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Do you believe dreams can come true with hard work and dedication? Former Punxsy resident Matthew Jenkins certainly thinks so. He is currently out in California pursuing his dreams of a career in music and directing. 

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DUBOIS — The former administrator and CEO of Christ the King Manor is facing 36 charges, including first-, second- and third-degree felonies, on allegations that he stole from the DuBois retirement community during his tenure, resulting in losses of over $169,000.

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BROOKVILLE — The Brookville school board voted to adopt the proposed 2022-2023 school year budget on Monday night. The district will now advertise the proposed budget to the public, before adopting the final budget at the June 20 voting meeting. 

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PUNXSUTAWNEY — Save Punxsy’s Local Area Swimming Hole (SPLASH) received some much-needed grant money in the amount of $5,795 from Pennsylvania Skill during a presentation at the Mahoning East Civic Center for the George C. Brown Community Pool

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Put rainwater to use in your landscape with the help of rain barrels. This centuries old technique allows you to capture rainfall to use for watering ornamental gardens and containers. 

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The Penn State Extension Office held its annual Safety Days at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on Thursday, treating students from Pinecreek, DuBois, SS.C.D., and C.G. Johnson elementary schools to a day of fun and learning. Pictured are  SS.C.D. second-grade students learn about firearm sa…

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PUNXSUTAWNEY — The owners of the former Pantall Hotel building sent a short letter to The Spirit this week, updating the public on their plans, chief among them, the hotel’s new name: The Shadow Hotel at the Pantall Building.

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After just over three weeks of silence, COVID-19 made its presence felt in Jefferson County again, as two more people were reported to have died of the virus Friday. The county now has a death toll of 235.

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Punxsutawney Lady Chucks soccer and softball senior Rachel Houser recently signed declarations of intent to play college soccer and softball for Penn State Beaver (Division: USCAA, Conference: PSUAC) upon graduation. Pictured (from left) are Lady Chucks soccer coach Lisa McMeekin, PAHS co-pr…

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PUNXSUTAWNEY — Police are seeking the suspect in an attempted robbery at Uni-Mart, which drew a bevy of local and state police vehicles to 512 E. Mahoning St. Wednesday afternoon.

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PUNXSUTAWNEY — Scott Anthony, owner of Punxsy Pizza, received another key to add to his key chain on Wednesday, as Punxsutawney Mayor Rich Alexander presented him with the “Key to the City.”

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PUNXSUTAWNEY — Kierstin Riley, a current senior at Punxsutawney Area High School, has signed with Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a track and field athlete to start during the 2022-2023 school year. 

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On Monday, Punxsutawney Chucks baseball head coach Mike Dickey became the winningest coach in Chucks baseball history with a 8-2 win on the road in Bradford, making his record 146-78. And on Wednesday at home, the Chucks beat the DuBois Beavers 9-3 to move the tally to 147 wins. The previous…

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PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council spent a long period of time discussing the various zoning ordinances in regard to a new business wanting to set up shop on North Findley Street in the former Miracle Lounge building.

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CLEARFIELD — In the second day of the District 9 Singles Tennis tournament on Tuesday at the Clearfield Area High School, Punxsutawney Chucks tennis senior Ben Gigliotti started in the quarterfinals, and by the end, he was the District 9 AA Singles Champion.

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The Punxsutawney Lady Chucks softball team hosted a double header against Bradford on Monday’s Senior Night, when the home team went on to win 12-0 and 19-2. The 2022 Lady Chucks seniors included (from left) Rachel Houser (Stacey Houser), AudreyAnna Mauk (Laurie and Justin Mauk) and Laura Ri…

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PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy Borough Council President Jim Bianco said at Monday’s meeting that he was looking at possibly having council revive the committee meetings to give residents more time to express themselves on certain topics.

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BROOKVILLE — The Brookville school board discussed continuing the early dismissal Fridays for the 2022-2023 school year, which then led into a deeper discussion on the district’s Bright Space offerings at Monday’s meeting.

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PUNXSUTAWNEY — The staff and volunteers came together to celebrate that Punxsutawney Area Hospital was nationally ranked as a Top 20 Rural and Community Hospital named by National Rural Health Association and Chartis Center for Rural Health in 2022 on Monday.

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Margaret Swanson of Punxsutawney, Indiana County, celebrated her 101st birthday Saturday, April 30, with family and friends. The party was themed after “101 Dalmatians.” Regarding her age, she said, “On to 102 now.” The family extend their thanks to everyone who sent cards, flowers and congr…

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Give your perennials a boost this spring with a topdressing of compost, aged manure,or other organic matter. It’s a great way to revive tired gardens, improve a garden’s overall health, and keep vibrant perennials healthy and blooming.

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PUNXSUTAWNEY — It’s an exciting weekend for members of the senior class of Punxsutawney Area High School, with prom coming up tonight at the Big Run Event Center.

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BROOKVILLE — The Brookville Borough Council voted unanimously at its meeting this week to direct its Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs voting delegate, Karen Allgeier, to vote against an effort to decriminalize cannabis in Pennsylvania boroughs and to expunge any previous crimes rel…

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Students at Brookville Area Jr./Sr. High School will attend prom this evening, when this year’s king and queen will be chosen. The students up for this year’s honors are: (front, from left) Chloe Smith, Emma Afton, Alayna Haight, Shayla Hines, Lindsey Clinger, Claire Haines, (back) Bay Harpe…

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ROSE TOWNSHIP — Andrea Korman, CWD biologist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, gave a brief presentation on the status of the disease in the state at this week’s annual meeting of the local Penn State Extension Office.

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The Punxsutawney Area High School junior and senior high bands, as well as the jazz and marching bands, performed Wednesday night in the James A. Colonna Performance Hall. During the concert, Joseph Ellermeyer and Chris Barrett, former students of onetime PAHS music teacher Colonna, presente…