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October 24th, 2011

Jail has only one volunteer for Orange Patrol duties

October 24, 2011

BROOKVILLE — It may be fall and closing upon Halloween, but don’t expect to see much orange — orange jumpsuits, that is.

During Monday’s meeting of the Jefferson County Jail Inspection/Intermediate Punishment Board, Sheriff Carl Gotwald reported that the Orange Patrol will not be up-and-running until he receives more participation from the inmates.

Currently, he is down to one volunteer.

The sheriff’s office and jail oversee the Inmate Work Release Program, and its Orange Patrol performs jobs throughout the county, including snow removal, painting, clean-up and maintenance.

Diana Volchko seeks to live by the golden rule

October 24, 2011

Each year, a number of women are chosen by the Punxsutawney Career Women’s Club for Career Women’s Week. The criteria used for choosing these women are based not only on their professional efforts, but also on the contributions they have made to community and family.

October 23rd

Moose Club burglarized; $1,000 stolen

October 23, 2011

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — On the heels of a rash of burglaries in the Punxsutawney area, the Punxsutawney Moose Club, located along Route 436, was burglarized around 5:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.

Police reported that actor(s) entered a rear door of the club by force and removed approximately $1,000 in cash.

In the past few weeks, similiar incidents have occurred at Punxy Phil's Family Restaurant; Neko's Restaurant; Cookie's Caboose; Mary's Place; and Union Drilling.

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.

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