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June 12th, 2014

DAR Community Service Award goes to Fairman

June 12, 2014

The Punxsutawney Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) held its annual dinner at Mary's Place on Tuesday, at which time the members presented their 2014 Community Service Award to Bev Fairman.

Pictured (from left) are Joan Olp, DAR regent; Fairman; and Ginger Momyer, DAR Community Service Award chairperson.

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

Familiar Faces Friday!

June 12, 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 is to highlight a member of the community who may be recognizable to many and tell his or her story. Today’s familiar face is Kyle Beatty.)

By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Kyle Beatty is a familiar face. You may recognize him for his musical talents that he displays at a few local churches, or perhaps you have seen him throughout the community.

State Superior Court denies appeal for Steven Rebert

June 12, 2014

Steven Rebert, who was convicted on Jan. 24, 2012, of two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault, burglary, robbery and theft by unlawful taking in the murders of James and Victoria Shugar in their home in Brockway, has been denied his appeal by the State Superior Court.

"After careful review, we affirm," the document filed in correlation with the decision of the three-judge panel consisting of Kate Ford-Elliott, Christine Donohue and William Platt said.

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

Punxsy Legion loses to Indiana, 5-1

June 12, 2014

The Punxsutawney Sr. Legion team faced off against Indiana Legion at home on Thursday night. Despite a solid defensive performance from both teams, Punxsy lost the game 5-1. Pictured here, Dakota Thomas unleashes a pitch from the mound during Thursday night's game. Thomas pitched five innings for Punxsy.

For a full recap, see Friday's print edition of The Spirit.

June 11th

For two local youth, less (hair for a good cause) is more this summer

June 11, 2014

(Left photos) Madison McBee, of Punxsutawney, is only 14 years old, but wise beyond her years. Madison, the daughter of John and Melanie McBee, decided to have her hair cut and to donate the locks to Wigs For Kids. This is Madison's first time donating to Wigs For Kids, an organization that provides hair replacement systems and support for kids who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues at no cost to children or their families.

Severe weather comes on fast, forces local crews into action

June 11, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening, dark clouds started rolling in and a scanner call was issued warning Jefferson County residents of a tornado watch and severe thunderstorm warning in effect for the next few hours across the area.

June 10th

A sign of the times: Council approves new sign ordinance

June 10, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Following several attempts, Punxsutawney Borough Council finally voted to approve the new borough sign ordinance.

Read the additions and restrictions in the new ordinance in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

Punxsy BETA Sorority pitches in to assist Western PA Cares For Kids

June 10, 2014

The Punxsutawney Beta Sorority presented a donation of $1,000 to Western PA CARES for Kids to assist with their new medical and therapy addition.

Pictured (from left) are Linda Bittle, secretary of the Beta Sorority; Pat Berger, executive director and forensic interviewer of Western PA CARES for Kids; Marlene Shaffer, president of Punxsutawney Betas; and Barbara Burkett, vice president of the Beta Sorority.

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

Robert W. Mayes, 69

June 10, 2014

Robert W. Mayes, 69, passed away on May 30, 2014, at Good Shepherd Hospice from his battle with cancer.

Born in Punxsutawney in 1944, he moved to Lakeland in 1986, where he worked as a heavy machinery mechanic and retired from FME.

After retiring, he took up gardening and created a beautiful landscape paradise where many have gathered to enjoy its beauty.

His other love was golf. He enjoyed playing with his buddies at Cleveland Heights Golf Course.

He was of the Baptist faith.

June 9th

Punxsy council members reject PennDOT’s traffic signal agreement for Margiotti project

June 9, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council voted at Monday's meeting not to accept PennDOT's traffic signal agreement for the new Margiotti Bridge.

Punxsutawney Borough Manager Ben White said that borough council was presented with Resolution 2014-6, a traffic signal agreement with PennDOT to accept responsibility for the proposed traffic signal once it is installed as part of the Margiotti Bridge replacement project.

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