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November 25th, 2010

County announces budget with no tax increase

November 26, 2010

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Commissioners Wedn-esday advertised the prop-osed budget for the 2011 fiscal year, and there will be no inc-rease on property taxes.

The property tax rate will remain at 10.75 mills of assessed property value.

County finance officer Deborah Gillung said it was “kind of a surprise” that a tax increase was not needed. This is the second consecutive year that the commissioners did not have to raise taxes.

Punxsy police receive gold award for traffic safety

November 26, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Police was chosen again this year for the American Automobile Association (AAA) gold award.

Police Chief Tom Fedigan said the award was presented by the AAA Traffic Safety Awards program.

“This is our third consecutive year for being recognized,” he said. The award is for implementing programs and projects that demonstrate the department’s endeavor to improve local traffic safety issues.

Fedigan said there are four standards for awards.

Gerald C. Justice, 74

November 25, 2010

Gerald C. Justice, 74, formerly of Oliveburg, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born Feb. 20, 1936, in Punxsutawney, a son of Mary Josephine Justice.

Jan. 5, 1957, he married Mary Elbel, who survives.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Justice served in the Cuban Missile Crisis.

A retired postal carrier and member of the Oliveburg Presbyterian Church, Mr. Justice, an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed spending time with his grandsons and following them in their sporting events.

Vance Hankinson, 51

November 25, 2010

Vance Hankinson, 51, formerly of Punxsutawney, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, surrounded by his loving family at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.

Mr. Hankinson was born Oct. 30, 1959, in Jamestown, N.Y., a son of Dorothy (Cameron) Painter, of Rossiter, who survives.

He was married to Carol (Byerly) Hankinson, who survives, of Punxsutawney.

Mr. Hankinson was a devoted family man who adored his sons and granddaughter. He touched the lives of many people and will be lovingly remembered by all who knew him.

Ernest R. Caldwell, 88

November 25, 2010

Ernest R. Caldwell, 88, formerly of Brookville, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at Highland View Health Center, Brockway.

He was born Dec. 29, 1921, a son of the late Wayne J. and Carrie Reed Caldwell.

Mr. Caldwell was married to Lois M. Evans, who survives, for 65 years.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Caldwell served in World War II and in the Philippines.

He worked for Humphrey Gas Co., Brookville, and later in the Business/Clerical Department of Brookville Equipment.

PUNXSY BOYS' GOLF BANQUET

November 25, 2010

The Punxsy boys' golf team had its banquet last week at the Punxsutawney Country Club. Pictured are (front, from left) Kyler Smathers, Mike Blose, Ryan States, David Roberts, Nick Roberts, Brandon Mancuso; (back) Ian Miller, Brandon Bish, Jesse Verdill, Micky DeChurch, Adam Murdock and coach Josh Conrad. Missing from the photo are Troy Cameron, Austin Couser, Josh Greek, Tanner Lewis and Seth Spack. (Photo submitted)

November 23rd

Chucks counter technique with conditioning

November 24, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy wrestling team will be the first to admit that it isn't as technically-sound as District IX Class AAA rivals Clearfield and DuBois.

To make up for that, the Chucks strive to be the most well-conditioned, determined and toughest team around.

As the Chucks are a few days into their first week of 2010-2011 preseason, the words of Dan Gable are often spoken by head coach Eric Eddy and assistant coach Buddy Young, who have been coaching Punxsy wrestling for nine years now.

John M. Hazlett, 82

November 24, 2010

John M. Hazlett, 82, Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Boardman, Ohio, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, in Columbus.

He was born April 6, 1928, in Frostburg, the son of Mark and Helen (Gould) Hazlett.

He was married to his wife of 56 years, F. Louise Hazlett, who preceded him in death.

A 1946 graduate of Punxsutawney High School, Mr. Hazlett earned a private pilot’s license at age 17 and served the U.S. Navy as an Air Corps V-5 flight officer, then V-6 Reservist.

Vance Hankinson, 51

November 24, 2010

Vance Hankinson, 51, Elk Run, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at UPMC-Presbyterian, Pittsburgh.

Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the McCabe Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.

This Thanksgiving, fire-displaced families grateful for a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed superhero

November 24, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Everyone has much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, but two families in particular are thankful to have their lives, thanks to a four-year-old boy.

Four-year-old Kolton Renegade Powers and his family used to live in a duplex along Graffius Avenue until a fire destroyed their home Nov. 2. Neighbors Jim, Peggy and Elizabeth Trayer lived on the other side.

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