August 16th, 2012
Following the Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors' approval to place a referendum question on the ballot of the November general election opting to increase the earned income tax in order to eliminate the occupation assessment, many taxpayers are asking themselves which way to vote.
On Tuesday, Aug. 7, the board approved a referendum designed to repeal its existing occupation tax and replace the lost revenue by increasing the existing earned income tax by .4 percent.
ST. MARYS â€“ Members of the Crystal Fire Department were called out Thursday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. for a reported structure fire at 330 Charles St.
Upon arrival, firefighters found the first floor fully involved in fire. Firefighters established a water supply and knocked the fire down. They spent a considerable amount of time working on hot spots.
There was heavy fire, heat and smoke damage to the first floor, moderate heat and smoke damage to the second floor and moderate smoke damage to the basement.
There were no injuries.
The cause of the fire was attributed to unattended cooking.
Marshall E. Wilson, 81, of 78 Springbrook Dr., Ridgway died Thursday morning at Elk Regional Health Center following a lengthy illness. He was born March 9, 1931 in Ridgway, son of the late Benton C. and Margaret B. (Evans) Wilson. He married Maude Helen Salberg on March 17, 1956, she preceded him in death on March 9, 2011.
Agnes Dickant Rafaloski, 88, of Pittsburgh, died Thursday morning, Aug. 16, 2012 in the trauma center at Allegheny General Hospital after battling traumatic injuries sustained in a car accident that occurred four weeks ago.
She is the daughter of the late John and Susan Dickant.
Robert M. Johnson, 85, of 258 Horner Rd., Wilcox, died Wednesday evening, Aug. 15, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys following a short illness.
He was born April 6, 1927 in Kane, son of the late Irving and Florence Anderson Johnson.
On July 3, 1952 he married Iva Joanne Smith, and she preceded him in death on December 27, 2003. He resided in Wilcox all his life and attended Wilcox High School. He enlisted in the Navy and received his GED later in life.
Ridgway golf won its season opener 202-230 over Brockway Thursday at Laurel Mill Golf Course.
Mitchell Stark of Ridgway was the medalist with a score of 38. Mitchell Gilmore was one stroke behind after carding a 39.
"It was nice to get the first match out of the way," Ridgway coach Dave Zawatski said. "I can't say enough about the way freshman Mitchell StarkÂ and Mitchell Gilmore played."Â Â
Josh Roselli finished with a 40 and Josh Mitchell ended up with a 42. Jesse Reynolds, Matt Aiello and Jake Klawuhn each carded a 43 as Ridgway's fifth-best score. T.J. Schlimm finished with a 44.
The Elk County Catholic High School and St. Marys Area High School golf teams both opened their seasons on Thursday afternoon, competing in the annual St. Marys-DuBois Challenge at Bavarian Hills Golf Course.
ECC finished in first place in the four-school event with 23 points. St. Marys was second with 16 points. DuBois Central Catholic was third with 14 points, and DuBois Area High School was fourth with 7 points. Six golfers from each school participated in the 18-hole contest.
JOHNSONBURG - A Ridgway man, part of the farther-and-son team charged with arsons committed in Johnsonburg and Ridgway in 2008 and 2012, respectively, was waived to court Wednesday on charges relating to the former.
Anthony Karl Milliard, 28, of Ridgway, was waived to court Wednesday before District Judge George "Tony" King on charges relating to a Dec. 4, 2008 arson at 115 First Ave. in Johnsonburg, a property belonging to his father, Francis Anthony Milliard, 54, of Ridgway.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Students of the Johnsonburg Area School District have met PSSA [Pennsylvania School System of Assessment] standards for Adequate Yearly Progress [AYP] for the 2011-2012 school year.
Elementary school principal Jennifer Hobbs presented the students' scores during the August board of directors meeting.
In math, elementary students in grades 3 through 6 scored an 86.4 percent proficiency out of a targeted 78 percent.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ A recent study conducted by U.S. News & World Report ranked the Johnsonburg Area School District as one of the top high schools in Pennsylvania.
According to high school principal Brock Benson, the organization ranks all of the high schools in the United States based on standardized testing and advanced placement [AP] scores.
"They look at your proficiency rates of all of your students and also how you do with students who are economically disadvantaged," Benson said.