Archive - Dec 14, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After the Punxsy Chucks basketball team won its first game Saturday at the Marion Center Tip-Off Tournament, one of its goals was to carry the momentum from the win into its home opener, and Tuesday night, the Chucks did just that with a convincing 52-33 win over the Redbank Valley Bulldogs in Punxsutawney.
Ruth L. McHenry-Coe, 95, formerly of Punxsutawney, passed away Dec. 9, 2011, at Lincoln Glen Nursing Home in San Jose, Calif.
She was born Oct. 14, 1916, in North Point, a daughter of the late Aubrey Gould and Lucy Marie (Cassiday) McHenry. She was the second of seven children.
She married Robert Coe, who preceded her in death in 1996.
Mrs. McHenry-Coe served in the Navy in World War II.
William Paul Smochek, 88, DuBois, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at home.
He was born July 16, 1923, in Mahaffey, the son of the late Frank and Rose (Mrozek) Smocek.
He was married to Lois Pearl (Bell) Smochek, who survives.
Mr. Smochek was a famer and miner, and he worked in the construction business, retiring from PennDOT.
He was Catholic by faith.
BROOKVILLE â€” Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners adopted the county's final operating budget for 2012, which calls for no tax increase.
It was amended only slightly from the proposed budget, which was advertised three weeks ago.
According to Director of Finance & Human Resources Debby Hackett, she anticipated a deficit of $53,752 at the end of 2012 in the proposed budget; however, some changes were made in both "increased revenues, and some reduction in expenditures," slashing the deficit by about $13,000, she said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Pennsylvania recently became the 31st state to enact a ban on the use of any kind of hand-held texting device by drivers.
Gov. Tom Corbett signed the bill into law, which will take effect March 8.
Calling and texting devices are the worst of a growing set of attractive distractions facing drivers. Corbett said he was pleased to help outlaw a practice that he sees regularly just from the window of his car as he travels the state.