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March 2nd, 2011

County welcomes new victim/witness services coordinator

March 2, 2011

BROOKVILLE — This week, District Attorney Jeffrey D. Burkett welcomed Michelle Fusco as the new victim/witness coordinator, who works to protect the rights of victims of adult offenders.

Fusco moved here from Elk County, where she has more than 14 years experience in Victim Services. She has worked specifically with crime victims for the last 10 years.

She said cases are given to her by law enforcement, district judges and self-referrals.

March 1st

Drivers uninjured in crash

March 1, 2011

NORTH MAHONING TOWNSHIP — There were no injuries reported in a two-vehicle accident involving coal trucks around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday along Route 210, North Mahoning Township.

Both trucks, owned by Rosebud Trucking of Kittanning, were traveling, one in front of the other along Route 210, when both drivers lost control on the icy road.

The road conditions caused the one truck to travel into a ditch, while the other blew out tires and ruptured its fuel tank, causing a small diesel fuel spill.

DAR salutes Good Citizenship Award recipient, essay winner

March 1, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Tuesday, the Punxsy chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recognized PAHS senior Melissa Blose with its annual Good Citizenship Award, as well as 2010-11 essay winner Sadie Plyler, a student at the Punxsutawney Christian School.

• At PAHS, Blose is involved in Spanish Club; Key Club, serving as vice-president this year; is a Special Olympics helper; an office helper; and served on the Middle States planning team.

Restored fees remain the key target for waste authority

March 1, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Last week, the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority discussed possible contracts with private waste haulers that could balance the operating budget.

Despite that possibility, persuading the state legislature to reinstate administration fees is still the No. 1 priority for the authority.

The administration fee would provided the authority with a payment — typically between $2 and $4 — for each ton of waste collected. The authority operated in a fiscally-healthy way until the administration fee was removed pending a court case.

Overtime opener highlights Day Two of tourney

March 1, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Day Two of the Punxsutawney elementary boys' basketball tournament featured a trio of tight conclusions, including a low-scoring overtime match-up that led off Tuesday night's festivities.

Syracuse 11, Michigan 8, OT

In the first of three fourth- and fifth-grade games Tuesday, four Syracuse players scored during the Orangemen's 11-8 overtime victory over Michigan.

Ethan Blose scored a team-best four points, Willie Hoover had three points, and both Caden Barrick and Zach Pape managed two points for Syracuse (1-1).

Chucks win final six games, complete 16-4 year

March 1, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy ninth-grade boys' basketball team closed the season on a six-game winning streak following a 44-23 victory over Bradford Feb. 18 to complete a 16-4 season.

Punxsy struggled during the first quarter and fell behind 7-1 entering the second. But the Chucks outscored the Owls 43-16 during the final three quarters to earn the win.

Kevin Hughes scored a team-best 10 points, and Brandon Mancuso and Matt Burkett both added six points.

Thressa Ann Guinen, 56

March 1, 2011

Thressa Ann Guinen, 56, Big Run, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at home.

 She was born April 3, 1955, in DuBois, a daughter of Joseph and Clara (Perkowski) Agnello, who survive, of Anita.

 Ms. Guinen loved shopping at Goodwill, yard sales and garage sales. She enjoyed helping others and had previously worked as a caregiver.

 On her roughest day, she always made people laugh, and she dearly loved her children and grandchildren.

February 28th

Elementary tourney starts with many close games

February 28, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney elementary boys' basketball tournament commenced with a number of tight finishes Monday night at PAHS Gym A.

In five games featuring fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders, four match-ups finished with two points or fewer separating the two teams.

Michigan State 11, North Carolina 10

Matt Wehrle's game-high eight points led Michigan State to an 11-10 victory over North Carolina in the first fourth- and fifth-grade contest of the night.

Also scoring for Michigan State (1-0) were Logan Geist (two points) and Carter Newcome (one).

Flood Watch

February 28, 2011

PITTSBURGH — Although the rain had stopped, Jefferson County remained under a flood warning until 9:30 p.m. Monday night, a warning extended from 6:15 p.m. earlier in the day.

Sun is expected today, with temperatures dropping into the 20s tonight.
The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh said the flood warning included Punxsy, Summerville, Reynoldsville, Dora, Clear Creek State Park, Brookville and Brockway.

With new governor, county may house state inmates

February 28, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Jefferson County Jail Warden Tom Elbel was optimistic Monday that state inmate transfers could be possible in the future.

The county jail has long been interested in housing state inmates, because the jail receives $55 per day for each out-of-county inmate it houses. Currently, the jail has increased revenues by housing inmates from Elk, Cameron and McKean counties.

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