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January 25th, 2012

Weather Discovery Center welcomes new Hall of Fame inductee

January 26, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center is preparing to welcome its ninth inductee into the National Meteorologist Hall of Fame, Fred Gadomski, the host and co-producer of “Weather World,” a 15-minute nightly weather magazine program produced by the Penn State Weather Communications Group.

He will be inducted at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 — Groundhog Day — at the Weather Discovery Center, Punxsy.

Michaelangelo welcomes former ‘Tonight Show’ writer for Comedy Club Night

January 26, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Next Wednesday, the Punxsy Elks Club will host its 14th annual comedy night. The show will feature Michaelangelo as emcee and headliner Dan Long.

Long, an Ohio Native, has performed his high-energy act all over the country. A master of impressions, Long performs a spot-on impersonation of Jack Nicholson, Johnny Carson and others.

A former writer for “The Tonight Show,” this veteran of the stand-up comedy scene has performed from coast to coast.

January 24th

DAY 7 Jury: Rebert guilty on all charges

January 25, 2012

DA: The blood cries out for guilty verdict; jury hears it

BROOKVILLE — In his closing statement of Steven P. Rebert’s double murder trial Tuesday, District Attorney Jeffery Burkett invoked the voice of one of the victims, Wayne Shugar, and asked that the jury hear that voice, as well.

“The blood of Wayne Shugar cries out in this courtroom,” Burkett said, citing evidence that showed four spots of Shugar’s blood on the bottom of Rebert’s work boots.

“Your DNA is the content of your person: It’s responsible for your eye color, your personality, your height,” he said.

Defense: What did you learn from prosecution’s case?

January 25, 2012

BROOKVILLE — During his closing arguments in the seventh day of Steven P. Rebert’s double homicide trial, defense attorney and public defender John Ingros told the jury that it has seen more than 300 exhibits and heard testimony about the victims’ kitchen, knickknacks on the counter, the locations of “every door and window,” the yard, where the vehicles were parked and even an incomplete bedroom on the second floor of their home.

But, Ingros asked, “Are you any closer to helping you decide” Rebert’s innocence or guilt. “What did you really learn?

Police seek whereabouts of Reynoldsville man

January 25, 2012

BROOKVILLE — A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Jorden M. Bogacki, 27, Reynoldsville, on escape charges.

According to Jefferson County jail Warden Tom Elbel, Bogacki was sentenced to 45 days of jail time to be served on weekends in 48-hour periods.

However, Bogacki failed to report to the jail Friday, Jan. 20, and has not been located since, Adult Probation Officer Adam Oakes said.

According to Oakes, Bogacki works in the area and has served several hours of his jail time so far.

State police have been notified, and warrants have been issued for him.

January 23rd

DAY 6: Defense, prosecution rest their cases

January 24, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Both sides in Steven Rebert’s double homicide trial rested their cases Monday following a week of testimony at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

The Commonwealth seeks the death penalty in the case in which Rebert, formerly of Emporium, faces double homicide charges in the shooting deaths of Victoria and Wayne Shugar, both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.

Monday, public defender John Ingros, representing Rebert, called to the stand Stephen Buttering, Brockway, who testified that he was home the night of April 10, 2010.

Chamber still seeks donations for capital campaign

January 24, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce, in it’s most basic sense, is the glue that holds the community together, responsible for many behind-the-scenes projects that support Punxsy.

“We are really the front desk for the community,” Executive Director Marlene Lellock said. “It’s the place that people from out of town, if they want to know anything about the community — whether they want to move here, locate a business here, or come to visit — we are the place they call.”

READY FOR ‘KATHIE LEE & HODA’

January 24, 2012

Punxsutawney Phil and members of the Inner Circle had a special guest in town last Monday: Sara Haines (second from left), from NBC’s “Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda Kotb,” explored Phil’s Souvenir Shop and also asked (from left) Inner Circle President Bill Deeley, Vice-President Mike Johnston (third from left) and John Griffiths about the phenomenon that is Groundhog Day.

January 22nd

Souvenir shop stocking up on Groundhog Day goods

January 23, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 2012 is the year without the plush. But for those behind the scenes at Phil's Souvenir Shop, it's the people — not necessarily the items — who make a Groundhog Day successful.

"I think the tourists and the people who come into the store are the most interesting," said Mary Ann Jacobson, the shop's head clerk.

"They're all happy to be here. When they're looking at your stuff, you see them smiling and laughing, and it makes for a happy atmosphere."

January 20th

PAHS 2012 Winter Queen, Princess

January 21, 2012

Samantha Winebark (second from left) was crowned the Winter Queen, and Randa Depp (third from left) was crowned the Winter Princess during halftime of Friday night’s Chucks versus Owls basketball game. Their escorts were Tyler Milliron (far left) and Jesse Reinhart (far right), respectively.

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