March 8th, 2012
HERSHEY â€” Punxsy wrestling's Joel Bowers, a sophomore at 113 pounds, was the final active athlete in the PAHS winter sports season, as he headed to the PIAA State Wrestling Championship Tournament Thursday in Hershey.
Unfortunately for the Chucks, Bowers' season came to a close with a pair of losses at the state level Thursday.
Bowers, the northwest region's second seed, faced District X's Dalton Macri, of Canon-McMillan, in the opening round of the tournament Thursday morning.
Wanda Marion Carlson, 90, Rossiter, died Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Wellington Heights, Punxsutawney.
She was born Jan. 29, 1922, in Pittsfield, Mass., a daughter of the late Walter and Agnes ( Mokrzycka) Robak.
She was married to Kenneth C. Carlson, who preceded her in death April 24, 1989.
She enjoyed living on the family farm, tending to her flowers, watching pets and other nature, and loved her family most of all.
Harold â€śTotâ€ť Stanley Geist, 83, passed away March 7, 2012, in Mayport.
He was born Sept. 10, 1928, in Ringgold Township, a son of the late Paul Stanley and Cozie Viola (Troutman) Geist.
He was married to Isabell L. (Wyant) Geist, who survives.
Mr. Geist was a coal miner and logger by trade.
Betty Stear Long, 97, a long-time resident of Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at Brighton Gardens in Raleigh, N.C., after a brief illness.
She was born Sept. 25, 1914, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Jean and Frank Stear.
After graduating from Punxsutawney High School in 1931, Mrs. Long attended Indiana State Teachers College and was a third-grade teacher in the Punxsutawney schools until 1939, when she married Jesse P. Long, the love of her life.
ERIE â€” One-hundred-and-forty-four wins. Four-time District IX champion. Sixth-most wins in D-IX history. Most wins in Punxsutawney history by more than 30.
During his wrestling career at PAHS, Kody Young put together a laundry list of achievements, and he recently added another at the next level: Qualifying for the NCAA Division II Wrestling National Championships as a freshman at Mercyhurst University.
The National Championships will take place Friday and Saturday at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
At 8:01 p.m. this Sunday evening, exactly one minute after the final bid is announced for this season's NCAA basketball tournament, March Madness officially begins.
But the madness I'm speaking of, while related to the tournament, isn't the actual tournament itself. That all begins with Tuesday's First Four, a round of play-in games.
The madness I'm referring to is the madness I experience while trying to fill out the ever-elusive perfect bracket for the 68-team tourney.
SHARON â€” Brookville senior Logan Stout has had one thing on his mind since the first day he stepped onto the mat this season â€” a regional championship.
Stout achieved that goal Saturday at the Northwest Regional Class AA Championships in Sharon by earning the 195-pound title over Alex Svetz, of North East, in a narrow 4-3 decision.
"It's awesome," Stout said. "Like I've said before, I didn't expect it earlier in my career. But my first goal for this year was to win a regional title, so it feels good to have my name up with my brother."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Libraries in Pennsylvania are facing yet another five-percent budget cut from Gov. Tom Corbettâ€™s new fiscal year budget proposal.
â€śI think the state does alright by us, considering that all of the libraries are caught in dire straits right now with the proposed budget cuts,â€ť library Director Coral Ellshoff said.
â€śIâ€™m not saying that I welcome a five-percent cut in state funding; I think itâ€™s understandable,â€ť she said. â€śWhere it creates an imbalance, the local governments need to pick up the slack.â€ť
BROOKVILLE â€” Next month, teen drivers in Jefferson and Clarion counties will put their driving skills to the test for the annual Clar-Jeff Regional Safe Driving Competition.
But Jefferson County Sheriff Carl Gotwald thinks this year is more important than ever before because of two new state laws that affect teen drivers.
â€śThere has been a lot of recent changes,â€ť he said. â€śThere have also been some very high-profile car accidents where kids have been killed. So I think itâ€™s a good program to educate teen drivers.â€ť
A new state law requiring Pennsylvania drivers to pull over and stop if they want to use text-based communications takes effect today, although it remains legal to use a hand-held cell phone behind the wheel. The statewide texting-while-driving ban carries a $50 fine and gives police authority to pull over suspected violators on sight.