June 5th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Summerâ€™s first official roadwork detour begins Monday, when PennDOT will close one lane of Margiotti Bridge for a rehabilitation project.
Southbound traffic on the bridge will be maintained, while northbound traffic will have to travel the detour on Route 119, down Indiana Hill and down West Mahoning Street to North Main Street, Borough Manager Ben White said during Tuesdayâ€™s Public Works Committee meeting.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Career Womenâ€™s Club named Stacy A. Volchko as its 2011-12 Woman of the Year during the groupâ€™s Rose Breakfast June 2 at the Elks.
She is the Career Womenâ€™s Clubâ€™s current president.
In the introduction for the clubâ€™s new Woman of the Year, Volchko was described as always striving â€śto do the right thing in both her personal and professional life; and she demonstrated her leadership abilities early on.â€ť
This group of Zumba-enthusiasts worked on their exercises Tuesday night under the shadow of the canopy that annually covers Memorial Bandstand in Barclay Square. The canopy was erected Monday evening in preparation of the 46th-annual Groundhog Festival, which will be held July 1-7.
Richard Earl Shotts, 55, Rural Valley, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2012.
He was born Nov. 17, 1956, in Kittanning, a son of Dorothy (McCausland) Shotts, who survives, and the late Lynn Murray Shotts, who preceded him in death Dec. 31, 2008.
May 27, 1978, he married Candice (Cooper) Shotts, who survives.
Mr. Shotts worked in the maintenance department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was a retired coal miner.
He was a member of local Union No. 488 and the National and PA Trappers Associations.
Irene Catherine Ruth Hamner, 66, of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at home.
Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Shumaker Funeral Home Inc.
ST. MARYS â€” With rain clouds looming and a few showers hitting Berwind Park in St. Marys, it appeared as if the Chucks' PIAA Class AAA opening round game against Belle Vernon may be delayed due to inclement weather.
That never happened, but there was an unfortunate 40-minute delay due to a benches-clearing incident as Belle Vernon relief pitcher Dom Francia was being warned for brushing back Punxsy's No. 3 hitter Ty Zimmerman twice in a row.
NORTH ALLEGHENY â€” Entering the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA State Championship tournament, the Lady Chucks knew what was ahead of them: A solid hitting team in the Lady Spartans of Moniteau and a steady pitcher they'd have to make contact against.
Unfortunately for the Lady Chucks, that steady pitcher, Kaitlyn Kutchman, pitched a complete game, walking none, striking out ten and allowing just one run on three hits, and Montour earned a 4-1 victory behind three unearned runs in the fifth inning.
BROCKWAY- The defending State Champion Riverside Panthers (18-6) proved to be too much for the Brookville Raiders (15-5) to handle during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA State Playoffs, as the Panthers earned a 6-3 victory Monday in Brockway.
"None of us wanted the season to end today, but I told the kids to keep their heads up; we had a good year," said Raiders Head Coach Kenny Lindermuth.
After a traffic-related delay to the game, both teams came out hot offensively.
INDIANA â€” A South Mahoning Township man who allegedly killed his two daughters and estranged wife also tried to burn down the two residences in which the murders occurred, police said Monday.
Lewis Beatty, 40, South Mahoning Township, faces three counts of criminal homicide in the deaths of his two daughters, Amanda, 11, and Sara, six, and his estranged wife, Christine Beatty, 33, Friday.
INDIANA â€” The district attorney is calling the victim in an early morning shooting a hero for defending his family, even though he lost his life.
"In many ways, (he) is a hero," Indiana County District Attorney Pat Dougherty said during a Monday news conference at the PSP-Indiana barracks. "He was defending his family. I believe that if he
had not been there, we would have had the possibility of more victims on our hands."