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February 20th, 2012

Boys' Elementary Tourney off to great start

February 20, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the boys' and girls' varsity teams preparing for their respective playoff games this coming Friday (girls') and next Saturday (boys'), Punxsutawney basketball fans can get their fix at the elementary boys' basketball tournament taking place all week at PAHS.

Monday night, the action kicked off with a full slate of exciting games.

Recaps for each game follow:

Fourth- and fifth-grade: UConn 25, Villanova 23, OT

The evening started with an exciting game that couldn't be settled in regulation time, as UConn snuck by Villanova in a 25-23 overtime victory.

GIMME A 'P'; GIMME AN 'H'; GIMME AN 'S'

February 20, 2012

Saturday, PAHS' cheerleading squad traveled to Elk County Catholic for the District IX Cheerleading Team Championships. Five D-IX schools competed, with ECC taking first place. Punxsy's squad, seen here performing its routine, was coached by Julie Baun and Tracy Smith and consisted of Erin Butler, Kristen Mack, Heidi Rodgers, Holly Waltman, Morgan Smith, Tessa Spearing, Tiana Smith, Haley Hartman, Madi Meterko, Kelsey Snyder, Brittnee Tenon, Darriene London, Jade Kunselman and Kaili Wolbert.

William Brian Dinger, 47

February 20, 2012

William Brian Dinger, 47, Punxsutawney, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh.

He was born May 10, 1964, in Punxsutawney, a son of Everett Eugene Dinger of California and Marie (Wright) Swanson of Punxsutawney, who survive.

Mr. Dinger was the owner of Dinger House Painting.

He was Protestant by faith.

Dorothy (Lloyd) Gilligan, 86

February 20, 2012

Dorothy (Lloyd) Gilligan, 86, formerly of Rosebud, Coalport, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at the DuBois Nursing Home.

She was born Oct. 17, 1925, in Irvona, a daughter of the late Gwynne N. and Hazel (McGarvey) Lloyd.

She was married to Donald H. Gilligan, who preceded her in death March 12, 1998.

Mrs. Gilligan worked as a secretary for Swank Brick Yard, Irvona, and as a teacher’s aide for Coalport Elementary School.

She enjoyed traveling, camping, figurine painting and reading, and she was a life member of Coalport United Methodist Church.

Kenneth Lee Mottern, 89

February 20, 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 “Jerry” 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.

February 19th

Brookville Raiders climb to fourth at PIAA State Championship

February 19, 2012

HERSHEY — Competing at the state’s highest level is both an honor and a challenge for all of Pennsylvania’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.

“We felt as a group we were a top-four team, possibly a top-three team,” Brookville head coach Dave Klepfer said. “We went down there, and the competition was great. To come away with fourth place, I think everybody involved was pretty happy with that.”

Daniel Grant Ruffner, 94

February 19, 2012

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.

PASD officials navigating budget crunch

February 19, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Way Back When

February 19, 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 29, 1896)

John K. Coxson

February 17th

Bradford beats Punxsy, finishes perfect

February 17, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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."

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