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December 9th

Shorthanded Rams fall to Red Raider wrestlers

December 10, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Rams wrestling team managed just one win in five matches wrestled on the mat Tuesday night against visiting Cameron County.
Handcuffed with a shorthanded lineup, the Rams were forced to forfeit eight matches en route to a 65-6 loss. Joey Elinski got the lone win for Johnsonburg, scoring a fall in the 145-pound bout against Parker Lumley.
"Joey Elinski was wrestling pretty tough, he's 4-2 now in his first year wrestling," said Johnsonburg head varsity wrestling coach Mike Votano.

Pro football weekly recap

December 9, 2014

Thursday Night Football 12/4/14

Dallas (9-4) 41

Chicago (5-8) 28

Dallas used the 3rd quarter to put this game out of reach. After a tightly contested
first half the score was 14-7 in Dallas’ favor. Dallas was able to use an early
second half turnover to score a 24 yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Cole
Beasley. They used great field position to tack on 2 more touchdowns before the end
of the 3rd quarter to make the score 35-7. Chicago made the game somewhat close
thanks to a 21 point fourth quarter of their own, but it was too little, too late.

December 8th

Pricilla (Peachy) Shrefler

December 9, 2014

Pricilla (Peachy) Shrefler, 89, of the Ridgmont Assisted Living Facility in Ridgway, died Monday morning, Dec. 8, 2014 at her residence following an illness of the last three years.
She was born Aug. 23, 1925 in Shawmut, daughter of the late David and Edna (Hook) Moline.
She married Franklin Maxwell Shrefler on March 22, 1947, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 21, 1981.
She had resided in Ridgway all of her life, and she was a 1942 graduate of the Ridgway Area High School.

Johnsonburg Borough approves tax schedule

December 9, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Borough Council approved a 2015 tax schedule during the council's regular monthly meeting on Monday as part of the overall 2015 budget, which was also approved during the meeting.
Borough manager Mary Polaski announced that the taxes for 2015 will include 26.36 mills for total real estate taxes, 227.5 mills for occupation taxes and a $47 local services tax.
The tax schedule calls for a three-mill tax hike deemed necessary to fund the hiring of a new police officer, a project to repair Harrison Avenue, a part-time street department worker and flood control.

Couple pleads guilty in bath salts ring

December 9, 2014

A St. Marys couple pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the July 17 drug busts carried out in St. Marys and Ridgway by the North Central Regional Drug Task Force.
Leif Eric Moats (known as Eric), 40, and Kristin M. Moats, 33, both of 325 Kaul Ave., appeared in Elk County Court before Judge Masson Monday morning. They were arrested along with Rachel Shrefler and Tammy Zawatski, both of Ridgway, and are believed to have all worked together in the sale and distribution of alpha-PVP, the drug commonly known as bath salts.

After two mistrials, Ecklund pleads guilty

December 9, 2014

Brandon J. Ecklund, 22, of Ridgway, pleaded guilty Monday morning to a misdemeanor charge of corruption of minors, which had been downgraded from a felony charge.
District Attorney Shawn T. McMahon informed the court that the Commonwealth and the defense had worked toward a resolution given the cost and complications of prosecution.
He noted that the cost of prosecution was considerable as a key witness had to be brought here from South Carolina.

Crash on state Route 120

December 9, 2014

Emergency responders were at the scene of a crash Monday evening on Ridgway St. Marys Road (state Route 120) in Ridgway Township. Elk Company 4 (Ridgway Fire Department) and Ridgway Ambulance were dispatched to the scene. No additional information was available at press time.

Experienced leaders help Ridgway edge Red Raiders

December 9, 2014

Ridgway's leadership steered the Elkers to victory over the Red Raiders.
Jeremy Breier and Ben MacDonald combined for all 19 Ridgway points in the fourth quarter as the Elkers won 44-40 over Cameron County Monday night at Ridgway Area High School.

Myers' 20 points leads Ramettes to win

December 9, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – The Ramettes were unable to take the lead Monday night until the last minute of the game. It ended up being more than enough time to earn the win.
The Ramettes staged a furious fourth-quarter rally Monday night, erasing an 11-point deficit to take a 49-46 win over visiting Sheffield.
It was the Johnsonburg girls basketball team's first game of the season, and fittingly not just their first win of the year, but also the first of new head coach Ellie Kocjancic's career from the bench.

December 7th

Carl R. Zuchelli Sr.

December 8, 2014

Carl R. Zuchelli Sr., 89, of 344 Dewey Circle, Ridgway, died Thursday evening, Dec. 4, 2014 following a brief illness.
He was born July 29, 1925 in Weedville, son of the late Ettore and Irene (Trentini) Zuchelli.
He married Rita M. Rucinski on Nov. 6, 1948, and she survives.
He had resided in Ridgway for 57 years and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church, and the Ridgway Fire Department - Montmorenci Station for over 50 years.

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