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December 22nd

Harold Clayton Hoffman, 94

December 22, 2010

Harold Clayton Hoffman, 94, Summerville, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010.

He was born April 23 1916, a son of the late Clarence and Mary (Burkett) Hoffman.

Aug. 28, 1937, he married Geneva Pearl (Dinger), who preceded him in death Nov. 9, 2008.

Mr. Hoffman worked at L.A. Leathers and Gould Ford and retired as a mechanical welder from Hanley & Bird Gas Co. in 1980.

In addition to bowling with the senior citizens every Tuesday, he enjoyed woodcrafts, puzzles, hunting, fishing and cars.

December 21st

Sandra Jean Burge, 61

December 22, 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.

Ronald L. Skinner Sr., 79

December 22, 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 Nelson and Velma Arlene (Johnston) Skinner.

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.

Lady Chucks win a pair to even record

December 22, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy junior-varsity girls' basketball team outscored Clearfield during every quarter while earning a 35-23 victory Monday night.

Punxsy led 8-2 after one quarter before distancing itself by two points during each of the next three quarters.

Alison Jones scored a team-best 10 points, while Emily Horner, Emily Reitz, Mary Sloniger and Ashley Reitz provided balanced scoring by managing six points apiece.

Brittany Renaud tallied a team-best 10 points for Clearfied.

Punxsy (2-2) visits Harmony for a 5 p.m. start Thursday.

Punxsy JV girls 26, Brookville 24

Plenty of pins for Chucks in 57-45 win

December 22, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy junior-high wrestling team surrendered four forfeits Monday, but overcame the deficit and earned an impressive 57-45 victory over Altoona at home.

"We were pretty pleased with our performance on the mats. Obviously, to win this one after giving up a total of four forfeits is a big win," Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said. "Not that we still don't have room for improvement in many areas, but we're definitely happy with the final outcome, and we saw a lot of nice things out there. We looked rather aggressive and ready to wrestling."

SING-ALONG SONGS

December 22, 2010

582 will be new area code for NW Pa.

December 22, 2010

HARRISBURG — Area code 582 is coming soon to a phone near you.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility said 582 will be the new area code for much of northwestern Pennsylvania starting in 2012, The Associated Press said.

Last week, the commission approved a plan to divide the 814 area code. The change will affect Erie, Crawford, Warren, Venango, Forest, Clarion, Jefferson, Elk and McKean counties.

Parts of Clearfield, Armstrong, Mercer and Indiana counties will also get the new area code, AP said.

The commission said Tuesday the new code is expected to take effect Feb. 1, 2012.

Jail Board agrees on further restraints for inmates during the booking process

December 22, 2010

BROOKVILLE — The killing of a corrections officer in Crawford County two months ago prompted the Jefferson County Jail Board to approve a change in policy Monday.

According to Jefferson County Warden Tom Elbel, the Crawford County officer was killed while booking an incoming prisoner, who was unrestrained and attacked the officer without the use of a weapon.

To avoid such a disaster, Elbel and the jail board moved to install bull rings, to which the prisoner will be fastened during booking.

A change in policy Monday made it mandatory for the bull rings to be used.

December 20th

Reitz's record-tying game carries Lady Chucks to first victory

December 21, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Senior guard Jenna Reitz tied the school record with seven three-pointers, and the Punxsy girls' basketball team notched its first victory of the season Monday night over Clearfield, 57-48.

Punxsy trailed 20-19 at halftime before scoring 38 second-half points and improving to 1-4 on the season.

"In the second half, they played really hard, and they executed a lot better on the offensive end," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said about his team. "They moved the ball, they got better looks, and when you get better looks, it's easier to shoot the ball."

Four big wins help Lady Chucks improve to 5-1

December 21, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy ninth-grade girls' basketball team has definitely hit its stride, as the Lady Chucks won their fifth-straight game with a 59-3 victory over Clearfield Monday night in Punxsutawney.

The Lady Chucks (5-1) — who have all eighth-graders on their roster — didn't allow a point until the second half, leading 31-0 going into halftime. Punxsy kept up the pressure during the second half, outscoring the Lady Bisons 28-3 during the final two quarters.

Anna Horner had a huge game, scoring 20 points. Half of those 20 points were scored during the fourth quarter.

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