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May 29th, 2012

Heavy storm brings heavy call volume at 911 Center

May 29, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency said Sunday’s severe thunderstorm affected everyone in the county and left several hundred people without power, downed trees and power lines throughout the county and region.

Meanwhile, another storm struck the area again Tuesday, but this time, the damage from high winds appeared to have affected the northern portions of Jefferson County according to 911 scanner reports.

Advertising on or in school buses? More funding sources sought

May 29, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As the state continues to cut funding to public schools, many districts are wondering what to do about funding for transportation.

The Punxsutawney Area School Board recently held a transportation committee meeting where school bus advertising was discussed as the new wave for funding transportation.

DELAYED YET ANOTHER DAY

May 29, 2012

In this Spirit file photo, Punxsy's Ryan Sloniger (left) trots into third base, as Punxsy head coach Mike Dickey gives him the hold sign in an April 18 game against DuBois. Dickey and his squad hoped to be off and running toward their ninth-straight District IX title Tuesday in Brockway, but another nasty storm wiped out the field and delayed the game — which was originally scheduled to take place last week — to this afternoon. The Lady Chucks were also supposed to play St. Marys Tuesday in Brockway, and both games have been rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. today.

May 28th

Chucks try to keep title streak alive

May 28, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Entering the season, the Punxsy Chucks baseball team put the number out there from the start: Nine.

In 2011, the Chucks earned their eighth-consecutive District IX title, and this year, the expectation was to put themselves in a position to pick up number nine.

Lady Chucks hope to make it 3-for-3

May 28, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A torrential downpour knocked down branches across town Sunday evening and chased the Lady Chucks softball team inside for practice.

But despite the rain, Punxsy head coach Alan Pifer said the squad had one very good reason to squeeze in the practice while it still could: A very worthy opponent.

The Lady Chucks will face St. Marys today in the D-IX Class AAA Softball Championship.

MORGAN THROWS AT STATES

May 28, 2012

Punxsutawney senior Brody Morgan was the only competitor for the Chucks during the second day of the PIAA Class AAA Track and Field Championships. Going into the event, Morgan was seeded 16th, as his best throw of the season 179-7.Saturday, Morgan threw the javelin 160-9 for 21st overall. The winner of Morgan's event was Billy Stanley, of South Park, who threw 246-9, setting a new state record in the event. His throw was farther even than the NFHS record of 244-2, set by Sam Crouser, of Central Dauphin.

Punxsy salutes those who gave all

May 28, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A violent storm the evening before spared Punxsutawney its wrath during Memorial Day, as veterans and citizens gathered in Barclay Square to honor those in the armed forces who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Also, during the annual Memorial Day parade, a handful of local veterans — in tribute to their service to their country — took part in the parade aboard two authentic World War II vehicles.

Sunday storm topples trees, electrical lines

May 28, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It wasn't a tornado, but it was as close as you could get when a storm with wind gusts clocking in at over 60 mph blew through Jefferson County around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, ripping trees right out of the ground and taking power, cable television and phone lines down with it.

"This storm was spread throughout Jefferson County, and the wind was definitely up to 60 mph," said Charlie Hoeh, Punxsutawney Emergency Management coordinator.

Big Run honors fallen at Memorial Day program

May 28, 2012

BIG RUN — The featured speaker for the Big Run Memorial Day service at Fairview Cemetery had a very personal experience when it comes to remembering those who lost their lives while fighting to protect freedom around the world.

"I have spent the majority of my life with young people," said Ron Ploucha, a retired math teacher, member of the Inner Circle and the Elks.

Ploucha said he grew up in the 1950s and early 60s.

"If you wonder what life was like back then, just watch a few episodes of ‘Leave It To Beaver,’" he said. "Life was simple and carefree, or so I thought."

Jerry M. Wells, 79

May 28, 2012

Jerry M. Wells, 79, Rossiter, died Sunday, May 27, 2012, at home.

He was born Oct. 3, 1932, in Austintown, Ohio, a son of the late Lewis and Grace (Delp) Wells.

Dec. 31, 1954, he married Nettie L. Calvert Wells, who preceded him in death Oct. 23, 2008.

Mr. Wells retired as a final repairman for the General Motors Lordstown Plant in Youngstown, Ohio, after 20 years of service.

He was Protestant by faith.

Mr. Wells was a veteran, having served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

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