Archive - 2014
Patricia A. Cressley, 61, Rochester Mills, died Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at home, after a two-year battle with brain cancer.
She was born April 26, 1953, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Paul I. â€śIkeâ€ť Mottorn and June (McGaughey) Mottorn, who survives.
On June 26, 1971, she married Fred A. Cressley, who survives.
She was a member of the Juneau United Methodist Church.
She worked as the CFO for DuBois Regional Medical Center for five years and has worked at DRMC for more than 25 years as a C.P.A.
She graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
The members of Cub Scout Pack 245, their families and some representatives of Girl Scout Troop 20293 werenâ€™t deterred by a little bit of rain and some chillier temperatures on Saturday, as they made their way to the John Jacob Fisher Post 62 American Legion Cemetery Plot and Circle Hill Cemetery to place American flags on the markers of past veterans who have been laid to rest there.
BROOKVILLE â€”Â Tuesday's Jefferson County primary election saw one particular race of interest, and in the end, it proved to be as
close as many thought it would be, with Cris Dush receiving 2,508 votes (51.70 percent) for the spot on the Republican ticket for Representative in the General Assembly 66th District and Paul Corbin receiving 2,166
(44.65) votes within the county.
(Results are unofficial and were obtained through jeffersoncountypa.com, the county's website.)
Harry G. Bodenhorn also received 166 votes on the ballot.
James Dale Wells, Sr., 78, of Nassau County, Florida, passed away Friday, May 16, 2014.
He was born Sept. 2, 1935, in DuBois, a son of the late Fred and Ida L. (Johnston) Wells.
James was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia June Wells, on Dec. 19, 2013.
He was a member of the Gateway to Life Church in Hilliard, Florida.
He owned and operated numerous restaurants in his early years.
The past 30 years, he owned J.D. Wells Auto Sales in Hilliard, Florida, and enjoyed working on cars and going to car auctions with his son, J.D. Wells, Jr., who now operates the business.
On Monday, representatives of The Spirit visited the local schools to present this yearâ€™s Punxsutawney Spirit Teachers of the Year.
Pictured here is Emily Skamai (front, center), a teacher at Punxsutawney Area Middle School, being presented with the Middle School Teacher of the Year award, a gift certificate to Maryâ€™s Place and balloons courtesy of Walmart by Spirit representatives Bridey Shawgo (to Skamaiâ€™s right), Tracy Smith (to Skamaiâ€™s right) and Zak Lantz (back, far left).
There were several injuries in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 10:35 a.m. Monday on Route 36 in Young Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2003 Ford Focus ZX5 driven by Judith D. Jones, 44, Punxsutawney, was traveling south on Route 36, while a 2003 Ford Windstar driven by Jesse D. Scott, 32, Timblin was traveling north, when Jones allegedly fell asleep at the wheel, crossed the center line of the roadway and impacted the left side of Scott's vehicle.
Irene Pearce, 83, of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, May 18, 2014, at AM-PM Personal Care Home in Adrian.
She was born Jan. 17, 1931, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late Clair and Clara (Powell) Martz.
She married Clyde R. Evans, who preceded her in death.
She then married Harold R. Pearce, who died April 25, 2014.
She was a member of the Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church in Punxsutawney.
INDIANA â€” Three Indiana residents died following a mobile home fire that broke out early Sunday morning at 105 Keystone Dr., according to Indiana County Coroner Jerry L. Overman Jr.
Shawn Marsh, 28, Nicole Novak, 27, and Gabbriella Novak, 9, all lived in the Indiana mobile home and all perished in the fire, according to a release issued by Overman.
The coroner pronounced the victims dead at the scene at 5:08 a.m. Sunday.
The cause and manner of death for all three are pending autopsies, which are scheduled for today at Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown.
The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center on Sunday celebrated the 100th anniversary of the building that houses it.
Originally completed in 1914 as a post office, the building was abandoned for several years, then purchased by a group of concerned citizens who developed it into the remarkable education center that it is today.
Current Postmaster General for Punxsutawney John McBee (right) and current Postmaster General for Anita Maragaret Hudock pose alongside a display in the Weather Discovery Center's lobby that commemorates the building's original purpose as a post office.
(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.)
May 30, 1888
A terrific wind storm passed over this place last Monday afternoon about 3 o'clock, frightening the inhabitants out of their wits and destroying a good deal of property.
The roof was blown off the tripple at Horatio mines, killing a mule.
A portion of the roof of Hon. J.U. Gillespie's barn in Claysville, was carried off.