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PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Route 310/119 intersection improvement project continued to be a big topic of discussion at Thursdayâs Route 119 Improvement Committee meeting.
Mark Rozich, PennDOT District 10 highway design engineer, said that the purchase of the brown house located at the intersection â a house that the committee was planning to purchase for demolition â has not been completed yet.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The 21st Century Learning Initiative continues to expand in the Punxsutawney Area School District, as technology broadens to the elementary grades.
âWe used to just have one computer lab in each of our elementary school buildings,â elementary Principal Travis Monroe said. âThere was just the stationary lab where a teacher had to work his or her classroom schedule around its availability. That really tied up a classroom.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Area School District was recently recognized by the state Department of Education (PDE) for its use of technology from the Classrooms For the Future (CFF) grant throughout the district.
PAHS Principal David London said this is the first full year of the âOne-to-Oneâ program at the high school, where every student in grades nine through 12 has his or her own laptop.
London said the district was recognized by the state education department as one of five districts in the state as a CFF success story.
BROOKVILLE â Wednesday, following the violent death of a Crawford County corrections officer, Jefferson County Warden Tom Elbel told the jail board that the jailâs policies are being reviewed.
According to Elbel, the death of corrections officer Gary M. Chapin, of Conneaut Lake, occurred as a new inmate, Gregory G. Brown, 24, of Meadville, was being processed.
Brown became violent while being processed, during which he was not placed in any restraining device, and killed Chapin.
When asked if Brown used any sort of weapon, Elbel responded simply, âThe wall.â
BROCKWAY â Another dust-up between Jack Wisor, founder and director of the Just For Jesus Homeless Outreach Challenge, and state Sen. Joe Scarnati could be developing.
Scarnati said in a press release Tuesday that Wisor deliberately disobeyed a newly-enacted law, Act 95 of 2010, which states that a group home â such as Just For Jesus â that takes on a convicted murderer must notify the county and municipal governments within 48 hours of the murdererâs arrival.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â With the help of his hometown, a local college student may soon take his first footsteps toward the edge of Hollywoodâs red carpet.
Punxsy native Charlie Dominick, a 2010 PAHS graduate and current Point Park University freshman, received the schoolâs Artistic Achievement Award scholarship for his independent production, âDipper,â and is in the process of collecting funds for his upcoming film project.
âIâm very excited about it,â he said. âI probably havenât been this motivated about anything before.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â WPSU-TV is looking to revisit Punxsutawney for its popular âOur Townâ series, according to the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce.
The âOur Townâ series by Penn State Public Broadcasting filmed a program about Punxsy several years ago, but Marlene Lellock, Chamber executive director, said that Chamber board member TJ Sliwinski, a Reynoldsville resident, learned that WPSU-TV was filming an âOur Townâ about Reynoldsville this past summer.
PITTSBURGH â Jefferson County and the surrounding areas are under a flood watch until Wednesday morning.
A flood watch means that there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.
According to the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh, a storm system is expected to bring heavy rains through the area this afternoon and tonight, with possible rainfall amounts of 1.25 to 2.5 inches.
Heavy rainfall creates rises in streams and creeks, and could result in the potential for flooding this afternoon through tomorrow morning.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Residents of the Jefferson Street High Rise held their third-annual dance to benefit the Toys for Tots campaign Monday at the Jefferson Street Social Center.
Executive Director of the Jefferson County Housing Authority Sandy McGuire explained how important Toys for Tots is in the community.
âItâs not just for residents of the high rise,â she said, adding that admission to the event was one unwrapped toy. âWeâve also invited other organizations throughout Punxsy â including the Mahoning Towers â to participate.â
Caleb Cochran, of Punxsy, bagged this 250-pound, 10-point buck at 2:30 p.m. Monday in North Mahoning Township during the first day of rifle deer season. Cochran is pictured with his daughter, Alivia. (Photo by Tracy Smith/The Punxsutawney Spirit)