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Young, Spack bring prior experience to states

March 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Kody Young and Seth Spack enter today's PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Tournament with something that not many past Punxsy grapplers can lay claim to: Experience at states.

Both wrestlers have competed at the Giant Center in Hershey before. Spack was there last year as a Northwest Region runner-up. He was eliminated after two bouts.

Young, a senior, entered states as a sophomore as the region's No. 3 seed. After losing his first bout, he won to advance to the second day, only to be eliminated in his third match — one victory away from a medal.

John M. McMillen, 92

March 9, 2011

John M. McMillen, 92, Marion Center, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

He was born in 1918 in South Mahoning Township, a son of the late Samuel A. and Emma (Martin) McMillen.

He was married to his wife of 63 years, Helen M. Plyler McMillen, who survives.

Mr. McMillen was a member of the Punxsutawney Alliance Church for 63 years, having served as elder and a board member for more than 30 years.

For 35 years, he was a director with the Indiana County Conservation District, and was named district director emeritus.

Samantha Painter, 22

March 9, 2011

Samantha Painter, 22, of Big Run, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at home.

Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Brenda D. Shumaker Funeral Home Inc., Big Run.

Joline C. Pifer, 80

March 9, 2011

Joline C. Pifer, 80, DuBois, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Monday, march 7, 2011, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.

She was born Jan. 3, 1931, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Willis and Dorothy (Anderson) McGee.

Mrs. Pifer was a member of the Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church and was a 1949 graduate of Punxsutawney High School.

Punxsy wins DuBois Area Scholastic Challenge for first time

March 9, 2011

DUBOIS — Four students from Punxsutawney Area High School took first place in the 24th annual DuBois Area Senior Scholastic Challenge Wednesday night at PSU-DuBois' Hiller Auditorium, the first time that a Punxsy team has taken top honors in the event.

The team members — seniors Lucas Burke and Joe Long, junior Kendall Neal and freshman Kevin Hughes — garnered 135 total points in the final two rounds.

"Usually what happens is, whoever wins the first preliminary round takes first place," advisor Rose Graffius said. "That's not how it happened this year."

4-H members going to bat for program following budget proposal

March 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Even before Gov. Tom Corrbett revealed his proposed $27.3 billion budget that threatens Penn State’s Cooperative Extension, four Jefferson County 4-H members traveled to the offices of local legislators to tell them how important the 4-H program is.

4-H members Shane Johns of the Fast N’ Furious 4-H Club; Matt Snyder from the Fast N’ Furious and Livestock Unlimited 4-H Clubs; Kristin Harriger from Livestock Unlimited; and Celeste Pearce from Fast N’ Furious 4-H Club visited the local offices of state Reps. Sam Smith, Matt Gabler and Dave Reed.

County moves on business park funding

March 9, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners moved to submit an application for more than $1.5 million in federal funding.

The application was submitted to the U.S. Depart-ment of Commerce, and if received, the money would be used for site development at a proposed business park near the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Kristin Hullihen, of the Jefferson County Depart-ment of Devel-opment, said this is the second application submitted to the Depart-ment of Comm-erce. The first application was denied, but Hullihen said that is not uncommon.

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