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February 29th, 2012

Wolfe: No tolerance for threats in district

March 1, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Just days after a school shooting near Cleveland, Ohio, Monday, a threat via social media at Jeff Tech and the lockdown of a Bradford area middle school, the superintendent of the Punxsutawney Area School District says there are ramifications for such behavior.

“There are definite consequences from it,” Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said Wednesday. “So many times, someone could say, ‘We were just messing around,’ but you can’t do that. You can’t joke about something like that.”

Board explores ways to cut spending, increase revenue in budget

March 1, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Budget discussions continued during the Punxsutawney Area School Board’s monthly committee meeting Wednesday.

Business Manager Susan H. Robertson said the majority of the district’s budget is fixed costs, so the administration needs the board and the public to brainstorm ways to save money. She also said that department budgets are being reviewed at this time.

Board members received handouts with suggestions on how to reduce spending budget and increase revenues for the district.

Fire Alarms

February 29, 2012

The location of the two fire alarms were:

• Rt. 119 South for a reported house fire

• Wendy's for a reported grill fire

Please read The Spirit for more information.

February 28th

Jeff Tech locked down, evacuated after threat via social media

February 29, 2012

REYNOLDSVILLE — A male juvenile was arrested for making threats of violence against students at the Jefferson County-DuBois Area Vocational Technical School (Jeff Tech) Tuesday morning.

According to DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police, a threat was made via a social media outlet against Jeff Tech students, implying that firearms and explosives would be used against members of the student population.

According to police, it was determined that a 16-year-old male juvenile acted alone in the commission of this crime and will be charged with disorderly conduct.

National Weather Service cites Jefferson County for its hazardous weather preparedness

February 29, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Tuesday, Jefferson County was recognized as one of 47 counties across the state for its achievement of StormReady status.

The status, acknowledged by the National Weather Service, means the Jefferson County community has taken a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations and public awareness with the local National Weather Service office in Pittsburgh.

Tracy Zents, director of the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Services, said the recognition is positive for the county.

National Weather Service cites Jefferson County for its hazardous weather preparedness

February 29, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Tuesday, Jefferson County was recognized as one of 47 counties across the state for its achievement of StormReady status.

The status, acknowledged by the National Weather Service, means the Jefferson County community has taken a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations and public awareness with the local National Weather Service office in Pittsburgh.

Tracy Zents, director of the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Services, said the recognition is positive for the county.

Police: Two injured in Monday night crash in downtown area

February 29, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — East Mahoning and North Findley Streets were shut down for about 45 minutes Monday following a three-vehicle accident that occurred around 7:17 p.m. Monday.

According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, a 1994 Subaru sedan driven by Tina McCracken, Punxsutawney, was traveling west on East Mahoning Street, while a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Sean Fitzgerald, Big Run, was traveling north on North Findley Street, and a 2006 Chevrolet driven by a 16-year-old juvenile was traveling south on North Findley Street, waiting to make a left turn to travel east on East Mahoning Street.

February 27th

DOWNTOWN CRASH

February 27, 2012

Two drivers were sent to the hospital following a three-vehicle accident around 7:20 p.m. Monday at the intersection of North Findley and East Mahoning streets. According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, a vehicle traveling west on East Mahoning Street drove through a red light and struck a Chevrolet Blazer on the driver’s rear left side, which was in the intersection, causing the Blazer to roll over.

Brookville Chevy owner ready to move forward after ‘rough weekend’

February 27, 2012

BROOKVILLE — No. 1 Brookville Chevrolet Buick has a more than 80-year history with the local business community.

And with all of that experience, the dealership’s current owner, Ralph Gamble, is confident his business will be able to bounce back from a devastating weekend.

Around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, a fire broke out in the second floor of the dealership’s showroom, which is located on East Main Street in Brookville.

According to Brookville Volunteer Fire Company (BVFC) Chief Jim Lipuma, the fire originated from the furnace.

Library, First Church and PCS team up for ‘Whiter Than Snow’ exhibit

February 27, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY— Even though Punxsy hasn’t seen a lot of snow this winter, there were many children seen as “Whiter Than Snow” during a recent photo exhibition/fund-raiser for the Punxsutawney Christian School at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library recently.

The exhibition is called “Whiter Than Snow: A Prayer in Pictures,” said Karissa Spencer, children’s ministries director for the First Church of God in Punxsy.

Spencer said as part of the children’s ministries, the Sunday School staff taught youngsters the salvation message and what it means to be “Whiter Than Snow” in a spiritual sense.

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