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May 11th

DuBois defeats Punxsy on walk-off, 4-3

May 11, 2011

DUBOIS — Twice Wednesday, the Punxsy baseball team scored the go-ahead run or runs in the top of an inning. Also twice, DuBois was there to answer soon thereafter.

Unfortunately for the Chucks, DuBois' final go-ahead runs came in the last inning, as Dom Kriner's two-run, walk-off single pushed the Beavers past Punxsy at Showers' Field in DuBois, 4-3.

Beavers top Chucks to claim team district title

May 11, 2011

DUBOIS — Wednesday's 4-1 score doesn't fully represent how close the DuBois boys' tennis team's victory over Punxsy in the District IX Class AAA Team Tournament Finals in DuBois.

After the Chucks fell behind 2-0, they won a doubles match and were ahead during the No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles matches. Punxsy couldn't hold onto either lead and had to settle for runner-up distinction for the third time in four seasons.

Lady Raiders split doubledip with Bradford

May 11, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Senior Night was bittersweet for senior outfielder Chey Ross and the rest of Brookville softball team Wednesday afternoon in Brookville.

Ross was happy she tripled and drove in a run and helped the team win Game One 8-2, but was equally as frustrated that the Lady Raiders (3-8) fell to Bradford 15-4 in six innings in the Game Two.

"It felt really good to be able to hit and score off it, too," Ross said. "I thought the first game would be a booster. I don't know what changed (in the second game). We need to pick it up."

Lucy B. Phillips, 89

May 11, 2011

Lucy B. Phillips, 89, Punxsutawney (Albion area), died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home.

She was born Dec. 8, 1921, in Albion, a daughter of John L. and Fannie B. (Burkett) Rankin.

Aug. 23, 1939, she married Ronald L. Phillips, who preceded her in death March 26, 1988.

Mrs. Phillips was a member of the Albion United Methodist Church and its Ladies’ Aid.

She and her husband owned Ronald L. & L.B. Phillips Manufacturing in Albion.

Mary Lou (Snavely) Bair, 83

May 11, 2011

Mary Lou (Snavely) Bair, 83, formerly of the Elk Run area and the Jefferson Street High-Rise, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at Laurelbrooke Landing, Brookville.

She was born Dec. 17, 1927, in Johnstown, a daughter of the late Russell and Florence (Collen) Snavely.

June 23, 1951, she married Wayne (Yogi) Edward Bair, who preceded her in death Dec. 23, 2002.

Mrs. Bair was employed as a cook at IUP-Punxsutawney and the Eagles, and she was a member of F.O. Eagles No. 1231, where she also served as past president.

Jefferson Grocery closing wholesale division; will maintain retail stores — including Comet

May 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In the highly-competitive grocery world, Ben Levy said his family, which owns the Jefferson Wholesale Grocery Company, has found that a certain story from the Bible plays out only in the Bible.

“David beat Goliath only in the Bible,” he said, citing his company as the small David, competing against larger, Goliath-sized “big-box retailers” of the grocery industry.

SPECIAL DELIVERIES

May 11, 2011

Members of the U.S. Postal Service in Punxsutawney — (from left) John Woods, Judy Kemmerer, Patty Dean, Dave Reynolds, Steve White and Gary Krawzyk — will be among those taking part in their annual food drive Saturday at the Punxsutawney Post Office. Donations of non-perishable food items can be dropped off all day or during normal time of delivery. Anyone who has a rural route may also place foods item in his or her mailbox for the postal carrier to pick up. All food donated will be given to local food pantries. (Photo by Jennifer Barr)

May 10th

Jessica Smochek goes to Congress for victims harmed while serving in Peace Corps

May 10, 2011

WASHINGTON — In accepting the Suzanne McDaniel Public Awareness Award, Punxsy native and former Peace Corps volunteer Jessica Smochek said a world of heroes in which she once believed was destroyed after she was brutally attacked and raped while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bangladesh.

“In the real world, no one goes around looking for people to save,” she said, saying that these days, people are taught to “mind their own business.”

Police: Man drove car into Mahoning Creek after domestic incident

May 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A passerby walking along Mahoning Creek saw a car submerged in the water early Tuesday morning.

Punxsutawney Borough Police recovered the late 1990s Cadillac from Mahoning Creek around 1 p.m. Tuesday behind the carnival grounds near the Punxy Plaza.

According to Police Chief Tom Fedigan, the vehicle was discovered by a passerby who was walking on the dike along the creek. The person then notified police.

Lady Chucks beat Hollidaysburg, lose to Bradford on Senior Night

May 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy girls' track and field team could not surmount District IX Class AAA rival Bradford, but did earn a victory over District VI Hollidaysburg during Senior Recognition Day Tuesday in Punxsutawney.

The Lady Chucks (4-5) lost to the Lady Owls, 93-57, but dominated the Lady Golden Tigers, 105 1/2-44 1/2, thanks to a great day in the field.

Knowing how talented Bradford is, Punxsy head coach Barry Young was happy with his girls and pleased with what a nice day Tuesday was after a season of rainy and cold weather.

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