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August 7th, 2011

Darl Yount, 85

August 8, 2011

Darl Yount, 85, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.

He was born June 13, 1926, in Ringgold, a son of the late Elwood and Grace (Geist) Yount.

Aug. 27, 1948, he married the former Dorothy G. Rugh, who survives.

He attended the First Church of God.

Mr. Yount worked as a heavy equipment operator for PennDOT for 35 years. He was also a farmer.

He was a member of the John J. Jenks Masonic Lodge and the Punxsutawney Country Club.

Mr. Yount really enjoyed playing golf, walking and hunting.

Emma L. Zimmerman, 98

August 8, 2011

Emma Lowesa Zimmerman, 98, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at McKinley Health Center in Brookville.

She was born Dec. 19, 1912, in Grange, a daughter of the late Charles B. and Maggie P. (Fry) Plyler.

She was married to Walter J. Zimmerman, who preceded her in death Jan. 15, 1978.

Mrs. Zimmerman was a teacher at the Punxsutawney Area School District.

She was a member of the Progressive Study Club, the NEA and PEO, and a life member of the Punxsutawney Historical Society.

She was also a member of the Presbyterian Church in Punxsutawney.

August 5th

GROUNDHOG LL TOURNEY UNDER WAY

August 6, 2011

The Groundhog Little League's softball tournament kicked off Friday night with three Punxsy games at 6 p.m. Kylee Lingenfelter delivers a pitch in the 12U Purranhas loss to Davis Brothers. (Photo by Zak Lantz/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

Punxsy falls in opening round of states

August 6, 2011

HUNTINGDON — Despite leading early, Punxsy's 15- and 16-year old VFW Teener League All-Stars fell to West Shore Teener League All-Stars, 9-5, in the opening round of the state tournament Friday afternoon in Huntingdon.

Punxsy will play this morning at 9:30 a.m. against Altoona in the opening round of the losers' bracket.

West Shore was the visiting team and scored one run in the top of the first when Mitch Chapman tripled off Punxsy's starter Jamie Bush and scored on an RBI groundout by Jared Lydon.

Punxsy answered with three runs in the bottom half of the first.

MESORACO WATCH

August 6, 2011

Over the past two weeks, former Punxsutawney Area High School catcher and current Major League Baseball top-prospect Devin Mesoraco has been through his share of ups and downs, both on the field and off.

As a top prospect in the Cincinnatti Reds' system, Mesoraco was highly desired at the MLB trade deadline, but the Reds weren't willing to deal him.

Unfortunately for Mesoraco and his fans, they weren't willing to deal any of the catchers at the Major League level to make room for Mesoraco just yet.

George R. Hinely, 76

August 6, 2011

George R. Hinely, 76, of Hamilton, died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at Anne Arundel Hospital in Annapolis, Md.

He was born May 6, 1935, in New York City.

Mr. Hinely was a supervisor with the Rola-Jensen Company in Punxsutawney and Lumberton, N.C.

Surviving relatives include a daughter, Joyce Ann Thompson of Roanoke, Va.; two sons, George Michael Hinely of Raleigh, N.C., and Kenneth Raymond Hinely of Gambrills, Md.; five grandchildren, Sonya, Holly, Carolyn, Michael and Alexa; and two great-grandchildren, Daylynn and Hayden.

Driver injured, spill closes Route 119 for hours

August 6, 2011

COVODE — A tractor-trailer transporting corrosive acid crashed and rolled over along Route 119 in Covode, North Mahoning Township, spilling the acid and diesel fuel across the road around 11:23 p.m. Thursday.

The road remained closed through Friday morning.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, Michael D. Devos, 50, Pittsburgh, was operating a 1998 Peterbilt tractor-trailer north along Route 119 when he lost control while trying to negotiate a left curve in the road.

ANNUAL LAWN FESTIVAL BEGINS

August 6, 2011

Mack Hanley (far left) tries his hand at the Shock Wave game, Lizzie Neal (center) plays a game of Swatter Ball, and Jeremy Smeal monitors both games during the first night of the annual SS.C.D. Lawn Festival Friday on the church grounds. The festival continues from 6 to 11 p.m. today and from 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday night, culminating in the drawing for the grand prize: A 2011 Chevrolet Cruze RS LTZ, or $15,000. (Photo by Tom Chapin)

Amid sun, heat and waves, Cherian continues canoe trip for Fox Foundation

August 6, 2011

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Of all the items that Michael Cherian packed for his canoe journey via the Mississippi River to New Orleans, one has become invaluable almost every day.

“I love my mosquito net,” Cherian said Thursday, taking a break from his 2,000-mile canoe trip. “I take care of it. I’m really glad I brought it. As soon as the sun sets, I grill until it’s dark then have to set up camp. By then, they’re out biting you.”

August 4th

BREAKING NEWS — Accident, spill close Route 119 near Covode

August 5, 2011

COVODE — Jefferson County Control reported an overturned tractor-trailer was leaking fluid — possibly diesel fuel and acid, according to scanner transmissions — around 11:40 p.m. Thursday night along Route 119 in the Covode area.

Fire crews and fire police from Punxsutawney closed Route 119 from Route 210 south toward the scene.

Scanner transmissions also indicated the people in the area of the crash were evacuated.

Also responding to the scene were Perry Township firefighters, Indiana County's Hazmat unit and PennDOT, among others.

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