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September 4th, 2012

Major construction projects planned for Punxsy in 2013

September 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Like the movie "Groundhog Day" could it happen that people will not be able to leave Punxsutawney?

If you've been following the PennDOT bridge construction schedule for 2013, two areas of town will have major bridge reconstruction work done next summer complete with detours, according to Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager, who spoke at Tuesday's Public Works Committee meeting.

September 3rd

Tommy Troutman, 15, is Garden Club’s youngest member

September 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The plants that bring downtown Punxsutawney to life each summer — in the parking meter urns and planted barrels — can't take care of themselves. And this past summer, the Punxsutawney Garden Club entrusted the caretaking to its new, youngest member: 15-year-old Tommy Troutman.

And while Tommy is joined by his grandfather, Clarence "Butch" Troutman, on his Punxsutawney watering trips, he said it was from the other side of his family that his love for gardening was first sparked by his grandmother Debra Edgell.

No injuries in couch fire

September 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It happened again, as a neighbor thought she heard a beeping noise coming from a house at 302 Greenwood Ave. in Punxsutawney, saw smoke inside the structure and called 911.

With a quick response from the Punxsutawney Fire Department, the home was spared major damage.

"The owner, Scott Taylor, left at 3 p.m. and was working on an aquarium in what was the living room, and either a cigarette or equipment from the aquarium fell onto the couch and began to smolder," said Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief.

Commissioners declare Sept. as Senior Center Month

September 3, 2012

BROOKVILLE — County commissioners Paul Corbin and Jeff Pisarcik signed a proclamation declaring September 2012 to be Senior Community Center Month at a meeting of the County Commission last Tuesday.

Fellow commissioner James McIntyre was absent for the signing
The proclamation read, “We, Commissioners of the County of Jefferson, do hereby proclaim September 2012 as National Senior Community Center Month.

Population increasing at Jefferson County Jail

September 3, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The population in the Jefferson County prison system has been increasing recently, Warden Tom Elbel said at the latest meeting of the Jefferson County jail board last Monday.

“I don’t have an explanation,” he said in regard to the cause of the sudden uptick.

He said that the jail has received a few inmates from other counties, but not as many as it has received in the past and still with a larger increase than has previously been recorded.

August 31st

Chucks bring down Raiders, bring Route 36 trophy back home

August 31, 2012

Punxsy’s Christian Falgout (left) brings down Brookville’s Brodie Zacherl in the first half of the Route 36 Rivalry Friday evening in Punxsutawney. Punxsy held on for a 26-23 victory to regain possession of the Route 36 trophy for the next year. For the full story, check out our Sports section of the website.

An early present: Oak Ridge Boys to bring Christmas concert to Punxsy

August 31, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — You've heard ofChristmas in July, but how about Christmas in September?

No, don't panic, it's not Christmas just yet, but Christmas isn't far from the minds of many, as a special concert is scheduled to take place Nov. 17 in the Jackson Theatre at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center (PACC) with Krise Transportation as the sponsor for an evening with the Oak Ridge Boys as part of their Christmas Tour, said Tim Krise, owner of Krise Transportation, at a press conference Friday.

James ministers to Punxsy crowd

August 31, 2012

Performing artist Eddie James put on a show for those who came out to Barclay Square Friday evening. James’ website points out that he enjoys ministering through music to those who are hurting.

August 30th

“Hamming” it up - DeLancey man showcases benefits of ham radio

August 30, 2012

DELANCEY — Despite the increased use of cell phones and the Internet, amateur radio use continues to rise across the country — including the Punxsutawney area.

There are almost 730,000 amateur radio operators in the U.S. and over two million worldwide — including ones in nearly every country, said Jerry Bosak, an amateur radio operator from DeLancey.

Bosak said that before World War II, there were 100,000 licensed ham radio operators.

Indiana Co. district attorney to seek death penalty in triple homicide

August 30, 2012

INDIANA — The Indiana County District Attorney's office held a press conference Thursday afternoon at the Indiana State Police Barracks to announce that it plans to seek the death penalty in the triple homicide case against Lewis Beatty, 40, South Mahoning Township, who has been charged with killing both of his daughters and his estranged wife June 1.

District Attorney Pat Dougherty said his office had to file a notice with the court prior to Beatty's formal arraignment in October of its intention. That notice was filed Wednesday, Dougherty said.

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