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Church awarded judgment

‘Jesus Saves’ lawyer will petition court to set amount against ex-pastor

September 3, 2008
By David Hurst for the Altoona Mirror

EBENSBURG – Parishioners of the Route 22 ”Jesus Saves” church were awarded a judgment against their former pastor Tuesday – potentially ending a two-year argument about missing church funds.

Days after both parties were in court concerning the matter, Cambria County Judge Norman A Krumenacker ordered a blank judgment on the Rev. Randy Rugh, saying only ...

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Judgment ordered against former “Jesus Saves” church pastor

By SANDRA K. REABUCK for the Tribune Democrat
September 2, 2008

EBENSBURG — Members of the small Chickaree Union Church in Jackson Township, known as the “Jesus Saves” church, have obtained a judgment for about $50,000 against their former pastor.

Judge Norman Krumenacker signed an order Tuesday allowing a judgment against the Rev. Randy Rugh of New Alexandria and his new nonprofit church that uses the same Chickaree name.

Rugh, who could not be reached for comment, ...

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Bandshell backers get OK for 20-year lease

BY MIKE FAHER for the Tribune Democrat
November 19, 2007

Just a few years after the Roxbury Bandshell faced near-certain demolition, the Johnstown landmark has a long-term caretaker.

City Council on Monday approved a 20-year lease with the Roxbury Bandshell Preservation Alliance, the nonprofit that rescued and has renovated the imposing, 68-year-old stone structure.

“The bandshell has been saved. It is not being torn down,” said Ebensburg attorney Tim Burns, who represents the alliance. “This is a long-term ...

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Preservation group, city eyeing long-term lease on Bandshell

BY MIKE FAHER for the Tribune Democrat
September 10, 2007

In March 2006, a group of volunteer preservationists signed a lease agreement that saved Johnstown’s Roxbury Bandshell from a date with a wrecking ball.

That lease will expire in less than two weeks. But city officials and Roxbury Bandshell Preservation Alliance members are close to an agreement that would cement the organization’s ongoing commitment to the 68-year-old landmark.

“We have a general understanding that we will ...

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Recount ordered for Bedford

BY KATHY MELLOTT for the Tribune Democrat
June 5, 2007

BEDFORD — In a decision an attorney called rare, a judge ruled Tuesday that the Bedford County Board of Elections must recount Republican votes cast in the May primary race for county commissioner.

At issue is an eight-vote difference between incumbent Michael Shaffer and challenger Michael Herline, both Republicans.

Herline came out the winner.

Shaffer, appointed last year to fill the unexpired term of the late Dick Rice, petitioned ...

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‘Home run’ for AAABA manager

Temporarily reinstated amid appeal

By Sandra K. Reabuck for the Tribune Democrat
May 2, 2007

EBENSBURG — Butch Odenthal, who was suspended for one year as manager of a Johnstown baseball team amid accusations of unsportsmanlike conduct, will be with his team after all.

At least, he’ll be with them during spring practice and probably for some games.

On Wednesday, Judge F. Joseph Leahey ordered Odenthal’s temporary reinstatement as manager of the Principle Development team, which under Odenthal won the local title ...

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Pastor took church funds, congregants allege in suit

By SANDRA K. REABUCK for the Tribune Democrat
July 27, 2006

EBENSBURG — Nineteen members of the Chickaree Union Church – known as the Jesus Saves Church – are suing their former pastor, saying he depleted church accounts of upwards of $25,000 without authorization.

The Rev. Randy L. Rugh was pastor of the small Jackson Township church from January 2002 until March, when he abruptly told parishioners he was “closing the church,” according to the lawsuit.

The suit ...

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