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June 19th, 2012

Fezell Enterprises explodes for 20 in win over United

June 19, 2012

INDIANA — Already ahead 10-6 entering the visitor's half of the seventh inning, Fezell Enterprises put up a 10-spot and went on to earn a 20-6 victory over United in Indiana County Youth League action Monday evening.

Fezell started the game with a six-spot right out of the shoot, and it added three more in the second to open up a 9-1 lead before things settled down until the seventh inning.

Joey DiPietro led the offensive explosion with a 5-for-5 night, which included a double, two runs scored and two driven in.

LAUREL FEST QUEEN

June 19, 2012

The 2012 Western Pennsylvania Laurel Festival Queen’s Pageant was held Tuesday night at Brookville Jr.-Sr. High School. Eight contestants from western Pennsylvania competed for the title, which is awarded annually to a young woman between the ages of 16 and 20. This year, Kathryn Steele (center), a graduate of Brookville Jr.-Sr. High School, was crowned the 2012 Western Pennsylvania Laurel Festival Queen. Shannon Chandler (left) was awarded the place of first runner-up, and Christy Marks was awarded the place of second runner-up. (Photo by Natalie Bruzda)

Mayor: Council agreed years ago to care for McClure Cemetery

June 19, 2012

BIG RUN — Monday, Big Run Mayor Joe Buterbaugh presented evidence that Big Run Borough Council had agreed in principle many years ago to take care of the road at McClure Cemetery.

Buterbaugh produced a copy of The Punxsutawney Spirit, dated Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1982, which contained a story written by Tom Chandler, in which Bob Buffington of the McClure Cemetery Association agreed to meet council’s requirement to prepare the road for oiling and chipping next spring.

June 18th

DeFoor's arm, Rays' bats lead to tromping of Fox's

June 18, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As the Senior Little League softball schedule winds down, Punxsy's pitchers' arms are heating up, as was evidenced Monday evening in Punxsutawney, where Shania DeFoor threw a complete-game one-hitter to lead the ProForm Devil Rays past Fox's Pizza Den, of Brookville, 13-0 in five innings.

In addition to DeFoor's solid pitching performance, the Devil Rays' offense poured on 13 runs over just four trips to the plate.

Niver resigns from Big Run Borough Council; Rick Rinehart appointed as replacement

June 18, 2012

BIG RUN — Big Run Borough Council accepted the resignation of Councilman John Niver and appointed a former council member to take his place at Monday's meeting.

Former council member Rick Rinehart was appointed in a motion by council to replace Niver on borough council and as a member of the Big Run Area Municipal Authority (BRAMA).

Nick Lantz, council president, said Niver submitted his resignation from both boards for personal reasons.

Young Township audit continues after discrepancies found in May

June 18, 2012

WALSTON — The audit and investigation into the Young Township sewage and general accounts discrepancies continues, after it was revealed at last month's meeting that discrepancies were discovered when a sewage customer disputed and produced his receipts to prove that he was not delinquent.

At the May 9 meeting, Carl Vulcan, CPA, and forensic accountant of the Cantanese Group, planned to report his findings when township Solicitor Kipp Lukehart, advised the Board of Supervisors to enter an executive session before making any of the findings public.

Two vehicles collide along Route 119, 436 intersection

June 18, 2012

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — No injuries were reported in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Route 119 and Route 436, Young Township.

One of the vehicles involved in the accident, a Dodge Neon, appeared to have sustained disabling damage, and a Jeep Wrangler sustained front-end damage in the crash. Both were towed from the scene by Rebuck's South Side Service.

No further details regarding the accident were available at Spirit press time.

Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police were on scene and investigating the accident.

June 17th

Ishman, Lingenfelter's combined no-no opens All-Star season

June 17, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy starter Alli Ishman pitched five no-hit innings, and reliever Kylee Lingenfelter finished the job, pitching one inning to complete a combined no-hitter, and the Punxsy nine and 10-year-old softball All-Stars cruised to a 9-0 victory over Brockway in their opening game of the tournament.

Despite the strong pitching performance, though, Punxsy head coach Mike Ishman was sure to point out after the game that his team's victory came from a full-team effort.

It's time for the All-Stars to shine: GLL rosters released

June 17, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — While the 11- and 12-year-old Punxsy softball All-Stars opened their season with a convincing 9-0 win over Brockway Sunday afternoon, the majority of the other Punxsy All-Star teams are just beginning their practices in preparation for their own tournaments.

Including the softball team that already started, Punxsy has eight teams entered in tournaments this year, with the only exceptions being that Punxsy has no Senior Little League team in either softball or baseball.

A list of the All-Star rosters — along with information on their first game — follows.

July trial set for alleged shooter

June 17, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The trial of a Pittsburgh man who allegedly shot two Punxsutawney men last September has been set for the middle of July in Jefferson County Common Pleas Court.

Jury selection for the trial of Christopher L. Thornhill, 24, is scheduled for Monday, July 9, with the trial scheduled to begin Thursday, July 19, at the Jefferson County courthouse, said Amanda Marley, Jefferson County President Judge John Foradora's law clerk.

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