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January 29th, 2012

Punxsy woman savors 99 years of memories

January 30, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If there was only one word to describe Ella Whitaker, the most appropriate choice would have to be “determined.” From her choice of careers, to her decision to marry, to her travels across the globe, to her ability to deal with major physical problems, the remarkable 99-year-old lady has consistently demonstrated a strong will to deal with life head-on.

January 28th

Punxsy native’s film scores big at Sundance

January 28, 2012

PARK CITY, Utah — After years of hard work, Punxsy native Chad Villella had the chance to experience every young filmmaker’s dream, as he was invited to attend the mecca of all independent film festivals, The Sundance Film Festival.

Villella was excited to premiere his horror film, “V/H/S,” at Sundance but also saw it as an opportunity.

“We want to enjoy the experience and also use it to get us to the next level creatively,” he said.

January 27th

Shugar family issues statement as trial ends

January 28, 2012

Editor’s Note: The family of Victoria and Wayne Shugar issued the following statement Friday night:

We, the family, have been through a terrible ordeal these past two years, from the moments on April 12, when we all started to get calls that something was wrong and standing across the road; and looking up at the state police investigating what had happened in the house. Soon after, we got to re-enter the house, we had to look at what had happened in our parents’ house, trying to figure out what and why this had happened to them.

HUNG JURY: Rebert sentenced to four life terms

January 28, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Despite two days of testimony, a jury responsible for determining the fate of convicted murderer Steven P. Rebert could not decide: The death penalty or life in prison without parole.

Because a jury’s decision for the death penalty must be unanimous, Judge John Foradora sentenced Rebert to four consecutive life sentences instead.

After hearing the closing arguments for the penalty phase, the jury then had to decide how to punish Rebert, found guilty Tuesday in the double-homicide of Wayne and Victoria Shugars April 10, 2010.

Local doctor takes own advice, sheds 110 pounds

January 28, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — When Dr. Frank Bizousky finally settled on a decision and a game plan to lose weight, he didn’t do it just to shed a few pounds.

He was doing it as a game plan for the rest of his life.

Since March 2011, after seriously dedicating himself to the task, Bizousky, a 1978 PAHS graduate and long-time physician at Punxsutawney Area Hospital, has lost 110 pounds, having reached his weight goal in seven months.

January 26th

REBERT DAY 8: Jury must decide: Life or death for Rebert

January 27, 2012

Defense: Jurors must also consider prison, not only death

BROOKVILLE — While District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett told the jury that it was “just” in finding Steven P. Rebert guilty in the 2010 shooting deaths of Wayne and Victoria Shugar, defense attorney Michael Marshall asked the jury to also find a “just” verdict during the penalty phase Thursday.

“Again, render a just verdict, and choose not to put Steven to death,” he said.

Burkett tells jurors: He will ask them to impose ‘ultimate penalty’

January 27, 2012

BROOKVILLE — As the penalty phase for Steven P. Rebert began Thursday — two days after he was found guilty of killing Wayne and Victoria Shugar, both 61, in their Coal Tipple Road, Brockway residence in April 2010 — District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett reminded the jury that it’s not all about whether it sends Rebert to prison for the rest of his life, or it sentences him to death.

The phase during which the jury explored Rebert’s innocence or guilt is over: The jury found him guilty of killing the Shugars, Burkett said, “and now, it’s not just about Steven Rebert anymore.

Need weather apparel info? There’s an app for that — from Brookville

January 27, 2012

BROOKVILLE — It might just have been the best kept secret in Brookville.
But as AGLogic continues to serve more than a million users a day from its office space on Main Street, Brookville, its presence can’t be kept secret any longer.

Last January, when AGLogic developed its first app — swackett (sweater, jacket or coat?) — founder and director C. Scott Gilbert never imagined it would grow into the phenomenon it is today.

January 25th

PSU-DuBois students reflect during local vigil for Joe Paterno

January 26, 2012

DUBOIS — Students at Penn State’s DuBois branch campus joined in the chorus of voices Wednesday, remembering the life and legacy of legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.

Wednesday afternoon, students took part in a candlelight vigil near the campus Lion Shrine, honoring the memory of JoePa.

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.

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