June 27th, 2014
ST. MARYS â€“ After a lengthy and rigorous search the St. Marys Area School District board of directors approved the appointment of Dr. G. Brian Toth of Tyrone as the new superintendent.
During a special board meeting held Friday evening current SMAHS Principal Joshua Williams was unanimously approved as the assistant superintendent, a newly-created position unanimously approved by the board with a salary of $110,000.
Arthur Salvadore Aiello, 87, of 90 Forrest St., Ridgway, died peacefully surrounded by family Thursday, June 26, 2014 at his home.
He was born Dec. 27, 1926 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Gennaro and Frances (Chirillo) Aiello.
He was born and raised in "the flats" of Johnsonburg along with his many brothers and sisters. He married Betty "Pete" Johnson in 1950 and enjoyed 64 years of marriage.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The second time playing at Knothole Area Recreational Park did the trick for the Elk County Major League baseball All-Stars Friday night.
Playing their second straight home game, Elk County picked up a 10-3 victory over Smethport/Mt. Jewett to advance forward in the consolation bracket of the District 10 tournament.
After over five hours of jury deliberation Thursday, Judge Richard Masson declared a mistrial in the trial of Brandon Michael Weidow.
Masson told the court that the jury foreperson had met with him in the presence of council and stated that the jury was unable to render a verdict on any or all of the charges, nor was there any expectation that they would reach a verdict. Weidow declined to comment.
The Concert Choir of Elk County will be performing the national anthem at the Pirates game this Sunday, June 29. The Pirates will be taking on the New York Mets with the game set to begin at 1:35 p.m.
Catherine E. Urey, 64, of 201 Elk Ave., Johnsonburg, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk.
She was born on July 11, 1949, a daughter of the late Charles Miller and Violet Rex Mowrey.
Cathy was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, class of 1968. She worked at Metaldyne for many years and also drove school bus for a number of years. She liked to hunt and she greatly enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family.
The trial for Brandon Michael Weidow, 26, of Byrnedale, reconvened Wednesday morning at the Elk County Courthouse.
Weidow is charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence for his alleged involvement in the crash that killed Savannah Straub in July 2012. In Tuesday's opening remarks, both attorneys advised that the key question in the case is whether Weidow was driving the vehicle on the night of the crash.
A waterline replacement project is underway at the borough-township line in Ridgway in an effort to better serve water customers. The new lines will stretch all the way to Laurel Mill Reservoir.
Paul McCurdy, environmental manager for Ridgway borough, was at the site Wednesday afternoon as Klinginsmith Construction Co. based out of Conneaut Lake placed new 12 inch waterlines near the intersection of Oak Street and West Main Street.
A jury trial began Tuesday for Brandon Michael Weidow, 26, of Byrnedale, who is charged in a 2012 vehicle accident that resulted in the death of Savannah Straub.
Weidow is facing felony charges of homicide by vehicle and homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, as well as several DUI and traffic offenses, according to court records.
Glenwood Beer Distributors, a wholesale distributor out of Erie, will soon be opening their doors in Ridgway. Construction of the facility is still in the early stages however.
"It's going well, all the rain down there is kind of slowing things down at times," said Mike Green, one of Glenwood's owners. "We've run into a couple hiccups, but everything is on point."