March 7th, 2012
WILCOX â€“ Bailey Pretak of Wilcox never aspired to be a model, but always loved being in front of the camera. This desire has motivated her to enter the Maurices Main Street Model Search.
The contest is through the Maurices clothing store chain, and the winner will be featured in all of the advertising and receive $7,500 to go to a charity of the winnerâ€™s choice.
Pretak entered the contest by submitting photos and an essay. Now she is relying on the public to enter the next round.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg High School is producing "The Sound of Music" for the upcoming weekendâ€™s festivities. Show times will be Friday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 10 at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Ginger Schreiber, Drama Club Advisor says this yearâ€™s production has 10 percent of the student body.
â€śIt seems like more and more kids come out every year,â€ť Schreiber said. â€śThis year we have 34 children, and there are only 340 kids in the whole school.â€ť
Singing, dancing and action wonâ€™t fall short this year.
Gannon University redshirt freshman and 2010 Ridgway High School graduate Zack Zelcs is ready for the Division II National Wrestling Championships which will take place this Friday and Saturday in Pueblo, Colo. at the campus of Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Zelcs said the goal of making it to nationals was something he has always had.
â€śItâ€™s pretty much the same as itâ€™s always been,â€ť Zelcs said. â€śIâ€™ve always had my mind focused on being at nationals so that shouldnâ€™t be a surprise. Iâ€™ve been training for the same thing the entire season.â€ť
The Elk County Commissioners voted Tuesday morning in favor of "impact fees" that will be assessed on Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale natural gas wells throughout the county.
"This enables the Public Utility Commission [PUC] to come in and gather the fees that are allowed under this act," said Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg. "A portion of it will be returned to the counties and municipalities.
"We've had calls from the public asking us to do this-- we've had discussions with industries and they seem to be at least not opposed to it."
ST. MARYS â€“ PennDOT's Dean Ball updated city officials on Monday evening regarding the proposed timelines of the massive road reconstruction project taking place next year along State Route 255, encompassing a large section of the Million Dollar Highway.
Currently the project is on schedule and will be advertised this fall with hopes the contractor will begin by late fall. Also progressing smoothly are right-of-way acquisitions which will be ready for the advertisement of the project.
Several area students recently had a hands-on life lesson in service as they participated in a week-long mission trip to the Dominican Republic. The students were part of a group of area residents who took part in the trip, which was held through the organization Meeting God in Missions. While all eight are currently students at Elk County Catholic High School, they noted that the trip was not a school-sponsored function.
A mass letter mailed to Ridgway area residents claiming water service coverage to homeowners is causing concern.
Ridgway Borough Manager Martin Schuller is advising residents to be wary of a letter from HomeServe USA.
Schuller says he is not advising residents to use or not to use the service, but to read the fine print before making any decisions.
Ridgway Rotary club president Pat Brennan noted the Paul Harris fellowship is named for Paul Harris, founder of Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905.
The fellowship was established in his honor in 1957 to express appreciation for a contribution of the humanitarian and education program of the Rotary International Foundation.
"Today we are privileged and honored to recognize not one but five of our membership as Paul Harris fellows," Brennan said.
A Johnsonburg man charged with 80 counts of possessing child pornography and 13 counts of sexual abuse of children, among other related offenses, is headed to trial with jury selection in the Commonwealth vs. Robert Gene Fitzgerald, 55, of Johnsonburg, scheduled for June.
In his affidavit, investigating officer David Cuneo of the Johnsonburg Police reports that on Dec. 17, 2011 he was dispatched to 307 Spruce St., the home of Laura Reffitt, in response to a report of identity theft.
At Monday's Return Day at the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway, Jack Edward Hepler, 24, of Kersey, withdrew his previous plea of guilty to the charge of aggravated indecent assault, a second-degree felony.
The incident is alleged to have occurred while Hepler babysat the victim, his first cousin, as her parents were out of town for the evening.
In an interview with Trooper Matthew Higgins of the Ridgway-based state police on July 8, 2011, the alleged victim, with her parents present, related that on the night of the incident she was awoke in her bed with Hepler "on top of her."