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January 30th, 2012

House Speaker Sam Smith announces re-election bid

January 30, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Monday, State Rep. Sam Smith (R-66) announced he will run for re-election to Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives this year.

“It is a privilege to serve the hardworking men, women and families of the 66th Legislative district in the state legislature,” Smith said.

Paul Wachob, 52

January 30, 2012

Paul Wachob, 52, Prospect, Tenn., passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2012.

He was born Feb. 7, 1959, a son of Viola L. (Blondie) Bodenhorn Wachob and the late Lyman Wachob.

Mr. Wachob was a truck driver.

In addition to his mother, surviving relatives include a daughter, Charity Hollingsworth and husband Mike of Minor Hill, Tenn.; a son, Kent Wachob and wife Leslie of Prospect; a sister, Helen Booth and companion Ron Baker of Salem, Ind.; two brothers, Harry Boyd Wachob and wife Carolyn, and Jacob E. Wachob and wife Wanda, all of Punxsutawney; and four grandchildren.

January 29th

Punxsy grapplers find success at high caliber tourney

January 30, 2012

NEW OXFORD — Traveling across the state to a top-tier tournament can be intimidating for young wrestlers, but for the Punxsutawney Chucks, it was an opportunity to show their skills in front of some of the best teams in the states.

Twelve Chucks traveled Friday and Saturday to New Oxford, and six of them walked away with medals.

"Half of the guys that participated made the medal rounds," Chucks head coach Eric Eddy said. "They performed well, and the losses we suffered were usually only to kids that should've beaten us."

WHERE IN THE WORLD? Punxsy, of course!

January 30, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Where in the world are you today? Why, you're in Punxsutawney, the Weather Capital of the World, the home of Punxsutawney Phil, of course.

Certainly, there are cities and towns all over the world that have unusual highlights and notable residents or natives, but none of those cities and towns have the fame and notoriety possessed by Punxsutawney.
Oh, you don't believe it? Well, consider these “Punxsy-isms,” and ask yourself the following:

WHERE IN THE WORLD …

Jury foreman speaks out about Rebert trial

January 30, 2012

BROOKVILLE — A Punxsutawney man who served as the jury foreman in the Steven Rebert double-homicide trial, which concluded late Friday, said the jury became deadlocked while deliberating whether or not Rebert should be put to death.

Rebert was sentenced to life in prison by Jefferson County President Judge John H. Foradora, after the jury could not come to a consensus as to whether or not he should be put to death in the murders of Wayne and Victoria Shugar, both 61, Brockway, who were found shot to death in their home April 12, 2010.

Punxsy woman savors 99 years of memories

January 30, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If there was only one word to describe Ella Whitaker, the most appropriate choice would have to be “determined.” From her choice of careers, to her decision to marry, to her travels across the globe, to her ability to deal with major physical problems, the remarkable 99-year-old lady has consistently demonstrated a strong will to deal with life head-on.

Frank Albert Hetrick, 92

January 30, 2012

Frank Albert Hetrick, 92, Brookville, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at Golden Living in Clarion.

He was born Nov. 10, 1919, in Knox Township, a son of the late Gilbert Jackson and Clara Etta (Wolfe) Hetrick.

April 22, 1944, he married the former Betty Jane Himes, who preceded him in death Nov. 8, 1996.

Mr. Hetrick was a member of the First Baptist Church.  He was a man of strong faith and encouraged others in their own faith.

He worked on the Pittsburgh and Shawmut Railroad.

Elva I. Martino, 83

January 30, 2012

Elva I. Martino, 83, Walston, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at home.

She was born July 26, 1928, in Grange, a daughter of the late A. Merle and Elsie (Powell) Bush.

Oct. 29, 1946, she married James A. Martino, who preceded her in death Dec. 9, 2006.

She was a member of St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church of Walston.
She was a good wife and a good mother.

She worked for Loree Footwear and the Punxsutawney Area School District

Beverly Nagy, 81

January 30, 2012

Beverly Nagy, 81, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.

She was born July 5, 1930, in Mars, a daughter of the late Homer Leslie and Helen Ruby (Wulfert) Sherwood.

Jan. 15, 1999, she married John Nagy, who preceded her in death March 4, 2007.

She worked as a seamstress at Pramco and Punxsutawney Sportswear Co. in Punxsutawney.

She was a member of the Moulennaires of the Senior Citizens’ Center.
She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and her good friends, Jim and Sally Lantz.

Anna Raniowski, 89

January 30, 2012

Anna Raniowski, 89, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Raniowski was born July 19, 1922, in Philadelphia, a daughter of the late Nicholas and Catherine (Kaprel) Cybak.

She was married to Matthew Raniowski, who preceded her in death.
She was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Rossiter.

Mrs. Raniowski loved crossword puzzles, reading, crocheting, knitting and, most of all, her beloved grandchildren.

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