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Archive - Jan 9, 2012

Council rehires Brian Andrekovich

January 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After almost two-and-a-half years of investigations and legal action, Det. Brian Andrekovich, a Punxsutawney Borough Police officer fired in November 2009, was approved to return to work next week.

During Monday’s council meeting, the motion for Andrekovich to return to work was approved 7-0.

Council fired Andrekovich Nov. 3, 2009, following the death of Stephen Obbish, 48, Aug. 15, 2009, in the back of a police cruiser after Andrekovich arrested him for public drunkenness at the Goodwill store in the Punxy Plaza.

Board: Be mindful of speaking publicly about contract talks

January 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A member of the Punxsutawney Area School Board asked questions about contract negotiations with the Punxsutawney Area Education Association Monday, but was eventually reminded about violating possible confidentiality agreements.

Monday, board member Jack White asked about ongoing negotiations with the PAEA regarding the salary structure. Board President Gary Conrad said he would permit White to speak, but noted the possible confidentiality issues.

County’s homelessness prevention program sees cut in funding

January 9, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Jefferson County’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) received disappointing news to begin 2012.

HPRP, which is under the direction of Community Action Inc., recently received a funding cut of $10,000.

According to HPRP Director Susan McLaughlin, the action, which was handed down from the state Department of Community & Economic Development, caused the necessity of a budget revision to ensure funds are available to provide service and assistance to only those already approved and enrolled in the program.

Make it 3 in a row for the Lady Chucks

January 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy girls' basketball team — a squad typically known for its defensive prowess — scored 60 points for the second consecutive game, including 22 in the first quarter, on its way to a 60-48 victory over Purchase Line Monday night in Punxsutawney.

After opening the season with seven straight losses, Punxsy has now won three games in a row and is gaining confidence with each win.

Punxsy squad dominant in win at Curwensville

January 9, 2012

CURWENSVILLE — Punxsy's junior high school wrestlers won 10-of-11 matches that took place on the mat in Curwensville, losing 18 points by forfeit, to cruise to a 54-24 victory over the Golden Tide Thursday night in Curwensville.

"We were pretty pleased with our kids" performances at Curwensville," Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said. "We have to be, considering we only lost one bout on the mat. I was a little worried about how they would perform, being that we haven't wrestled since Dec. 21."

Hazel J. Hinderliter, 99

January 9, 2012

Hazel J. Hinderliter, 99, formerly of Frostburg, died Sunday Jan. 8, 2012, in Towson, Md., where she lived with her daughter Nedra for three years.

She was born Aug. 28, 1912, a daughter of the late Joseph and Blanche (Anthony) Palmer.

Dec. 3, 1931, she married Kermit J. Hinderliter, who preceded her in death Jan. 13, 1994.

She was a member of the Hopewell United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed quilting and crocheting.

Bertha A. (Kauffman) Hoffman, 84

January 9, 2012

Bertha A. (Kauffman) Hoffman, 84, Erie, passed away Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at Pleasant Ridge Manor East.

She was born Oct. 29, 1927, in Clearfield County, a daughter of the late Henry and Catherine (Lee) Kauffman.

She was married to James W. Hoffman, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Hoffman was an 11-year resident of Erie and enjoyed time spent with her family and friends. She lived in Punxsutawney for more than 30 years.

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