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September 5th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â After a long-standing tradition of holding its main fundraiser during Old Home Week, the Punxsutawney Beta Sorority is taking a new angle to its fundraiser â€”Â traditionally known as the salad luncheon â€” this year.
BROOKVILLE â€” The trial dates have been set for a Reynoldsville woman charged with two counts of attempted criminal homicide and other charges in Common Pleas Court in Brookville.
The dates for the trial for Judy L. Sprankle, Reynoldsville, have been scheduled for Sept. 17 and Sept. 18 at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Brookville, with jury selection scheduled for next Monday, according to Chad Weaver, Jefferson County Court Administrator.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Students look forward to many specific days during their student careers â€” the last day of school before summer vacation, the first day of deer hunting season, the first day of school each new year and, now, computer distribution day.
Students in grades 9-12 all have their own laptop computers through the 21st Century Learning Initiative at Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS).
The program has been quite successful since the implementation of One to One Computing, said PAHS Principal Dave London.
Members of the Groundhog Clubâ€™s Inner Circle, including President Bill Deeley (left) and Jason â€śBig Chillâ€ť Grusky â€” seen doing some chain saw cleanup â€” were hard at work Tuesday evening preparing for this weekendâ€™s Phil Phest. The event will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, and along with the regular activities of hanging out, watching college football and enjoying the company of others, this yearâ€™s attendees can expect some extra fun with a pair of bands â€” Pure Cane Sugar and Lucky You â€” set to perform.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The plants that bring downtown Punxsutawney to life each summer â€” in the parking meter urns and planted barrels â€” 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
BROOKVILLE â€” 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, â€śWe, Commissioners of the County of Jefferson, do hereby proclaim September 2012 as National Senior Community Center Month.
BROOKVILLE â€” 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.
â€śI donâ€™t have an explanation,â€ť 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.
Punxsyâ€™s Christian Falgout (left) brings down Brookvilleâ€™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.