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April 13th

Way Back When

April 13, 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 28, 1888
Bothyne Pardoned
The Board of Pardons, which met in Harrisburg on Tuesday of last week, recommended a pardon in the case of Augustus Bothyne, who was sentenced to five years imprisonment for feloneous assault on the person of Jeremiah Greeley.

May 2, 1888
Saw Mill Burned

PSP investigating potential $60,000 employee theft at FEMCO

April 13, 2014

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police responded to an incident of theft Thursday at FEMCO Machine Co. in Young Township.

It was reported to police that a male FEMCO employee, 32, of Punxsutawney, had been stealing products from the workplace and selling them for scrap.

Police said the employee, whose name was not listed in the report, reportedly deprived FEMCO of an estimated $60,000 worth of material since November of 2013.

The investigation continues.

Rev. Gary D. Keith, 44

April 13, 2014

The Rev. Gary D. Keith, 44, of Hawthorn, Pa., died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Punsxutawney Area Hospital.

Born July 22, 1969, in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Elmer D. Keith and Patrica E. Choate, who survives, of Olathe, Kan.

He graduated from Moravia High School in Moravia, Iowa.

He received a degree in religion from Mid America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan. He also attended Nazarene Bible College.

He was married to Amanda Hetrick on August 7, 1993, in Brookville.

April 11th

FCOG hosting Harmon Field egg hunt Sunday

April 11, 2014

Students from the First Church of God Youth group are pictured preparing the bags of candy to be given out at this Sunday’s Easter egg hunt to be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at Harmon Filed in Punxsutawney.

Pictured (from left) are Samantha Dyson, Sterling Grisso, Heather Bair, Janell Burkett and Kimmy Belisky.

For more information regarding the Easter egg hunt or the church in general, call the church at 814-938-6670 or check out its website at www.fcoglife.org

Punxsy Borough preparing for paving season

April 11, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite the heavy winter that was experienced this year in Western Pennsylvania and the amount of overtime Public Works employees endured, Punxsutawney Borough Council is looking to still do as much paving work on borough streets as has been done in the past.

"I've been working with Dave Bofinger, Public Works foreman, regarding the proposed paving list," said Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager, at Monday's Public Works Committee meeting.

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

First Assembly of God Church hosts ‘world’s biggest’ egg hunt

April 11, 2014

It may have been rainy and gloomy outside, but the “World's Biggest Easter Egg Hunt,” held at the First Assembly of God on Friday evening, was still a massive success, with this year’s hunt taking place in the church and in the gym.

A total of 3,000 eggs were hidden, and kids who attended were also treated to some tasty snacks and a puppet show and had the chance to win some great prizes.

Pictured is Allen Martell Sr. holding his two little ones, Allen Jr., age 1, (left) and Exzander, who is just a month old. It was the first Easter egg hunt for both.

April 10th

Nothing fishy about this: Trout season begins this Saturday

April 10, 2014

Hailey Peace of Punxsy, with assistance from Ken Kotula, is pictured stocking trout in Cloe Lake last Thursday.

Trout fishing officially begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

For details about the Cloe Lake stocking and trout season safety tips and pointers, pick up Friday's edition of The Spirit.

Familiar Faces Friday!

April 10, 2014

(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 Don Byerly.)

By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit

ANITA — Don Byerly is a familiar face. You may recognize him as president of the McCalmont Township Fire Company. Or perhaps, you have seen him helping out his fellow firefighters.

Byerly was born in DuBois and raised in Punxsutawney.

Two Brockway residents arrested in Reynoldsville for meth labs

April 10, 2014

REYNOLDSVILLE — DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police, in conjunction with the Troop C Vice Unit and the Reynoldsville Borough Police Department, conducted a narcotics investigation on April 9 on Main Street in the Reynoldsville Borough.

On the aforementioned date, the Reynoldsville Borough Police Department found a vehicle disabled at the Uni-Mart in the Reynoldsville Borough.

Officers observed paraphernalia inside the vehicle and obtained consent from the accused — Jeffrey Scott Kline Jr., 32, Brockway, and Jessica Lynn Kline, 26, Brockway — to search the vehicle.

April 9th

Community pulling together for boy in need of heart transplant

April 9, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As a parent, one often feels helpless when a child is ill, but to be the parent of a child who is terminally ill or — in the case of one little boy — in need of a heart transplant, it is not only frustrating but also heart-wrenching.

However, as parents, we learn that when our children are faced with adversity, we must be strong, and for 5-year-old Brayden Wyant strength is a character trait both he and his parents must continue to display.

For Brayden's story, and to see how you can help, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.

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