PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” State Rep. Sam Smith, the local National Guard, members of the community and the staff of Joe's Drive-In gathered at the restaurant/ice cream shop on Saturday to commemorate the unveiling of the famous giant wooden groundhog.
The groundhog had been taken down for repairs and renovations after it was struck by a vehicle back in April.
However, it's back now and more or less "exactly the way it was," said Joe Sikora Jr., the owner of Joe's Drive-In.
Senior cheerleader Kelsey Snyder presents Head Cheerleading Coach Julie Baun with a check before Friday nightâ€™s game against DuBois.
Kelseyâ€™s senior project was a chicken BBQ to raise money so the Varsity Cheerleaders could purchase "Spirit" buses for the cheerleaders and students to go to away games this season.
The project netted $1,500.
Pictured are (front, from left) Hailyn Fye, Afton McAfee, Holly Waltman, Baun, Snyder, Tessa Spearing, Brittnee Tenon, Morgan Smith; (back) Haley Hartman, Tiana Smith, Kaelee Wyant and Janell Burkett.
(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.)
(September 16, 1896)
SUDDEN DEATH OF JACKSON PIFER
Jackson Pifer, a well known citizen of Clayville, died very suddenly last Monday evening. He was in his usual health, and had brought a load of coal to G.W. Porter's machine shops.