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November 6th, 2012

Testimony underway in Christopher Thornhill trial

November 7, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Christopher Thornhill, the alleged shooter of two Punxsutawney men back in September 2011, faced his supposed victims and other individuals as they testified against him on day two of his trial on Tuesday in Brookville.

Thornhill has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault and other related offenses.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is being represented in the case by District Attorney Jeff Burkett. Defense Attorney Fred Hummel is representing Thornhill.

Read the full story in Wednesday's print edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit.

Updated: Jefferson County unofficial election results

November 7, 2012

Unofficial results: Romney wins Jefferson County; AP reporting Obama takes PA

November 6, 2012

Jefferson County is reporting that 100 percent of precincts are now in, with 17,304 ballots being cast.

Republican Mitt Romney swept Jefferson County with 12,288 votes (71.67 percent), compared to 4,535 votes for Democrat Barack Obama (26.45 percent).

However, the Associated Press is reporting that Obama won Pennsylvania overall.

In other Jefferson County news, Republican Tom Smith netted 12,031 votes (70.48 percent) versus Democrat Bob Casey Jr., who received 4,614 votes (27.03 percent).

The Associated Press is also reporting that Casey took Pennsylvania.

Polls closed

November 6, 2012

Voting polls are now closed.

The Spirit will post results as they become available from Jefferson County.

Polls closing at 8 p.m.

November 6, 2012

With polls closing at 8 p.m., there is still time to vote today.

Voters will be asked to show a form of photo I.D., but are not required to do so.

Pamela Rake, Judge of Elections for Henderson Township, said voting "has been pretty steady" throughout Tuesday, with no downtime for workers.

A non-presidential election in the township normally brings out 150 to 200 voters, Rake said, but as of about 5 p.m. Tuesday, 360 Henderson residents had already cast their votes.

Don't Forget to Vote!

November 6, 2012

Remember - the polls are open until 8 pm!

November 5th

Thornhill trial begins with opening statements

November 5, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The trial of Pittsburgh resident Christopher Lawrence Thornhill began Monday in Brookville with opening statements heard from the defense and the prosecution.

Thornhill faces two counts each of attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and weapons violations following a shooting incident that occurred on Sept. 22, 2011, near a residence on Cranberry Alley in Punxsutawney.

Read the full story in Tuesday's print edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit.

Public Works Committee reports on leaf collection, PennDOT railroad project

November 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Committee held its Public Works/Wastewater Committee meeting on Monday.

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Larry Chenoga, and Borough Manager Ben White gave an update on the leaf collection that has been taking place.

White reported that this is the third week for leaf pickup and said that overall, it has been a pretty good leaf season.

White also reported that the H20 project has practically been completed.

The final touches will be a bit of restoration while the borough awaits grant reimbursement from the state.

Young Punxsy collector finds himself a new fancy

November 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — One of Punxsy's most well-known collectors is back at it, and this time around he's putting a new spin on an old trick.

After collecting a license plate from each state from cars, Douglas Bartlebaugh, a 17-year-old Punxsutawney Area High School student, decided it might be time to start collecting a miniature version of one of his old favorites: motorcycle license plates.

"My uncle gave me a Pennsylvania motorcycle plate, and I already had all the states for the cars, so I figured it was time to start something new," Bartlebaugh said.

November 4th

After 50 years of service to the community, Comet Market to close its doors

November 4, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The old saying goes, "All good things must come to an end."

Last week, the Levy family, which has owned and operated the Comet Market at 1028 W. Mahoning St., announced to their employees that the difficult decision to close the store's doors had been made.

The decision, Ben Levy said, was a difficult one for the entire family, as the Comet has always been a business it has been associated with since it opened in 1963.

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