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April 11th, 2011
BROOKVILLE â€” A special meeting of the Brookville Area School Board was held Monday, where board members discussed possible options for reducing spending by nearly $2 million.
Potential reductions include eliminating more than 20 staff members and reducing spending on athletics and extracurriculars.
â€śThis, obviously, is not something that we like to do,â€ť Superintendent Sandy Craft said. â€śThe people on our staff are people from our community that work hard, but this is a must with where we are.â€ť
SYKESVILLE â€” The weather may have mimicked more winter than spring this past week, but the sky opened up and poured forth warmth instead of rain Sunday afternoon for the 32nd annual Run/Walk for Someone Special.
The event broke records in both attendance and fund-raising, bringing out 412 participants and raising over $45,000 for ARC of Jefferson County and Camp Friendship, according to event organizer Frank Hetrick.
"We shattered the record," Hetrick said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Civil Service Commission approved several draft changes at Friday's special meeting that the state has proposed.
Bill Leiberton, commission chairman, said that the commission had to incorporate the new Civil Service rules and regulations that have suggested by Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan, to be approved by Punxsutawney Borough Council at tonight's meeting.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The last of nine suspects that were arrested last Wednesday and accused of distributing a controlled substance â€” mainly marijuana â€” was arrested Saturday in Oliver Township.
Vincent Bernard Myrick, 39, Punxsutawney, was arrested by Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police at 11 a.m. Saturday.
According to police, the Troop C Vice Unit, from a warrant sweep conducted in the Punxsutawney area, were able to arrest Myrick thanks to an anonymous tip it received.
Police said Myrick was arrested at a trailer located along River Road, Oliver Township without incident.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite the unpredictable weather, thereâ€™s one event that canâ€™t be stopped: The stocking of trout in area creeks, streams and Cloe Lake.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission made its traditional trek from Bellefonte to the Bell Township lake located Tuesday, with the season scheduled to open at 8 a.m. next Saturday.
Rick Vlazak, Jefferson County waterways conservation officer, said the commission has been stocking since March, and next week, will conclude the pre-season trout stockings throughout the Commonwealth.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Gary Astorino, a 1976 graduate of PAHS, is among the six inductees into the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame.
During his high school career, Astorino was a three-year letterman/starter and captain in wrestling, football and senior legion baseball. He was a four-year starter in wrestling for Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and was captain during his junior and senior years.
â€” Gary Astorino.
â€” Dominic Barilar.
â€” Roger Raybuck.
â€” William Vassallo.
â€” George Work.
â€” Bruce Chambers (posthumous inductee).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame will hold its 11th induction banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in the Punxsutawney High School Cafeteria.
The keynote speaker for the evening will be Les Shoop.
Shoop is the former basketball coach at Punxsutawney with a record of 198-96. His record includes five District IX Class AAAA Championships.
He coached his last Dapper Dan Round Ball classic at the Civic Arena.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Jefferson County Commission recently received word that it will likely not be responsible for debt in excess of $1.5 million.
Elk County has agreed to purchase a Ridgway building that Jefferson County was partly responsible for. Elk County plans to use the facility as its 911 headquarters, and the purchase will eliminate Jefferson Countyâ€™s liability for a bond issued to purchase that building.
BIG RUN â€” Police are releasing further details about a Wednesday incident in which a home was damaged along Main Street in Big Run.
Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police said the incident occurred at 9:03 a.m. along East Main Street.
Police said William G. Dixon, 59, Indiana, was negotiating a left curve in the road traveling north when his 1999 Western Star tri-axle truck traveled off the right side of the road, striking a PennDOT sign.
BIG RUN â€” A fully loaded tri-axle coal truck caused severe damage to a home when the driver lost control while traveling north on Route 119 (East Main Street) around 9 a.m. Wednesday in Big Run.
Todd Peace, chief of the Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company, said the driver of the truck said he was cut off by another driver in a gray vehicle while traveling north on Route 119, which caused the truck driver to swerve, leave the road and strike the porch of a house located at 222 East Main St. and cause damage to the sidewalk in front of several other homes.