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PSP investigating cause of Indiana Co. fire

March 31, 2014

BANKS TOWNSHIP, INDIANA COUNTY — Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police reported on Monday that the station is investigating a fire that occurred over the weekend on Spotts Road in Banks Township, Indiana County.

Police said Fred T. Williams’ residence caught fire near the front of the residence at approximately 3:15 a.m. on Sunday.

The structure was totally destroyed, and the cause of the fire had not yet been determined.

Damage is estimated at approximately $150,000.

The investigation is ongoing.

March 30th

Terry "Rat" Smith, 65

March 30, 2014

Terry "Rat" Smith, 65, of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital, surrounded by his loving family and friends.

He was born April 30, 1948, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Blair and Louise (Henneman) Smith.

He was married to the former Marian Troutman.

He was a truck driver.

He was a member of the Perry Township Fire Department and the Lindsey Fire Company.

He was a member of the Valier United Methodist Church.

William H. “Bill” Neville, 83

March 30, 2014

William H. “Bill” Neville, 83, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, March 29, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born Jan. 18, 1931, in Porter Township, Jefferson County, a son of the late Avery and Lola (McDonald) Neville.

On July 2, 1955, he married Patricia Ann (Sprankle) Neville, who preceded him in death on Oct. 25, 2007.

He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church of Punxsutawney.

Mr. Neville was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War.

Filled with detours, Bishop's big-league dream just starting to come true

March 30, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Growing up, Punxsy's own Rick Bishop always dreamt of earning his shot in the big leagues of Major League Baseball.

And while a few roadblocks and unexpected turns led him in different directions than planned, Bishop has recently reached that dream in an unexpected way.

Read about Bishop's amazing career in Monday's edition of The Spirit.

HOOPS FOR HOPE FUNDRAISER A SLAM DUNK

March 30, 2014

Hoops for Hope, the Punxsutawney Fire Department vs. Punxsutawney Borough Police Department fundraiser, was held Saturday evening at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center gymnasium to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

The police (in blue) won the contest 55-50, but everyone was a winner in contributing to the cause.

Melissa McAfoos, event organizer, said everyone who participated in the event showed their dedication through hard work.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Relay for Life team Betty's Angels.

Way Back When

March 30, 2014

(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
April 11, 1888

Arrested for Stealing an Ox

David Trainor, of Walston, was arrested here last Friday evening by Policeman Kirk Patrick, charged with stealing an ox from Frank Ferringer, who resides near New Maysville, Clarion county.

Police find dog in Smicksburg

March 30, 2014

WEST MAHONING TOWNSHIP — Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police recovered a large male dog at noon Saturday along Griffith Road in Smicksburg, West Mahoning Township, Indiana County.

The dog has no tags or collar and is currently being held at the Indiana County Humane Society.

Anyone missing a dog is asked to call police at 938-0510 to identify it.

March 28th

Rossiter, Punxsy crews assist at fuel spill in Cloe area

March 28, 2014

First responders from Punxsutawney and Rossiter fire departments assist at the scene of a fuel spill on Friday morning in Canoe Creek in Cloe.

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

Ham Dinner to benefit Leseman in her recovery

March 28, 2014

ROSSITER — It was Feb. 14 — a day like any other day this winter, with gray skies, slippery roads and a couple of feet of snow already on the ground.

For Melissa Leseman, it was typical day that wasn't going to end in the typical way, as she was planning to take a short jaunt into town so her son could get a haircut.

That's the last thing she remembers before waking up in Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville after being flown there by a Lifeflight Helicopter from the Rossiter Ball Field, which was under nearly two feet of snow.

Moonshine makes its way into Jefferson County

March 28, 2014

Moonshine is coming to Western Pennsylvania!

David and Jennifer Black, owners of the new Blackbird Distillery in Brookville celebrated their grand opening on Wednesday.

The new and exciting adventure has taken over two years of hard work and determination to come full circle for Blackbird Distillery, the Blacks said.

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