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October 14th, 2014

Joy A. States, 82

October 15, 2014

Joy A. States, 82, of Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College.

The daughter of the late James and Helen (Grube) Bell, she was born Jan. 8, 1932, in Punxsutawney.

On March 20, 1965, she married Samuel J. States, who preceded her in death in July of this year.

Joy was a graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School. She spent her career as a bookkeeper and an office manager for her big brother Blaine Bell, at Harvey Company, and later for Hetager Drilling.

Judy I. Stahlman, 63

October 14, 2014

Judy I. Stahlman, 63, of Punxsutawney, formerly of Cleveland, Ohio, passed away Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Miss Stahlman was born May 30, 1951, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Albert and June (Pope) Stahlman.

Judy was a professor at Cleveland State University for 28 years. She earned her bachelor's degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, her master's degree at Slippery Rock University and her doctorate at the University of Virginia in Charlottsville.

Commissioners recognize causes at busy meeting

October 14, 2014

BROOKVILLE — At their most recent meeting on Tuesday, the Jefferson County commissioners issued proclamations related to domestic violence, disability employment and drug and alcohol abuse and also heard from members of the community on humane control and the future of the coal industry.

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

October 13th

West End students get ‘fired up for fundraising’

October 13, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Central Fire Department recently presented one of the most important lessons that students needed to hear — one that could ultimately save their lives — on fire prevention and safety for the students at West End Elementary School during Fire Prevention Week on Friday.

Lady Chucks claim their crown

October 13, 2014

The Lady Chucks tennis team traveled to St. Marys on Monday to beat the rain and beat the Lady Rovers of Brockway for the District IX team title. Pictured here are the team members who made the trip and Punxsy Head Coach Rose Graffius (far left). With the win, Punxsy advances to the state tournament, where the Lady Chucks will face a team out of the WPIAL.

Read the full recap in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.

Paul M. Strong, 91

October 13, 2014

Paul M. Strong, 91, of Meadow Road, Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at Wellington Heights.

Mr. Strong was born May 7, 1923, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Lillian C. (Anderson) Strong.

On April 28, 2012, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Betty Jane (Hicks) Strong. They were married on August 21, 1947.

He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy.

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October 13, 2014

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October 12th

Parkview Elementary students learn all about fire safety

October 12, 2014

ANITA — No one likes to think that their home may catch on fire, but it is something that is more common than many realize.

Friday morning, the students at Parkview Elementary learned about fire safety at the Fire and Prevention program, hosted by the McCalmont Township Fire Department in Anita. Assistant Fire Chief Critter Porada taught the students some fire safety techniques and talked about what they should do if there is ever a fire.

October 10th

Charles Allen McGee, 89

October 10, 2014

Charles Allen McGee, 89, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at sunrise at Ivy Ridge in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Mr. McGee was born Feb. 16, 1925, in Warren, Ohio.

He was the son of the late Joseph A. and Ethel Mundorf McGee of Punxsutawney.

Mr. McGee was a retired pipefitter.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Jean Giffin McGee; sons Charles McGee, Jr. and wife Janet, Tom McGee and wife Claudette, Tim McGee and wife Karen and Mike McGee and wife Nancy; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Richard James Covatch, 80

October 10, 2014

Richard James Covatch, 80, of Punxsutawney, died on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at UPMC-Montefiore Medical Center in Pittsburgh.

He was born April 21, 1934, in Rossiter, the son of the late Charles and Mary Jane (Barnett) Covatch.

He was married for 50 years to Mary Louise (Maddox) Covatch, who preceded him in death on July 27, 2008.

He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served in the U.S. Air Force.

He was a member of the American Legion.

He was a laborer in the construction industry for many years.

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