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April 26th, 2012
HARRISBURG â€” After almost two years of research and hearings regarding the possible split of the 814 area code â€” or the implementation of a new area code, 582 â€” the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) Thursday voted to dismiss the relief plan and implementation schedule of the geographic split.
Thatâ€™s good news for area residents and local businesses, according to state Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It looks as if Cherry Street will receive some much-needed attention as Punxsutawney Borough Council approved street renovations at Tuesdayâ€™s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Hearing and special council meeting.
Borough Manager Ben White said the borough has chosen the renovation of Cherry Street â€” from Carlton Avenue to North Findley Street â€” as its 2012 CDBG project.
White said the work proposed involves street renovations, replacing the deteriorating railing with a guardrail and installing a storm drain.
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.
BROOKVILLE â€” Updated â€” yet still unofficial â€” totals from Tuesdayâ€™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.
BROOKVILLE â€” 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 Smithâ€™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 couldnâ€™t be counted because of mistakes with ballots.
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)
BROOKVILLE â€” 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 Smithâ€™s 2,295 votes (45 percent). A second challenger for Smith, Dr. James M. Brown, collected 428 votes (eight percent).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” This week, the Jefferson County District Attorneyâ€™s office and Jefferson County Victim Services saluted Punxsutawney Borough Police for its hard work and effort in working with the Victimsâ€™ Compensation Assistance Program (VCAP).
â€śThere 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,â€ť said Michelle Fusco, county victim services coordinator.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â 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 hospitalâ€™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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.