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Seniors Reitz, Young voted first-ever Spirit Winter MVPs

April 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney senior Kody Young and Jenna Reitz have had similar high school winter sports careers.

Young, a wrestler, was coached by his father, Buddy Young. He was also one of the top wrestlers on the team since he was a freshman.

Reitz, a basketball player, also had her father, Randy Reitz, as a coach. Midway through her freshman season, she was the starting point guard. She then started at that position for the next 3 1/2-years.

Stanley E. Piekielek, 79

April 6, 2011

Stanley E. Piekielek, 79, Punxsutawney, died Monday, April 4, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born May 20, 1931, in DeLancey, a son of the late Anthony and Josephine (Pogwizd) Piekielek.

July 14, 1979, he married Shirley Edmondson, who survives.

Mr. Piekielek was a member of St. Adrian Roman Catholic Church, where he was an usher. He also delivered Meals on Wheels.

He was retired from North American Carbon Company.

Marjorie Dickson Staikides, 80

April 6, 2011

Marjorie Dickson Staikides, 80, West Chester, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, at Paoli Memorial Hospital.

She was born in New Castle, a daughter of William Campbell and Isabel C. (Cutler) Dickson.

Mrs. Staikides grew up in Punxsutawney and attended Grove City College. She was the wife of the late John James Staikides, also of Punxsutawney, who was a respected artist and art teacher in the Kennett Consolidated School District.

After marrying, the couple moved to southern Chester County, where they happily raised their family together.

No one injured when truck strikes porch

April 6, 2011

BIG RUN — A fully loaded tri-axle coal truck caused severe damage to a home when the driver lost control while traveling north on Route 119 (East Main Street) around 9 a.m. Wednesday in Big Run.

Todd Peace, chief of the Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company, said the driver of the truck said he was cut off by another driver in a gray vehicle while traveling north on Route 119, which caused the truck driver to swerve, leave the road and strike the porch of a house located at 222 East Main St. and cause damage to the sidewalk in front of several other homes.

Committee eyes street directions for Cranberry Alley

April 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A question as to whether Cranberry Alley should be changed to a one-way street was one of the items discussed at Tuesday’s Public Safety committee meeting.

Committee Chairman Mike Porada revisited the discussion of the issue from last month regarding speeding on Cranberry Alley behind the Chamber of Commerce office following a complaint from Penn Arms, whose building borders the alley.

UPDATE: Troopers arrest eight in drug sweep

April 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A two-year investigation has yielded the arrest of eight individuals who, police say, are accused of distributing a controlled substance — mainly marijuana.

During a press conference Wednesday, officials from the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C, Punxsutawney, described a drug sweep that began around 7 a.m. that morning, and concluded without incident around 9 a.m., according to Lt. Bernard Petrovsky.

Trooper Jamie LeVier, public information officer for Troop C, said the two-year investigation focused on the sale and distribution of marijuana and prescription drugs.

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