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December 21st

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.

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.

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