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January 15th, 2012

Pitcher Barrett heading to California Winter League

January 16, 2012

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Many children grow up playing baseball and dream of someday playing in the major leagues.

Brookville's Ryan Barrett is one step closer to achieving that dream, as he was selected recently to play in the California Winter League (CWL), a prestigious instructional league from which many players are selected to play professionally.

"I'm hoping to get picked up by a team," Barrett said before leaving for Palm Springs, Calif., today. "It's my dream to play professional baseball; that's what I've been working for my entire life."

Corbett to trek with Punxsy Phil Feb. 2

January 16, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Break out the red carpet for the Groundhog Day trek to Gobbler's Knob for two important figures: Punxsutawney Phil and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

The Groundhog Club's Inner Circle confirmed last week that Corbett and his wife, Susan, will indeed attend Groundhog Day 2012, serving as the guest speaker at the annual Groundhog Banquet Feb. 1 and making the trek with the Inner Circle the morning of Feb. 2.

The official announcement from the Inner Circle coincides with the first day — today — that tickets for the banquet will be available.

Rebert murder trial starts today

January 16, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Jury selection was completed Friday for the trial of Steven Patrick Rebert, as 12 jurors and four alternates were chosen for the trial, which is set to begin with opening arguments at 9 a.m. today at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

Rebert, formerly of Emporium, faces double homicide charges in the shooting deaths of Victoria Lynn Shugar and her husband, James Shugar — also known as Wayne Shugar — both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.

Way Back When

January 16, 2012

(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.)

Local Intelligence
(April 22, 1896)

FIRST TO ENTER…
The 206 Regiment Enjoys
Its Distinction

Helen Bobette (Sutter) Lechner, 90

January 16, 2012

Helen Bobette (Sutter) Lechner, 90, of Anchorage, Alaska, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, in Anchorage.

 Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Shumaker Funeral Home Inc., Punxsutawney.

Mary Jane Miller, 68

January 16, 2012

Mary Jane Miller, 68, Brookville, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

She was born Dec. 11, 1943, in Tonawanda, N.Y., a daughter of the late Marcel Russell and Hilda Madelyn (Lewis) Wazelle.

May 25, 1974, she married the love of her life, Wayne Arthur Miller, who preceded her in death Oct. 1, 2009.

Mrs. Miller was a member of the Nazerene Church in Anita.

She and her husband lived most of their lives in Wyoming, where they enjoyed riding horses, backpacking, square dancing, bowling and Black Powder Rendezvous.

Jeffrey (Petey) S. Peterman, 39

January 16, 2012

Jeffrey (Petey) S. Peterman Sr., 39, Punxsutawney,died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at home after a lengthy battle with cancer.

He was born Nov. 30, 1972, in Indiana, a son of Margaret Diane (Peterman) Anderson, who survives, of Punxsutawney.

Mr. Peterman was a roofer.

He was a member of the Punxsutawney FOE, the American Legion and the Walston Club.

Miriam Poole, 87

January 16, 2012

Miriam Poole, 87, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Dec. 23, 1924, in Lancaster, a daughter of the late Samuel Z. and Nora May (Hersh) Shaub.

She married Warren D. Slaybaugh, who preceded her in death in 1991.

She then married Bruce Poole, who preceded her in death in 2010.

Mrs. Poole was a registered nurse.

She was a member of the Punxsutawney Chapter No. 72, Order of the Eastern Star.

January 13th

Lady Tigers pounce on Lady Chucks early

January 14, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Lady Chucks basketball team knew it had its hands full when the Lady Tigers of Hollidaysburg — defending District VI champion and perennial powerhouse — rolled into town on snow-covered roads Friday night.

Punxsy (3-9, 0-2) wasn't able to break the Lady Tigers' press, and Hollidaysburg scored eight points in the first minute and opened with a 13-0 run on its way to a 78-32 win.

Back to .500 — Punxsy takes down Ridgway

January 14, 2012

RIDGWAY — After a tough loss to Brookville put the Punxsy junior high wresting team below the .500 mark for the season at 2-3, Punxsy rebounded with a victory Thursday night in Ridgway to return to .500.

As has been the case for Punxsy in more matches than not this season, it dominated the bouts that took place on the mat. But in an interesting move, Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said Ridgway opted to exchange several forfeits as opposed to allowing its wrestlers to take to the mat during regulation.

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