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â€˘ Close enough â€” Gov. Tom Corbett signed a new state budget, reaching his goal of enacting a 2011-12 spending plan before the new fiscal year began â€” by 15 minutes. It was the first time a state budget had been passed on time in eight years, those eight during the administration of former Gov. Ed Rendell.
â€˘ With the help of Punxsy Phil, his co-handler John Griffiths and a fake front page, Jeff White proposed to his girlfriend, Sarah Oâ€™Donnell, both of Pittsburgh, in front of The Spiritâ€™s â€śPhantastic Phil!â€ť And she said yes.
The Punxsy boysâ€™ basketball team overcame a late Clarion lead to win the 17th-annual Carl A. Truance Holiday Classic, 53-52, Thursday in Punxsutawney. Pictured here is the entire team with the championship trophy.
â€˘ Director Christopher Nolan announced that parts of the next Batman film, â€śThe Dark Knight Rises,â€ť would be filmed in Pittsburgh.
â€˘ Participants and supporters raised more than $45,000 for Camp Friendship and the ARC of Jefferson County during the 32nd annual Run/Walk for Someone Special in Sykesville.
â€˘ Punxsutawney Borough Council approved hiring attorney Jay Lundy as the boroughâ€™s new solicitor to succeed Timothy Morris, who resigned and moved to California.
Morris had served as the boroughâ€™s solicitor since 1999.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Wednesday, the Punxsutawney Rotary Club saluted the sponsors and winners in its fifth annual Circle of Trees event, following a year which will be hard to top, according to the event chairman.
The winners in this yearâ€™s Circle of Trees were the Punxsy Garden Club, named Best Overall, with a $600 prize; Friends of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, Best Day Appearing; and the Punxsy Career Womenâ€™s Club, Best Nighttime Appearing, both with $400 prizes.
FALLS CREEK â€” A commuter aircraft that had taken off from the DuBois-Jefferson County Airport landed safely minutes after take-off due to a mechanical issue Wednesday.
The plane â€” carrying 10 passengers total, according to Falls Creek VFD Chief Mark Miller â€” had just taken off, but around 2:38 p.m., the crew radioed the tower in order to make an emergency landing.
â€śThey were showing some icing on the rear side of the wings,â€ť Miller said, adding that the flight return to DuBois was a precautionary measure.
â€˘ Natasha Tinnette Adams, daughter of Joe and Rhonda Adams of Marion Center, was born at 9:55 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 1.
Weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces, and 18 1/2-inches in length, Natasha was the first baby born for 2011 at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
â€˘ By a unanimous vote, state Rep. Sam Smith of Punxsutawney was elected speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, while state Sen. Joe Scarnati of Brockway was sworn in as President Pro Tempore of the Senate for a third time.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area Community Centerâ€™s Jackson Theater will receive some equipment upgrades and become even more of a local attraction in coming months, thanks to a grant from Dominion Energyâ€™s philanthropic foundation.
BROOKVILLE â€” The chief administrator for Jefferson County Court system is ready to call it a career when, at the end of the month, after 27 years of serving the county in various capacities, she will retire.
Patricia Ellis, Jefferson County Court System administrator, first worked for District Judge George Miller's office. After that, she worked with adult and juvenile probation.
After the two departments split, she worked for juvenile probation, then as the judicial secretary under Judge Edwin Snyder.
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PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After 12 years as a member of Punxsutawney Borough Council, President Susan Glessner resigned Friday as president and as a member of council, effective immediately.
Glessner, who had two years left on her term, said the reason she decided to resign at this time is because with the new council coming in, it would be a good time for her to move on so the incoming council will have the chance to start fresh.
Glessner said she was originally approached to join council by current Councilman William Spencer, and she was appointed in 2000 when Jim Infantino resigned his seat.