Archive - 2013
Jake M. Caylor, 78, of DuBois, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Montifore in Pittsburgh.
He was born Feb. 15, 1934, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Clarence and Radie (Mauk) Caylor.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
In 1961, he married Josephine â€śJoâ€ť M. (Yeafol) Caylor. She survives.
He retired from McLean Publishing Company, working at the DuBois Courier-Express, after 43 years of service.
Donald J. â€śJimâ€ť Hemke, 62, Reynoldsville, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.
He was born Sept. 8, 1950, in Pittsburgh, a son of Charles L. and Mary Ellen (Williams) Hemke.
On June 16, 1974, he married Peggy J. (Cordaro) Hemke, who survives.
He was a member of the Church of Christ in Paradise, Pa.
He was employed by the S & S Coal Company for over 40 years as a heavy equipment operator.
He enjoyed muzzleloader hunting, hunting and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Arthur Glenn Wyant, 80, of New Bethlehem, died Monday morning, Jan. 21, 2013, at Clarion Hospital.
He was born March 27, 1932, in Porter Township, Clarion County, a son of A. Banks and Gladys G. (Burns) Wyant.
He married Imogene L. (Powell) on June 11, 1954.
Art graduated from New Bethlehem High School in 1951.
He farmed all of his life.
He also served in the United States Army from March 1958 to March 1960, and then with the Army Reserve until February 1964.
George Samuel Couch, 78, of Punxsutawney, entered Godâ€™s Kingdom of Heaven on his heavenly train ride Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
He was born Sept. 14, 1934, in Bell Township, Jefferson County, a son of the late George Wetley and Pearl Myrtle (Vasbinder) Couch.
George was the last member of his family.
Mr. Couch was a Staff Sargeant of the United States Air Force serving during the Korean Conflict.
On March 22, 1958, he married the former Mary Evelyn Stiver, who survives.
She was a devoted wife and caregiver, and they celebrated 54 years of marriage together.
Donald J. Vite, 59, of Penn Run, formerly of Rossiter, passed away Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Vite was born Sept. 11, 1953, in Rossiter, a son of Donald J. Vite and Kathryn (Williams) Vite, who survive, of Indiana.
Sept. 18, 1976, Donald married his wife, Lorna R. (Hunter) Vite, who survives, of Penn Run.
He was a truck driver for 32 years for various companies, including his father's company, Donald J. Vite Trucking.
He most recently drove for New Century Transportation, where he was lead driver teaching the job to younger drivers.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Drugs and alcohol are increasingly becoming the basis behind many crimes that have been committed during the past year in Punxsutawney, according to Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan, who recently released the departmentâ€™s 2012 statistics.
In 2012, the Punxsutawney Borough Police received 1,145 calls at its dispatch center, said Fedigan.
He said out of those 1,145 calls, 250 were emergency calls to which police officers had to respond immediately.
Fedigan said his department is seeing major increases in psychiatric and mental health calls.
(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.)
January 20, 1897
Expected the Real Thing
A man from one of the rural districts was in town on Saturday and saw the numerous little black flags the Tornado company have stuck up on the telegraph poles to advertise their show.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center is pleased to announce Jim Cantore of The Weather ChannelÂ® as its 2013 inductee into the Meteorologist Hall of Fame.
The ceremony will take place on Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. in the lobby of the Weather Center on North Findley Street.
Cantore is one of the most recognized faces in weather. Whether it's in the middle of an ice storm, tornado activity or a Category 5 hurricane, there is no place Jim Cantore would rather be.Â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The outside temperature was higher than the inside home shooting percentage to begin Friday nightâ€™s girls' basketball game.
Punxsyâ€™s frigid shooting of four of 22 tries in the first half doomed the squad against defending District IX champion Bradford, 52-36, in Punxsutawney.
The two district foes combined to miss the gameâ€™s first 13 attempts from the floor but it was the Lady Chucks who did not score until 5:48 into the affair.
Leading 9-4 after a period, Bradford (13-1/4-0 D-IX) took advantage of the continued cold Punxsy shooting in the second stanza.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In a tightly-contested and emotional affair, the first rematch of last yearâ€™s District IX championship went to the home team after an extra two periods of play.
Bradfordâ€™s Mike Wilber kissed a 25-foot shot high off the backboard as time expired before the home team took advantage of bad Punxsy shot selection in double overtime for a 57-49 victory.
â€śIt was a very, very tough loss tonight,â€ť a drained Dirk Neal, Punxsyâ€™s head coach said. â€śThis was a very emotionally draining effort.â€ť