Archive - 2013
Larry Boyd âSqueakâ Smith, 68, Canoe Ridge Road, Rossiter died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at home with his loving family.
Born on April 17, 1945, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Virgil and L. Marie (Knisley) Smith.
On Jan. 4, 1965, he married the former Jane Marie Hofman. She survives.
Prior to his retirement in 2007, Larry worked as a coal miner at Greenwich Colliers, he was a mechanic for Murray Ford, Don Vite, Conradâs, and the Brookville Truck Stop and was a foreman for Whipstock.
Mona Elaine Davidson, 73, most recently of Lemoyne, Pa., passed away on Monday, Oct. 7, while in the company of family, at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, Pa. Mrs. Davidson is formerly of Freeport, PA.
Mona was born in Ernest, Pa., on March 24, 1940. She was the daughter of the late Lorena Rebecca (Shafer) Lettie and Elmer Leroy Lettie of Punxsutawney. She was one of seven children, with two brothers and four sisters. She was a 1957 graduate of Punxsutawney Area Joint High School.
Michael Christopher Shugars, 32, Punxsutawney, who was arrested in connection with the death of Chet Allen Haddow, 33, of Punxsutawney, waived his preliminary hearing on Tuesday at District Magistrate Douglas Chambers' office in Punxsutawney.
Pictured here is Shugars (left) entering a Jefferson County Sheriff's
Office patrol car.
Read the full story in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.
As the nation recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness month, Fox's Pizza Den is gearing up to raise money for a good cause and to remember a dear friend.
Fox's Pizza Den will celebrate Slice of Hope, a pizza industry charitable initiative, during which it will be donating 10 percent of sales on Friday to the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation.
The event will also honor the late Polly Farbo, who was the spokesperson for Slice of Hope at Fox's before passing away this year.
Boyd A. Ferringer, Jr., 83, of Fairmount City, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at Golden Living in Clarion.
He was born Feb. 26, 1930, in Fairmount City, a son of the late Boyd A. and Naomi Ruth (Smith) Ferringer, Sr.
Mr. Ferringer served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was very proud to have served his country.
On April 29, 1960, he married the former, Martha Jean Bracken. She survives.
He was a member of the Oakland Church of God.
Boyd previously worked for Crawford Furniture, Bracken's Construction and Clarion Homes.
William J. âJiggsâ Covatch, Sr., 86 of Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, Oct.r 7, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Mr. Covatch was born on Nov. 24, 1926, in Rossiter, a son of the late Charles and Mary Jane (Barnett) Covatch.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Nancy L. (Restifo) Covatch on April 23, 2002 â they were married March 24, 1951 â and by his son, William Jerry Covatch, Jr., on Oct. 12, 1985.
He was a veteran of the US Army, having served during the Korean War.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ The Lady Chucks seventh-and eighth-grade basketball team took to the floor again Tuesday against Curwensville.
As has been the story all year, the Lady Chucks won both games, as the seventh-grade team won 45-16, and the eighth-grade team won 34-5.
For one team to have a perfect record is impressive, but for both teams to have one, that just speaks volumes of the program and talent that Punxsy has.
WINSLOW TOWNSHIP â Students were temporarily evacuated from the Jefferson County-DuBois Area Vocational-Technical School at 576 Vo Tech Rd. in Winslow Township on Monday morning as the result of a bomb threat written on the bathroom wall.
DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police reported Monday that the threat was reported at 9:25 a.m. and that the actors are undetermined.
Police said the actors wrote, "There are bombs in the school," in a restroom area of the school.
The school was temporarily evacuated, and a state police explosives dog was brought to the scene.
A large group of people (pictured above and below) lined West Mahoning Street in downtown Punxsutawney with placards and signs promoting the pro-life movement on Sunday.
Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
On Monday, Scott Anthony of Fox's Pizza Den in Punxsutawney announced the final totals for the 12th annual Pizza & Prevention fundraiser that was held on Saturday.
Anthony said there were 5,392 pizzas and pizza coupons sold and $1,600 in tips for a total of $50,721.12.
Pictured above is Henry Braunns of the Punxsutawney Central Fire Department preparing two pizzas for delivery on Saturday.