September 11th, 2012
At Tuesdayâ€™s meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force, task force chair and Elk County Commissioner June H. Sorg commended the group for continuing to meet even though Marcellus Shale activity has slowed in the area and said the group will be well-prepared as a result when activity ramps up again.
SMETHPORT â€“ A man has been sentenced to life in state prison for killing a mother and her baby in Bradford in 2010.
Waide Eugene Nolf, 40, of Bradford received the sentence Tuesday when he appeared in McKean County Court before Senior Judge William Morgan of Warren.
The case had been scheduled to go trial with jury selection set to begin Tuesday in county court. However, Nolf entered a plea Monday during a pre-trial conference at the county courthouse, a court spokesman said.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Kirsten Wolfe is the newest addition to the Johnsonburg Area School District staff.
Wolfe now oversees the special education department as the Special Education Supervisor. She holds a Master of Science in Special Education from St. Bonaventure University, and a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education also from St. Bonaventure University.
Ridgway volleyball lost 3-1 (19-25, 19-25, 25-23, 12-25) to Bradford Tuesday night at Ridgway Area High School.
Ridgway was able to push the match to a fourth set with a 25-23 third set victory, the first set the Lady Owls had lost this season in four matches.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg Borough Police Chief Bryan Parana reported on a string of arsons that have recently plagued the area during Monday afternoon's borough council meeting.
"We have had several arsons in the area and we have done, I believe, a very good job," Parana said. "We have questioned several people of interest in those particular offenses and we are working diligently into the conclusion of that investigation."
ST. MARYS â€“Â The Most Reverend Donald W. Trautman, Bishop of Erie, was on hand at Elk County Catholic High School on Monday morning to perform a rededication ceremony for the schoolâ€™s 50th anniversary.
The program began with a special Mass celebrated in the schoolâ€™s auditorium by Bishop Trautman and several other priests from throughout the area. In addition to students from all levels of the Elk County Catholic School System, other attendees included alumni from the schoolâ€™s first graduating class, as well as members of the original faculty and staff.
Leander Anthony â€śLeeâ€ť Hoffman, 89, of 107 Beech Rd., St. Marys, died on Friday, Sept.Â 7, 2012 at home after a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 18, 1923, in St. Marys, son of the late Anthony C. and Marie Sporner Hoffman.
On June 26, 1948, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Betty Jane Hoffman, who died on June 11, 2011, just weeks shy of their 63rd wedding anniversary.
Lee was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys Parochial School.
Ridgway girls soccer earned its first win of the season in its home opener with a 6-2 victory over Kane Monday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
Ridgway opened the season with a 2-1 loss at Curwensville, a team Lady Elker head coach Greg Maddalena thinks is a top team in the district.
JOHNSONBURG â€“Â The Johnsonburg girls varsity tennis team continued their winning ways Monday with a 7-2 win over visiting Bradford.
"This is how these girls can play, from top to bottom they all played well and I'm very proud of them," said Johnsonburg head varsity girls tennis coach Gregg Dauber following the win. "It was a big turnaround from last week's loss to Punxsutawney."
At No. 1 singles, Johnsonburg's Riley Fannin won 6-1, 6-1 over Bradford's Montgomery Burgoon.
ST. MARYS â€“ Fifty years ago today, on Monday, Sept. 10, 1962, Elk County Christian High School officially opened its doors to students for the first time, replacing Central Catholic High School.
The newly constructed high school was under the direction of Headmaster Rev. Daniel J. Martin and boasted an enrollment of 725 students and a faculty of 40 teachers.