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February 9th, 2012

Punxsy comeback falls just short against Elkers

February 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite outscoring Ridgway 19-10 in the second half, Punxsy's ninth-grade basketball team was unable to overcome a 15-2 Elkers' halftime lead Thursday afternoon in Punxsutawney, and the Chucks fell, 25-21.

"Being down 13 at halftime, we came out, made some adjustments, worked their zone and almost came back for the win," Punxsy head coach Brandon Krug said after the game. "The kids played hard, but that first half was the difference. If we play harder in the first half, we win that game."

PSP: Drug search yields heroin, crack

February 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Police seized heroin, crack cocaine, cash and more in a search of a South Main Street residence where two men were also taken into custody Thursday morning.

Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police said the Troop C Vice Unit executed a search warrant at the residence at 6:05 a.m. Thursday as the result of an undercover drug investigation.

Taken into custody were Kenneth Edward Ball, 60, Punxsy, and Aaron Albert Meanor, 28, Pittsburgh.

AREA AGENCY ON AGING WANTS TO KNOW: Who is Jefferson County’s oldest resident?

February 9, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Since its inception, the Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging (JCAAA) has tried to provide county residents with resources that would allow them to stay in their homes longer.

But for the agency to continue to be a vital asset to the county’s older citizens, it is seeking help from one specific source — the county’s oldest resident.

“I think there’s so much history out there that we need to embrace,” JCAAA Executive Director Randy Davis said. “We want to ask, ‘How’d you make it? How’d you get there?’ We want to know the secrets to his or her success.”

Clair R. Shaffer, 96

February 9, 2012

Clair R. Shaffer, 96, DuBois, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at his home.

He was born June 14, 1915, in DuBois, a son of the late Harvey and Martha (Horn) Shaffer.

He was married to Dora (Waite) Shaffer, who preceded him in death Feb. 29, 1980.

Mr. Shaffer was a retired self-employed farmer.

He served in the U.S. Army and received a Purple Heart for his service in World War II.

He was Methodist by faith and a member of the Reynoldsville American Legion and Reynoldsville Eagles. He enjoyed farming and hunting.

February 8th

Down to the wire: Chucks down Dutch

February 8, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — When the starting lineups were announced Wednesday night at PAHS, it appeared as if the Punxsy Chucks wrestling team would be at a severe disadvantage with three scheduled forfeits and two regulars out of the lineup. But Punxsy shuffled the lineup around and managed to pull off a surprising 39-30 victory over St. Marys in Punxsutawney.

"I'm really proud of the way these guys wrestled tonight," Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy said after the match. "We didn't give up a bunch of pins where we couldn't afford to, and it was just a great team effort."

The Zak Zone

February 8, 2012

Unlike last year, when my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers fell to the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl, the team I was cheering for this season was actually victorious.

Of course, I wasn't as emotionally invested in this year's game, but there were definitely a few reasons I was cheering for the New York Giants over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.

John W. Jenks, 91

February 8, 2012

John W. Jenks, 91, Leechburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at West Haven Manor.

He was born July 18, 1920, in Yatesboro, a son of Eugene H. and Sara (Evans) Jenks.

In 1937, at the age of 16, Mr. Jenks graduated from Punxsutawney High School as his class’ valedictorian and, four years later, graduated as valedictorian of his class at Penn State University, where he also earned the rare honor of being an industrial engineer inductee into Phi Beta Kappa.

Ardovino "Ardy" Racchini, 98

February 8, 2012

Ardovino "Ardy" Racchini, 98, Brookville, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at McKinley Health Center, Brookville.

He was born Jan. 17, 1914, in Conifer, a son of the late Joseph and Madelina (Beducci) Racchini.

July 9, 1950, in Clarion, he married Cecilia Jacqueline (Jackie) Moore, who preceded him in death March 11, 2001.

Mr. Racchini was employed as a barber, a clock maker and repairman, and he also worked on lawn mowers and small engines. He also delivered coal and worked as a coal miner.

Eleanor M. Rayle, 91

February 8, 2012

Eleanor M. Rayle, 91, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.

She was born Sept. 20, 1920, in Corning, N.Y., a daughter of the late Arlan and Margaret (Perry) Cole.

Aug. 14, 1937, she married Encil “Gene” Rayle, who preceded her in death April 26, 1998.

She was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church in Punxsutawney.

Mrs. Rayle was a member of the Punxsutawney Country Club and the B.P.O. Elks No. 301 of Punxsutawney.

Surviving relatives include a son, Dale Rayle; a daughter, Linda Theakston; and three grandchildren.

TOLD YOU SO

February 8, 2012

Say! What is that white material on this Phantastic Phil!’s paws, nose and top hat? Oh yes, it’s snow, as evidenced by flurries Wednesday, almost a week after Punxsutawney Phil’s prognostication of six more weeks of winter. And some people thought Punxsy Phil’s Groundhog Day prediction was off the mark. Well, turns out he was right again — as usual! (Photo by Dan Long)

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