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January 24th

6th-grade boys claim 3 wins in Punxsy Tourney

January 24, 2013

The Punxsy 6th-grade boys' basketball tournament team posted three wins in four games during last weekend's two-day event hosted by the Punxsutawney Community Center.

The Punxsy team members are (front row, from left) Carter Newcome, Cameron Smith, Evan Humble, Andrew Britton, Caden Barrick; (back row) coach Mark Ewing, Austin Ewing, Alex Gianvito, Ethan Blose, Derek Huey and coach Eric Britton.

Bobcats handle junior Chucks wrestlers

January 24, 2013

CLARION — After recording its first win of the season, the Punxsy junior high wrestling team could not make it two in a row on Tuesday night.

In a match of seven scoring bouts and nine forfeits, the junior Chucks garnered only two victories to drop their meeting with the Bobcats of Clarion, 49-33.

Alex Young (165) and Levi Campbell (145) picked up the pair of visiting wins. Young pinned his opponent, while Campbell won by decision.

Fire Department announces it is unable to contract a company for 2013 carnival

January 24, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The words "the carnival is in town" will likely not be heard for the first time in many years in Punxsutawney the week before the Fourth of July, as the Punxsutawney Fire Department has announced it is unable to contract a company for this year.

"It's with a heavy heart that I announce that there will be no carnival in Punxsutawney this year," said Tami McFarland, president of the Punxsutawney Fire Department Old Home Week Committee.

She said that, due to the ever-worsening economy and increasing fuel charges, J&J Amusements can no longer afford to travel to Punxsy.

The gateway to Gobbler’s Knob: ribbon cut for Phil’s new arch

January 24, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Our very own Punxsy Phil has always been considered to be royalty as the "World's Only True Weather Prognosticating Groundhog."

Now, he has an entrance to his Groundhog Day home that is fit for a king.

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle unveiled the new grand "Arch" during a ribbon cutting ceremony held Wednesday at Gobbler's Knob.

"This is a project that I thought would never get done," said Bill Deeley, Groundhog Club president.

Proposed teacher’s contract approved by PAEA

January 24, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney school teachers have ratified the proposed contract with the school board within the last week, according to unofficial reports.

The Punxsutawney Area School Board received word from the Punxsutawney Area Education Association (PAEA) that the proposed contract has been approved, said Gary Conrad, Punxsutawney Area School Board president, following Wednesday's school board committee meeting.

January 22nd

Chucks dominate Bobcats in small card affair

January 23, 2013

CLARION — On an extremely cold night outside the gymnasium, the wrestling action inside proved to have a quick turnover down the weight classes.

In a meeting of two squads with low numbers, Punxsy dominated host Clarion, 54-18, by claiming five victories in six wrestled matches in the small card affair.

“The guys on the mat tonight looked great,” noted Chucks head coach Eric Eddy. “Clarion has some holes in their lineup, but I thought we wrestled really good.”

Freshmen Eli Lambiotte (106) and Kaleb Young (126) pinned their opponents to highlight the Chucks’ individual victories.

Punxsy 7th-grade hoops outlasts Brookville

January 23, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Following two close defeats, the Punxsy seventh-grade boys' hoops squad found the win column Monday afternoon against Brookville.

The Chucks held a comfortable 28-9 advantage after three periods before taking away the 34-25 final over the Raiders.

Significant damage reported in overnight Ellsworth Ave. shed fire

January 23, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — All three Punxsutawney fire companies were called to a structure fire involving a shed located at 302 Ellsworth Ave. in Punxsutawney.

The shed sustained $3,000 to $4,000 in damage when it caught fire at 12:16 a.m. Tuesday.

"The fire was knocked down when I arrived on scene," said Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief.

Smith said the fire burned a spot through the wall and a hole in the floor of the shed, which housed two four wheelers and numerous tools.

Some big things cooking at IUP Academy of Culinary arts

January 23, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — What are four first-year, first-semester culinary students doing entering a timed cooking competition that pitted them against some of the most recognizable industry names in the nation?

Bringing home a bronze medal, that's what.

Jan. 10 and 11, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Academy of Culinary Arts students Bradley Drake, 31, John Mink, 26, J'aime Abramowitz, 28, and Megan Kauffman, 21 — a Punxsy native — competed in the Skidmore College ACF Sanctioned Culinary Competition at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Time running out to pick up your Groundhog Ball tickets

January 22, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Inner Circle’s Groundhog Ball is quickly approaching, and the Groundhog Club would like to remind patrons that tickets are still on sale.

The dance is scheduled for Saturday, with doors opening at 8:30 p.m. and live entertainment by Rudy and the Professionals kicking off at 9 p.m. and running through 1 a.m.

Tickets are available for this formal event at The Groundhog Club, 102 W. Mahoning St., or online at www.grounghog.org.

Tickets cost $30 and include hors d’oeuvres.

A cash bar will also be available.

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