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October 26th, 2012

Breaking News: AP reporting Corbett has declared disaster emergency in PA

October 26, 2012

HARRISBURG — The Associated Press is reporting that Gov. Tom Corbett has declared a disaster emergency in the state in anticipation of a potential storm that is expected to hit the East Coast early next week.

Residents are advised to stock up on enough food and water for three days and also anticipate potential power outages, along with rain and possible snowfall, according to The Associated Press.

Read more in Saturday's print edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit.

BREAKING NEWS: Structure Fire on Kachmar Road

October 26, 2012

Details in Saturday's Spirit

October 25th

What a treat! East End hosting 4th annual Halloween event

October 26, 2012

EAST END — Halloween may mean you have the opportunity to go out to just trick-or-treat, but in the East End it's much, much more. Halloween is an annual celebration.

The fourth annual East End Trick-or-Treat will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and is open to all area children, said Michelle "Boo" Lorenzo, who, along with her partner, Jan Zamperini, have been transforming their fabulous old-fashioned home into a haunted house.

The East End Trick-or-Treat begins at the East End Bridge and concludes at Cindee's Country Corner and includes State Street, said Lorenzo.

Don't forget: Major RR crossing project begins Friday night

October 25, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — State Route 119 at Hampton Avenue/Ridge Avenue/Clark Street will close in Punxsutawney to replace the railroad crossing.

The intersection will close at 6 p.m. Friday night, and it is expected to reopen at noon on Monday.

The railroad crossing replacement is part of the Elk Run Bridge Replacement and Routes 119 and 310 intersection widening project in Jefferson County.

This $3,351,119 bridge replacement and roadway construction project is being completed by Francis J. Palo, Inc., of Clarion.

Is field turf in the future at PAHS?

October 25, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Improvements to Jack F. Lamarca Stadium are still years in the future, as the Punxsutawney Area School Board discussed aluminum bleachers and a storage building that would be constructed adjacent to the stadium grounds at Wednesday's athletic committee meeting.

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

PennDOT advisory: Driver license centers to be closed Nov. 5

October 25, 2012

HARRISBURG — Recently, PennDOT announced that its driver licensing centers, normally closed on Mondays, would be open on Monday, Nov. 5, the day before Election Day, to serve customers with last-minute Voter ID needs.

Oct. 15, the department along with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the union representing its driver licensing center employees, announced that those centers will remain closed on that day.

Police: Three killed, one injured after Clover Township wreck

October 25, 2012

SUMMERVILLE — Two Saint Marys residents and one Eldred resident were killed in a one-vehicle accident that occurred around 4:40 p.m. Wednesday on Route 28 east of Johns Hill Road in Clover Township, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.

One other person, also from Saint Marys, was injured in the wreck.

The crash occurred as the vehicle, a 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse, was traveling south on Route 28 in Clover Township.

The unit was ascending an uphill grade when, for unknown reasons, it traveled into the oncoming northbound lane and then off the east berm.

October 24th

County Commissioners welcome new Children and Youth Services director

October 25, 2012

The commissioners welcomed Cindy Cornwell, Jefferson County’s new director of Children and Youth Services at their latest meeting Tuesday in Brookville. Pictured (from left) are: Commissioner Jeff Pisarcik, Cornwell, Commission Chairman Paul Corbin and Commissioner Jim McIntyre.

For a full story, see today's print edition of The Spirit.

Ready or not, Old Man Winter is on His way: PennDOT is prepared

October 24, 2012

FAIRVIEW — Are you ready for some winter? Not really? As always, PennDOT District 10.0 Maintenance Department has your back, as it held its annual inspection Wednesday morning.

All of the snow plows, salt and anti-skid are ready to go in case Old Man Winter returns with a vengeance following last season's balmy winter conditions, said Josh Clinger, the new Jefferson County maintenance manager, during PennDOT's annual inspection of the winter snow removal equipment that was held Wednesday at the Jefferson County Maintenance Garage in Fairview.

October 23rd

UPDATE: Plyler's At Your Service Garage a total loss after Tuesday morning fire

October 23, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Local firefighters responded to a blaze that broke out at about 10 a.m. Tuesday at Plyler's At Your Service Garage in Brookville.

Located at 9 Race St., the garage was a total loss by the time the flames subsided.

No injuries have been reported.

The cause of the fire had yet to be determined at Spirit press time, but Fire Chief Jim Lipuma indicated that it was currently believed to have been accidental.

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