Friday June 1, 2018


Photo by Gerri Miller


Thursday’s high, 75; Overnight low, 68; .10” of rain







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Obituary: Rev. Timothy Minor, Suffolk, VA (formerly of Coudersport)

Wellsboro man arrested for making four bomb threats at Truck Lite in Mansfield….Criminal  mischief charges against Tioga County woman for slashing tires have been withdrawn….Emporium state police arrest 21 year old resident for sexually assaulting teens….Chain saw and gas can stolen  from Tioga County site last weekend…Looking at GPS causes New York State driver to wreck in Ceres McKean County….

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Mansfield based state police believe the “got their man”. Brandon Andrews, 31, of Wellsboro was arrested Thursday for making four bomb threats to the Truck-Lite Plant in Mansfield between May 15 and 31. Andrews was arraigned before District Judge Engman on four counts of terroristic threats, threat to use weapons of mass destruction, criminal mischief and making false reports to law enforcement authorities. Troopers  using a search warrant scoured his home and vehicle Thursday but reported they found no bomb making materials or any other items which could be used to make explosives. Authorities allege Andrews first made a bomb threat on May 15 and put a note in the bathroom stating “tic-toc, tic-toc. The Bomb goes off at 12 o’clock. A second note was found on May 22 and read “Truck-Lite Company of Nazi’s and Slavery. So the question becomes Will it show or will it blow?” a third note was located last Friday, May 25 that read “Truck-Lite, Warehouse Mechanics, the Most Racist of them all. When will Threats become promises? Also, How Well do things burn.”  An additional note was located Thursday morning that read”Tic Tic BOOM!”Truck Lite Racist will pay, but when?”. Andrews was identified as the suspect and was taking into custody and committed to jail in lieu of bail Police said the  plant was evacuated after each threat was received and  a K9 Explosives Team cleared the building after each threat.

State police at Mansfield announce they have withdrawn criminal mischief charges filed against 30 year old Brittany Kerr of Wellsboro.  In a news release Tuesday, police claimed Kerr was seen hiding in the back seat of her boyfriend’s SUV and pointed to tires on vehicles belonging to Amanda Black and Adam Black also of Wellsboro. Later that night, the tires were slash. State police say they anticipate arresting another person for the crime.

John Charles Wilson, 21, of N. Chestnut Street ,Emporium has been arrested for corruption of min0ors and indecent assault. State police in that town claim Wilson engaged in inappropriate contact with a 14 year old girl on April 1, and with that victim and two other 15 year old girls on April 20. Following arraignment before District Judge Barry Brown, Wilson was committed to the McKean County Jail in lieu of a total of $20,000 bail.

The theft of some property from a storage trailer in Chatham Township over the Memorial Day holiday weekend is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Thieves made off with a Stihl MS 311 chainsaw with 20” bar valued at $520.00 and a five  gallon metal gas can with funnel valued at $240 belonging to Keystone Clearwater Solutions, Williamsport, PA.

A Horseheads, NY  driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident Thursday mornig  on Phoenix Hill Road in Annin Township, McKean County. William Roy told police his Dodge Ram 1500 went off the road and hit a tree with the front driver’s side when he looked at his GPS unit. The truck had to be towed from the scene.


The God’s Country Marathon, Half Marathon and Team Relay held in beautiful Potter County, Pennsylvania Saturday. There will be a pasta dinner at the Coudersport Fire Hall tonight for runners and the public.

The God’s Country Marathon has been named one of the “10 toughest marathons” and one of the “best small marathons” in the United States by Runner’s World Magazine. No crowds, beautiful scenery, top-notch service and a hometown feeling make the God’s Country Marathon one of the most unique road racing experiences in the country!

The point-to-point course runs west on scenic U.S. Route 6 from the small community of Galeton (elevation 1,300 ft.) through the heart of the Susquehannock State Forest, to the town of Coudersport (elevation 1,400 ft.).

Mile 14 marks the beginning of a three-mile climb up infamous Denton Hill, which traverses the eastern continental divide topping out at an elevation of 2,424 ft. From there, it is all downhill into historic downtown Coudersport.

20+ fluid replacement tables approximately every 1 mile and at the finish line. GU” Energy Gel: There will be “GU” stations at the 5-10-15-20-25 mile marks and at some other water stations along the way.Port-a-potties: Port-a-potties will be at the starting line, 5-10-15-20.5 mile marks and at the finish line.

Cash prizes awarded to top 3 male and female finishers. The top 3 placers in each age division will also receive prizes. Medals: All finishers receive a custom die-cast finisher’s medal. The top 3 overall male and female finishers receive place medals.

For over 40 years, the marathon has been attracting challenge-seeking runners from across the nation.


The 42nd Annual Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally will be on private and state rods in Tioga and Potter counties Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2.


STPR- the oldest, continuously running motorsport event in Pennsylvania – is Round 3 of the 2018 American Rally Association (ARA) National Championship.

The Tioga County Fairgrounds in Whitneyville, near Wellsboro, serves as headquarters.


Free parc exposs will be on The Green, a park in downtown Wellsboro. The first parc expos will be on Friday, June 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the start of the Waste Management stages from the Pearl Street side of The Green. The second will be on Saturday, June 2 from 8 to 9:45 a.m. with the start of the stages on forestry roads from Main Street in front of The Green. A parc expos will also be held at the fairgrounds Saturday night beginning at 6:50 p.m.

The rally cars will be flagged off from The Green in one-minute intervals starting at 2:01 p.m. on Friday, June 1 as STPR  begins with stages 1 and 2 on Waste Management roads in Antrim in Duncan Township. Spectators can watch the cars running the Waste Management stages at the Antrim spectator area from 2:30 to 6 p.m.; tickets will be sold for $7 at the gate only. Food and portable toilets will be available at Antrim. Friday will end with Super Special Stages 3 and 4 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Tioga County Fairgrounds.

On Saturday, June 2, the first car will leave The Green at 9:46 a.m. followed by competing cars in one-minute intervals as the contest continues on state forestry roads. Viewing is free at the six spectator areas.

The Friday and Saturday Super Special Stages are run on a RallyCross-style course at the fairgrounds where two cars begin at the same time and race not only the clock, but also each other. Event tickets are on sale in advance at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Co Main Street in Wellsboro.

Admission to the Friday and Saturday Super Special Stages is $5 per person with a $5 per car donation for parking. Children under 12 are admitted free at both Super Special Stages and at the Antrim spectato area.

.An event schedule, maps and directions to the spectator areas, entry list and other rally information will be available from the digital STPR 2018 Spectator Guide, which can be downloaded at

The printed STPR  2018 Spectator Guide, which includes the same information as the digital version, will be available for $5 at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce office in Wellsboro and the Tioga County Fairgrounds in Whitneyville For more information, visit or call the chamber at 570-724-1926.


Rev. Timothy James Minor, 54, of Suffolk, VA, formerly of Coudersport, passed away on Sunday May 27th, 2018.

Born on September 20, 1963 in Coudersport, he was a son of Dr. Rev. David Minor Sr. and Lorraine A. Moore Minor.

Pastor Tim was a passionate man, this came through in everything he put his hand to. As a husband, father, prophet, musician, and friend, he always embodied life lived authentically transparent. Whether he was preaching a fiery sermon, revealing the secrets of men’s hearts, leading worship, or just playing the blues, he served and lived enthusiastically. His deep love for the broken, outcast, and lost led him across so many hurting people’s paths. His immense compassion and kindness were known by all. Few will forget his industrious humor and defining wit, and all will miss how his well-timed and playful jokes could lighten the tensest of situations. When you were with him, you knew what it must have been like to have been with and loved by Jesus.

Surviving besides his wife, Leah Minor of Suffolk, and his mother of Coudersport, Pa., are three children, Rebekah Minor, Timothy James Minor II, and Emily Robinson; two grandchildren, Emma Miller and Timothy Lincoln Minor; five siblings, Sharon A. (the Rev. Larry) Richter of Port Allegany, Karen J. (Timothy) Knapp of Coudersport, David J. (Michelle) Minor, Jr. of Sarasota, Fla., Judge Stephen P. B. (Marie) Minor of Coudersport, and the Rev. John J. (Gina) Minor of Coudersport; and many nieces and nephews.

Pastor Tim was predeceased by his father on October 22, 2017.

Funeral services were held in Rock Church International, Virginia Beach, VA on Thursday, May 31, 2018, with the Rev. Becky Greenstreet, officiating. Worship was led by Rev. Landon Spradlin.

A service will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Gospel Tabernacle Church, Coudersport. Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.

Pastor Tim’s family has entrusted local arrangements to the care of Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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