Archive - Aug 2013
In recognition of Labor Day, the Spirit offices will be closed Monday, and there will be no newspaper.
Regular office hours will resume at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Punxsy native Kirk Ferguson will return for a father-and-son recital that will take place on 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Presbyterian Church in Punxsy.
Read the full story in today's issue of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After months of anticipation and weeks of preparation, it was finally time for some Friday night lights in Jefferson County. To make it more special for the fans of the Punxsutawney Chucks and Brookville Raiders, the much-anticipated Route 36 battle returned Friday night at Brookville High School.
Punxsy came into the game Friday night as the favorite and reigning winner of the classic battle. After losing three of the last four match
ups with the Chucks, the Raiders came in hungry to get back on top of the rivalry they've controlled in recent memory.
Friday evening, Linda Bittle, secretary of the Punxsutawney Beta Sorority, presented a check for $1,200 to the Western PA Cares for Kids organization.
The sorority held its annual Ethnic Food Fair Fundraiser on July 6, with all proceeds going to Western PA Cares for Kids.
To raise more funds for the charity, the Betas will be raffling off an Amish quilt on Sept. 28, at the Punxsutawney Appreciation Day event.
Punxsutawney Borough Police and the Central Fire Department responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle at 3:56 p.m. Friday along West Mahoning Street.
Police said the pedestrian, a 17-year-old female, suffered minor injuries, and the driver will not be charged.
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
J. Kipp Lukehart, 67, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at home.
He was born Dec. 27, 1945, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Joseph M. and Jeanne (Bidwell) Lukehart.
On Aug. 27, 1966, he married Sharyn M. â€śShugâ€ť McLaughlin, who survives.
He was a member of the Weber Club, Corn Cob Club, the Punxsutawney Country Club and the Jefferson County BAR Association. He was also a former district attorney for Jefferson County.
Quay E. States, 90, of Berlin Center, Ohio, formerly of Punxsutawney, passed away Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at Humility House Nursing Home in Austintown, Ohio.
Mr. States was born July 6, 1923, in Juneau, a son of the late Albert and Violet (Gaston) States.
He was a World War II Veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" States.
Surviving relatives include two daughters, Carol Champion of Chandler,
Ariz., and Donna Cook of N. Jackson, Ohio; two brothers, Jack
As PennDOT promised, the bridge carrying Route 119 over Elk Run in the Punxsutawney Borough opened Thursday evening.
While the road is now open, motorists are asked to use caution and be alert for flaggers, as paving is still underway on the roadway improvement project.
A three-vehicle accident occurred at the corner of Virginia Avenue and East Mahoning Street on Thursday afternoon.
Punxsy Borough Police said that a four-door Cadillac was stopped and waiting to turn onto Virginia Avenue, with another vehicle stopped behind.
The accident occurred when a 17-year-old juvenile â€” who police say was distracted and didn't notice that the cars were stopped â€” hit the the vehicle in front of him, which led that vehicle to hit the Cadillac.
The 17-year-old juvenile suffered minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene.
(Editorâ€™s note: This piece is one in a series of â€śFamiliar Faces Fridayâ€ť features to be written by Spirit reporter Destiny Pifer. The point of the project will be to highlight a member of the community who may be recognizable to many and tell his or her story. Todayâ€™s familiar face is Cindy Depp-Hutchinson.)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” You may recognize Cindy Depp-Hutchinson, from the recent Library Hot Dog Days event held at Fezellâ€™s County Market, or perhaps you have seen her throughout the community.
Born and raised in Punxsutawney, she is a 1981 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School.