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September 29th, 2011

James R. "J.R." McConnaughey, 79

September 29, 2011

James R. "J.R." McConnaughey, 79, Rossiter, formerly of Buffalo, N.Y., passed away Wednesday, Sept, 28, 2011, at his home.

Mr. McConnaughey was born Jan. 30, 1932, in Buffalo, a son of the late Clinton and Isabella (Findley) McConnaughey.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara (McGee) McConnaughey, whom he married May 1, 1954.

A U.S. Navy veteran who earned the rank of Chief Petty Officer, Mr. McConnaughey was a member of the Rossiter American Legion, a member and pistol instructor for the NRA and a hunter safety instructor.  

September 28th

The Zak Zone

September 28, 2011

Golf: It seems like such a simple game in its concept, doesn't it?

You take a club — quite the primitive term — and hit a ball, as in many other sports.

First, you usually hit it as far as you can. They call that the drive.

Then comes the approach, which usually means hitting it pretty hard, but not as hard as you can.

Crews activate Torrence/Findley devices

September 28, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Torrence Street traffic light project was given a green light — literally — Wednesday, as the new traffic signals were put into service by sub-contractor Perram Electric of Ohio.

Roger Steele, chairman of Punxsutawney Borough Council’s Public Works Committee, said through the project, council is exploring a way to decrease the traffic flow on Mahoning Street, with the widening of Torrence Street as part of a PennDOT traffic study.

‘Pizza & Prevention’ hits 10-year mark Saturday

September 28, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For the 10th straight year, Scott Anthony, owner of Fox’s Pizza Den in Punxsutawney, is sponsoring “Pizza and Prevention” from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

During Pizza and Prevention, Fox’s is offering a Big Daddy Pepperoni Pizza for only $9.11.

Along with the fund-raiser, “Touch the Truck” is back again this year with a twist, as the new $322,000 Elk Run fire engine — financed by the borough — will be delivered to the department today and on display Saturday with other Punxsutawney Fire Department equipment along South Findley Street.

September 27th

From start to finish, Punxsy earns a 'W'

September 27, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Already leading 3-0 at halftime, Punxsy scored three goals within 1:40 early in the second half to put the game away, and Punxsy cruised to an 8-0 win over Curwensville Tuesday in Punxsutawney.

It was a full squad effort for the Chucks, with the lineup looking a bit different in the first half than Punxsy is used to, giving the midfielders a chance to play defense and the fullbacks a chance to run the offense.

Everyone contributes in Lady Chucks win

September 27, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Lady Chucks' volleyball team earned a three-game victory over DuBois Central Catholic, 25-14, 25-15, 25-20, Tuesday in Punxsutawney to push its record back to .500 at 4-4.

DCC kept the game very close in the first set, and Punxsy's lead was just three points at 16-13 before Cassie Cook went on a seven-point serving run that included kills by Sydney Weaver, Janie Depp-Hutchinson and Taylor Newcome and a solid block by Weaver.

Strong 2nd half pushes 7th-graders to victory

September 27, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy's seventh- and eighth-grade girls' basketball teams faced off against Altoona-Maroon Tuesday in Punxsutawney, and the Lady Chucks' seventh-grade team defeated Altoona-Maroon 30-20.

"A total team effort by all ten of my Lady Chucks resulted in this extra special, feel-good win for them against Altoona," Punxsy head coach Darrin Kriebel said.

Altoona jumped out to an early 15-9 lead in the first half before Punxsy turned it on in the second to come back and secure the win.

Rega seeks help from Italian consulate

September 27, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The post-conviction appeal hearing for Robert G. Rega of Punxsutawney resumed Tuesday at the Jefferson County Courthouse, when Rega’s attorneys requested a continuance on his contention that he would have been entitled to some type of legal assistance from the Italian consulate in Philadelphia because he’s an Italian national.

PAHS to crown Homecoming Queen, Princess Friday

September 27, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Sept. 8, the PAHS senior class chose six senior girls to represent the 2011 Homecoming Queen’s Court.

This year’s court includes Cenneca Dilts, Brooke Doney, Adrienne Hess, Alexandria Magill, Keaton Mohney, and Alissa Vite.

The senior girl with the highest number of votes will reign as queen, and the senior girl with the second highest number of votes will reign as princess, after the official crowning during halftime of Friday’s homecoming football game against Karns City.

Colleen Means named club’s Career Woman of the Year

September 27, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Career Women’s Club named Colleen Means as its Career Woman of the Year during a dinner Tuesday evening.

Means, who teaches fifth-grade reading and language arts at Punxsutawney Area Middle School, has been a teacher for the past 28 years.

She is also the co-chairperson of the club’s Girl of the Month Committee.

Also, for the past 20 years, Means has been in charge of the group’s annual Teddy Bear Picnic, which is held as part of the Groundhog Festival.

Means said she was very surprised to receive the award, and she is very thankful.

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