November 6th, 2012
BROOKVILLE â€” Christopher Thornhill, the alleged shooter of two Punxsutawney men back in September 2011, faced his supposed victims and other individuals as they testified against him on day two of his trial on Tuesday in Brookville.
Thornhill has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault and other related offenses.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is being represented in the case by District Attorney Jeff Burkett. Defense Attorney Fred Hummel is representing Thornhill.
Read the full story in Wednesday's print edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit.
Dominic A. Pennett, 96, a resident of Seneca Hill Manor, Oswego, N.Y., and formerly of Deferiet, N.Y., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Born in Rossiter, Pa., in 1916, he was the son of the late Anthony Pennetti and Catharine Fera.
He was educated in Rossiter, graduating from Rossiter High School in 1932.
After a brief career in sales in New York City, he joined the United States Army in 1940.
During his career in the military, he served during World War II in Belgium.
Harry Eugene White, 75, of Brookville, a guest at Jefferson Manor in Brookville, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Jefferson Manor.
He was born Jan. 28, 1937, in Clymer, a son of the late Arthur K. White and Elanor (Winebark) White.
Surviving relatives include a sister, Marjorie (White) Haskell; and a brother, Thomas A. White.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date which is yet to be determined.
Interment will be at the Pine Church Cemetery in Canoe Ridge, Indiana County.
Arrangements are under the direction of the McKinney Funeral Home, Brookville.
Jefferson County is reporting that 100 percent of precincts are now in, with 17,304 ballots being cast.
Republican Mitt Romney swept Jefferson County with 12,288 votes (71.67 percent), compared to 4,535 votes for Democrat Barack Obama (26.45 percent).
However, the Associated Press is reporting that Obama won Pennsylvania overall.
In other Jefferson County news, Republican Tom Smith netted 12,031 votes (70.48 percent) versus Democrat Bob Casey Jr., who received 4,614 votes (27.03 percent).
The Associated Press is also reporting that Casey took Pennsylvania.
Voting polls are now closed.
The Spirit will post results as they become available from Jefferson County.
With polls closing at 8 p.m., there is still time to vote today.
Voters will be asked to show a form of photo I.D., but are not required to do so.
Pamela Rake, Judge of Elections for Henderson Township, said voting "has been pretty steady" throughout Tuesday, with no downtime for workers.
A non-presidential election in the township normally brings out 150 to 200 voters, Rake said, but as of about 5 p.m. Tuesday, 360 Henderson residents had already cast their votes.
Remember - the polls are open until 8 pm!
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite having a disappointing regular season finale, the Punxsy Chucks football team was able to qualify for the District V-VI-VIII-IX subregional playoffs. The foe will be a familiar one for Punxsy as it will travel over the mountain to tackle undefeated District IX champ Clearfield on Friday night in a 7 p.m. kickoff.
In the new format, the Chucks (5-5) enter the AAA subregional tournament as the fourth seed. Clearfield (10-0) holds the top seed.
In the other contest, third seed Somerset (5-5) will face University Prep (5-3) as the second seed.
HERSHEY â€” After heading across the state of Pennsylvania with a lot of enthusiasm, sophomore Bo Dinger came across the finish line 19th to earn an All-State individual medal to lead the Punxsy boys' cross country team at the PIAA AA boys' cross country championships on Saturday afternoon in Hershey.
As a team, the Chucks completed the 5K Parkview Cross Country Course with 372 points in 18th of the extremely tough 19-team boys field, narrowly beat out by General McLane with 369 points in the program's first state team appearance since 1998.