November 22nd, 2011
Colder temperatures and snowflakes in the recent weeks are a reminder that the changing of the seasons is soon coming. Although the temperatures indoors are still nice and cozy, the sound of bouncing basketballs echoing through the hallways of PAHS are a reminder that the winter sports season is quickly approaching, as well. For many of the athletes, the changing of the seasons means a shift from football, soccer or golf to basketball or wrestling, but for others, they are suiting up for their first PAHS athletics activities of the school year.
Charles A. Bennett, 55, Mahaffey, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born Feb. 5, 1956, in Clearfield, a son of Freda (Lee) Bennett, who survives, of Mahaffey, and the late Orvis Bennett.
Mr. Bennett was a 1973 graduate of Purchase Line High School. He was the owner and operator of Bennettâs Body Shop for more than 35 years.
He was an avid turkey hunter and a loving son, brother and true friend who will be truly missed.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â With the guidance and designs of a Penn State landscape designer, the Groundhog Club Inner Circle is looking at enhancements at Punxsutawney Philâs Groundhog Day home â and what better place to start than the location where fans and guests enter Gobblerâs Knob.
Tuesday, the club held a public awareness and input meeting to provide information about a $9,000 landscape design matching grant from the PA Wilds Design Assistance Program, with a grant from National Parks Serves Preserve America Fund and DCED Municipal Services Fund.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Tuesday, two men â both in wheelchairs â injured in a Sept. 22 shooting testified against the man who allegedly shot them in Punxsyâs Cranberry Alley, with District Judge Douglas Chambers finding a prima facia and setting the stage for trial in Common Pleas Court.
At the end of a continued preliminary hearing for the suspect, Christopher L. Thornhill, defense attorney Fred Hummel said one of the victims, Richard White Jr., testified that he never saw Thornhill with a weapon.
Punxsutawney Area Middle Schooler Laney Monroe throws a pass to her dad from center stage at the Punxsutawney Area High School auditorium Monday night. Laney will take a different stage for the second time Dec. 4, when she travels to Pittsburgh for the Pittsburgh Steelers' team NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition. Monroe also competed last year and earned third-place in her age bracket.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Braxton Amundsonâs friends and family now know the $10,000 secret he has been keeping for more than three months.
As those who watched the PAHS graduate on âThe Price is Rightâ Monday morning now know, Amundson â son of Eric and Vickie Amundson â had a chance to win $10,000 after he had the closest bid on a set of womenâs cosmetic products â which he also won.
As a contestant this past August on the show, Amundson had to correctly guess which four of six products presented were under $2.
BELL TOWNSHIP â There were no injuries in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 7:15 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Route 119 and Rikers Road, Bell Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by a 16-year-old female from Punxsutawney was stopped at the stop sign on Rikers Road facing west, waiting to make a left turn onto Route 119.
Police said she failed to see a 1999 Oldsmobile 88 driven by Rick Sherry, 50, Punxsutawney, and pulled out onto Route 119 in front Sherryâs vehicle, which was traveling north.
BIG RUN â Monday, Big Run Borough Council voted to place its 2012 budget on display for adoption at its December meeting, with no tax increase.
Council President Nick Lantz announced once again, the borough will have a surplus of $39,887, which is smaller compared to last yearâs surplus of $57,635.
He also said that once again, there would not be a tax increase for borough taxpayers.
The last tax increase in Big Run was more than 20 years ago.
The proposed 2012 tax millage:
The Lady Chucks volleyball team honored both its seniors and award winners at the annual banquet Sunday night at the Pantall Hotel in Punxsutawney. Varsity head coach Lisa Kephart and junior varsity head coach Megan Decker each delivered awards, and the seniors were honored for their time and service to the program. Each player was given a framed photograph from this season as a keepsake.
BROOKVILLE â Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and in celebration, the Brookville YMCA held its fourth-annual Turkey Trot Saturday. The trot consisted of three races: The Wingding (one-mile run or walk); the Turkey Trot (five-kilometer race); and the Tough Turkey (10-kilometer race).
More than 70 competitors participated in the various races, and an award was given to each of the top three finishers in each race for both males and females.