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January 9th, 2012

Board: Be mindful of speaking publicly about contract talks

January 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A member of the Punxsutawney Area School Board asked questions about contract negotiations with the Punxsutawney Area Education Association Monday, but was eventually reminded about violating possible confidentiality agreements.

Monday, board member Jack White asked about ongoing negotiations with the PAEA regarding the salary structure. Board President Gary Conrad said he would permit White to speak, but noted the possible confidentiality issues.

County’s homelessness prevention program sees cut in funding

January 10, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Jefferson County’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) received disappointing news to begin 2012.

HPRP, which is under the direction of Community Action Inc., recently received a funding cut of $10,000.

According to HPRP Director Susan McLaughlin, the action, which was handed down from the state Department of Community & Economic Development, caused the necessity of a budget revision to ensure funds are available to provide service and assistance to only those already approved and enrolled in the program.

January 8th

Way Back When

January 9, 2012

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
(April 22, 1896)

MARKED ROBBERS
Bind Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bruner
And Ransack the House

January 6th

Jury selection begins Monday for Rebert trial

January 7, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The selection of 12 jurors and four alternates for the upcoming trial of Steven Patrick Rebert will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

Rebert, formerly of Emporium, faces double homicide charges in the shooting deaths of Victoria Lynn Shugar and her husband, James Shugar — also known as Wayne Shugar — both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.

Commissioners, county officers sworn in

January 7, 2012

The Honorable John Henry Foradora (not pictured) administers the oath of office to the Jefferson County Commissioners Tuesday at the courthouse. Pictured are (from left) Commissioner Jeff Pisarcik and Auditor Brenda Scarantine; Commissioner Jim McIntyre and his wife, Eileen; and Paula Corbin and Commissioner Chairman Paul Corbin.

January 5th

Chief: Driver wouldn’t stop in 20-mile pursuit

January 6, 2012

BROOKVILLE — A Clarion woman is facing multiple charges after leading Brookville Borough Police on a nearly 20-mile pursuit Thursday afternoon along Route 322.

Police Chief Ken Dworek said the woman, who is in her mid-60s, initially did not stop for a traffic control detail along Route 322 around 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

She faces charges of driving under suspension, reckless driving, attempting to elude police and multiple other traffic citations.

Police, noticing the woman was driving a car with expired inspection stickers, attempted to pull her over — but she just

All Rise

January 6, 2012

The swearing-in ceremony for Jefferson County elected officials took place Tuesday. Pictured are (from left) the Honorable John B. Leete, the senior judge of Potter County; Andrew Bazylak and his dad, newly-elected District Judge Greg Bazylak; District Judge Douglas Chambers; and James Henry Foradora and his dad, the Honorable John Henry Foradora.

January 4th

Bryan Smith to lead Punxsy Fire Department for next two years

January 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There’s a new fire chief in town, as Bryan Smith was sworn in as the new Punxsutawney Fire Department chief during Tuesday’s borough council reorganization meeting.

Smith, who had been chief of the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company for the last seven years, was nominated by the Elk Run firefighters to become the chief of the entire department, a post that is chosen on a rotation basis among the three fire companies, Central, Elk Run and Lindsey.

Smith, who joined the fire department in 1991, is the son of firefighter Pete Smith, Central assistant chief.

NEW COUNCIL

January 5, 2012

Tuesday, Punxsutawney Borough Council reorganized for 2012 and welcomed three new council members (front, from left): Toby Santik, Michele Lorenzo and Eric Story Sr. Incumbent council members are (back, from left) William Spencer; Larry Chenoga, new council president; Mayor James Wehrle; Mike Porada, new council vice-president; and Robert Reesman, who did not run for a seat but was appointed Tuesday to fulfill the unexpired term for former council President Susan Glessner, who resigned her seat in late December. Council’s next meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday. (Photo by Larry McGuire)

Just for Jesus reps deny claims made during Dec. hearing

January 5, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Marianne Snedden and John Robinson, spokespersons for the Just for Jesus Challenge Homeless Outreach Center, said “false accusations,” were presented at a recent public hearing involving the controversial group home.

“We just wanted to let you (the commissioners) know, regarding the Dec. 19 meeting, there were many false accusations brought up at that meeting, and they were very misleading, and we wanted to assure you of that,” Snedden said at last Thursday’s Jefferson County commission meeting.

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