June 2nd, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Police officers thought they might have a drowning victim on their hands when they were called to a drunk and disorderly incident at the dike along the Mahoning Creek behind the Thomas L. Barletta Skate Park on Elk Street at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.
According to scanner transmissions, two borough officers discovered one man who appeared to be intoxicated.
After the officers subdued him, he revealed that there was second man heâd been with on the dike who might have fallen into the creek not far from where a young boy drowned recently.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Perhaps it was a reference to his days on a muddy gridiron, but Thursday, former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Jon Kolb had some unusual advice for the three graduating seniors from the Punxsutawney Christian School (PCS) Class of 2011.
Take the messy way.
Kolb was among those addressing PCSâ three seniors â valedictorian Isaac J. Fugate, salutatorian Charles C. Higgs and Michael A. Neal â during the schoolâs annual commencement, this year held at the First United Methodist Church.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Thursday, the Route 119 Improvement Committee received an update on area highway construction projects from PennDOT District 10.
Scott Snyder, PennDOT Jefferson County assistant manager, said this will be a very busy construction season throughout the county, especially in the Punxsy area.
â˘ Punxsutawney signals â Snyder said this project is for the installation of replacement traffic signals, upgrades to pedestrian curb cuts and other related construction through downtown.
NORTH MAHONING TOWNSHIP â A one-vehicle accident sent a Punxsutawney man to the hospital after his vehicle struck a tree at 2 p.m. Monday on Route 119, North Mahoning Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2010 Lincoln Town Car driven by Charles G. Rumpf, 68, Punxsutawney, was traveling north on Route 119 near Midway Stables when he fell asleep and his vehicle traveled off the roadway.
Police said Rumpf's vehicle traveled off the west side of the roadway and struck a tree.
(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.)
March 4, 1896
The Adrian Hospital will accommodate, in its present condition, eighteen people. It was designed for twelve, but additional cots have been placed in every available place until it has half a more than it was intended to hold. The hospital is always crowded.
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TRIED TO KILL HIS WIFE
A Brookville Man Who
SHIPPENSBURG â Punxsy senior Milea Schall couldn't avoid keeping an eye on the clock during the final lap of the 3,200-meter run at the PIAA Track and Field Championships Saturday morning in Shippensburg.
Since she was near the back of the pack in the 25-girl race, Schall didn't have thoughts of a medal in her mind.
She was in search of the school record.
"The plan was not to look at the clock, but I couldn't help it," Schall said. "I knew the first mile was pretty fast, so I thought I was going to make it. I was just pushing hard."
1. Scottie Pippen, longtime teammate of Michael Jordan, was quick to backtrack from his original comment that LeBron James "may be the greatest player to ever play the game." All of the arguments are out there: James is a better passer and rebounder, which makes him a more complete player than Jordan. Simply put, Jordan has six more rings, and until James wins four or five, he should never be in the conversation with Jordan. It doesn't matter how many rings James wins with the Heat â Dwyane Wade will always be one ring ahead.
Lindsey Ellen Sweet, 50, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, May 29, 2011, at Mt. Laurel Nursing Home, Clearfield.
She was born March 2, 1961, in Ipswich, Mass., a daughter of the late David Eugene and Ellen (Lavoie) Cook.
She served the country as a U.S. Marine directly after graduation from high school.
Aug. 19, 1990, she married Paul Joseph Sweet, after reconnecting with one another at their 10-year high school reunion.
Janice M. (Hetrick) Kuntz, 72, DuBois, died Saturday, May 28, 2011, at her home.
She was born Aug. 11, 1939, in DuBois, the only child of the late Harold F. and Edna Mae (Hickman) Hetrick.
June 30, 1967, in DuBois, she married Donald Walter Kuntz, who preceded her in death Aug. 10, 1994.
She graduated from Sandy High School in 1957 and attended DuBois Business College.
Mrs. Kuntz was Methodist by faith and attended Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church.
Barbara Ellen Kotula, 92, Lucerne Mines, died Saturday, May 28, 2011, at St. Andrewâs Village.Â
She was born Sept. 4, 1918, in Eleanora, the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Annie (Lewis) Collins.
She was married to Theodore F. Kotula Sr., who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Kotula was a member of St. Maryâs Holy Protection Byzantine Catholic Church, Homer City, where she was very active in the Ladiesâ Guild.Â
She was also a 1936 graduate of Punxsutawney High School and a member of the Greek Catholic Union, Lodge No. 62, Punxsutawney.