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December 20th

Brookville dismantles Karns City, 72-25

December 21, 2010

BROOKVILLE — It just wasn't a good night to be a Karns City boys' varsity basketball fan.

After knocking down a three-pointer to start the game, the Gremlins failed to score again until the 5:44 mark in the second quarter.

Oh, and the Raiders couldn't miss a shot, either.

Brookville quickly erased the deficit by outscoring its opponent 26-3 in the first quarter alone en route to an overwhelming 72-25 victory.

That one-sided score could have easily been even worse had both teams not emptied the benches late in the first half and throughout the second half.

Salvation Army seeking donations to help meet season’s goal

December 21, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Salvation Army in Punxsutawney is in need of much help, as it’s only a little over halfway to its goal of $50,000 in the final week of the Red Kettle Campaign.

Keith Jache, co-corp commander, said Punxsutawney is a very generous community, and the Salvation Army is confident that residents will help the organization meet its goal.

“Punxsy has always been a very generous community, and we thank them for all the help they’ve given us over the years,” he said.

Currently, the Salvation Army has raised $28,628.

Big Run council finalizes budget with no tax increase

December 21, 2010

BIG RUN — Big Run Borough Council gave final approval at Monday’s meeting to its 2011 budget with no tax increase.

Council president Nick Lantz announced at November’s meeting that there was a surplus of $57,635 from this past year.

He pointed out that once again, there would not be a tax increase for borough tax payers, and that the last tax increase in Big Run was more than 20 years ago.

The 2011 tax millage for Big Run is as follows:

Verne D. Hoffman Jr., 84

December 20, 2010

Verne D. Hoffman Jr., 84, Brookville, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born March 9, 1926, in Brookville, a son of the late Verne D. and Janet Sarah (Evans) Hoffman Sr.

Aug. 31, 1956, in Akron, Ohio, he married Patricia E. Lucas, who survives.

Mr. Hoffman was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army Air Force.

Sandra Jean Burge, 61

December 20, 2010

Sandra Jean Burge, 61, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Nov. 12, 1949, in West Virginia, a daughter of the late Aden and Betty Hoffman.

Mrs. Burge was married to Donald Burge, who preceded her in death Nov. 3, 2001.

She was a caregiver.

December 19th

Ninth-grade Chucks control Raiders, improve to 3-0

December 20, 2010

BROOKVILLE — A dominant first quarter carried into a huge victory for the Punxsy ninth-grade boys' basketball team last Friday night in Brookville.

The Chucks led 21-4 after the first quarter before earning a 52-43 win over the Raiders.

"The first half was the best half of basketball we have played this year," Punxsy coach Brandon Krug said. "On both ends of the floor, we were really on top of our game."

The Chucks' lead improved to 35-16 by halftime before the Raiders avoided the blowout with a 27-17 second half.

Ronald L. Skinner Sr., 79

December 20, 2010

Ronald L. Skinner Sr., 79, Home, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at the Armstrong County Memorial Hospital.

He was born May 30, 1931, in South Mahoning Township, a son of the late James and Velma Arlene (Johnston) Skinner Nelson.

He was married for 59 years to Violet J. (Foltz) Skinner, who survives.

Mr. Skinner was a graduate of Marion Center High School, the class of 1949; he served in the Korean War and was a corporal in the 25th Infantry Division.

Mrs. Sarah Catherine Burkett Chipps, 72

December 20, 2010

Mrs. Sarah Catherine Burkett Chipps, 72, South Boston, Va., died Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, at Halifax Regional Hospital.

She was born Dec. 14, 1938, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late Leonard J. Burkett and Ruth Mae (Stormer) Burkett.

Mrs. Chipps was married to Murray Steve Chipps Sr., who survives.

She was of the Baptist faith and was project officer for Southside Community Services.

PennDOT still looking to close purchase of house for project

December 20, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — PennDOT District 10 has not closed the purchase of the house located adjacent to the Route 119 (Ridge Avenue) and Route 310 (Elk Run Avenue) intersection.

Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager, said at a recent borough council meeting that PennDOT is hoping to close on the property after the holidays.

Mark Rozich, PennDOT District 10 highway design engineer, said at last month’s Route 119 committee meeting that the purchase of the brown house on the corner of the intersection for demolition became a really complicated issue from an appraisal standpoint.

One injury reported in five points wreck

December 20, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There was one injury reported in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 1:10 p.m. Friday at the five points intersection in Punxsutawney.

According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, a Chevrolet Sedan, driven by Stacey Lasher, Punxsutawney, was traveling north on West Mahoning Street and was making a left onto Route 436.

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