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May 10th, 2012

Paradise Gardens & Farm owner refutes drilling in honor of wife, nature

May 10, 2012

REYNOLDSVILLE — Thursday, Dr. J. Stephen Cleghorn staged a little rebellion of his own, but it was an emotional one.

“Now I feel empowered by a bond of love,” he said following an event he hosted Thursday on his Paradise Gardens & Farm. “No drill will ever penetrate this land, and I’m prepared to stand behind that.”

Cleghorn’s rebellion came with a declaration without weapons, and as well as with the spirit of his No. 1 confederate — his wife, Dr. Lucinda Hart-González, who died of cancer in November 2011.

May 9th

Police make arrests at ‘the source’ of drug trafficking ring

May 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Wednesday, state police, federal and other officials announced the arrests of several local individuals stemming from an almost two-year investigation into the trafficking of both methamphetamine and Oxycodone.

Police affidavits said, "The source of this organized drug trafficking operation was based in Jefferson County, Pa."

The investigation targeted "high level, middle level and low level dealers/users in the Troop C area," and those arrested include:

PUNXSUTAWNEY
• Cindy D. Pifer-Collarini, 43.
BIG RUN
• Daniel A. Niver, 41.
• Theodore D. Reagle, 44.

Audit calls for some tidying up in Young’s books

May 9, 2012

WALSTON — The chairman of the Young Township Board of Supervisors said officials will further explore issues pertaining to billing, bookkeeping and other items after a recent audit revealed some questions.

“We will further study some of the records before we conclude what has taken place,” Chairman Andrew “Butch” Meterko said following the board’s meeting Wednesday. “There’s no evidence of anything yet.”

Senate’s cuts to Corbett’s budget offer some good news

May 9, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The Pennsylvania Senate’s vote to approve a $27.65 billion spending plan Wednesday indicates a more hopeful outcome for the state’s human services field.

The budget bill, which was approved on a vote of 39-8, restores around $500 million in cuts to education, social services and other areas proposed by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in his $27.14 billion proposal.

The measure will now be sent to the state House.

“It’s good to see from my perspective that negotiations have at least begun,” Jefferson County Children & Youth Services Director Brian Mowrey said Wednesday.

May 8th

Mayor says he’ll veto change to ordinance

May 8, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — During a special Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting Tuesday, Mayor James Wehrle said he plans to veto a change in Ordinance 1120 approved in regard to allowing apartments in first-floor commercial establishments.

A public hearing regarding the change was held prior to the vote, with no one speaking against the ordinance change.

County agencies still bracing for possible cuts

May 8, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Before the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a plan to divide about $990 million in expected tax revenue for human services and other agencies, Tuesday, Children & Youth Services Director Brian Mowrey painted a grim picture of what could come for the Human Services Development Fund (HSDF).

“This is one of the funds that’s on the governor’s proposed budget for next year to be increased in funding but to be cut before the increase occurs,” Mowrey said.

PennDOT, police use new traffic devices to highlight pedestrian safety

May 8, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Pedestrian safety has a new look in downtown Punxsutawney with the completion of PennDOT’s traffic signal project.

“The new signals may not seem important to many people, but for someone who has some type of special needs, it’s very important for them to get across the street safely,” Shawn Houck, PennDOT District 10 press safety officer, said during a downtown pedestrian safety effort Tuesday.

He said with the new system, even a child can now press a button and know where the exact physical location he or she is in case he or she becomes lost or needs assistance.

May 7th

At 75, Buterbaugh has served as Big Run mayor for three decades

May 7, 2012

BIG RUN — If there's anyone who has been as consistent as the Big Run Peepers, it's Joe Buterbaugh, who has been the mayor of Big Run for the last 30 years and is currently the longest-serving mayor in Jefferson County following the death of Worthville Mayor Forest L. Mauer in 2009.

"I first became the mayor in 1982, and me and the Big Run War Memorial building still look basically the same," Buterbaugh laughed.

May 6th

PAHS 2012 Prom King and Queen

May 6, 2012

At the 2012 PAHS prom, “A Starry Night,” Landon Kauffman (left) and Sara Jane Depp-Hutchinson were named the Prom King and Queen, an annual tradition for Punxsy's senior class.

Police warn of thefts, scams

May 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Police are warning residents to keep their vehicles locked, as several vehicles were unlawfully entered within the past week.

Purses, wallets and cell phones, among other items, were removed, said Tom Fedigan, Punxsutawney Borough Police chief.

"The thefts have been happening throughout the borough," Fedigan said, adding that the most recent thefts occurred along 500 and 600 blocks of West Mahoning and Pine streets.

Fedigan is urging residents to lock their vehicles and store valuables, especially guns, in a secure location.

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