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May 17, 2012

The month of May is an interesting, busy month for the soon-to-be-graduated seniors of the Class of 2012. And for those involved in athletics, the month is an even busier one.

The tennis team was the first to complete its playoffs, and while most of the seniors ended their track and field careers yesterday, senior thrower Brody Morgan will continue to prepare for next weekend's PIAA State Championships.

Tiny Class of 2012 celebrates big victories

May 17, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — One of the smallest classes in the history of Punxsutawney Area High School — 164 students — celebrated big accomplishments during the annual Class Night event Thursday.

More than half of the members of the PAHS Class of 2012 received awards and scholarships Thursday, and they also celebrated that despite its small numbers, it hosted the highest-grossing, most-profitable Variety Show in the history of the event, raising $19,425.84 — of which half will benefit the Margaret C. Boles Scholarship Foundation, and the other half will go toward the senior’s post-graduation party.

Woman sentenced for hit and run that injured Falls Creek jogger

May 17, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Wednesday, a Reynoldsville woman who struck a jogging Falls Creek woman and fled the scene July 19, 2011, was sentenced to time in the Jefferson County jail.

Felicia Marie Steele, 48, Reynoldsville, struck Cindi A. Lingenfelter, 32, Falls Creek, with her 2003 GMC Sierra pick-up while Lingenfelter was jogging south on Route 950.

Steele then fled the scene, police said.

Lingenfelter suffered severe injuries and was flown via medical helicopter to Altoona Hospital for treatment, police said.

Animal Hospital caring for dogs found abandoned near Stump Creek

May 17, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A number of dogs that were apparently abandoned last weekend were rescued by area residents in the woods near Stump Creek.

Last Sunday, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police called the Animal Hospital of Punxsutawney and asked if staff could keep a stray dog overnight, said Katelyn Hidinger, veterinarian technician at the hospital.

“By the time it was all said and done, there were 16 dogs that are being kept at the animal hospital,” Hidinger said.

The dogs that were taken in include a miniature pincher; two shih tzus; and 13 pomeranians.

May 16th

Four Punxsy athletes are headed to states

May 16, 2012

KANE — The ultimate goal for any athlete heading into the District IX AAA Track and Field Championships is to earn a berth to states, and Wednesday afternoon in Kane, four Punxsy athletes found out they'll be making that trip to Shippensburg next weekend for the PIAA state tournament.

One athlete, boys' runner Kevin Hughes — who is just a sophomore — qualified by finishing first in the district. Hughes' event was the 400-meter dash, and his time of 50.26 seconds was his best of the season and gave him first place by more than 1.3 seconds.

Chucks' back-to-back bid blocked by Beavers

May 16, 2012

DUBOIS — Wednesday, the Chucks' top doubles duo of Michael Blose and Tim Pearce set out to earn a second-straight District IX doubles championship knowing all the other pairs were gunning for them, and after Pearce and Blose advanced to the finals, they were defeated in a close match against DuBois' top pair of Patrick Johnson and Matt Fultz.

Johnson and Fultz downed Blose and Pearce in three close sets, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, to be crowned champions.

THE RAIN JUST WOULDN'T GO AWAY

May 16, 2012

Members of the Punxsy high school baseball team, (from left) Michael Klingensmith, Luke Janocha, Ty Zimmerman and Dane Baker, pass the time during a break between rain storms playing a game, as wet weather delayed a double header with Brookville. Unfortunately, the pastime was the only game able to be played, as a late burst of rain muddied the field that many had worked so hard to get back into playing shape. The Lady Chucks' softball double header was also rained out.

Judge sentences Overbeck to 19 1/2 to 40 years in prison for Big Run arsons

May 16, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Wednesday, Judge John H. Foradora sentenced a former Big Run Volunteer Fire Department member to 19 1/2 to 40 years in a state correctional facility on numerous arson charges.

Anthony Overbeck, Big Run, was arrested Aug. 10, 2011, and charged with a number of crimes that included arson and related offenses in connection with a fire at a two-story unoccupied residence at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Union Street in Big Run. He also confessed to seven other fires that occurred in the Big Run area last year, including one that destroyed Big Run Carpet June 19, 2011.

Police: Enforcing new anti-texting law almost impossible

May 16, 2012

BROOKVILLE — After two months, local police officials say the state’s new ban on texting is nearly impossible to enforce.

Locally, Brookville Borough Police and Punxsutawney Borough Police officers have not issued any texting-ban citations.

And statewide, the Pennsylvania State Police have issued only 44 citations since Gov. Tom Corbett’s new law went into effect March 8.

Program cuts at Jeff Tech will affect 27 students

May 16, 2012

REYNOLDSVILLE — As another school year is ending, some students at Jeff Tech are not wondering about their summer plans, but about what course of study to pursue next year.

May 3, the Jeff Tech Operating Committee voted unanimously to eliminate the marketing/retailing and lumbering programs offered at Jeff Tech.

This action affects 27 undergraduate students.

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