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May 9th, 2012

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May 9, 2012

Over the course of the past week-and-a-half, I've been doing a lot of thinking about dandelions.

I suppose lot of us have had dandelions on the brain over that time period given the fact that it is grass cutting season, and dandelions have caused much more frequent mowing than is usual due to their persistent growth and unappealing visual nature once they turn from flower to seed pod.

And with it being dandelions' prime growth season, some of us have even been fortunate enough to cut our lawns more than once in a week to keep them from looking similar to undiscovered jungles.

Police make arrests at ‘the source’ of drug trafficking ring

May 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Wednesday, state police, federal and other officials announced the arrests of several local individuals stemming from an almost two-year investigation into the trafficking of both methamphetamine and Oxycodone.

Police affidavits said, "The source of this organized drug trafficking operation was based in Jefferson County, Pa."

The investigation targeted "high level, middle level and low level dealers/users in the Troop C area," and those arrested include:

PUNXSUTAWNEY
• Cindy D. Pifer-Collarini, 43.
BIG RUN
• Daniel A. Niver, 41.
• Theodore D. Reagle, 44.

Audit calls for some tidying up in Young’s books

May 9, 2012

WALSTON — The chairman of the Young Township Board of Supervisors said officials will further explore issues pertaining to billing, bookkeeping and other items after a recent audit revealed some questions.

“We will further study some of the records before we conclude what has taken place,” Chairman Andrew “Butch” Meterko said following the board’s meeting Wednesday. “There’s no evidence of anything yet.”

Senate’s cuts to Corbett’s budget offer some good news

May 9, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The Pennsylvania Senate’s vote to approve a $27.65 billion spending plan Wednesday indicates a more hopeful outcome for the state’s human services field.

The budget bill, which was approved on a vote of 39-8, restores around $500 million in cuts to education, social services and other areas proposed by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in his $27.14 billion proposal.

The measure will now be sent to the state House.

“It’s good to see from my perspective that negotiations have at least begun,” Jefferson County Children & Youth Services Director Brian Mowrey said Wednesday.

May 8th

Chucks stay with Owls on track, fall short

May 8, 2012

BRADFORD — Despite a strong showing on the track after a long trip to Bradford Tuesday afternoon, the Chucks track and field team fell to a worthy opponent in the Owls, 90-60, in their final regular season meet.

Punxsy head coach John Smith said he was pleased with his team's effort, adding that a few key pieces on the field were ailing, which can make a big difference in swinging the points.

Lady Chucks bested by Bradford in finale

May 8, 2012

BRADFORD — After a convincing win over Redbank Valley last Monday, the Punxsy girls' track team struggled Tuesday afternoon in its final tune-up meet before the District IX Championships next Wednesday at Kane in a 115.5-33.5 loss to the Lady Owls in Bradford.

Despite the tough loss, Punxsy head coach Barry Young told his squad there was just one thing it needed to do: Move on.

"I just told them we need to let well enough alone, forget this meet and move on to preparing for districts," he said.

ALBERT NABS HIS FIRST TURKEY

May 8, 2012

Danny Albert, 13, of Reynoldsville, proudly displays this 15-pound jake — Albert's first turkey — which he bagged while hunting in the Anita area Saturday with his grandfather.

Mayor says he’ll veto change to ordinance

May 8, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — During a special Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting Tuesday, Mayor James Wehrle said he plans to veto a change in Ordinance 1120 approved in regard to allowing apartments in first-floor commercial establishments.

A public hearing regarding the change was held prior to the vote, with no one speaking against the ordinance change.

County agencies still bracing for possible cuts

May 8, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Before the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a plan to divide about $990 million in expected tax revenue for human services and other agencies, Tuesday, Children & Youth Services Director Brian Mowrey painted a grim picture of what could come for the Human Services Development Fund (HSDF).

“This is one of the funds that’s on the governor’s proposed budget for next year to be increased in funding but to be cut before the increase occurs,” Mowrey said.

PennDOT, police use new traffic devices to highlight pedestrian safety

May 8, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Pedestrian safety has a new look in downtown Punxsutawney with the completion of PennDOT’s traffic signal project.

“The new signals may not seem important to many people, but for someone who has some type of special needs, it’s very important for them to get across the street safely,” Shawn Houck, PennDOT District 10 press safety officer, said during a downtown pedestrian safety effort Tuesday.

He said with the new system, even a child can now press a button and know where the exact physical location he or she is in case he or she becomes lost or needs assistance.

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