January 20th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â On a night when Punxsutawney Area High School announced the annual Winter Sports Queen and Princess, the Bradford Owls rained on Punxsy's processional, as the Owls pulled away in the third quarter to earn a 50-42 District-IX league win over the Chucks on their home court.
"It's especially tough to lose at home," Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal said after the game. "We've talked about protecting our house and winning here, and now, we have made things interesting in league play."
BROOKVILLE â Some of the top wrestling squads in the state will be making their way to Brookville Junior-Senior High School today to participate in the 16th-annual Johnson Motors Ultimate Duals.
"It's the second-, third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-ranked teams in the state, all in our gym (today)," Brookville head coach Dave Klepfer said. "There's really no breaks."
Samantha Winebark (second from left) was crowned the Winter Queen, and Randa Depp (third from left) was crowned the Winter Princess during halftime of Friday nightâs Chucks versus Owls basketball game. Their escorts were Tyler Milliron (far left) and Jesse Reinhart (far right), respectively.
Members of the PAHS 2012 Winter Queenâs Court are (from left) Randa Depp, with escort Jesse Reinhart; Kaitlyn Cressley, with Luke Spack; Sydney Jekielek, with Micky DeChurch; Samantha Winebark, with Tyler Milliron; Cassandra Cook, with Tyler Presloid; and Tori Brooks, with Brody Morgan.
BROOKVILLE â Testimony on the fifth day of Steven Rebertâs double homicide trial revealed that while performing a DNA profile, Pennsylvania State Police forensic scientists found the DNA of one of the victims, Wayne Shugar, on Rebertâs work boots.
Rebert, 46, formerly of Emporium, faces double homicide charges in the shooting deaths of Wayne and Victoria Shugar, both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.
BROOKVILLE â Two acquaintances of Steven P. Rebert took the witness stand for the prosecution in his double murder trial Thursday, both testifying to Rebertâs abuse of drugs â mainly Oxycontin.
Rebert, formerly of Emporium, faces charges in the shooting deaths of Wayne and Vickie Shugars, both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010 in their home on Coal Tipple Road, Brockway.
First, District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett called Marc Cirrincione of Clarence, N.Y., a friend of Rebertâs since the late 1980s.
BROOKVILLE â Testimony about a jail-house confession by Steven P. Rebert emerged during his Aug. 11, 2010, preliminary hearing in the shooting deaths of Victoria and Wayne Shugar, and Thursday, the man who allegedly heard the confession testified for the prosecution.
Joel Eagleson, formerly of Phoenix, Ariz., now residing in Batavia, N.Y., told the jury about a 15- to 20-minute conversation he and Rebert had in early June 2010, after Rebert had been arrested by authorities in Genessee County, N.Y., for possession of a weapon.
Local Punxsy teachers recently received a grant on behalf of the Olweus Committee from McDonaldâs to fund a school/community-wide event to call attention to the ever-growing problem of cyber-bullying. The âWe Are PAWS-itively Bully-Freeâ event will feature a speaker from the state Attorney Generalâs office, as well as a free open swim night at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School natatorium; games; door prizes; snacks; and an opportunity to sign a Family Anti-Bullying Pledge poster.
With 11 games in the books, the Punxsy boys' basketball team is halfway through the regular season. This story is a look back on the season so far and a glance forward to where they're headed.
Where they've been: The Chucks basketball team started the season with a number of questions surrounding how well it would perform after losing would-have-been starting senior guard Logan Weaver to Indiana.
So far this season, Punxsy has found answers to all the questions and jumped out to a 9-2 record, including a 3-0 record in District-IX play so far this season.
Helen Bobette (Sutter) Lechner, 90, Anchorage, Alaska, formerly of Bradford and Phoenix, Ariz., died Friday, Jan, 13, 2012.
She wasÂ born Aug. 24, 1921, in Valier, a daughter of the late Dee Glenn and Flora (Neal) Sutter, and her step-mother, Elizabeth Sutter.
July 18, 1941, she married Arthur Raymond Lechner, who preceded her in death Sept. 26, 1995.
Mrs. Lechner wasemployed by Zippo Manufacturing Company in Bradford, retiring in 1986 after 35 years of service.
After retirement, she and her husband lived in Phoenix.