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April 26th, 2012

NEXT STOP: GRADUATION

April 26, 2012

Punxsutawney Area High School seniors who did not present their senior projects during the fall semester did so Thursday night, as one of the final requirements for graduation. Here, Ryan Marshall rests on a new bench he created for a park at the Coolspring Community Center.

April 25th

Key numbers in Indiana County helped Smith win

April 25, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Updated — yet still unofficial — totals from Tuesday’s primary election show an even narrower margin in the 66th District race between incumbent Sam Smith and challenger Cris Dush in Jefferson County, but at the end of the day, it was other precincts in the district that carried Smith to his ultimate victory.

No talk of recount in 66th race

April 25, 2012

BROOKVILLE — After absentee ballots were counted Tuesday night at Jefferson Place, it brought the race for the 66th District seat in the state House of Representatives even closer.

Unofficial results show that Cris Dush collected 2,459 votes (46 percent) over Sam Smith’s 2,388 votes (45 percent), a difference of only 71 votes.

A second challenger for Smith, Dr. James M. Brown, collected 441 votes (8 percent).

Seven absentee ballots couldn’t be counted because of mistakes with ballots.

NEW SIGNALS

April 25, 2012

The end is in sight, as workers from Power Contracting test and activate the new $1.1 million traffic light system on Mahoning Street in downtown Punxsutawney Wednesday and today. In addition to activating the new signals at the four intersections, the video cameras had to be lined up properly in order to identify when traffic is waiting at the intersection for the signal to change. The old traffic signal poles will be removed and sidewalk rehabilitation and reseeding between Jefferson Street and Hampton Avenue will occur where those poles once stood. (Photo by Larry McGuire)

April 24th

Dush carries county; Smith wins race

April 24, 2012

BROOKVILLE — In a very close yet stunning race, a Brookville area challenger collected more votes in Jefferson County for the 66th District seat in the state House of Representatives than did the incumbent who has held the post since 1986.

Unofficial results from Tuesday night show that Cris Dush collected 2,402 votes (47 percent) over Sam Smith’s 2,295 votes (45 percent). A second challenger for Smith, Dr. James M. Brown, collected 428 votes (eight percent).

County salutes Punxsy PD for dedicated, prompt work for victims’ program

April 24, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — This week, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office and Jefferson County Victim Services saluted Punxsutawney Borough Police for its hard work and effort in working with the Victims’ Compensation Assistance Program (VCAP).

“There are 1,200 borough police departments in Pennsylvania, and the Punxsutawney Borough Police was one of the 256 departments that consistently returned its reports back in 15 days or less,” said Michelle Fusco, county victim services coordinator.

Post 62 donates TVs to hospital units

April 24, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Monday, Punxsutawney Area Hospital received a generous donation in the form of 12 brand-new television sets, six of which will be placed in the hospital’s short procedure unit.

Five of the TVs will go in the intensive care unit, and a 37-inch big-screen TV will be placed in the front lobby.

The televisions were donated by the John Jacob Fisher American Legion Post 62.

The idea for the televisions came from Cathy Bair, who was in short procedure for the second time when she thought that it would be nice if there had been some TVs in the room.

April 23rd

Borough: Andrekovich to receive $91,109

April 23, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Police Officer Brian Andrekovich will receive $91,109.46 in a monetary settlement, according to information released Monday by Punxsutawney Borough Council.

Council voted 7-0 at a special meeting last Tuesday to award Androkovich money for lost wages, interest on lost wages, mileage and parking but did not disclose the amount at the meeting.

The Punxsutawney Spirit filed a Right to Know request for the information Wednesday, and the borough responded to the request Monday in an e-mail from Borough Manager Ben White.

Indiana County couple wins two Toyotas in national contest

April 23, 2012

INDIANA — It's OK to Carrie and Buddy Orr that the Steelers weren't playing in Super Bowl XLVI, because in the end, the couple from Washington Township, Indiana County, won a bigger prize.

April 22nd

Punxsy Fire Department also has water rescue team to respond in emergencies

April 22, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As the warmer weather returns, more and more people will be spending time outdoors at lakes and streams where water-related accidents might occur, which is why the Punxsutawney Fire Department has a water rescue team.

The team was formed in 1974, and in the 90s, the boat crew and dive team were combined into the water rescue team, said Matt Powell, dive master for the Punxsutawney Fire Department.

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