Archive - Mar 2012 - News Article
BROOKVILLE â Next month, teen drivers in Jefferson and Clarion counties will put their driving skills to the test for the annual Clar-Jeff Regional Safe Driving Competition.
But Jefferson County Sheriff Carl Gotwald thinks this year is more important than ever before because of two new state laws that affect teen drivers.
âThere has been a lot of recent changes,â he said. âThere have also been some very high-profile car accidents where kids have been killed. So I think itâs a good program to educate teen drivers.â
A new state law requiring Pennsylvania drivers to pull over and stop if they want to use text-based communications takes effect today, although it remains legal to use a hand-held cell phone behind the wheel. The statewide texting-while-driving ban carries a $50 fine and gives police authority to pull over suspected violators on sight.
BIG RUN â Itâs almost time for the peepers of Big Run to let everyone know that spring will soon arrive.
âAny day now,â says Big Run resident John London, who has been tracking the peepers since 1972.
London frequently walks near the swamps of Big Run to listen for the peepers, but as of yet, he has has not heard anything.
When the weather gets warm enough, the peepers will emerge from the mud and begin to peep, but London believes they have been affected by the strange winter this year.
âI have not seen a winter this mild,â he said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Area Community Center informed Punxsutawney Borough Council at Tuesdayâs Public Safety committee meeting that it intends to apply for a $150,000 grant to upgrade the electric at the facility.
Mick Mumau, of the Community Center, said he wanted to inform council that it will apply for a DCNR grant and needs the borough as a sponsor.
Mumau said the centerâs board has the funding match for the grant, which is due April 4.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â So, how do you like the price of gas in the Punxsutawney area so far?
Once again, there is a 10-cent difference in the price of gas sold in Brookville versus Punxsutawney.
Several people who were filling up at Punxsy area gas stations/fast-food stores such as Sheetz, Uni-Mart, Kwik-Fill and Saterleeâs Sunoco continue to wonder why the gas is always 10 cents cheaper in DuBois and Brookville than in Punxsy.
ALTOONA â Over the past weekend, Punxsy's wrestling team traveled to Altoona for the Class AAA Northwest Regional Tournament, with a record number of 10 Chucks advancing to the tournament.
One Punxsy grappler â sophomore Joel Bowers â earned a berth to the PIAA Class AAA State Championships next weekend in Hershey.
Bowers earned victories over McDowell's Coleman Cousins (2-1 decision) and St. Marys' Evan Smith (10-2 decision), avenging a loss to Smith in the D-IX tournament last weekend.
A Texas man escaped serious injury when he rolled his vehicle over around 12:15 a.m. Saturday morning in Cloe, Bell Township. According to police, a 2006 Lexus driven by Clarence J. Craft, Texas, was traveling south on Route 36 when he lost control and rolled his vehicle over, shearing off a utility pole at the same time. Police were assisted at the scene by Jefferson County EMS, Punxsutawney Fire Department, Rebuck's South Side Service and Penelec.
(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.)
(April 29, 1896)
A BLIND MAN SUICIDES
J. B. McCullough, of Beechwoods,
The body of James B. McCullough, of Beechwoods, was found suspended from a tree near Coal Glen, on Saturday morning last by A. H. Smith, of the latter place.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Ursula Albino and her husband, Joe, have enjoyed the last 20 years of their retirement, but in that time, they have also found ways to give back to others.
Most recently, in 2010, they signed up to volunteer for the American Cancer Society's (ACS) Road to Recovery program, which pairs community volunteers with cancer patients to provide rides to and from cancer treatments.
But in the last two years, the Albinos have remained the only volunteers covering Jefferson County, so they are seeking some extra hands.
BELL TOWNSHIP â Punxsutawney Area School District elementary schools celebrated "Read Across America Dayâ and Dr. Seuss' birthday at the same time.
The National Education Association's âRead Across Americaâ is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading and the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss March 2.
âAnything that promotes reading is a wonderful thing," said Sherri Spicher, first-grade teacher at Bell Township Elementary School.