October 19th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” State and local police departments have joined forces with PennDOT District 10 and the Punxsutawney Area School District for National School Bus Safety Week and Operation Safe Stop.
The purpose is to raise public awareness about the consequences of improperly passing school buses and to reduce occurrences, said Shawn Houck PennDOT District 10 press safety officer.
Houck said school bus drivers in participating school districts will record the information of any motorists who pass their buses illegally.
BROOKVILLE â€” A preliminary hearing for a Pittsburgh man that was continued Oct. 13 by District Judge Douglas Chambers will now be able to proceed following the appointment of the public defender by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge John H. Foradora at Wednesdayâ€™s Plea & Sentence Court.
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 shooting incident near a residence along Cranberry Alley.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy girls' soccer team honored its seniors in a ceremony prior to Tuesday night's game against Redbank Valley, and despite strong performances from many of the seniors, Redbank scored the only goal of the evening to win 1-0.
After the ceremony, the Lady Chucks seemed pumped up and ready to play, but it was Redbank that controlled the time of possession early and managed the first scoring opportunities.
Redbank's first scoring chance came in just the second minute, but Punxsy keeper Aly Dickey intercepted a cross to thwart the threat.
The Punxsy boys' golf team played in the PIAA Regional Tournament Tuesday afternoon and placed fourth of six teams. The tournament was the final one for Punxsy this year, as only the top two from regionals advanced to states. Punxsy head coach Josh Conrad said that although it would have been nice to play better than they did, he was proud of his players. "I'm definitely proud of them," he said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The SS.C.D. elementary girls' basketball program concluded a successful week â€” during which it went 6-0 â€” Friday evening in Punxsutawney by defeating Indiana's fifth- and sixth-grade teams to earn a pair of wins.
In a low-scoring fifth-grade contest, SS.C.D. held Indiana to just two points and managed to score 10 to earn a 10-2 victory.
Cassidy Reed led the way for SS.C.D. with four points, five steals and five rebounds in an all-around effort.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A recent rash of burglaries continued in Punxsutawney when sometime late-night Monday or during the early morning hours Tuesday, someone entered and caused damage inside Punxy Philâ€™s Family Restaurant, 116 Indiana St.
According to police, unknown actor(s) forcibly entered the restaurant, and once inside, attempted to remove items and caused damage to property.
Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan said local residents have several options in attempting to prevent a burglary from happening at their home or business.
BROOKVILLE â€” A new building, a new start. And a time to dream big.
Jefferson Countyâ€™s own child advocacy center (CAC), Western PA CARES for Kids, has a good reason to celebrate.
Sunday, the center opened the doors to its new facility and welcomed about 100 people to take part in the ceremony.
â€śItâ€™s a dream come true,â€ť Jefferson County District Attorney and Western PA CARES for Kids Board President Jeff Burkett said. â€śWeâ€™ve been dreaming about this basically since 2004. The new facility really gives us the ability to dream big.â€ť
Roy E. Elbel, 94, Rockford, Ill., died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at Willows Health Center in Rockford.
He was born Aug. 12, 1917, in Titusville, a son of the late Louis El and Florence M. (Frisbee) Elbel.
He was a 1941 graduate of Penn State University.
Mr. Elbel was a mechanical engineer and retired from Sundstrand Aviation in 1984.
He was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church and the Society of Automotive Engineers.
Surviving relatives include a sister, Ruth J. Willert of Glendora, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
Betty Jean McHenry, 88, Brookville, died Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.
She was born Oct. 31, 1922, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Edward and Effie (Hoop) Holben.
March 1, 1947, she married Robert R. Mchenry, who preceded her in death Jan. 11, 2000.
Mrs. McHenry was a member of the First English Lutheran Church.
She enjoyed her flowers.
ST. MARYS â€” The Lady Chucks junior varsity volleyball team traveled to the home of the Elk County Catholic Crusaders for their volleyball tournament Saturday and put on an impressive show. Punxsy went 11-1 in pool play and finished second overall in the tournament.
The Lady Chucks opened pool play against Redbank earning two close victories, 25-20, 25-20. Punxsy head coach Megan Decker said it was a "sleepy, early game," and her team members didn't communicate as much as they usually do, but they did finish strong to earn the win.