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January 30th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Monday, State Rep. Sam Smith (R-66) announced he will run for re-election to Pennsylvania‚Äôs House of Representatives this year.
‚ÄúIt is a privilege to serve the hardworking men, women and families of the 66th Legislative district in the state legislature,‚ÄĚ Smith said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Where in the world are you today? Why, you're in Punxsutawney, the Weather Capital of the World, the home of Punxsutawney Phil, of course.
Certainly, there are cities and towns all over the world that have unusual highlights and notable residents or natives, but none of those cities and towns have the fame and notoriety possessed by Punxsutawney.
Oh, you don't believe it? Well, consider these ‚ÄúPunxsy-isms,‚ÄĚ and ask yourself the following:
WHERE IN THE WORLD ‚Ä¶
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ A Punxsutawney man who served as the jury foreman in the Steven Rebert double-homicide trial, which concluded late Friday, said the jury became deadlocked while deliberating whether or not Rebert should be put to death.
Rebert was sentenced to life in prison by Jefferson County President Judge John H. Foradora, after the jury could not come to a consensus as to whether or not he should be put to death in the murders of Wayne and Victoria Shugar, both 61, Brockway, who were found shot to death in their home April 12, 2010.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ If there was only one word to describe Ella Whitaker, the most appropriate choice would have to be ‚Äúdetermined.‚ÄĚ 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.
PARK CITY, Utah ‚ÄĒ After years of hard work, Punxsy native Chad Villella had the chance to experience every young filmmaker‚Äôs 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, ‚ÄúV/H/S,‚ÄĚ at Sundance but also saw it as an opportunity.
‚ÄúWe want to enjoy the experience and also use it to get us to the next level creatively,‚ÄĚ he said.
Editor‚Äôs 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‚Äô house, trying to figure out what and why this had happened to them.
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ 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‚Äôs 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ When Dr. Frank Bizousky finally settled on a decision and a game plan to lose weight, he didn‚Äôt 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.
Defense: Jurors must also consider prison, not only death
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ While District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett told the jury that it was ‚Äújust‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äújust‚ÄĚ verdict during the penalty phase Thursday.
‚ÄúAgain, render a just verdict, and choose not to put Steven to death,‚ÄĚ he said.
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ As the penalty phase for Steven P. Rebert began Thursday ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚ÄĒ District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett reminded the jury that it‚Äôs 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‚Äôs innocence or guilt is over: The jury found him guilty of killing the Shugars, Burkett said, ‚Äúand now, it‚Äôs not just about Steven Rebert anymore.