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February 8th, 2012

Eleanor M. Rayle, 91

February 9, 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 9, 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)

No injuries in 119 crash near county line

February 9, 2012

YOUNG TOWNSHIP —There were no injuries reported in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday near Nelson’s Mini-Mart on Route 119 north, Young Township.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a Dodge Neon driven by Elise V. Butler, Punxsutawney, was traveling north on Route 119 when traffic was stopped ahead, and she struck the rear of a Ford Ranger driven by Leonard T. Lang, Rochester Mills.

Clean-up on trail after spill almost done

February 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The environmental clean-up of the Mahoning Shadow Trail will finally be completed this week, months after a fuel spill that occurred when a box truck crashed over the side of a bridge and landed on the trail, according to Borough Manager Ben White.

During Tuesday's Public Safety meeting, the environmental cleanup which will be completed this week.

"The company that was contracted to clean up the spill should be finished this week," White said during Tuesday's Public Safety meeting. The trail cleanup was supervised by Tracy Zents and Jefferson County Emergency Services.

February 7th

Back in the hunt: Chucks down Dutch

February 8, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The bad news for the Chucks boys' basketball team after their 47-45 loss at Elk County Catholic last Friday was they had fallen from a tie for first in the District-IX standings to a tie for fourth, but the good news was they still had three league games remaining. And with three wins, Punxsy would still find itself in good position to compete for the No. 1 seed entering the playoffs.

Tuesday night, Punxsy began that hopeful trek back to the top with a 47-40 victory over the Flying Dutch of St. Marys in Punxsutawney.

Punxsy earns first D-IX sweep of year

February 8, 2012

ST. MARYS — With the Punxsy boys' basketball team hosting the Flying Dutch of St. Marys Tuesday night, the Lady Chucks took to the road to St. Marys with one thing on their minds: Earning a sweep over the Lady Dutch in District-IX play this season.

The Lady Chucks had positioned themselves to do so with a 62-50 home win over St. Marys Jan. 17, and Punxsy reached its goal of a sweep with a 42-36 victory over the Lady Dutch in St. Marys.

PennDOT gives initial OK to lower speed limit on Indiana Hill

February 8, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — PennDOT District 10-0 has granted tentative approval for Punxsutawney Borough Council to lower the speed limit to 35 mph from 45 mph on Route 119 (Indiana Hill).

Tuesday, during a meeting of council’s Public Safety Committee, Borough Manager Ben White said last year, council requested that PennDOT perform a traffic study on Route 119 between the bridge over Mahoning Creek to the bridge over the Mahoning Shadow Trail, so the speed limit could be changed from 45 mph to 35 mph, in order to transition to the 25 mph speed zone.

Commission rep says human services could be hurt under proposed budget

February 8, 2012

BROOKVILLE — As Gov. Tom Corbett delivered his budget proposal Tuesday, Doug Hill, the executive director for the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) predicts the budget for fiscal year 2012-13 to be a “watershed budget.”

The state is anticipating a $500 million deficit resulting from the current fiscal year, which could call for a complete restructuring of programs.

Marion "Mimi" Lockard, 78

February 7, 2012

Marion "Mimi" Lockard, 78, Brookville, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at Clarion Hospital.

She was born April 13, 1933, in Chest Township, Clearfield County, a daughter of the late Harry C. and Thelma (Witherite) Smith.

Aug. 26, 1950, she married James T. Lockard, who survives.

Mrs. Lockard was a homemaker who enjoyed her family and friends. She also attended the Church of Christ in Brookville.

February 6th

Groundhog Day 2012: Much better than 2011, Deeley says

February 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After months of planning and weeks of preparation, it’s hard to believe that Groundhog Day is over for another year.

Bill Deeley, Inner Circle president, is citing 2012 as a huge success compared to 2011.

“It’s amazing, the difference of the weather being 25 degrees warmer, no snow to move around and no ice to contend with will do for attendance,” he said.

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