February 25th, 2014
An engine fire destroyed a vehicle that was parked along Route 36 across from Pine Tree Road in Bell Township at 11:32 a.m. on Tuesday.
The Punxsutawney Central Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire that engulfed the engine compartment of a red Toyota, and the smoke from it could be seen up to a mile away.
When firefighters arrived on scene, they doused the flames.
The vehicle was severely damaged.
Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Josh Wachob escorted the driver to Wachobâ€™s own vehicle while the fire was extinguished to get him out of the cold.
KNOX TOWNSHIP â€” A 42-year-old Brookville man is in custody and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine following a Tuesday search of his Manor Lane residence in Brookville, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.
For details, pick up Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.
Fire crews responded to the DuBois Country Club in the early hours of Monday morning to battle a working structure fire.
The blaze heavily damaged a building that houses a banquet facility, executive offices and a bar and grill.
Firefighters say flames had broken through the roof by the time they arrived, according to an Associated Press report.
The fire was out by dawn, though crews remained on the scene mopping up and assessing the damage.
Monday evening, DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police said the fire marshal was investigating the cause of the fire.
BIG RUN â€” When it comes to reaching out and helping those in need, The Tom Siple Foundation is ready and willing.
The foundation was created by Duane Siple and Pastor Paul Thompson in memory of Duane's father â€” the late Tom Siple, who was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. Tom passed away from lung cancer five years ago.
The purpose of the foundation is to help those who are terminally ill or severely disabled by providing funding for an outdoor adventure or whatever needs they may have.
The Country Villa Motel is now under new ownership.
Owner Yatin Patel said the motel is open and he is making improvements.
Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.
(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.)
February 29, 1888
The residence of Gaskill Gourley, near Grange, Perry township, was destroyed by fire last Thursday night.
The loss including household goods, will approximate seven hundred dollars, upon which there was $450 insurance in the Patron's Mutual. The fire originated from a detective flue.
A Fatal Fall of Coal
Eugene â€śGeneâ€ť Ermond Stear, 64, Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital after a lengthy illness.
He was born Sept. 27, 1949, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Ermond and Ellen Bair Stear.
He married Peg L. Hinderliter Stear in 1972. She preceded him in death in 1997.
Eugene is survived by a brother, Gary Stear and wife Donna of Ringgold; a nephew, Kevin Brestovich of Punxsutawney; and two nieces, Kim Stello of DuBois and Crystal Heckman of Punxsutawney.
Punxsy wrestlers took to the mat Friday and Saturday at the District IV-IX Class AAA Individual championships at Clarion University.
They each placed within the top three of their respective weight classes.
Next up is the regional competition.
Pictured are (from left): Keegan Fischer (3rd place), Kaleb Young (1st place), Josh Schuckers (1st place), Eli Lambiotte (2nd place), Luke Shiock (3rd place), Joel Bowers (1st place); and Perry Arrington (1st place).
See Monday's edition of The Spirit for the full story.
The Annual SS.C.D. Home & School Auction will be held tonight, with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. in Wienker Hall.
Pictured are some of the children who made items for the kids' craft table (from left): Emily Dobbins, Ella Newcome and Morgan Riggie holding Julia Riggie.
For auction details, pick up today's edition of The Spirit.
Ferringerâ€™s Flowersâ€™ annual pet food drive will be taking place from March 1-15.
Visitors to the Brookville store will, as usual, be greeted by Ferringerâ€™s resident golden retriever, Flossie.
For details about the drive, pick up Saturday's edition of The Spirit.