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February 23rd, 2011

Raiders primed to defend district title

February 23, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The Brookville boys' basketball team is ready to get back to business after having a longer than expected break from basketball.

After having eight days off since clinching a share of the District IX League title last Wednesday, the top-seeded Raiders (20-2, 8-2 District IX League) will play fourth-seeded Brockway (12-10, 2-4 AML South) at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the semifinals of the District IX Class AA playoffs at Clarion University

Brookville beat Brockway twice this season, a 57-42 win to open the season Dec. 10 and a 67-53 win Dec. 30.

Judge denies council’s appeal on fired police officer

February 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The appeal filed by Punxsutawney Borough Council to Jefferson County Common Pleas Court regarding the reinstatement of terminated Punxsutawney Borough Police officer Brian Andrekovich was denied by President Judge John H. Foradora in an opinion released Wednesday.

In its July 2010 report, the Punxsutawney Civil Service Commission ordered that Andrekovich be reinstated with the department after council fired him stemming from the Aug. 15, 2009, death of Stephen Obbish, 48, in the back of a borough police cruiser.

London: Supposed HVAC issues may be based on personal preferences

February 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Is the heating-ventilation-air-conditioning (HVAC) system at Punxsutawney Area High School acting up — again?

During the Punxsutawney Area School Board’s Wednesday committee meeting, board President Gary Conrad asked PAHS Principal David London about heating issues with the system, which underwent an extensive reworking last year after years of problems.

London said based on what he has heard from people in the building — it’s too hot or too cold — his assessment is that supposed problem areas may be based on personal opinion.

Ready to Rumble

February 23, 2011

Prof. Philip N. Lockhart, 82

February 23, 2011

Prof. Philip N. Lockhart, 82, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011. He was retired from the Asbury J. Clarke Chair of Latin at Dickinson College, Carlisle.

He was born May 3, 1928, near Smicksburg, Indiana County, a son of the late J. Donald and Margaret (North) Lockhart. His early years were spent on the family farm on which he was born. He attended one-room country schools and graduated from Punxsutawney High School.

In 1950, Prof. Lockhart graduated with a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. He held an M.A. from the University of North Carolina and a doctorate from Yale University.

Anthony P. Marzucco Jr., 82

February 23, 2011

Anthony P. Marzucco Jr., 82, loving husband, father and grandfather, Lewis Run, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Aug. 26, 1928, in Lewis Run, a son of the late Anthony and Angeline (Paulo) Marzucco.
June 27, 1953, in St. Francis Church, he married Loretta (Yonker) Marzucco, who survives.

Mr. Marzucco attended Bradford schools.
He was employed by the Hanley Brick Company, the Erie Railroad and then Dresser Manufacturing, from which he retired in 1989.

Roger M. Mott, 67

February 23, 2011

Roger M. Mott, 67, Punxsutawney, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at his home.

Mr. Mott was born Aug. 17, 1943, in Washington, D.C., a son of the late Charles M. and Charlotte Mae (Wilton) Mott.

Mr. Mott was a loving father and grandfather who enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and just spending time with his family and friends.
He was a self-employed welder before retirement.

BREAKING NEWS — Court agrees with Civil Service Commission: Reinstate Andrekovich

February 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In an opinion released Wednesday, Jefferson County President Judge John H. Foradora said that the court concurred with a report from the Punxsutawney Civil Service Commission, in which it said there was insufficient evidence to support the borough's reasoning behind firing Borough Police Officer Brian Andrekovich.

The commission, in its report from July 2010, ordered that Andrekovich be reinstated with the department after council fired him stemming from the Aug. 15, 2099, death of Stephen Obbish in the back of a borough police cruiser.

February 22nd

Officials sound off on 814 area code dispute

February 22, 2011

DUBOIS — Two legislators have requested that the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC) hold a second hearing regarding the possible change of the 814 area code in western and central Pennsylvania.

State Rep. Matt Gabler, 75th district, and State Sen. Joe Scarnati, 25th District, requested that the PUC hold another public hearing regarding the 814 area code change, which is being discussed due to the exhaustion the available phone numbers in the area code.

The first hearing was poorly attended due to lack of publicity and bad weather.

County hires detective

February 22, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Salary Board Tuesday approved the creation of the position of county detective.

On the suggestion of District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett, William Guy Felmlee was appointed to that position. Felmlee was a member of the Pennsylvania State Police for more than 25 years, and he spent many of those years in criminal investigation, Burkett said.

"This man is an outstanding criminal investigator," Burkett said. "He is top, top, top, top notch, and I'm very excited to have him."

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