April 13th, 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.
Students from the First Church of God Youth group are pictured preparing the bags of candy to be given out at this Sundayâs 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
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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.
It may have been rainy and gloomy outside, but the âWorld's Biggest Easter Egg Hunt,â held at the First Assembly of God on Friday evening, was still a massive success, with this yearâs 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.
Betty Jane Snyder, 75, went home to be with her Lord on Friday morning, April 11, 2014, at her home in Hamilton, Pa.
Betty was born Jan. 11, 1939, daughter of the late Joseph and Elma (Newcome) Bish, in Coolspring, Pa.
She was married on May 21, 1960, to Verner Snyder, who preceded her in death.
Betty is survived by one brother, Richard Bish of DuBois; a daughter, Amy Murphy; a son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Leslie (Lyle) Snyder of Hamilton; and grandchildren Sara Murphy and Becky and Joey Snyder of Hamilton.
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.
(Editorâs note: This piece is one in a series of âFamiliar Faces Fridayâ 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. Todayâs familiar face is Don Byerly.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
ANITA â 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.
REYNOLDSVILLE â 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 â Jeffrey Scott Kline Jr., 32, Brockway, and Jessica Lynn Kline, 26, Brockway â to search the vehicle.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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 â in the case of one little boy â 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.
Betty L. Hicks, 94, of Rochester Mills, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2014 at Beacon Ridge in Indiana.
Mrs. Hicks was born on March 14, 1920 in Dixonville, a daughter of the late Jacob and Bessie (Sherry) Brilhart.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Jesse D. Hicks, in 1992.