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October 21st, 2011

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.

Western PA CARES for Kids celebrates its new space to help young crime victims

October 18, 2011

BROOKVILLE — A new building, a new start. And a time to dream big.
Jefferson County’s own child advocacy center (CAC), Western PA CARES for Kids, has a good reason to celebrate.

Sunday, the center opened the doors to its new facility and welcomed about 100 people to take part in the ceremony.

“It’s a dream come true,” Jefferson County District Attorney and Western PA CARES for Kids Board President Jeff Burkett said. “We’ve been dreaming about this basically since 2004. The new facility really gives us the ability to dream big.”

October 17th

Big Run not likely to hire part-time police officer

October 18, 2011

BIG RUN — Big Run Council received word at Monday's meeting that the chances of hiring a part-time police officer for the borough are pretty slim.

Big Run Mayor Joe Buterbaugh said that he spoke with Sykesville borough officials, and that the only thing they could help Big Run with is selling the borough a used police cruiser.

Buterbaugh said it's quite expensive to hire an officer.

"We'd be only foolish to think we can afford one," Buterbaugh said, adding that to begin with, the borough would have to pay for the officer to go through approximately 800 hours of training.

Retired Punxsy firefighters recall days of old

October 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Nearly 50 years of firefighting came to a close for two members of the Lindsey Fire Company, who recently submitted their resignations for the purpose of retirement to Punxsutawney Borough Council.

Frank Davis and Don Ross have decided to call it a career as volunteer firefighters. Both were members of the original scuba team that formed in 1974.

Ross said he became a member of Lindsey in 1962, and was the first in his family to do so.

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