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January 16th, 2012

Deeley retires, sells funeral home to new owner, Alex Park

January 16, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Bill Deeley and Alex Park have shared a remarkably similar career path.

Both graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

Neither of them entered the funeral business through a family member, and both worked for other funeral homes before purchasing them.

And as of Jan. 1, the path of Park, 24, a graduate of Brookville Junior-Senior High School, has caught up with Deeley’s, as he is the new owner of the Deeley Funeral Home, Hillcrest Drive.

January 15th

Corbett to trek with Punxsy Phil Feb. 2

January 15, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Break out the red carpet for the Groundhog Day trek to Gobbler's Knob for two important figures: Punxsutawney Phil and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

The Groundhog Club's Inner Circle confirmed last week that Corbett and his wife, Susan, will indeed attend Groundhog Day 2012, serving as the guest speaker at the annual Groundhog Banquet Feb. 1 and making the trek with the Inner Circle the morning of Feb. 2.

The official announcement from the Inner Circle coincides with the first day — today — that tickets for the banquet will be available.

Rebert murder trial starts today

January 15, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Jury selection was completed Friday for the trial of Steven Patrick Rebert, as 12 jurors and four alternates were chosen for the trial, which is set to begin with opening arguments at 9 a.m. today 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.

Way Back When

January 15, 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)

FIRST TO ENTER…
The 206 Regiment Enjoys
Its Distinction

January 13th

Local troops celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting with new cookie

January 13, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Look out Thin Mints, a new cookie is vying for the spotlight.

In celebration of their organization’s 100th anniversary, Girl Scouts across America are going door-to-door today, and every day for the next couple of weeks, trying to sell a new cookie: Savannah Smiles.

The new lemon-wedge cookie, described as “cool and crisp, with just the right amount of lemon chips to deliver tiny bursts of flavor,” was introduced to pay homage to the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting.

‘Tail Waggin’ Tutors’ offers another way to help kids with their reading skills

January 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — From now until the snow melts, the Punxsutawney Memorial Library ... or the dogs are going to the library.

Beginning this past Thursday, the library kicked off its “Tail Waggin’ Tutors” program for children ages six through nine.

During the program, the youngsters not only get to take part in reading and crafts, but also work with Sadie and Sara, the stars of “Tail Waggin’ Tutors.”

The $60,000 or the car? Lottery winner takes the car

January 13, 2012

DUBOIS — Reynoldsville resident Douglas Giles recently received a brand-new 2012 Ford Mustang GT for an extremely discounted rate — $5.

It was a normal day for Giles when he went into Backstreet Beer Distributor, in Reynoldsville, and bought a $5 Mustang instant lottery ticket.

He scratched off the ticket and felt the feeling that anyone who has ever bought a ticket hopes for: The excitement of winning a grand prize.
Giles had the choice between $60,000 and a brand new 2012 Mustang GT. The choice was easy for Giles.

“I’ve always wanted a Mustang,” he said.

January 12th

Weiss’ Punxsy Phil cartoons show all facets of Groundhog Day

January 12, 2012

MOON TOWNSHIP — You can call him THE Rick Weiss — thanks to his wife, Debe — but it might embarrass him a little bit.

Weiss, the man behind hundreds of Punxsutawney Phil cartoons, posters, postcards, banners and the model of the “Phantastic Phil!” statues in town, recalled visiting an art show during the Groundhog Festival a number of years ago, when he and his wife began talking with a person at the show.

“We introduced ourselves, and my wife said, ‘He’s the one who does the groundhog artwork,’” he recalled. “The person said, ‘Are you THE Rick Weiss?’ I’ve never lived that down.”

CYS: Child abuse cases highest in months, 19 reported in December

January 12, 2012

BROOKVILLE — From the time the child abuse allegations against former Penn State football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky were revealed Nov. 5, prompting his arrest, Jefferson County’s director of Children & Youth Services, Brian Mowrey, has seen a spike in the number of reported child abuse cases.

According to Mowrey, in the last two months, there has been an increase in referrals to the office of Children & Youth Services — some of the highest numbers he’s ever seen.

PennDOT: Bridge work set to begin in early June

January 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Representatives from PennDOT District 10 presented plans for work on Margiotti Bridge this summer during a public event Thursday at the Mahoning East Civic Complex.

According to John McCombie, senior civil engineer supervisor-transportation for PennDOT, the scope of the project entails retrofitting certain parts of the barriers on the 75-year-old bridge that spans Mahoning Creek, Water Street and part of the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad.

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