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February 18th, 2015

DA: Prior record score is key in sentencing criminals

February 19, 2015

Though every crime has an offense gravity score based on the severity of the crime, the major influence in sentencing is often the defendant's prior record score, said District Attorney Shawn T. McMahon.
"The court doesn't necessarily need to follow the guidelines," McMahon said. "Part of what goes through my mind is community safety. That thought is always on my mind. I've got to balance efficiency with effectiveness."

Rose Marie Rutigliano

February 19, 2015

Rose Marie Rutigliano, 88, formerly of 801 West Ninth St., Del Rio, Texas, died peacefully Friday afternoon, Feb. 13, 2015. She died at the home of her daughter Becky Bradley in Hollister, Fla. Rose was born April 10, 1926 to the late Amelia and Carl Lindberg.
She married Chester P. Rutigliano on April 19, 1947. They had been married 66 years. Chester died March 30, 2014.
Rose resided in Ridgway with her husband until moving to Texas in 1961 and settling in Del Rio. They resided there until their passing.

February 17th

County on board with exploring rail authority

February 18, 2015

North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission officials in early November 2014 were approached regarding the possibility of revitalizing nearly 20 miles of railroad between Curwensville and DuBois.
The project would connect RJ Corman's railroads to the Buffalo & Pittsburgh railroad and has been lauded as significant economic development that could open up the region to additional markets.
Elk County commissioners are onboard with the project, authorizing the exploration of organizing a regional rail authority.

Twp. supervisors discuss Main St. Program

February 18, 2015

Main Street Manager Michelle Bogacki attended Tuesday's Ridgway Township Supervisors meeting to discuss the benefits the program has recently had in the area, specifically focusing on successes in the school district.
Bogacki first talked to the board about the DISCOVER Partnership and the Challenge To Change project that has come out of that partnership.
She said the DISCOVER Partnership was a grant received by the Community Education Council, and through that grant, the Challenge To Change project was started.

Johnsonburg edged by Union in D-9 Class A first round

February 17, 2015

JOHNSONBURG – Johnsonburg’s final possession ended in a theme the Rams haven’t been able to overcome all season.
With a turnover.
A late pass went out of bounds with two seconds left and Union was able to hold on for a 49-48 victory over Johnsonburg Tuesday night at Johnsonburg Area High School in the first round of the District 9 Class A playoffs.

February 16th

Richard C. "Rick" Wildfire

February 17, 2015

Richard C. "Rick" Wildfire, 59, of 114 Cherry Rd., Kersey, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh after a brief illness.
He was born Aug. 16, 1955 in Warren, son of the late Carl W. and Elizabeth "Betty" Woodley Wildfire. He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1973. He was an employee of the Keystone Powdered Metal Company where he worked for 28 years.

James V. (Speedy) Verbeck

February 17, 2015

James V. (Speedy) Verbeck, 85, of 101 North Mill St., Ridgway, died unexpectedly Sunday evening, Feb 15, 2015 at his residence.
He was born Nov. 2, 1929 in Ridgway, son of the late Adiel and Mary (Lynch) Verbeck.
He had resided in Ridgway all his life and was a member of the St. Leo Catholic Church, and the Blue Army. He was a graduate of St. Leo High School. He had been employed by H. & L. Johnson Painters and Oliver Tramack.
James is survived by one brother, John Verbeck of Perrysville, Md., and numerous nieces and nephews.

Barbara M. Dietz

February 17, 2015

Barbara M. Dietz, 66, of DuBois, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 at the DuBois Nursing Home.
Ms. Dietz was born Feb. 10, 1949 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Anthony and Frances (Polaski) Olewinski.
She was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Johnsonburg. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo and crocheting.
Ms. Dietz is survived by two brothers, Joe Olewinski and his wife Dorothy of Virginia, and Robert Olewinski of Pennsylvania; and a cousin, “Little Sis” Cynthia Fink of Ridgway.

College Basketball Round Up

February 17, 2015

College Basketball Round Up

Saturday February 14, 2015

(#1) Kentucky (25-0) 77
South Carolina (12-12) 43

Kentucky came out and took care of business against one of the SEC cellar dwellers. The Wildcats opened up a 25 point lead before the half was over and then put in in cruise control for the second half. Willie Cauley-Stein led the balanced scoring effort by Kentucky with 14 points.

(#2) Virginia (23-1) 61
Wake Forest (12-14) 60

YMCA membership up, parking issue growing

February 17, 2015

During Monday's Ridgway Borough Council meeting, Ridgway Borough Mayor Dr. Guillermo Udarbe updated the council on the success of the YMCA since the new swimming pool opened Friday, Jan. 10.
Udarbe said through talking with YMCA executive director Mary Lynne Bellotti, he found out that since the new swimming pool opened, 250 new members have joined the YMCA.
However, the influx of members is creating a parking issue with the YMCA, Udarbe said.
"Their main problem right now is parking," Udarbe said.

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