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April 11th, 2011

Brookville board: 20 staff members could be cut

April 11, 2011

BROOKVILLE — 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.

“This, obviously, is not something that we like to do,” Superintendent Sandy Craft said. “The people on our staff are people from our community that work hard, but this is a must with where we are.”

April 10th

32nd annual Run/Walk for Someone Special breaks records

April 10, 2011

SYKESVILLE — 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.

Civil Service approves changes

April 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Last drug sweep suspect arrested

April 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The last of nine suspects that were arrested last Wednesday and accused of distributing a controlled substance — mainly marijuana — 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.

April 8th

Cloe Lake stocked with trout

April 8, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite the unpredictable weather, there’s one event that can’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.

Astorino to be inducted into the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame.

April 8, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

April 7th

Punxsy Sports Hall of Fame welcomes new class of inductees

April 7, 2011

THE INDUCTEES
— Gary Astorino.
— Dominic Barilar.
— Roger Raybuck.
— William Vassallo.
— George Work.
— Bruce Chambers (posthumous inductee).

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

County off the ITEC debt hook

April 7, 2011

BROOKVILLE — 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 County’s liability for a bond issued to purchase that building.

Police shed further light on Big Run crash Wednesday

April 7, 2011

BIG RUN — 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.

April 6th

No one injured when truck strikes porch

April 6, 2011

BIG RUN — 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.

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