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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.

Way Back When

December 19, 2010

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
(January 22, 1896)
Fractured His Skull

A.L. McQuilkin, a prominent West Mahoning farmer, was badly injured at Dayton, Armstrong County, last Thursday, and is still lying there in a precarious condition.

December 17th

Chucks unable to knock down threes during Brookville's win

December 18, 2010

BROOKVILLE — The Punxsy boys' basketball team had the right game plan to counteract Brookville's height, but the Chucks' struggles from behind the three-point line led to a 50-42 loss to the Raiders Friday night on the road.

Punxsy earns first win during blowout at home

December 18, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy ninth-grade girls' basketball team won its first game of the season Friday, downing the Clarion Lady Bobcats in Punxsutawney, 34-13.

The Lady Chucks jetted out to a 7-0 lead, only for Clarion to come back with a pair of buckets that set the score at 7-4 after one quarter. Everything changed after the first quarter, as the Lady Chucks finished the game on a 27-9 run.

Punxsy outscored the Lady Bobcats by a 15-3 margin during the second quarter, taking a 22-7 advantage into the break.

Make-A-Wish improves on last year’s total during 2010 campaign

December 18, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After a week’s worth of wishing, the “Light Up a Child’s Life” campaign concluded with a $73,285 Friday finale.

The campaign’s contributions will be used by the Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia Make-A-Wish chapter to grant 21 wishes to area children facing life-threatening illnesses.

According to regional office assistant Kayla Danch, the final day of the annual week-long campaign, which wrapped up at the Pantall Hotel, was met with success due directly to the “generosity of the community.”

No injuries reported after patrol car wreck

December 18, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There were no injuries reported when Punxsutawney Borough Police patrol car No. 26 was involved in a two-vehicle accident at approximately 3:45 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Sutton Street.

When it comes to children riding in cars, safety always comes first.
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