Archive - Sep 2011 - News Article
REYNOLDSVILLE â Having recently viewed the Oscar-winning film âThe Kingâs Speech,â Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati told guests gathered at the Jefferson County Department of Developmentâs annual luncheon Thursday that what America needs now is âa Kingâs Speech.â
He described how the film, based on a true story, portrays King George IV who, despite a debilitating speech impediment, learns through unique and unorthodox techniques to find his voice, which he uses to inspire the pre-World War II United Kingdom.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Dylan Hackbarth is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, but heâs deferring a graduate program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore for a year in order to take on a âonce-in-a-lifetimeâ experience.
The experience? Driving the legendary Oscar Mayer Wienermobile to locations between the East Coast and the Midwest for the next year.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â A Reynoldsville woman faces charges of two counts of criminal attempt/criminal homicide and other charges after she allegedly fired about six shots from a .22 caliber revolver at her husband behind a district judge's office Thursday.
Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police said July L. Sprankle, 60, Summit Road, Reynoldsville, was arraigned by District Judge Douglas Chambers â behind whose office the incident occurred â Thursday afternoon. He set Sprankle's bail at $1 million.
Shots were fired today in front of District Judge Douglas Chambers' office. See tomorrow's Spirit for more information.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Brothers Gordon and Lyle Stuby divided their duties when it came to painting a huge U.S. flag on the southern-facing side of a large white barn along Stuby Acres, just past Joyceâs Greenhouse along Route 119, North Mahoning Township.
âGordonâs in charge of procurement and resources,â Lyle said. âIâm in charge of engineering and tech.â
âIn other words,â Gordon added, âIâm the gopher.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Councilâs Public Safety Committee discussed the possibility of changing the speed limit on the Route 119 bridge to make it easier for traffic to slow down when traveling down Indiana Hill.
Borough Manager Ben White said PennDOT would be able to clarify a few ideas proposed by council, which include requesting that PennDOT install larger signs or large orange diamonds on signs such as those used on the Indiana bypass on Route 119.
Hey groundhoggers, itâs that time again! No, not yet Groundhog Day, but the 113th Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Outing & Picnic, this year set for 1 p.m. until the lights are turned out Saturday at Groundhog Park and Gobblerâs Knob. In addition to a full New York strip steak dinner with all the trimmings at 4:45 p.m., the annual trek to give Punxsutawney Phil his life-extending elixir will be held around 3:30 p.m.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Whatever happened to the former Mary A. Wilson Elementary School? It is transitioning into Graystone Court.
Jeff Long, owner of Graystone Court, purchased the empty school last year from the Punxsutawney Area School District and is converting it into independent living apartments for seniors 55 and older.
Long said there is a need to provide quality, affordable housing to those seeking a safe, maintenance-free home.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The elimination of parking on Grace Way and Water Street was discussed at Tuesdayâs Public Safety Committee meeting, with members agreeing to take a second look at the elimination of all parking on the two streets because of increased truck traffic.
With the construction of a brine water treatment facility adjacent to the sewage treatment plant, the increased truck traffic has been a concern of council, committee member Roger Steele said.
ROSSITER â The cause of a garage fire that broke out in Rossiter early Saturday morning has yet to be determined.
The fire broke out in Emery Monoskey's garage around 6:30 a.m. Saturday on Center Street in Rossiter.
No one was injured.
However, heat from the garage fire caused minor damage to Monoskey's home, Joe Pisano Sr., fire chief of Rossiter's Volunteer Fire Company said.
Firefighters from Rossiter were the first to respond. Central Fire Department, Perry Township, Marion Center and Big Run also responded to the fire.