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January 11th, 2012
The Punxsutawney Spiritâ€™s 15 brand-new newspaper distribution boxes will be seen soon throughout the downtown area and the community. If you canâ€™t make it into the office to buy a newspaper, keep an eye out for the bright yellow boxes that bear The Spiritâ€™s own â€śPhantastic Phil!â€ť on the sides. The new boxes are The Spiritâ€™s first since 2001. (Photo by Tom Chapin)
BROOKVILLE â€”Jury selection for the double murder trial of Steven P. Rebert continued at the Jefferson County Courthouse Tuesday morning.
That morning, a few of the potential jurors interviewed by the prosecution and the defense had been called back from the night before, when proceedings in the selection wrapped up around 1 a.m. Tuesday.
The day before, the first pool of jurors was asked if any one of them felt as if they could not take part on the jury. According to WJAC-TV, about 20 people stepped forward.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Several Punxsutawney business and property owners shared their concerns regarding PennDOTâ€™s downtown traffic signal project at Mondayâ€™s Punxsutawney Borough council meeting.
Joe Ferrara, who, with his wife Joan VanDyke, owns the building at 101 East Mahoning St. that houses the studios of VanDyke & Company, expressed concern about what he believes to be a dangerous situation for property owners and pedestrians alike regarding the new traffic control devices that are being constructed on the sidewalks throughout the downtown area.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Teachers and guidance counselors in local schools are at an important starting point in ending the cycle of child abuse, according to Pat Berger, the executive director and forensic interviewer for the Western PA CARES for Kids Child Advocacy Center (CAC).
â€śThey can be the first people a child decides to disclose the abuse to,â€ť she said. â€śHow they get the information can affect the case.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After almost two-and-a-half years of investigations and legal action, Det. Brian Andrekovich, a Punxsutawney Borough Police officer fired in November 2009, was approved to return to work next week.
During Mondayâ€™s council meeting, the motion for Andrekovich to return to work was approved 7-0.
Council fired Andrekovich Nov. 3, 2009, following the death of Stephen Obbish, 48, Aug. 15, 2009, in the back of a police cruiser after Andrekovich arrested him for public drunkenness at the Goodwill store in the Punxy Plaza.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A member of the Punxsutawney Area School Board asked questions about contract negotiations with the Punxsutawney Area Education Association Monday, but was eventually reminded about violating possible confidentiality agreements.
Monday, board member Jack White asked about ongoing negotiations with the PAEA regarding the salary structure. Board President Gary Conrad said he would permit White to speak, but noted the possible confidentiality issues.
BROOKVILLE â€” Jefferson Countyâ€™s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) received disappointing news to begin 2012.
HPRP, which is under the direction of Community Action Inc., recently received a funding cut of $10,000.
According to HPRP Director Susan McLaughlin, the action, which was handed down from the state Department of Community & Economic Development, caused the necessity of a budget revision to ensure funds are available to provide service and assistance to only those already approved and enrolled in the program.
(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.)
(April 22, 1896)
Bind Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bruner
And Ransack the House
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The selection of 12 jurors and four alternates for the upcoming trial of Steven Patrick Rebert will begin at 9 a.m. Monday 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 â€” also known as Wayne Shugar â€” both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.
The Honorable John Henry Foradora (not pictured) administers the oath of office to the Jefferson County Commissioners Tuesday at the courthouse. Pictured are (from left) Commissioner Jeff Pisarcik and Auditor Brenda Scarantine; Commissioner Jim McIntyre and his wife, Eileen; and Paula Corbin and Commissioner Chairman Paul Corbin.