January 27th, 2012
BROOKVILLE â A hung jury sentenced former Emporium resident Stephen P. Rebert to life in prison for the shooting deaths of Brockway residents Wayne and Vicky Shugar, both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010 in their Coal Tipple Road home.
The jury could not come to a unanimous decision on the death penalty, which was being sought by District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett. Eight jurors were for the death penalty and four for life, an automatic sentence of life in prison.
MT. JEWETT â The construction of two new medical facilities in Mt. Jewett is progressing and it won't be long before they're open-- with jobs for the area.
Kane Community Hospital is building a Mt. Jewett physician center along West Main Street near the Mt. Jewett Post Office in the "downtown" area.
The center will house the family medicine practices of Dr. Linda Rettger and Eric Asp, certified physicians' assistant. They now see patients at 5 Boyd St., Mt. Jewett.
Leland K. âLeeâ Conklin, age 70, of East Hickory, died on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 at Country Acres Assisted Living in Titusville.
He was born June 24, 1941 in Kane, son of the late Giles E. and Myrtle L. (Peterson) Conklin. Lee was a veteran of Vietnam serving in both the Air Force and Army in Communications. He was a charter member of the Tidioute VFW and a Lifetime Member of the Titusville VFW and Titusville American Legion. He was also a member of the Titusville Elks and Moose Clubs.
The Kane Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet Thursday to honor its "citizen-of-the-year" and its "business-of-the-year."
Over 65 attended the banquet at the Kane Country Club and applauded the presentation of awards to the late Jim Salvamoser as the "citizen-of-the-year" and the Kane Eagles Club as the "business-of-the-year."
It was a bittersweet tribute to Salvamoser, a long-time community leader who died unexpectedly last month.
The Kane Wolves put together probably their best first half of the season against a very good Brookville team but lost, 57-36.
The Raiders used their team size to control the boards for most of the night. Kane had a great first quarter by A.J. Stefani as he played maybe the best center in the league in Zane Hackett pretty much even. Stefani had a few blocked shots as well as altering several others. Tyler Ennis also had a good night on the boards as he made a good contribution with several key rebounds.
Jeff Kocjancic led Kane in scoring with 14 points. Stefani was next with seven.
SMETHPORT â Wetmore Township voters now will cast their ballots at the First Baptist Church complex at Hemlock Avenue and Route 321 near Kane Area High School.
In the past, township residents have voted at the township building along Spring Street in East Kane.
The McKean County Board of Commissioners acted Tuesday to move the Wetmore polling place from the township building to the church.
RIDGWAY â A nominating committee on Wednesday morning appointed Potter County Commissioner Douglas Morley as chairman of the executive committee of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC].
Morley has served as chairman of Potter County's Board of Commissioners since he was seated in January 2008 and was successfully elected in November 2011 for a second term.
He has been an Allegany Township resident for the past 34 years, was a graduate of Northern Potter High School and attended Williamsport Area Community College.
JAMES CITY â A standing-room-only crowd of 79 attended a 75-minute forum Tuesday evening on the proposed closing of the James City Post Office.
U.S. Postal Service representatives Keith Corey and Junius "JJ" Johnson presided at the informational meeting at the Highland Township Fire Hall in James City.
Corey is the review coordinator at the Postal Service district office in Pittsburgh. Johnson is the manager of post office operations at the same location.
SMETHPORT â The McKean County Board of Commissioners took action Tuesday to add fees to deeds and mortgages to generate revenue for housing programs for low-income residents.
Under the proposal, a fee of $13.50 wouldÂ be added to all deeds and mortgages handled by the county Recorder of Deeds.
From the additional fees raised, the county will receive 5 percent for administration costs.
The other 95 percent will go for low-income housing programs administered by the Bradford city Office of Economic and Community Development and the McKean County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
Richard E. Johnson, 81,Â of 7 Brennan Ave., Mt. Jewett, formerlyÂ of Castle Shannon, died early Tuesday morning, Jan. 24, 2012 at The Lutheran Home at Kane, where he resided.
He was born Aug. 25, 1930 in Jamestown, N.Y. and was raised in Lamont, son of Victor E. and Hazel M. Nearing Johnson.Â On Oct. 19, 1974 in Kane, he married the former Vera E. "Midge" Laughlin, who survives.