February 10th, 2015
The Ridgway Area High-Middle School is reviewing curriculum for the upcoming school years, particularly addressing issues in the science, math and technical areas, according to Ridgway High-Middle School principal Heather McMahon-Vargas.
McMahon-Vargas updated the school board on the process that has been made in curriculum review throughout the school during Tuesday's regular monthly school board meeting.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ A Ridgway man faces a felony count of aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI and related lesser charges for a Dec. 26, 2014 one-vehicle crash that resulted in serious injuries to two passengers.
As emotions continue to run high and allegations brought to light involving an alleged sexual assault which reportedly occurred last spring at St. Marys Area Middle School, Elk County District Attorney Shawn McMahon discussed general information regarding the juvenile justice system.
While McMahon emphasized he could not discuss the specifics of the case, he noted such allegations are handled with the utmost seriousness, respect and are investigated thoroughly by all parties involved.
All criminal charges against Richard Alan Prow, 60, of 346 N. Michael St., involving the theft of an antique rifle from the property of Lynch-Green Funeral Home have been withdrawn.
According to court documents, the victim's family didn't desire any further prosecution given that the firearm has been returned.
Prow was initially arrested and confined to Elk County Prison on Jan. 27 and released on Feb. 3.
Sophie DeChano, 90, of 515 Cherry Ave., Ridgway, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 at home surrounded by her loved ones.
She was born Dec. 9, 1924 in Rasselas, daughter of the late Josef and Lottie Rose Cebulski Szymanski. She attended school in Instanter. She married Paul D. DeChano who preceded her in death Oct. 17, 1994. Mrs. DeChano was a Ridgway resident for 63 years. She was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church and Ridgway C.D. of A.
Ridgway wrestling overcame absences on the mat and on the bench as the Elkers picked up a 39-30 win over Clarion Tuesday night at Ridgway Area High School.
Ryan Geyer and Troy Quail were out of the lineup at 195 and 220 pounds respectively while head coach David Fordoski and assistant coach Rick Leitzel watched the match from the hallway because of illness. Assistant coach Curt Olson spoke with the media after the dual was over.
JOHNSONBURG â€“Â The St. Marys Lady Dutch (7-15) spoiled the Johnsonburg Ramettes' (6-16) Senior Night on Tuesday with a 44-39 win in the Paper City.
Lady Dutch junior Rachel Bauer stole the show as she turned in an impressive performance, scoring 22 points to pace all scorers.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The total fire loss for the Johnsonburg Borough in 2014 was $281,100, according to Johnsonburg Fire Department Fire Chief Robert Dickey.
Dickey made the announcement as part of his 2014 annual fire report that he presented Monday to the Johnsonburg Borough Council during the council's regular monthly meeting.
The $281,000 in fire loss damages for 2014 were associated with 10 different properties that were damaged throughout the year.
The individual damages for properties ranged from $100 to $70,000.
ST. MARYS â€“ A heated discussion about St. Marys Area School District officials' response to an alleged juvenile sexual assault garnered criticism from parents in attendance at Monday's Board of Directors meeting.
School board members found themselves defending their actions as required by law and school district procedures.
HIGHLAND â€“ No one was injured Monday afternoon in a fire in the basement of a residence on Highland Road near the Highland Hotel in Highland Township.
Bill Edinger, chief of the Highland Township Volunteer Fire Department, said the fire was contained to a plastic bucket used for the disposal of ashes from a wood-burner.