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September 27th

Genevieve L. Edwards, 87

September 27, 2013

Genevieve L. Edwards, 87, of Indiana, formerly of Clymer and Pittsburgh, died Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at her home.

Born Jan. 2, 1926, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Gocal) Kubecker.

She was the widow of John Milton Edwards, who died in 1988.

For many years, she had been the organist at St. Anthony’s Church in Clymer.

Jenny volunteered at the Indiana Guidance Center; was a member of AARP’s Evergreen Chapter; and belonged to the Indiana Players, Indiana Arts Council Suverna Dance Troupe and the Indiana Genealogical & Historical Society.

Robert “Bob” James Larson, 65

September 27, 2013

Robert “Bob” James Larson, 65, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at his Corsica home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joel C. and Christina Collins Larson; three brothers, baby Carl Larson, John Larson and Dave Larson; and four sisters, Hulda Rishel, Sophia Steck, Anna Public and Margaret Gall.

He is survived by three sisters, Carol Lunger, Catherine Nagel and Marion Coull; a daughter, Shelly Pifer Burkett and husband John; two grandchildren, Brady and Jaydie Burkett; two nephews, Dave Larson Jr. and wife Becky, and Matthew Larson; and several nieces and nephews.

September 26th

The Chucks continue to grow at midway point

September 27, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite coming off a big loss at the hands of the DuBois Beavers, the Chucks were considered prohibited favorites heading into their game last week against the A-C Valley Falcons.
Whether it was the fans or the media experts, everyone thought the game against A-C Valley was supposed to be a breeze.

As the old adage goes, "That's the reason you play the game."

The Chucks held off a fiesty Falcons team for a three-point victory.

Despite what other people thought, head coach Alan Nichol said it went the way he and his team expected.

Familiar Faces Friday! Teresa Neal

September 26, 2013

(Editor’s note: This piece is one in a series of “Familiar Faces Friday” 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. Today’s familiar face is Teresa Neal.)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Teresa Neal is a recognizable face around town.

You may recognize her from the Punxsutawney Career Link Center, or perhaps you have seen her at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center.

UPDATE: PSP trooper shot, injured while issuing warrant in Brockway; standoff ensues

September 26, 2013

By Zak Lantz
Of The Spirit

BROCKWAY — At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, scanner transmissions called all Brockway Fire Department personnel to quarters to await instruction, and shortly afterward, authorities from across the area — including law enforcement from Brookville and Reynoldsville — were called to respond to a staging area on Cemetery Road in the part of Brockway known as Cemetery Hill.

As personnel responded, the nature of the call was revealed, as they were warned that “lots of shooting” had taken place.

West End Tire Center cuts ribbon, to open for business

September 26, 2013

The ribbon was cut Wednesday at the new West End Tire Center on
West Mahoning Street at the location of the former West End Sunoco station. Pictured (from left) are Katie Laska, board member of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce; Michele Neal, executive director of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce; and Tony Fallara and Eddy Vanderpool, co-owners of West End Tire Center.

Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Spirit.

Ground officially broken for Cobblestone Hotel with golden-shovel ceremony

September 26, 2013

The official groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday evening for the Cobblestone Hotel, which will be located near Walmart on Alliance Drive.

The 36-room hotel, which will have a swimming pool and conference room — isn't expected to be completed until spring 2014.

John J. Tote, 91

September 26, 2013

John J. Tote, 91, of Punxsutawney, passed away Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at McKinley Health Center in Brookville.

Mr. Tote was born Nov. 14, 1921, the son of the late Stephen and Tilly (Chumbas) Tote.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose M. (Barber) Tote.

Mr. Tote was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II.

He was a member of SS. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church.

He enjoyed carpentry, square dancing, polka, golfing and hunting and was an avid bingo player.

BREAKING NEWS: Scanner reports indicate active shooter in Brockway

September 26, 2013

According to scanner reports from Thursday afternoon, local authorities have responded to an area referred to as Cemetery Hill in Brockway in response to multiple shots being fired.

According to WJAC-TV, "a state police spokesperson in Harrisburg confirmed one state trooper was injured in what was described as an 'ongoing situation' on Cemetery Hill Road."

Scanner reports also stated that area schools were on lockdown.

Please exercise caution in this area.

Further details will be released when they become available.

September 25th

Lions Club’s White Cane Day to help provide eyeglasses to those in need

September 25, 2013

Punxsy Lions Club members said they will be out holding the white canes at the intersection of Hampton Avenue, East Mahoning Street and Front Street by the Central Fire Department and at the Margiotti Bridge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Pictured (from left) are Rob Burkett, Butch Young, Denny Rebuck and Mike Ruffner of the Punxsy Lions Club.

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