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October 23rd, 2011

Punxsy man injured in rollover

October 23, 2011

PERRY TOWNSHIP — A Punxsutawney man suffered major injuries in a one-vehicle accident that occurred at 1:10 a.m. Saturday on Route 536, Perry Township, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said a 1999 Ford Ranger pickup truck driven by Huston K. Yeaney, 25, Punxsutawney, was traveling west on Route 536 when the crash occurred.

Police said Yeaney was driving too fast on the wet roads while negotiating a left curve when he drove onto the shoulder of the road.

Way Back When

October 23, 2011

(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 8, 1896)

Few people have imagination enough to laugh when alone. But why not? If you can think of a good thing when alone, laugh. It is a sign of genius. We once knew a gentleman named James Kyle. He was old when we were a boy, and has long since gone to join the great majority.

October 21st

IUP-Punxsy seeks to broaden focus toward important demographic: Local students

October 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As it approaches its 50th year of its presence in southern Jefferson County, Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s campus in Punxsutawney is broadening its approach to a special group of students: Those in the Punxsutawney Area School District and surrounding districts.

Oliveburg teen continues his success playing fiddle

October 22, 2011

OLIVEBURG — The old-time hoedown style music is not completely absent from today’s youth, as evidenced by Ryan Sutter, 18, who is already an accomplished fiddle player.

A resident of Oliveburg, Ryan has been playing the fiddle for the past four years and has already shown vast improvement, such as taking third place in the teen division during Clarion’s annual Autumn Leaf Festival.

Schools, county seek to fight truancy

October 22, 2011

BROOKVILLE — With the school year well underway, school and county officials are stressing the importance of going to school, and going to school on time.

But compared to last year, officials have more reason to be hopeful that truancy will not be as much of an issue.

In September, an addition to the county’s truancy protocol was finalized, which will, according to Children & Youth Services Director Brian Mowrey, attempt to address the problem of truancy before it spirals out of control.

October 20th

GOP: This is the new ‘occupation’

October 21, 2011

REYNOLDSVILLE — Jefferson County Republican Committee President Troy Harper told party supporters Thursday that just as around the country, there is a movement growing close to home: It’s called Occupy Jefferson County.

But, he noted, it’s not like the other “occupied” cities such as New York and Pittsburgh.

DA, defense spar over how Italy could have helped Rega

October 21, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The Philadelphia Italian General Consulate testified in a special hearing Thursday at the Jefferson County Courthouse in the post-conviction appeal for Robert G. Rega of Punxsutawney, saying he possibly could have received additional legal assistance as an Italian National during his state appeal from February 2003 through Jan. 15, 2008.

October 19th

Police, PennDOT team up for school bus safety

October 20, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — State and local police departments have joined forces with PennDOT District 10 and the Punxsutawney Area School District for National School Bus Safety Week and Operation Safe Stop.

The purpose is to raise public awareness about the consequences of improperly passing school buses and to reduce occurrences, said Shawn Houck PennDOT District 10 press safety officer.

Houck said school bus drivers in participating school districts will record the information of any motorists who pass their buses illegally.

Court appoints public defender to represent Thornhill

October 20, 2011

BROOKVILLE — A preliminary hearing for a Pittsburgh man that was continued Oct. 13 by District Judge Douglas Chambers will now be able to proceed following the appointment of the public defender by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge John H. Foradora at Wednesday’s Plea & Sentence Court.

Christopher L. Thornhill, 24, faces two counts each of attempted criminal homicide; aggravated assault; recklessly endangering another person; and weapons violations stemming from the Sept. 22 shooting incident near a residence along Cranberry Alley.

October 18th

Police investigate burglary at Punxy Phil’s Restaurant

October 18, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A recent rash of burglaries continued in Punxsutawney when sometime late-night Monday or during the early morning hours Tuesday, someone entered and caused damage inside Punxy Phil’s Family Restaurant, 116 Indiana St.

According to police, unknown actor(s) forcibly entered the restaurant, and once inside, attempted to remove items and caused damage to property.
Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan said local residents have several options in attempting to prevent a burglary from happening at their home or business.

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