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December 30th

Chucks claim Truance Holiday Classic title

December 31, 2014

The Punxsy Chucks out-dueled a tough Clarion squad on Tuesday night at PAHS to earn the boys’ title in the Carl A. Truance Holiday Classic Tournament. The members of the boys’ team are pictured here with their plaque.

For a full recap, see Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

Dobson’s Store to close its doors

December 31, 2014

After about 49 years in business, Dobson's Store in Worthville will close its doors today. Pictured is owner Elmer Dobson behind the counter on one of the country store's last evenings of operation. He opened the store in 1965 after the conclusion of his military service. He said he plans to leave the building where it is, as part of the history of Worthville.

Billy R. Loughry, 89

December 30, 2014

Billy R. Loughry, 89, of Rochester Mills, passed away Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at UPMC Montefiore, Pittsburgh.

Mr. Loughry was born July 21, 1925, in E. Mahoning Township, a son of the late George and Elmira (Wynkoop) Loughry.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Betty L. (Wissinger) Loughry of Rochester Mills.

He was the owner and operator of excavating and coal stripping companies. He was very involved in community service and loved deer and big game hunting and farming. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

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December 29th

Fred Walker, 75

December 29, 2014

Fred Walker, 75, of Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at his home.

Mr. Walker was born Sept. 21, 1939, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Howard and Mary Lucille (Smith) Walker.

In 2003, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Carol Ann (Kensinger) Walker, to whom he devoted his life.

Ray W. Peace, 84

December 29, 2014

Ray W. Peace, 84, of Big Run, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at his home.

He was born on July 30, 1930, in McGees Mills, Pa., the son of the late August Albert and Martha Florence (Bouch) Peace.

Mr. Peace worked for Bowser Lumber Company as a debarking machine operator before his retirement. He was also a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean Conflict.

Ray was married to Josephine Dolores Penvose in October 1960. She preceded him in death on Jan. 6, 1999, after nearly 39 years of devoted marriage.

Paul D. “Barney” Barnett, 59

December 29, 2014

Paul D. “Barney” Barnett, 59, formerly of Punxsutawney and Duncannon, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in the Harrisburg Hospital, Harrisburg, Pa.

He was born in Punxsutawney on April 19, 1955, to the late Emerson and Marie (Sowers) Barnett.

Barney was a graduate of Punxsutawney High School and retired as an EMT from the West Shore EMS. He was a life member and past chief of the Elk Run Fire Company in Punxsutawney for over 30 years. He was a member of the Port Matilda Fire Company, the Boalsburg Fire Company and the West Shore EMS.

December 28th

M. Duane Wells, 72

December 29, 2014

M. Duane Wells, 72, of Distant, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 27, 2014, at his residence.

Born on Jan. 4, 1942, in Distant, he was the son of the late Merle B. and Viola M. (Smith) Wells. He was married on Sept. 29, 1961, to Beverly J. (Truitt).

Lyle E. Wachob Sr., 86

December 29, 2014

Lyle E. Wachob Sr., 86, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, at Mulberry Elder Care and Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney.

He was born Oct. 27, 1928, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Crist and Louise (Brewer) Wachob.

On April 17, 1949, he married Geraldine “Gerry” F. Martin, who survives.

He was a member of the First Church of God of Punxsutawney. He worked as a farmer and in excavation.

Lyle enjoyed horses, farming, hunting, his farm dogs and taking his daily ride around the farm on his four-wheeler.

December 26th

Construction at water treatment plant to protect service against wet weather

December 26, 2014

BIG RUN — Pennsylvania American Water Company (PAWC) has announced the start of construction to install a concrete wall to protect the company's Punxsutawney Water Treatment Plant, located on the East Branch of the Mahoning Creek, from flooding during extreme wet weather events.

Josephine Posti, PAWC community relations coordinator, said the cost of this plant improvement is approximately $225,000.

Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.

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