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April 28th, 2011

County leaders explain budgeting process

April 29, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Taxpayers United for Representation Now (TURN) organized a public educational meeting to explain how the county commissioners determine the county’s budget and property tax rates.

Attending the meeting, which was held Thursday evening at the Lindsey Fire Hall, were commissioners Paul Corbin, Jim McIntyre and Jeff Pisarcik, along with candidates for commissioner David Black, Ira Sunderland and Paul Bishop.

April 27th

PASD budget: $2.7 million in cuts

April 27, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With all the budget cuts predicted from the state education budget, the Punxsutawney Area School District is proposing $2.7 million in cuts for its 2011-12 budget.

The Punxsy district, along with other districts in Pennsylvania, are having to create budgets that deal with a large number of cuts from the state as proposed by Gov. Tom Corbett.

Wednesday, Business Administrator Susan H. Robertson told the school board that the proposed 2011-12 expenses are $38,713,742, a decrease of $2,739,013, which represents a 6.61-percent decrease over last year’s budget.

Democrats prepare candidates for May 17

April 27, 2011

REYNOLDSVILLE — Democratic candidates hoping for party nominations to local office in the May 17 primary met Wednesday at the Bellamauro Social Hall in Reynoldsville.

Those speaking included candidates for county commission, magisterial district justice and county auditor.

Jefferson County Democratic Party Chairman Don Hilliard introduced the candidates, and thanked them for running. He also urged voters to turn out for the local elections.

County Commission
The candidates for county commission vacancies include incumbent Jeffrey Pisarcik and challengers Tom Swab and Pat McFall.

PSP: ‘No criminal violations noted’ after fetus found in a jar

April 27, 2011

SYKESVILLE — Police say “no criminal violations were noted” following the discovery of a human fetus in a Mason jar at an apartment in Sykesville.

Tuesday, DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police said troopers were dispatched to a West Main Street apartment at 9:50 p.m. Saturday pertaining to a complaint from a landlord about a dog left without care in the apartment by tenants.

While a caretaker checked the conditions of the apartment, a Mason jar containing a human fetus was found inside the apartment, on top of a television, state police said.

April 26th

County eyes savings with new video tools

April 26, 2011

BROOKVILLE — “Using technology to save county taxpayers’ dollars” is how Jefferson County Commissioner Jim McIntyre surmised the resent acquisition of video conference technology.

Jen Hamilton, of the Clearfield-Jefferson Drug Commission, reported that she was able to acquire eight video conference units using funds available from a rural outreach grant.

Those conference units will be available to county executives and staff, which should eliminate the need for travel expenses and human resources time lost that occurs when staff attend conferences.

Self-extinguishing flames save firefighters some work

April 26, 2011

OLIVEBURG — The owners of a house in Oliveburg were fortunate when a basement fire burned itself out just before firefighters arrived on the scene Tuesday.

Oliver Township firefighters, along with McCalmont Township, Perry Township and Knox Dale, were called to the scene of a basement fire at the Colin Hicks residence at 102 Haag Rd., Oliveburg, at noon Tuesday.

Oliver Township Fire Company Assistant Chief John Miller said the owners were working with gasoline in the basement, which is also an attached garage, when they spilled gas on the floor, which ignited the hot water tank.

Driver uninjured in crash

April 26, 2011

BIG RUN — The driver of a 2003 Freightliner was uninjured after the vehicle traveled down an embankment Tuesday near Big Run.

Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania Police said the incident occurred around 10:16 a.m. Tuesday along Route 119, near Route 410, Henderson Township.

Police said Jose Tellez, 51, Pembroke Pines, Fla., was traveling north on Route 119 when his vehicle struck the guardrails on the northbound berm. The vehicle then traveled through the guardrails, police said, before coming to a final rest on the railroad bed facing east.

April 25th

Severe windstorm whips through area

April 25, 2011

OLIVER TOWNSHIP — A huge windstorm that caused damage to property, trees and electric lines in Oliver and Ringgold townships was determined to not be a tornado, according to Jefferson County Emergency Services.
A severe storm passed through Jefferson County at 2:57 p.m. Monday, causing minor home damage, and downing numerous trees and power lines in Oliver and Ringgold townships.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the county around 2:15 p.m., which was upgraded to a tornado warning about 25 minutes later.

Local, National Farmers Union look at challenges, farm bill

April 25, 2011

ROSEVILLE and WASHINGTON — The Jefferson-Clarion-Clearfield County Farmers Union met recently at the Roseville Grange. Members primarily discussed high costs of production and the pending farm bill.

Larry Breech, president of the Pennsylvania Farmers Union, and Shannon Schaffer, director of membership for the National Farmers Union, encouraged union members to get involved as Congress begins to construct the farm bill that will take effect in 2012.

“He who cries out the loudest is the one who gets heard,” Breech said. “Everybody needs to stay active. Now is the time to get involved.”

BREAKING NEWS — Possible tornado activity near Coolspring

April 25, 2011

COOLSPRING — Jefferson County 911 dispatched the Oliver Township Fire Company to its station around 3:05 p.m. Monday for possible tornado activity in the area.

The 911 center said lines and trees were down in the area of St. John's Road. Reports said a tornado did indeed touch down, although there were no reports from the 911 center confirming it.

Other reports said a tornado had also touched down near New Bethlehem prior to the call in Oliver Township. Those reports were also unconfirmed.

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