January 28th, 2012
PARK CITY, Utah â After years of hard work, Punxsy native Chad Villella had the chance to experience every young filmmakerâs dream, as he was invited to attend the mecca of all independent film festivals, The Sundance Film Festival.
Villella was excited to premiere his horror film, âV/H/S,â at Sundance but also saw it as an opportunity.
âWe want to enjoy the experience and also use it to get us to the next level creatively,â he said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â With five of the six top boys' basketball teams in District-IX league play within one game of first place entering Friday night, the Chucks knew they'd have their work cut out for them when they hosted DuBois. The Chucks proved to be up to the challenge with a 65-45 win.
BROOKVILLE â With only two turnovers in the first half, the Brookville Raiders (12-3) did not struggle against St. Marys (7-8) Friday night and earned a league victory, 43-32.
"I think we're getting a little better (with turnovers)," Brookville head coach Bud Baughman said. "We had some really tough games against some quality opponents, and I think it's helped us. That's really the only way you get better is to play the better teams."
The Raiders' most impressive quality Friday night was their defensive abilities.
Editorâs Note: The family of Victoria and Wayne Shugar issued the following statement Friday night:
We, the family, have been through a terrible ordeal these past two years, from the moments on April 12, when we all started to get calls that something was wrong and standing across the road; and looking up at the state police investigating what had happened in the house. Soon after, we got to re-enter the house, we had to look at what had happened in our parentsâ house, trying to figure out what and why this had happened to them.
BROOKVILLE â Despite two days of testimony, a jury responsible for determining the fate of convicted murderer Steven P. Rebert could not decide: The death penalty or life in prison without parole.
Because a juryâs decision for the death penalty must be unanimous, Judge John Foradora sentenced Rebert to four consecutive life sentences instead.
After hearing the closing arguments for the penalty phase, the jury then had to decide how to punish Rebert, found guilty Tuesday in the double-homicide of Wayne and Victoria Shugars April 10, 2010.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â When Dr. Frank Bizousky finally settled on a decision and a game plan to lose weight, he didnât do it just to shed a few pounds.
He was doing it as a game plan for the rest of his life.
Since March 2011, after seriously dedicating himself to the task, Bizousky, a 1978 PAHS graduate and long-time physician at Punxsutawney Area Hospital, has lost 110 pounds, having reached his weight goal in seven months.
JVs win third of last four, improve to 9-5 this season
DUBOIS â The Punxsutawney-DuBois rivalry has eclipsed decades, and if there is one thing a fan of either squad can expect, it's a close, rugged contest between the teams every time they meet.
Although the Lady Chucks and Lady Beavers basketball teams found themselves at the bottom of the District-IX standings entering Thursday night's contest in DuBois, both squads came out anxious to earn a victory in the saga's latest chapter.
And the Lady Chucks did just that with a 33-25 victory over the Lady Beavers.
PUNXSUTAWNEY âAfter a rocky start this season, Punxsy's ninth-grade boys' basketball team has picked up the pace and earned a second-consecutive victory over Brookville, 37-28, Monday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the first quarter and never looked back to improve its record to 4-8 in 2011-12.
Defense: Jurors must also consider prison, not only death
BROOKVILLE â While District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett told the jury that it was âjustâ in finding Steven P. Rebert guilty in the 2010 shooting deaths of Wayne and Victoria Shugar, defense attorney Michael Marshall asked the jury to also find a âjustâ verdict during the penalty phase Thursday.
âAgain, render a just verdict, and choose not to put Steven to death,â he said.
BROOKVILLE â As the penalty phase for Steven P. Rebert began Thursday â two days after he was found guilty of killing Wayne and Victoria Shugar, both 61, in their Coal Tipple Road, Brockway residence in April 2010 â District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett reminded the jury that itâs not all about whether it sends Rebert to prison for the rest of his life, or it sentences him to death.
The phase during which the jury explored Rebertâs innocence or guilt is over: The jury found him guilty of killing the Shugars, Burkett said, âand now, itâs not just about Steven Rebert anymore.