February 20th, 2012
Kenneth Lee Mottern, 89, Sprankle Mills, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at Mahoning Riverside Manor, Punxsutawney.
He was born June 11, 1922, a son of the late Jeremiah â€śJerryâ€ť and Lulu (Caylor) Mottern.
May 24, 1948, he married his wife of 50 years, Helen (Nolph) Mottern, who preceded him in death in 1998.
Mr. Mottern was born, raised and lived his entire life around the Sprankle Mills area.
He served in World War II as a member of the 101st Airborne division, in which he received a Purple Heart for being wounded at the Battle of the Bulge.
HERSHEY â€”Â Competing at the stateâ€™s highest level is both an honor and a challenge for all of Pennsylvaniaâ€™s wrestlers.
Last weekend, Brookville traveled to Hershey to compete in the PIAA Class AA State Championships, and the Raiders emerged with a fourth-place medal.
â€śWe felt as a group we were a top-four team, possibly a top-three team,â€ť Brookville head coach Dave Klepfer said. â€śWe went down there, and the competition was great. To come away with fourth place, I think everybody involved was pretty happy with that.â€ť
Daniel Grant Ruffner, 94, Marion Center, passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at Hillsdale Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Hillsdale.
He was born Sept. 29, 1917, in West Mahoning Township, a son of the late Daniel C. and Emma (Fitzgerald) Ruffner.
Mr. Ruffner was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II.
Prior to a lengthy illness, Mr. Ruffner made his home in Florida, before returning to Marion Center.
Surviving relatives include a sister, Mabel Peffer of Marion Center; and numerous nieces and nephews.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When Gov. Tom Corbett said last year he was going to make some major cuts in the amount of funding that school districts received, he wasn't bluffing.
Public schools, which had to absorb about $860 million in spending cuts for the 2011-12 school year, will see their basic subsidies rise about $45 million to $5.4 billion, but could lose $100 million in grants that helped fund full-day kindergarten and other programs, such as dual enrollment.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
(April 29, 1896)
John K. Coxson
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Lady Chucks knew what they had in store for them when the Lady Owls of Bradford visited Friday night: An undefeated team seeking to end it's season 22-0.
And the Lady Owls came out firing on all cylinders on both ends of the court to reach their goal with a 53-26 win.
"They're very athletic, and they're very strong and that showed tonight," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said. "They showed us how strong and athletic they are. They took us and beat us in every phase of the game. Offensively, defensively and transitionally the beat us. We really didnt play very well."
BRADFORD â€” Entering Friday night's contest with the Bradford Owls, Punxsy had the advantage of already knowing it was the No. 1 seed entering the District IX playoffs.
But the Owls had the advantage of picking up a road win at Punxsy Jan. 20, and Friday, Bradford made it a season sweep, setting up an interesting potential D-IX Title Game Mar. 3 at Clarion University with a 53-38 win over the Chucks.
But Punxsy has a bye in the playoffs and won't play again until the championship game, and the Owls have to defeat Clearfield to earn the right for the rematch.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As was the case a majority of their matches this season, the members of the Punxsy junior high wrestling team found themselves at a disadvantage Thursday against DuBois with Punxsy forced to forfeit in five weight classes, giving the Beavers an insurmountable edge in a 54-31 victory.
Without counting forfeits in the team scores, though, Punxsy would have been victorious, 25-12, in the bouts that took place on the mats.
VALIERâ€” The Perry Township Volunteer Fire Company in Valier has been a large part of Kris Grove's life since the early '90s, and she recently accepted the position of fire chief.
As far as anyone familiar with fire department history can confirm, Grove is the first female fire chief in the history of Jefferson County.
Grove said she first became interested in joining the Perry Township Fire Company after having served as one of the fire hall cleaners.
"The reason I first joined was because I have a passion to help people," she said. "I believe when someone needs help, you help them."
Arthur N. â€śShunâ€ť Pardee, 93, Rochester Mills, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at Crystal Waters in Rayne Twp., Indiana County.
He was born Oct. 22, 1918, in Rochester Mills, the son of the late Norman and Mary (Smith) Pardee.
June 19, 1943, he married Goldie (Ryen) Pardee, who survives, of Rochester Mills. They shared almost 69 years of marriage.