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February 13th

PAHS Drama Club seniors prepared for final show

February 13, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As the school year begins to wind down, the PAHS Drama Club is hard at work as it prepares to perform its last play of the school year.

The title of the play is "The High Schooler's Guide to the Galaxy," and it is written by Brian Starchman. The play is a comedy about four 7th graders who are about to embark on the journey of beginning high school.

The night before school is set to begin, they are visited by a couple of guides who show them how to go about surviving at the high school level.

Railroad crossing coming to Horatio Street

February 13, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A much-needed upgrade to the Horatio Street Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad crossing was approved by Punxsutawney Borough Council at Monday's voting meeting.

"PennDOT is filing an application with the PUC for the approval to upgrade the railroad flashing lights (currently there are none) and circuitry where Horatio Street Crosses, at grade, the single track owned by B&P Railroad," said Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager.

February 12th

Indiana Co. Coroner follows up on death of Glen Campbell man

February 13, 2013

INDIANA — In a follow-up to the death of a Glen Campbell man on Friday evening, Indiana County Coroner Michael Baker said that toxicology tests will likely be the deciding factors in determining the cause of death of 28-year-old Christopher Brandner, whose frozen body was discovered Friday evening in a vacant lot in Glen Campbell borough.

The coroner, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police and the Indiana County District Attorney investigated at the scene of the death.

Man’s body found in White Township, Indiana County

February 13, 2013

INDIANA — Indiana County Coroner Michael Baker said an autopsy of a local man found Monday in White Township, Indiana County, has ruled out evidence of foul play.

The body of 50-year-old Jeffrey Moretti of Indiana was discovered at about 8:35 a.m. Monday near the rear entrance of the offices of Gazette Printers after employees reported for work.

Baker said the body did not appear to have indications of unexplainable trauma, and the building was not forcibly intruded upon.

Moretti was pronounced dead at the scene at 9 a.m.

County’s hazard mitigation plan commended by FEMA

February 13, 2013

BROOKVILLE — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has sent a letter commending the staff of Jefferson County for its role in developing the county hazard mitigation plan, the commissioners announced at their meeting on Tuesday.

FEMA praised the county for its support and assistance in developing the plan, which expires on July 2, 2017, and contains mitigation strategies designed to reduce future disaster losses for the purpose of making the county's communities safer and more resilient to hazards.

Keeping learning fun on all levels

February 13, 2013

There are all sorts of ways to keep learning fun, and pictured here are two such examples. It was another fun and exciting Monday night for these middle school-aged students who are participating in the Middle Schooler’s Library Club.

The students meet every Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, where they engage in a variety of activities, such as playing board games, drawing comics, watching movies, talking about books and socializing.

February 11th

Hotel parking lot could be affected when Players Bar Inc. construction begins

February 12, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The new owners of the site of the former Punxsutawney Hotel requested, at Monday's Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting, to temporarily close eight parking spaces in the Punxsy Hotel municipal parking lot in order to accommodate crews for the building of a new establishment.

Ebbie Mark, of Dobson Inc., contractor for the construction, spoke to

Punxsy-proud Parsons passing on her passion for education through her field

February 12, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Growing up in Punxsutawney, Ashley Parsons knew from
the time she was a very little girl that she wanted to be a nurse and help others.

February 10th

Walking together through the pain: New grief coping series begins Wednesday

February 10, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A part of the life that each one lives is grieving the loss of those that he or she loves, and doing so is one of the most difficult, diverse parts of life as we all know it.

In an effort to help those who are going through the grief process — or even those who know someone else going through it — two local women are teaming up to bring a new program to the community of Punxsutawney.

Eddie James returning for another concert

February 10, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you missed the Eddie James Aug. 31 concert at Barclay Square due to the football game and other scheduling conflicts, then Wednesday is your chance to see him for free at the Alliance Church located in Young Township.

Drinda Smith is the organizer of the original event, which was held to honor the memory of her son, Joel Riggleman, 19, and teens Sean McConnaughey, 18, and Dylan Behrendt, 19, all of Punxsutawney, who
died in a car crash near Dayton in November of 2011.

Smith said James had contacted her several weeks ago and said he and his

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