September 28th, 2014
Melissa Birch Howard, 57, of 311 Jackson Ave., Ridgway, died in the early hours of Saturday morning, Sept. 27, 2014 at her residence following a 16-month illness.
She was born July 9, 1957, the daughter of Betty Matha and Alan Birch of Ridgway.
Melissa resided in Ridgway for the majority of her life. She was a basketball coach for the Ridgway Area School District and a member of the Elks Club. She was employed by Dickinson Center Inc.â€™s Adult Habilitation Center as a therapeutic activities services worker for over 20 years and was the waitress at the Elks Club for five years.
With two equally-matched and undefeated teams facing off, it was only fitting one play and less than one yard would decide the winner.
Ridgway stopped a John English run on a two-point conversion with 41 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Elkers a 21-20 win over the Kane Wolves Friday night at Memorial Field in Ridgway in the AML South opener for both teams.
Henry J. â€śBudâ€ť Fasenmyer, 91, of 34 Warren Blvd, Warren, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, surrounded by his family at home.
Bud was born Jan. 29, 1923 in Oil City, son of the late James and Martina Schill Fasenmyer.Â
Bud was a 1941 graduate of Cranberry High School, and had served in the U.S. Army in the European Theatre as an infantry rifleman and later as a telegraph line repairman.
Sierra Kos was crowned as the 2014 Ridgway Area High School Homecoming Queen during halftime of the varsity football game between the Ridgway Elkers and the Kane Wolves. Kos was escorted by Michael Sorge.
Three high-ranking administrators at the Johnsonburg Area and Ridgway Area School Districts took time out of their schedules to discuss a hot topic within the region, Common Core.
Ridgway Area School District's incoming superintendent, Robert Rocco, Johnsonburg Area School District superintendent Dennis Crotzer, and Johnsonburg Area High School principal Brock Benson discussed what exactly Common Core is, the misconceptions that surround it and the impacts that it has on their respective districts.
President Judge Richard A. Masson decided two probation revocation hearings Friday afternoon.
Joshua Ivan Hakes, 28, of St. Marys, was sentenced to two to five years of incarceration for a probation violation that resulted in a drug bust.
It was alleged that on May 12, during a probation visit to 407 Rightmeyer St., Hakes was found to be in violation of probation by having in his possession a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol, a variety of smoking pipes and drug paraphernalia and several jars containing the drug bath salts.
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Work on sections of state Route 219 in downtown Ridgway caused several traffic issues throughout Thursday afternoon.
Crews were milling SR 219 (Main Street) from the bottom of Boot Jack Hill to Baker Alley, and from Central Fire Station (North Broad Street) to Erie Avenue.
ST. MARYS â€“ Workers at West Penn Power in St. Marys have been working without a contract since May 2014, and alleged unfair labor practices could cause a work stoppage according to Local 102 union President Robert Whalen.
The West Penn Workers have been working under the terms of the previous contract which ended in May 2013, but was extended until May of 2014. West Penn Power and the union were unable to reach an agreement before the contract ended in May, and the workers have been working without a contract since.
Helen Louise (Reed) Olson and Arthur E. Olson Jr. will be interned together at Oakmont Cemetery on Saturday, Sept. 27.
Helen Reed is the daughter of Ruth and Roland Reed, formerly of Park Avenue in Ridgway, and Arthur Olson Jr. is the son of Arthur and Viola Olson, formerly of Sherman Avenue in Ridgway. They met while in the junior high band.
They both graduated from Ridgway High School in 1940, and were married in 1942, a marriage that would last 70 years.