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October 29th

Althea M. Peace, 83

October 29, 2012

Althea M. Peace, 83, Reynoldsville, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at home.

She was born Dec. 24, 1928, in Elmira, N.Y., a daughter of the late Herman Murray and Iva Bliss Murray.

Dec. 24, 1946, she married Robert C. Peace, who preceded her in death on April 30, 2002.

Mrs. Peace was a homemaker. She was Protestant in faith.

Surviving relatives include a son, Gregory W. Peace and wife Cynthia of Reynoldsville; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Marlin Murray of Reynoldsville.

Helen Eileen Rishel, 82

October 29, 2012

Helen Eileen Rishel, 82, of Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at DuBois Nursing Home.

She was born Aug. 10, 1930, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Isaac M. McKee and Emma M. (Cole) McKee.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Blaine E. Rishel, on Nov. 12, 2009.

She was a member of the Scotland Avenue Church of God in Punxsutawney.

Mrs. Rishel was the co-owner of Wholesale Auto Parts before retiring.

She was a loving mother and grandmother.

Robert J. Shields, 83

October 29, 2012

Robert J. Shields, 83, of Rossiter, Indiana County, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in his home.

He was the beloved husband of 57 years to Norma (Mains) Shields; father of Bobby Shields, Bill Shields, Linda (Matt) Messina and Albert Shields; grandfather of Michael Messina, Candace Shields, Nicholas Messina, Samantha Shields, Thomas Messina, Valerie Shields and Lisa Messina; brother of Teresa (Edward) Fitzroy, Kitty Pivirotto and the late Sarah Shields.

He is also survived by nieces and nephews.

Changes to First Church of God Trunk-or-Treat

October 29, 2012

Trunk-or-Treat at the First Church of God will be held inside of the gym from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.

If school is closed that day, there will be no Trunk-or-Treat.

Mayor Wehrle declares disaster emergency

October 29, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy mayor Jim Wehrle has declared a declaration of disaster emergency in the Borough of Punxsutawney effective Monday at 6 p.m. to enable staff and related officials to respond effectively to any possible impact of Hurricane Sandy in the borough.

The storm, which will begin to hit the mid-state area sometime Monday evening, is expected to bring heavy rain to the borough and region, resulting in low area flash-flooding and wind-related power outages, which could last for several days. Sustained high winds will likely contribute to tree damage around the borough as well.

Punxsutawney Area School District Cancels Classes & Sporting Events

October 29, 2012

The Punxsutawney Area School District has cancelled all classes for Tuesday, October 30 due to the forecasted weather.

Also cancelled are all sporting events for tonight, Monday, October 29 and tomorrow, Tuesday, October 30.

October 28th

Lady Chucks capture convincing D-IX cross country crown

October 28, 2012

RIDGWAY — After falling just short the past two seasons, the Lady Chucks captured a convincing District IX cross country crown on Saturday in Ridgway.

Punxsy ran away with first by 28 points, 31-59 over runner-up Clearfield. The two-time defending champion Bradford was third with 64 points, while St. Marys completed the field with 67 points in fourth.

“I certainly thought we had an excellent chance of winning, but I surprised at the margin of victory,” admitted Punxsy coach George Wehrle. “The girls proved they were for sure the best team in the district this year.”

Punxsy boys CC wins District IX title

October 28, 2012

Seth Burkett (left) and Eric Ingros (right) are shown running at Districts in Ridgway Saturday.

Punxsy emerged as District IX AA champions with a team score of 31.

The complete story will be featured in Tuesday's edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit.

Karns City spoils Brookville football Senior Night

October 28, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The Karns City Gremlins spoiled the Brookville Raiders football team's Senior Night with a 45-20 win Friday night.

The Gremlins diverse running game gave the Raider defense fits all night, putting up 311 total rushing yards.

"They're fast and we're not," said Chris Dworek, Raider varsity coach. "We had some things open, but penalties hurt us more than usual, missed execution hurt us more than usual because they're tough. They're fast, and it's more painful when you play teams like that," he said.

PennDOT: Intersection should reopen at noon today

October 28, 2012

A worker operates a machine Saturday afternoon at the intersection of State Route (SR) 119 at Hampton Avenue/Ridge Avenue/Clark Street.

The intersection closed at 6 p.m. Friday for the replacement of the railroad crossing.

PennDOT has said the intersection is expected to reopen at noon today.

Detours are posted throughout the borough and surrounding areas.

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