Published Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002

The Week That Was
A chronology of news from Sunday, Nov. 10, to Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002

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    » One man was killed and at least six people were injured by a powerful storm that ripped through Mercer County Sunday night. Damage was centered in the Clark area. The National Weather Service said Monday the storm that also leveled houses and power lines was a category F-2 tornado, packing winds up to 155 mph.

    » The Greenville water-treatment plant's new intake pump will be returned to the factory in St. Louis and rebuilt, Municipal Authority Board Chairman Jack Dershimer said Tuesday. The pump, which malfunctioned when it was installed, should be back next week.

    » A 9:30 p.m. curfew was imposed in Clark on Wednesday and anyone who doesn't live or have official business in the tornado-tossed town will be told to leave, Jefferson-Clark Police Chief Jeff Lockard said.

    » Storm victims were urged Wednesday to beware of unscrupulous contractors who might charge exorbitant prices to make repairs. Clark Mayor Douglas Bradley and James R. Thompson, the county's Emergency Management Agency director, were making sure that pamphlets were distributed Tuesday afternoon informing people how not to be scammed.

    » Clark and South Pymatuning Township will probably not receive federal disaster aid to help clean up and rebuild after Sunday's tornado, said James R. Thompson, the county's Emergency Management Agency director. Whether an area receives federal assistance depends on its ability to pay and on how much of the damage is covered by private insurance, Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman Philip Clark said Wednesday.

    » Kevin Kubalic, 32, of Mercer, the Mercer High School wrestling coach, was replacing a rubber roof on an industrial warehouse in Pittsburgh when he fell through a weak section and was killed, Pittsburgh police said. Kubalic was a 1988 graduate of Mercer High School. He was named head wrestling coach after Keith DeGraff retired from the position last year.

    » The Shenango Township mobile home of Mike and Michelle Fuchs went up in flames Friday evening, leaving the couple and their four sons homeless.


    » Farrell High girls volleyball team won the PIAA Class A state championship last Saturday, defeating Canton 15-8, 15-12 in the finals at Robert Morris College. In Sunday's Herald, Sports Writer Russell Adkins described the tale of an eighth state championship for coach Harriett Morrison, which makes her the most successful coach of any sport in Mercer County history. The team was led by All-Stater Kelly Davis as well as Alesha Blue, Crystal Daniels, Alexis Henderson, LaShawn Roberts, Latesha Culp, Moniqaue Samuels and Susan Sanders.

    Grove City girls volleyball team fell in the AA state semifinals, concluding a very successful season for coach Shawnee Denbow's club.

    » Brookfield businessman Tom Klouse, 49, took first place in the High Point East Coast Motocross Nationals in the 45-and-over age group. He also overcame a fall to place fifth in the 40-and-over group.

    » The Mercer County Athletic Conference announced its All-Conference teams for fall sports. League golf champ Sharpsville put five players on the first team -- Joel Pokorney, Matt Killa, John bougher, Steve Killa and Chris Mielecki. In cross-country, Greenville High siblings Jesi and Jed Christiansen headed the picks, while Allison Mudrey of Hickory was named MVP of the tennis selections. Slippery Rock goalie Kurt Speicher was named MVP of the boys soccer Class AA squad, while Wilmington's Mark Dobish was MVP in Class A. Wilmington's Scarlett Bretz headed the girls soccer selections. In volleyball, Grove City's Cindy Reiber was MVP of the South Division, while Commodore Perry's Shannon Greathouse and West Middlesex's Amber Hoover shared North MVP honors.

    » The dream seasons of District 10 champions West Middlesex and Slippery Rock football teams came to an end Friday in the first round of the PIAA playoffs. West Middlesex lost to Clarion-Limestone, 40-7, in Class A, while the Rockets dropped a 12-7 decision to Brockway in Class AA.

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