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February 13th, 2012

Officer: Thanks to K-9 unit, drug dealers tend to avoid St. Marys

February 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Just months after a presentation by Jefferson County Sheriff Carl Gotwald and his K-9 unit, Bret, the Punxsutawney Area School Board met yet another four-legged officer during its meeting Monday.

St. Marys City Police Officer Mike Shaffer introduced his K-9 unit, Copper, to the board Monday and said having the K-9 unit in St. Marys and the surrounding area has proven to deter people from bringing drugs into the area.

St. Marys is not a huge area, Shaffer said, but noted that he makes dozens of drug arrests per year, but mostly outside the city.

Council OKs hearing for rezoning

February 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council approved holding a public hearing to address the suggested rezoning of the south side of Union Street to allow for a beauty shop to open in a house on the Shumaker property.

Members of the borough’s Planning & Zoning Commission passed a motion at their Jan. 25 meeting, which recommended to council permitting the temporary occupancy for the Shumaker property to allow a temporary variance beauty shop in the traditional neighborhood district, pending approval by Solicitor Jay Lundy.

Punxsy Historical Society welcomes History Center’s Civil War exhibit

February 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In a collaborative effort, two local historical societies are taking the history of the American Civil War and shrinking it down to a local, Jefferson County perspective.

From now through October, the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society will provide local residents with “Drumbeat to War,” an exhibit that was previously housed at the Jefferson County History Center (JCHC) in Brookville.

February 12th

Young supervisors dealing with broken pumps

February 12, 2012

WALSTON — Recently, the Young Township Board of Supervisors discussed what to do about replacing 12-year-old grinder pumps throughout the township that continue to break down.

Chairman Andrew Meterko said there is a grinder pump that goes down every time there's a function at one of the churches in the township. The sewer department/township is obligated to repair or replace the grinder pump due to an incentive to encourage residents to sign up for sewage in the township.

He said the reason that many of the pumps burn up is because people throw prohibited items into the sewage system.

Thanks to mild weather Feb. 2, souvenir shop doubled 2011 Groundhog Day sales

February 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Talk about irony at its best.

This year's most popular souvenir item — a T-shirt depicting a snow-covered Punxsy Phil, with the advice to "Chill Out" — is a little ironic considering the mild winter weather tourists experienced Feb. 1 and Groundhog Day.

"The nicest thing about this year was no rain, no snow, no ice," Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marlene Lellock said. "That is one of the best things about Groundhog Day 2012."

Way Back When

February 12, 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 29, 1896)

THE REDS AND THE BLUES
A Contest To Increase
The Membership of
The Y.M.C.A.

February 10th

Motion: Rebert wants new trial or acquittal

February 10, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Convicted murderer Steven P. Rebert, who was found guilty of two counts of criminal homicide following his jury trial in January, has filed post-trial motions for acquittal or a new trial.

Jan. 24, the jury found Rebert, formerly of Emporium, guilty of double homicide in the shooting deaths of Victoria Lynn and Wayne Shugar, both 61, whose bodies were found April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.

PennDOT: ‘This is what we’re told to follow’

February 10, 2012

PennDOT, property owners discuss crosswalk devices

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Friday, representatives from PennDOT District 10 met with a group of concerned citizens regarding the placement of pedestrian crosswalk sign activation buttons.

Joe Ferrara, who, along with his wife, Joan VanDyke, owns the building at the corner of East Mahoning and South Findley streets, has spoken at several Punxsutawney Borough Council meetings about his unhappiness with the placement of the walk and don’t-walk activation buttons.

YMCA to host run/walk to honor Brookville teen

February 10, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Those who were closest to him said Connor Gerg could make friends with anyone.

This was especially true at school and at the Brookville YMCA, Tina Householder said, where Connor spent most of his time.

"Although I wasn't in school with him, I saw that he had such a gift of being friends with everybody," Householder said. "And he often helped the underdog. He was such a kind, kind kid."

Sunday, Feb. 19, the Brookville YMCA is hosting Share the Love, a run/walk event to honor the life Connor lived.

February 9th

PSP: Drug search yields heroin, crack

February 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Police seized heroin, crack cocaine, cash and more in a search of a South Main Street residence where two men were also taken into custody Thursday morning.

Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police said the Troop C Vice Unit executed a search warrant at the residence at 6:05 a.m. Thursday as the result of an undercover drug investigation.

Taken into custody were Kenneth Edward Ball, 60, Punxsy, and Aaron Albert Meanor, 28, Pittsburgh.

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