaron Straub.
Ridgway girls basketball lost 48-2 to DuBois Central Catholic Tuesday night at Ridgway Area High School.
The Lady Elkers struggled offensively and got their only two points of the game in the fourth quarter with 4:27 remaining as Sierra Kos drained two free throws.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Needing bonus points all throughout the night along with a little help after forfeiting three upper weights, the Johnsonburg Rams managed to start their dual meet season off on the right foot in a 37-36 win over Cameron County.
The match was decided on a tiebreaker which went all the way down to "Criteria H," which grants the victory to the team that has the "greater number of first points in each match." Cumulatively, the Rams scored four first-point takedowns for eight points while the Red Raiders notched three first-point takedowns for six points.