Cheerleaders compete today at UPJ

More than 600 local cheerleaders will gather today for the 13th annual Pitt-Johnstown Cheer and Dance Classic in the sports center.

The cheerleaders will represent more than 20 schools from Cambria and Somerset counties. Round one of the competition begins at 10 a.m. The second round begins at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults and can be bought at the door.

Westmont sits atop quiz league standings

Westmont Hilltop High School climbed to the top ranking during the final round of regular competition Monday in the Central Western Scholastic Quiz League.

Penn Cambria is second, followed by Greater Johnstown and Bishop McCort.

A champion will be crowned Wednesday, when the top eight teams in the 12-team league battle it out during the Great 8 Playoff at Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center.

Results of Monday’s varsity matches were Bishop McCort 235, Portage Area 125; Westmont, 315, Northern Cambria, 50; Forest Hills, 150, Cambria Heights, 60; Somerset Area, 190, Greater Johnstown, 170; and Conemaugh Valley 170, Windber Area, 70. Richland and Penn Cambria had byes.

No leads in search for missing 91-year-old

EBENSBURG – State police said Friday that they have no leads on the whereabouts of a missing 91-year-old retired school teacher last seen getting into his car Tuesday afternoon in South Fork.

The police have appealed for the public’s help in locating William Lees of the 300 block of Lake Street. His vehicle is a 2004 gold-colored Buick Century.

Family members are concerned about the well-being of the man, who has the onset of dementia. Anyone with information has been asked to call the state police at 471-6500.


ceremony postponed

A bridge-lighting ceremony scheduled for today at the Central Avenue Bridge has been canceled.

The ceremony will take place at a later date.

Rendell orders flags flown at half-staff

HARRISBURG – Gov. Ed Rendell on Friday ordered all Pennsylvania flags at state facilities in Westmoreland County and in the Capitol Complex to be flown at half-staff today to honor Staff Sgt. David A. Wieger, who died Nov. 1 near Balad Air Base, Iraq.

Wieger, 28, of North Huntingdon died of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device.

Labor leader lauds election results

HARRISBURG – State AFL-CIO President Bill George on Wednesday recognized gains in the general election by candidates endorsed by the labor union.

He thanked labor leaders and the thousands of volunteers from Area Labor Federations, Central Labor Councils, and Local Unions who mobilized union members and their families on behalf of labor endorsed-candidates in statewide judicial and in key local elections across Pennsylvania.

Among the relative handful of local victories that the union said it helped secure was the win by the Democratic county commissioners in Cambria County: P.J. Stevens and Milan Gjurich.

The AFL-CIO said it also successfully pushed for the election of Democratic county commissioners in Westmoreland County, Tony Balya and Tom Ceraso.

Couple killed in wreck were area natives

BOSWELL – The Elyria, Ohio, couple killed in a two-vehicle accident Monday at Routes 219 and 30 near Boswell were natives of the Johnstown region.

Larry R. Shannon Sr., 67, the driver, originally was from Johnstown, and Karen E. (Cole) Shannon, 67, his passenger, was from Boswell.

The couple, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past summer, moved to Ohio in 1959. They were in the Johnstown region to visit relatives.

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