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January 4th, 2013
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â€” Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a theft that occurred at Walmart around 9:15 a.m. Friday, when two males were observed on the store's video surveillance system possessing and/or concealing several items.
The items include two DualShock PlayStation 3 wireless controllers; two PlayStation 3 ONN charging cables; a Bear Grylls Gerber knife; and a knife and scissors sharpener.
Police said the total amount in stolen goods is $182.97.
The suspects were at the scene in a black, four-door sedan with a hood scoop.
DUBOIS â€” Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery that occurred Friday at the W. Scribner Avenue S&T Bank â€” four days after an armed robbery occurred at the same location.
DuBois City Police said a male entered the bank at 2:37 p.m. Friday, displayed a handgun and demanded cash, but fled prior to receiving any.
Also, police said a similar call was reported at a business in the Sandy Plaza at 3:47 p.m. Friday.
The actor at the bank was last seen on W. Fir Alley heading toward High Street.
BROOKVILLE â€” State representative and Speaker of the House Sam Smith received the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology (PAO) Community Service Award on Friday, recognizing his work in Jefferson County and abroad.
Dr. Louis "Skip" Nichamin, M.D., the medical director of the Laurel Eye Clinic and the Laurel Laser & Surgery Center, who nominated Smith for the award and presented it to him at the organization's Brookville establishment, said he did so because of the doctors' responses to interaction with patients in the community.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Everyone has a story to tell, but for one local man, his story wouldn't be complete without the generosity of one town â€” Punxsutawney.
Residing in this very town is a man who has achieved a great many goals despite being partially blind.
Ray Lantz was born on Aug. 21, 1946, to Robert and Rachel Lantz. He was born with congenital cataracts, which left him completely blind.
Taught to walk with assistance from a collie dog, he received his first operation at 2-1/2 years of age on his right eye.
BROOKVILLE â€” During the fiscal year 2012, the Jefferson County Sheriffâ€™s Office performed numerous duties and support to the communities of Jefferson County and issued the following report:
The office continues to operate and conduct a busy schedule with a small but well-trained professional staff of deputies and administrative staff. With an increase in some duties performed by the office, the Sheriffâ€™s â€¨Office was able to increase the number of full-time deputies to seven.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Being a volunteer fire chief is a very difficult job, but being a chief in a rural fire department can be even tougher.
Just ask Bruce Baughman, who is retiring as the chief of the Oliver Township Volunteer Fire Company, Jefferson County Station No. 5, following 17 years at the helm.
Baughman said he first joined the fire company in 1987 â€” a year after Oliver Township Volunteer Fire Company was formed.
HARRISBURG â€” Rep. Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) was elected Tuesday to his second term as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The unanimous vote was taken during the official convening of the 197th Session of the House, where 201 duly elected legislators took the oath of office.
During his address to the members and guests assembled on the House floor,
Smith talked about the meaning of liberty and freedom.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Nominations are currently being accepted for Man of the Year and Woman of the Year, honors that are presented annually at the Groundhog Banquet.
Nomination criteria and applications are available at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, the Chamber of Commerce and the office of the Punxsutawney Spirit.
The application is also available on the home page of punxsutawney.com.
The deadline for nominations for both the Man and Woman of the Year is Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Nominations should be submitted to the Chamber of Commerce, 102 West Mahoning St.
December 30th, 2012
In observance of New Yearâ€™s Eve, The Spirit office will be closing at 3 p.m. today.
The office will be closed New Yearâ€™s Day, and there will be no paper.
Regular office hours will resume at 8 a.m. Wednesday.
We wish all of our readers a Happy New Year.
(Editorâ€™s note: Each year, the editorial staff at The Spirit dives into the stacks from the past yearâ€™s papers to bring you a Year In Review, highlighting some of the biggest news stories to take place over the year. Today, news reporter Larry McGuire brings you the top news stories from the months of October, November and December.)
â€˘ The Punxsutawney Spirit held Appreciation Day on Saturday at the S.S.C.D. auditorium to give a big thank-you to the community. The fun-filled day included the 3rd Annual Punxsyâ€™s Got Talent show
and a pumpkin-decorating contest.