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May 4th, 2012

Mock crash shows lives can be changed forever with one bad choice

May 4, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It was a beautiful sunny morning at Punxsutawney Area High School the day before the senior prom, and all was well, except for the rear parking lot, where two heavily-damaged vehicles could be seen as the result of the annual mock drunk driving crash.

PAHS’ SADD Club, Punxsutawney Borough Police, Punxsutawney Fire Department and Jefferson County EMS once again presented the pretend fatal traffic accident in which, as the story goes, two students lose their lives in a drunken-driving crash.

After fire, Big Run Carpet reopens

May 4, 2012

BIG RUN — A major fire that destroyed Big Run Carpet June 19, 2011, might have spelled the end to the long-time family-owned business, but thanks to the help of family and friends, the store rose from the ashes with a ribbon-cutting Friday for the new store.

The former building may have been destroyed in the blaze — which was later classified as arson — but not the spirit of the London family and area residents who pitched in to help keep the store open with two small portable buildings, a storage building and a small office, said owner Jeff London.

May 3rd

Maya Angelou describes ‘the rainbows in my clouds’ in Clarion event

May 3, 2012

CLARION — Dr. Brenda Dede, vice-president of Academic Affairs at Clarion University, said Wednesday evening’s speaker could be described by many adjectives.

She’s an author, a poet, a dancer and a Civil Rights activist — and Wednesday, Dr. Maya Angelou graced the stage of the Marwick-Boyd Theater on Clarion University’s campus, to an auditorium of 3,000 people.

“I’m here, and I’ve come to say something,” Angelou said. “And I won’t leave until I say it.”

IUP-Punxsy students put chalk to walk about several societal issues in annual event

May 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Instead of rain, student artists at IUP-Punxsutawney had to deal with the heat Thursday afternoon.

On the eve of finals, the students took chalk to the walk to draw different scenes portraying aspects of health, diversity, political and societal issues.

Seventeen students or student groups took part in the event, which was judged by members of the IUP-Punxsy staff and members of the community.

May 2nd

Driver suffers minor injuries in rollover

May 2, 2012

COVODE — It happened all over again — for the third time in three years — as another truck rolled over in the same exact location on Route 119 in Covode, when the driver of the tractor-trailer took the curve in Covode too fast and rolled up onto Randy Shultz’s front yard around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Shultz said he has lived on Route 119 at the curve for three years, and not only do the trucks roll over into his yard, the cars do, too.

Special Olympians strive to do their best

May 2, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Despite the overcast morning, Wednesday was a day filled with fun and laughter for those who took part in the DuBois-Jefferson County Special Olympics.

“Today, May 2, is a glorious day,” Brookville Area Schools Superintendent Sandra Craft said during the opening remarks. “Although not sunny, it’s a glorious day.”

Wednesday morning, 178 athletes participated in the 33rd-annual Track & Field Day held at Brookville Area Jr.-Sr. High School.

Old electronics? Don’t junk them; recycle them this Saturday

May 2, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Jefferson County residents who have old or unused electronics collecting dust in their attics will have an opportunity to dispose of them — properly.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority will hold an electronics collection for all county residents at two locations, Gruda Metals and Miller Welding.

May 1st

Bernadette Peters visits IUP with even more accolades

May 1, 2012

INDIANA — Bernadette Peters performing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania this Friday is a special occasion in itself, but for this trip, Peters has some good news of her own.

Tuesday, it was announced that Peters — a star of stage, television, concert and recordings — has been chosen to receive the Isabelle Stevenson Award during the upcoming Tony Awards celebration in June.

But prior to that event, Peters will conclude the inaugural season of the Lively Arts’ “Ovations!” series at 8 p.m. Friday at Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

Post 9044 salutes PAHS senior for success in Voice of Democracy contest

May 1, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — During Sunday’s Loyalty Day program at the War Memorial, VFW Post Adjutant Bob Lott recognized Keaton Mohney, a senior at Punxsutawney Area High School.

Mohney participated in Voice of Democracy, an audio-essay competition last year, and wrote an essay on the topic, “Is there pride in serving in our military?”

Mohney won at the VFW Post 9044 level and the District 19 level.
Her success at the district level led her to compete at the state level in Harrisburg, where she placed sixth.

Rider taken to PAH after crash

May 1, 2012

OLIVEBURG — A Rossiter man riding a motorcycle around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday along Route 36 in Oliveburg, was transported to the hospital with moderate injuries after he crashed his bike.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, Kyle T. Bryan, 22, Rossiter, was traveling north on Route 36 on his Kawasaki 250R and was completing a pass when a bungee cord that was holding a coat and cooler bag came loose, and the coat wrapped around the bike’s tire .

Police said Bryan’s motorcycle skidded 105 feet before it overturned, which caused him to be

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