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8/22/2014
IUP TO KICK OFF ACADEMIC YEAR
Flurry of weekend activities on and around campus
It’s a day of celebration and challenge at IUP as university President Michael Driscoll welcomes students to campus for the start of the academic year.  Driscoll and other key members of the IUP community will kick off the fall semester at a 9 AM event at Fisher Auditorium. Afterward, it’s just a short trip to the new Crimson Café dining facility for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and then to the Oak Grove for the final Picnic in the Grove of the summer, which starts at 11 AM.  The public is invited to all of the festivities.   Freshmen living in the Northern Suites, Ruddock, Wallwork, and Stephenson halls move in today, and tomorrow freshman move-in continues at those residence halls and at Elkin Hall, Maple East and the Suites on Pratt.  The rest of the student body living on campus arrive on Sunday.   Also Sunday, freshman convocation will be held at 5 PM at Fisher Auditorium, with Dr. Victor Garcia assuming the role of IUP Distinguished University Professor and offering keynote remarks.   With so much activity around the campus, motorists are advised to be extra cautious this weekend.
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8/22/2014
FORMAL ARRAIGNMENT FOR MAN ACCUSED OF HOMICIDE
Buterbaugh charged with shooting friend over plate of food
A formal arraignment is scheduled this morning for 59-year-old James Buterbaugh, the Marion Center-area man accused of shooting to death his best friend on May 25th on a gas well road.   Buterbaugh is charged with criminal homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person for killing 51-year-old David Ackerson.    Both men lived in Grant Township, Buterbaugh on Hartman Road and Ackerson on Buterbaugh Road.  Police say the two had spent the day drinking together and Buterbaugh became upset when Ackerson showed up at his home with two plates of food that Buterbaugh’s mother had prepared for them.  Buterbaugh accused Ackerson of mooching and the two argued, with Buterbaugh eventually driving away to the gas well road and Ackerson following.  When Buterbaugh threatened to shoot him, Ackerson told him to go ahead and do it, so he did, hitting him in the stomach with the fatal shot.   At a formal arraignment, the defendant is apprised of the charges against him and of his rights, and is expected to plead guilty or not guilty.  Buterbaugh’s attorney, Bob Bell, has said that his client admits he shot his friend and he says a plea ...
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8/22/2014
BEAM PLACEMENT MONDAY ON 119 EAST PIKE BRIDGE PROJECT
PennDOT says there will be lengthy delays and congestion
Brace yourself if you must drive on the Route 119 bypass around Indiana on Monday.  PennDOT says there will be rolling stops from 7 AM to 7 PM on the busy highway as crews set beams on the Route 119 East Pike bridge replacement project.    The concrete beams are being set in both the northbound and southbound lanes, starting Monday.  PennDOT says the contractor’s work vehicles will be in the traffic flow lanes to get those beams in place, and the remainder of the week crews will be working two shifts, setting structure forms and rebar and pouring concrete.    The $3.2 million season-long project is just under halfway done and is scheduled for completion next spring.   Lengthy delays and traffic congestion are expected Monday, and PennDOT asks for extra patience from drivers.  The best plan is to find another way to get to where you’re going.
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8/22/2014
INDIANA COUNTY FAIR GETS ROLLING!
Exhibits arriving today
The Indiana County Fair swings into action this weekend, and it’s already buzzing at the Mack Park Fairgrounds.   Tomorrow’s schedule includes an antique tractor pull at 10 AM and the modified and farm tractor pull at 7 PM.  There is free admission to the fairgrounds and $5 admission for the grandstand.   On Sunday, it’s free admission to the fairgrounds once more, with events such as the kids’ pedal tractor pull, the famous outhouse races, the crowning of the fair queen at 5 PM, and the Harvest Home Festival, featuring gospel quarter “The Master’s Plan” at 7:30.    The fair officially begins on Monday.     In addition to the nightly attractions at the fair, the Day Shows include No Joe the Clown; the carnival by C&L Shows of Mount Pleasant; a train show and miniature farm show, the Kiwanis Kiddie Farm, Carousel band Organ, Hansen’s Spectacular Acrobatic Sensation, and a kids’ variety show called the Rock & Roll Pet Store.   The fair runs through next Saturday, August 30th.
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8/22/2014
OPERA SINGER EDWARD PARKS COME HOME
Benefit concert at Indiana High Saturday
It’s not often you get a chance to hear an acclaimed opera singer performing here in Indiana, and when it’s a native son, it’s an opportunity not to be missed.   Edward Parks, the award-winning singer the New York Times says “brings precision, sensitivity, and nuance in abundance” to his performances, will be on stage at 7:30 tomorrow night at the Indiana Senior High School in a benefit for the Indiana County Competition for Young Musicians, presented by the Indiana Arts Council.   Tickets for the event are available at www.IndianaArtsCouncil.org, at The Artists Hand Gallery, Michael B’s Shoes, and at Smicksburg Pottery.  There are general admission tickets for students and adults, and a VIP ticket available for reserved seating and a post-concert reception at The Coney.   
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