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January 8th, 2012

Way Back When

January 8, 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)

MARKED ROBBERS
Bind Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bruner
And Ransack the House

Robert Edward Anderson Sr., 79

January 8, 2012

Robert Edward Anderson Sr., 79, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, in Melbourne, Fla.

He was born April 17, 1932, in Greensburg, a son of the late Joseph and Bessie (Matthews) Anderson.

He was married to Mary Johnston Anderson, who survives.

Mr. Anderson was employed as a teacher for the Punxsutawney Area School District.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean conflict, and was a member of the Westmoreland Lodge No. 518 and Accepted Masons.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Punxsutawney.

Clyde K. Mohney, 89

January 8, 2012

Clyde K. Mohney, 89, Punxsutawney, died Sunday Jan. 8, 2012, at Dubois Regional Medical Center.

He was born Feb. 20, 1922, a son of the late John C. and Fannie M. (Smith) Mohney.

He was a dairy farmer all his life.

He was a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and the National Rifle Association.

Mr. Mohney enjoyed life; he was an avid reader and an avid hunter.

He enjoyed all of the flowers that surrounded his home, and he also enjoyed watching the birds at his bird feeder.

January 6th

Newcome puts up 36 in Lady Chucks' win

January 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The last time the Lady Chucks and the Clearfield Lady Bison basketball teams met each other Dec. 20, the game was a high-scoring affair that ended in double overtime with Clearfield outscoring Punxsy 60-55. Friday night, the two teams met again in another shootout-style game, and Punxsy's Taylor Newcome put up 36 points to help ensure that the Lady Chucks grabbed a 68-55 victory on their home court in the rematch.

Jury selection begins Monday for Rebert trial

January 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The selection of 12 jurors and four alternates for the upcoming trial of Steven Patrick Rebert will begin at 9 a.m. Monday 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.

Commissioners, county officers sworn in

January 6, 2012

The Honorable John Henry Foradora (not pictured) administers the oath of office to the Jefferson County Commissioners Tuesday at the courthouse. Pictured are (from left) Commissioner Jeff Pisarcik and Auditor Brenda Scarantine; Commissioner Jim McIntyre and his wife, Eileen; and Paula Corbin and Commissioner Chairman Paul Corbin.

Thomas E. Austen, 69

January 6, 2012

Thomas E. Austen, 69, Sigel, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at home.

He was born June 15, 1942, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Edwin Armstrong and Margaret B. (Hanlon) Austen.

May 14, 1977, in Sigel, he married Barbara J. Burford, who survives.

Mr. Austen worked in elementary education for the Brookville Area School District for 10 years and retired as the safety supervisor from National Fuel Gas.

Mary D. Coblentz, 37

January 6, 2012

Mary D. Coblentz, 37, passed away Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at DRMC West.

She was born Sept. 8, 1974.

She was married to John R. Coblentz, who survives.

In addition to her husband and parents, surviving relatives include four daughters, Amanda, Katie Ann, Fannie and Barbara; five sons, Marvin, Mahlon, Ervin, Daniel and Henry; and her brothers, sisters and many friends.

Friends will be received from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at 2442 Canoe Ridge Rd., Rossiter.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenda D. Shumaker Funeral Home.

Emma Lester Hetrick, 96

January 6, 2012

Emma Lester Hetrick, 96, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

She was born Oct. 9, 1915, in Anita, a daughter of the late Philip and Clara (Humm) Lester.

July 25, 1947, she married Fred A. Hetrick, who preceded her in death Aug. 19, 1980.

She lived all her married life in New Bethlehem.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Punxsutawney and was an avid quilter.

Surviving relatives include two step-granddaughters, one step-grandson, one step-daughter-in-law and several nieces and nephews.

January 5th

Ringing in 2012 season with a victory

January 6, 2012

CURWENSVILLE — In high school wrestling, what weight class wrestles first is determined by a random drawing. Thursday night in Curwensville, luck of the draw set the stage for the most anticipated match of the evening between Punxsy's Neko Cappella — who recently became just the third Punxsy wrestler to reach 100 wins — and Curwensville's Jake Keller — who is a two-time district champion — in the 138-pound class to be the final match of the evening.

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