January 17th, 2012
Francis R. Russell, 95, Brookville, formerly of Timblin, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.
He was born April 17, 1916, in Emlenton, a son of the late James and Della (Porter) Russell.
He married Florence (Bennett) Russell, who preceded him in death.
Mr. Russell was a clergyman and a member of the Calvary Church of the Nazarene in Brookville.
Walter R. âPeteâ Weaver, 94, Brookville, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at McKinley Health Center, Brookville.
He was born Sept. 22, 1917, in Brookville, a son of the late Raleigh J. and Edna (Vandervort) Weaver.
Oct. 6, 1944, in Brookville, he married Margaret L. âPegâ Crawford, who survives.
Mr. Weaver was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater and the U.S. Army Reserves in Pittsburgh for more than 20 years, retiring as a colonel.
BROOKVILLE â After almost two years, the double-murder trial of Steven Patrick Rebert Monday, began Monday, with the prosecution guiding the jury into what it could expect to hear, and the defense noting that the prosecution presented its opening arguments with no evidence of Rebertâs guilt.
Rebert, formerly of Emporium, faces double homicide charges in the shooting deaths of Victoria Lynn Shugar and Wayne Shugar, both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.
BROOKVILLE â The first to testify in the double murder trial of Steven Patrick Rebert was Michelle Bright of DuBois, formerly of Coudersport, who works for the Brady Street Florist, DuBois.
Bright began to work for Flowers & More in Brockway in 2007, after she was hired by Vickie Shugar, who, along with her husband Wayne Shugar, was killed around April 10, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Snyder Township.
Bright said before she moved, she sent flowers from Flowers & More to her boyfriendâs mother and got to know Vickie.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Bill Deeley and Alex Park have shared a remarkably similar career path.
Both graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
Neither of them entered the funeral business through a family member, and both worked for other funeral homes before purchasing them.
And as of Jan. 1, the path of Park, 24, a graduate of Brookville Junior-Senior High School, has caught up with Deeleyâs, as he is the new owner of the Deeley Funeral Home, Hillcrest Drive.
Although the winter sports schedule isn't quite as hectic as the fall sports season, a night with no events â such as Monday night â is still a rarity. Faithfully attending all home events, and some on the road, Punxsy's cheerleaders rarely see a day off. This season's middle school cheerleaders are (front, from left) Kassi Niver, Kylee Knox, Hailyn Fye, Emily Travis; (middle) Laura Keller, Brianna Roy, Jalynn Mineweaser, Savannah Wolfe, Libby Anderson; (back) Tabitha Windsor and Sarah Malberg.
BROOKVILLE â Heading into Monday night's game, the Brookville Raiders knew they were facing one of the district's best basketball squads in the Johnsonburg Rams.
But the Raiders prevailed, putting up 11 points in overtime and holding the Rams to just four to earn the 64-55 victory.
"I thought it was a pretty fierce game, physical underneath, and you had two teams out there that didn't want to lose," Brookville head coach Bud Baughman said. "Fortunately, we had a few lucky breaks for us; that was the difference in the game."
Delmont "Smokey" Woods, 79, Rossiter, passed away Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born April 8, 1932, in Rossiter, a son of the late John and Edith (Oaks) Woods.
July 5, 1980, he married Elizabeth (Vandervort) Woods, who preceded him in death Sept. 23, 2011.
Mr. Woods was an avid baseball fan and also loved football and fishing.
BROOKVILLE âÂ Brookville senior Jordan Young lined up on offense every Friday night during the 2011 football season.
He helped lead the corps, serving as a team captain, and dominated game in and game out, and recently, he was recognized for his efforts.
The Pennsylvania Football News released its All-State Football teams Jan. 4, and Brookville senior Jordan Young was named to the third team as an offensive lineman.
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. â 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."