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February 14th

Margaret Agnes Holes, 90

February 14, 2013

Margaret Agnes Holes, 90, of Mahaffey, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at her home in Mahaffey.

She was born Nov. 28, 1922, in Madera, Pa., a daughter of John Alexander and Suzie (Davis) Alexander.

She was a lifelong member of McPherron C&MA Church.

She was a graduate of Madera High School.

Mrs. Holes was a homemaker and loved to crochet, quilt and spoil her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

James R. “Bob” McKee, Sr., 83

February 14, 2013

James R. McKee, 83, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.

He was born Feb. 22, 1929, in Mahaffey, a son of the late James A. and Isabel Mae (Hall) McKee.

He was first married to Norma (Allenbaugh) McKee, who preceded him in death on Jan. 19, 1991.

He then married Isabel M. (Kaufman) McKee, who also preceded him in death, on May 15, 1998.

He was a member of the English Lutheran Church.

He served in the U.S. Army and received the Berlin Air Lift Medal during his service.

He then served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, where he received the Purple Heart.

February 13th

Eagles have strong finish, prevail over Chucks

February 14, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In most likely the best boys’ basketball game to date this season, the two opponents gave the Senior Night crowd an intense and hard-fought affair.

In the end, Bald Eagle Area proved its mettle with a strong finish to prevail over Punxsy, 61-53, on Wednesday night in Punxsutawney.

Leading by only two points with six minutes left, the Eagles’ center, Dennis Fisher, who had a game-high 24 points, netted the next five points and 10 of his team's final 12 points to double up the Chucks, 12-6, for the win.

PAHS Drama Club seniors prepared for final show

February 13, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As the school year begins to wind down, the PAHS Drama Club is hard at work as it prepares to perform its last play of the school year.

The title of the play is "The High Schooler's Guide to the Galaxy," and it is written by Brian Starchman. The play is a comedy about four 7th graders who are about to embark on the journey of beginning high school.

The night before school is set to begin, they are visited by a couple of guides who show them how to go about surviving at the high school level.

Railroad crossing coming to Horatio Street

February 13, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A much-needed upgrade to the Horatio Street Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad crossing was approved by Punxsutawney Borough Council at Monday's voting meeting.

"PennDOT is filing an application with the PUC for the approval to upgrade the railroad flashing lights (currently there are none) and circuitry where Horatio Street Crosses, at grade, the single track owned by B&P Railroad," said Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager.

February 12th

Chucks take short bout from Owls

February 12, 2013

The Chucks' Eli Lambiotte controls his Redbank Valley opponent in a match from Jan. 17. Lambiotte was one of seven Punxsy wrestlers to receive forfeits from Bradford on Tuesday night. Keegan Fischer and Brandon Wingert picked up bout wins in the 53-29 victory over the Owls in Bradford. The full story detailing the match can be found in Thursday's edition of The Spirit.

9th-grade Chucks have enough to get past Rovers

February 12, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A win is the same result no matter if it is by 30, or a single point.

On Monday afternoon, Punxsy was happy to have enough to get past Brockway by four points, 35-31, in ninth-grade boys' hoops action in Punxsutawney.

"It was an ugly win, but a win is a win," noted Chucks head coach Todd Heigley.

Punxsy opened the affair by making one more bucket than Brockway for an 8-6 lead. The two opponents play equal in the second period, with each squad totaling seven points for a 15-13 intermission score.

Indiana Co. Coroner follows up on death of Glen Campbell man

February 12, 2013

INDIANA — In a follow-up to the death of a Glen Campbell man on Friday evening, Indiana County Coroner Michael Baker said that toxicology tests will likely be the deciding factors in determining the cause of death of 28-year-old Christopher Brandner, whose frozen body was discovered Friday evening in a vacant lot in Glen Campbell borough.

The coroner, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police and the Indiana County District Attorney investigated at the scene of the death.

Man’s body found in White Township, Indiana County

February 12, 2013

INDIANA — Indiana County Coroner Michael Baker said an autopsy of a local man found Monday in White Township, Indiana County, has ruled out evidence of foul play.

The body of 50-year-old Jeffrey Moretti of Indiana was discovered at about 8:35 a.m. Monday near the rear entrance of the offices of Gazette Printers after employees reported for work.

Baker said the body did not appear to have indications of unexplainable trauma, and the building was not forcibly intruded upon.

Moretti was pronounced dead at the scene at 9 a.m.

County’s hazard mitigation plan commended by FEMA

February 12, 2013

BROOKVILLE — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has sent a letter commending the staff of Jefferson County for its role in developing the county hazard mitigation plan, the commissioners announced at their meeting on Tuesday.

FEMA praised the county for its support and assistance in developing the plan, which expires on July 2, 2017, and contains mitigation strategies designed to reduce future disaster losses for the purpose of making the county's communities safer and more resilient to hazards.

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