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March 15th, 2011

Spirit readers get to pick Winter Sports MVPs

March 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A season after more than 2,000 votes were tallied for The Punxsutawney Spirit's first-ever 2010 Fall Sports Male and Female Most Valuable Players last November and December, the public will now have an opportunity to chose the initial 2010-2011 Winter Sports Male and Female Most Valuable Players.

Three athletes have been chosen from each of Punxsy's three winter sports: Boys' basketball, girls' basketball and wrestling. Readers will have a chance to decide one boy among six and one girl among three to create one winner for each gender.

Punxsy's Crago, Reitz named to Kozel All-Star teams

March 15, 2011

ST. MARYS — Two Punxsutawney Area High School girls will compete in the 12th-annual Alice R. Kozel Foundation District IX Basketball All-Star games, which are set to tip-off Saturday, April 2, at Elk County Catholic High School.

The girls' game starts at 4 p.m., followed by the boys game at 6 p.m. At halftime of each game will be a three-point shooting contest with the boys competing during the girls’ halftime and girls shooting during the boys’ halftime.

Perhaps not the end of the ruling

March 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council surprised a number of people when it announced Monday that it would appeal Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge John Foradora’s ruling on the Brian Andrekovich case.
Foradora wrote in his ruling that the court concurred with a July 2010 Civil Service Commission report that there was insufficient evidence to support the council’s reasoning behind firing Andrekovich stemming from the August 2009 death of Stephen Obbish, 48, in the back of a borough police patrol car.

Rotary ‘likes’ Facebook for annual Radio Auction

March 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Just in time for its annual Radio Auction, the Punxsutawney Rotary Club has joined the Facebook revolution.

“Facebook has been something that’s been kicked around in the club, on how to expand our presence in the community,” said Tom Chelgren, auction chairman, adding that the site is very proactive, in that if someone posts something, everyone who “likes” the page is immediately notified.

“Rotary International has also been advocating having more of a presence on the Internet,” he said.

Two county residents challenge candidates’ petitions

March 15, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Two county residents are asking Judge John Foradora to strike the names of two candidates for the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners from the May 17 primary election ballot.

Crash sends man, 22, to hospital

March 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A two-vehicle accident at 8 a.m. Tuesday on Route 36, Bell Township, sent a Punxsutawney man to an Altoona hospital.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2004 Dodge Neon driven by Tucker E. Smith, 22, Punxsutawney, was traveling north on Route 36 when his vehicle drifted into the southbound lane and struck a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Melanie R. Serian, 38, Punxsutawney, in the front left corner.

Jeffrey Scott Marshall Sr., 53

March 15, 2011

Jeffrey Scott Marshall Sr., 53, Punxsutawney, died Friday, March 11, 2011. 

He was born Oct. 17, 1957, in Inglewood, Calif., a son of Gloria Jean West, who survives, and the late John Homer Marshall Jr.

Mr. Marshall was a graduate of LaQuinta High School in Fountain Valley, Calif. He then attended Golden West College and Cypress Junior College.

He worked as a creative director, most recently with IUP, teaching the Art Masters Program, specifically for art and theatre. He had previously taught art to elementary and high school Punxsutawney Christian School students.

Larry W. “Red” Miller, 55

March 15, 2011

Larry W. “Red” Miller, 55, Juneau, died Sunday, March 13, 2011, at his home.

He was born June 28, 1955, in Warren, Ohio, a son of the late Theo C. and Lornabelle (Hollen) Miller of Mahaffey.

Mr. Miller was employed by Hettager Drilling Company.

He enjoyed being with his family as they trapped and hunted together. Many will remember him as “Red,” in his L88 Camero racing at Clearfield Speedway.

March 14th

WPIAL continues to bully District IX on the court

March 14, 2011

CLARION — Brookville's two basketball programs ran into the bully on the block in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs and neither team could come away with a win.

The WPIAL regularly beats up on District IX in the state playoffs. The Brookville boys' team (22-3) fell to the WPIAL fifth-seed Jeannette (16-7) 68-57 at Clarion Saturday, while the Lady Raiders (17-8) lost to WPIAL third-seed Bishop Canevin (21-5), 60-39.

Brookville isn't alone, as most District IX teams struggled in the state playoffs against Pittsburgh area schools.

Punxsy's Gillung honored by PSAC, Louisville Slugger

March 14, 2011

ERIE — A Punxsutawney Area High School graduate playing baseball at Mercyhurst College in Erie recently earned two awards.

Senior Nick Gillung, a member of PAHS' 2007 state title-winning team, earned the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division Pitcher of the Week honor and was one of the Louisville Sluggers Players of the Week after a 15-strikeout game against Palm Beach Atlantic March 3 in Florida.

The left-handed pitcher from Worthville improved to 3-0 on the season after the double-digit strikeout performance.

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