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Man sent to hospital after crash into tree

May 31, 2011

NORTH MAHONING TOWNSHIP — A one-vehicle accident sent a Punxsutawney man to the hospital after his vehicle struck a tree at 2 p.m. Monday on Route 119, North Mahoning Township.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2010 Lincoln Town Car driven by Charles G. Rumpf, 68, Punxsutawney, was traveling north on Route 119 near Midway Stables when he fell asleep and his vehicle traveled off the roadway.

Police said Rumpf's vehicle traveled off the west side of the roadway and struck a tree.

Way Back When

May 31, 2011

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
March 4, 1896

The Adrian Hospital will accommodate, in its present condition, eighteen people. It was designed for twelve, but additional cots have been placed in every available place until it has half a more than it was intended to hold. The hospital is always crowded.

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TRIED TO KILL HIS WIFE
A Brookville Man Who

Schall breaks 3,200-meter run school record at state meet

May 31, 2011

SHIPPENSBURG — Punxsy senior Milea Schall couldn't avoid keeping an eye on the clock during the final lap of the 3,200-meter run at the PIAA Track and Field Championships Saturday morning in Shippensburg.

Since she was near the back of the pack in the 25-girl race, Schall didn't have thoughts of a medal in her mind.

She was in search of the school record.

"The plan was not to look at the clock, but I couldn't help it," Schall said. "I knew the first mile was pretty fast, so I thought I was going to make it. I was just pushing hard."

The Walk Talk Ten

May 31, 2011

1. Scottie Pippen, longtime teammate of Michael Jordan, was quick to backtrack from his original comment that LeBron James "may be the greatest player to ever play the game." All of the arguments are out there: James is a better passer and rebounder, which makes him a more complete player than Jordan. Simply put, Jordan has six more rings, and until James wins four or five, he should never be in the conversation with Jordan. It doesn't matter how many rings James wins with the Heat — Dwyane Wade will always be one ring ahead.

Lindsey Ellen Sweet, 50

May 31, 2011

Lindsey Ellen Sweet, 50, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, May 29, 2011, at Mt. Laurel Nursing Home, Clearfield.

She was born March 2, 1961, in Ipswich, Mass., a daughter of the late David Eugene and Ellen (Lavoie) Cook.

She served the country as a U.S. Marine directly after graduation from high school.

Aug. 19, 1990, she married Paul Joseph Sweet, after reconnecting with one another at their 10-year high school reunion.

Janice M. (Hetrick) Kuntz, 72

May 31, 2011

Janice M. (Hetrick) Kuntz, 72, DuBois, died Saturday, May 28, 2011, at her home.

She was born Aug. 11, 1939, in DuBois, the only child of the late Harold F. and Edna Mae (Hickman) Hetrick.

June 30, 1967, in DuBois, she married Donald Walter Kuntz, who preceded her in death Aug. 10, 1994.

She graduated from Sandy High School in 1957 and attended DuBois Business College.

Mrs. Kuntz was Methodist by faith and attended Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church.

Barbara Ellen Kotula, 92

May 31, 2011

Barbara Ellen Kotula, 92, Lucerne Mines, died Saturday, May 28, 2011, at St. Andrew’s Village. 

She was born Sept. 4, 1918, in Eleanora, the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Annie (Lewis) Collins.

She was married to Theodore F. Kotula Sr., who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Kotula was a member of St. Mary’s Holy Protection Byzantine Catholic Church, Homer City, where she was very active in the Ladies’ Guild. 

She was also a 1936 graduate of Punxsutawney High School and a member of the Greek Catholic Union, Lodge No. 62, Punxsutawney.

Minnie L. Lawson, 76

May 31, 2011

Minnie L. Lawson, 76, formerly of Mahaffey, died Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at Ridgeview Elder Care Rehabilitation Center, Curwensville. 

She was born July 21, 1934, in Gilford, N.C., the daughter of the late Jasper and Nannie (Bennett) Highfill.

Mrs. Lawson is survived by her husband, Paul Lawson, of Punxsutawney.
Interment was held Saturday, May 28, 2011, at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Mahaffey.

Arrangements were under the direction of Waldron Funeral Home, Mahaffey.

John (Jack) L. Jordan, 76

May 31, 2011

John (Jack) L. Jordan, 76, Erie, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Monday, May 30, 3011, at the Golden Rehab Living Center, Erie.

He was born Dec. 31, 1934, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late U.D. and Margaret Irene (Heitzenrater) Jordan.

Mr. Jordan was a member of Presbyterian Church of Punxsutawney. He was retired from Community Action and The Punxsutawney Spirit.

Helen J. Buck "Teetie," 91

May 31, 2011

Helen J. Buck "Teetie," 91, Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, May 30, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born Aug. 16, 1919, in Foxburg, Clarion County, a daughter of the late John Sherman and Mary Adalide (Best) McCoy, who moved to Punxsutawney in 1932.

July 5, 1937, she married Rufus L. Buck, who preceded her in death Nov. 22, 1973.

They had two daughters, Rosalie and Sandra, and moved their family to Cleveland in 1952.

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