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First Church of God welcomes new pastor

January 27, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As the old saying goes, "You're not in Texas anymore" — a saying that certainly applies to Greg Smith, the new senior pastor at the First Church of God in Punxsutawney who, until recently, was a resident of the Houston, Texas, area.

"I grew up in the small town of Albion — not the one in Punxsy, the one in western Pennsylvania — and it is small like here and is about 25 miles southwest of Erie," Smith said, adding that he lived there until he was 21 years of age.

"So, becoming the senior pastor at the First Church of God in Punxsy is like coming home again," he said.

Police: $1,400 in counterfeit bills passed at Wal-Mart

January 27, 2013

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a case of theft by deception involving $1,400 in counterfeit bills.

According to police, unknown actor(s) made purchases at Wal-Mart using what turned out to be 14 counterfeit $100 bills, before fleeing the scene.

The incident occurred around 9 p.m. Friday at Wal-Mart.

Anyone with information should contact police at 938-0510.

EMERGENCY RESPONDERS HANDLE SUNDAY MORNING WRECKS

January 27, 2013

The driver of this Chevrolet Silverado, George Hamilton of Shelocta, was not injured in this one-vehicle rollover accident that occurred at 5:36 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Route 119 and Route 210 in North Mahoning Township.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, Hamilton said he was traveling east on Route 210 and saw some deer, which caused him to drive through the stop sign at the intersection of Route 210 and Route 119 and roll his vehicle onto its side on the north side berm of Route 119.

Way Back When

January 27, 2013

(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.)

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