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October 13th, 2011

Police investigate rash of recent area burglaries

October 13, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Borough and state police agencies are investigating a series of burglaries that have occurred within just days of each other.
In the Borough of Punxsutawney, borough police are investigating two burglaries, including one that occurred sometime overnight between Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9, at Neko’s Restaurant & Lounge, Elk Run Avenue.

Police said someone forcibly entered the business and removed a cash register containing an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene undetected. The incident was reported Sunday morning, police said.

Suspect without attorney; hearing continued

October 13, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The commonwealth agreed to a continuance for Thursday’s scheduled preliminary hearing for a Pittsburgh man accused of shooting two Punxsy men last month.

Christopher L. Thornhill, 24, faces two counts each of attempted criminal homicide; aggravated assault; recklessly endangering another person; and weapons violations stemming from the Sept. 22 incident near a residence along Cranberry Alley.

Family, friends and courage help local woman battle health problems

October 13, 2011

Even though cancer survivor, Cheryl Myers has had to undergo major surgery and extensive treatment programs to fight seven life-threatening health problems during the past 14 years, her most difficult moments did not occur in the operating rooms. 

Quietly recalling the incidents, she paused to say, “Hearing the doctor say that I had breast cancer and then having to tell my family about it were the hardest things I’ve had to do.”

Velma Jean Sarvey, 74

October 13, 2011

Velma Jean Sarvey, 74, Brookville, formerly of Summerville, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, at Brookville Hospital.

She was born Aug. 21, 1937, in Summerville, a daughter of the late Berge Olan and Edith Ellan (Hughes) Ishman.

She was married to Richard C. Sarvey, who preceded her in death Jan. 19, 1983.

Mrs. Sarvey worked as a waitress for Truckstops of America in Brookville for more than 22 years.

October 12th

Elmer E. Gromley Sr., 96

October 13, 2011

Elmer E. Gromley Sr., 96, Burnside, passed away Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at his home.

He was born Dec. 10, 1914, in Glen Campbell, a son of the late Obadiah and Lula Jane (Walker)

April 16, 1946, he married Trudell (Bingaman) Gromley, who preceded him in death April 17, 2011, after 65 years of marriage.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific Theater as a staff sergeant, serving with with the 37th Division 129th Infantry Regiment.

Forrest “Corky” John Hawk, 94

October 13, 2011

Forrest “Corky” John Hawk, 94, of Canoe Ridge, Indiana County, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, at his daughter’s home in Canoe Ridge.

He was born Dec. 23, 1916, in Canoe Ridge, a son of George and Velma (Smith) Hawk.

Oct. 3, 1940, he married the former B. LaRue “Toots” (Mumau) Hawk, who preceded him in death April 6, 1979, after almost 39 years of marriage.

The majority of Mr. Hawk’s career was spent as a carpenter. He was a life member of the Local Carpenter’s Union based in Buffalo, N.Y., and retired in 1979 as a shop supervisor with Hadley’s Exhibits in Buffalo.

CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS HONOR SENIORS

October 13, 2011

The seniors were honored prior to the Chucks' and Lady Chucks' final home cross country meet of the season Tuesday afternoon. Pictured (from left) are Heidi Rodgers with Alvin Rodgers; Kirsten Dean with Brad and Danielle Travis; Dane Baker with Sam and MaryAnn Baker; Dereck Kelly with Tammy Cary; and Shane Johns with Melissa and William Johns. Although Tuesday was the last home meet of the season, both teams will travel to DuBois next Tuesday for a meet. The squads are also both preparing for the District IX Championship meets Oct. 29 in Ridgway. (Photo submitted)

Young runs over Bulldogs; Chucks win 12-8

October 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Kaleb Young rushed for 252 yards, and Punxsy's defense held Redbank Valley scoreless until the last minute of the game to lead the Chucks to a 12-8 win and a 5-0 record for the season.

Because it was raining throughout the evening, Punxsy's hand was forced when it came to running the ball, but it became obvious early that a heavy dose of Young would be difficult for Redbank's defense to handle.

The Zak Zone

October 12, 2011

Although it may not be getting much attention due to the amount of local sports we've had the chance to cover here at The Spirit lately, the Major League Baseball postseason is well underway, and we are less than one week from Game No. 1 of the World Series.

Graffius Bridge should be open by Oct. 31

October 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After months of work, a favorite shortcut to Route 310 for motorists and pedestrians — the Graffius Avenue Bridge — should reopen by Monday, Oct. 31.

Workers from contractor Francis J. Palo poured the final approach slab on the Wellington Heights side of the bridge this week, along with beginning roadway reconstruction on the Route 310 side, according to Kirby Starr, PennDOT project inspector in charge.

Starr said crews are preparing to pour curbs and sidewalks near Nekos. The sidewalk leading from the bridge to Route 310 will be poured.

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