Archive - Jan 2013 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” For those seeking a bit of additional exciting entertainment this Groundhog Day weekend, look no further.
The 15th Annual Magic Mike's Groundhog "Club Comedy Nights Extravaganza" will be held at the Rooftop of the Pantall Hotel.
The event will take place on Feb. 1 and 2, with four different shows being held.
Friday night will feature two shows â€” one starting at 6 p.m. and the other at 8 p.m.
On Saturday night, two other shows will be held, with one at 6 p.m. and
the other at 8 p.m.
By Matthew Triponey
Of The Spirit
BROOKVILLE â€” The deputy warden of the Jefferson County Jail, Brian Sneeringer, has decided to move on to "bigger and better things" and thus has submitted his resignation effective Feb. 8, Warden Tom Elbel announced at the most recent meeting of the Jefferson County Jail Inspection/Intermediate Punishment Board.
Paul Corbin, chairman of the county commission, said that the county would begin advertising the open position in the local media.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As the old saying goes, "You're not in Texas anymore" â€” 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 â€” not the one in Punxsy, the one in western Pennsylvania â€” 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.
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â€” 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.
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.
(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.)
January 20, 1897
THE B. R. & P. COâ€™S CHARTER
An attempt of an Oil City Man to Have it Revoked
BELL TOWNSHIP â€” Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the theft of flags and veteran memorial rods stolen from the Banner Ridge Cemetery in Mahaffey, Clearfield County.
Police said unknown actor(s) removed five U.S. flags â€” each of which was held with an 18-inch solid brass rod with a plate designating the wars in which the deceased had served, including the War of 1812, the Civil War, World War I, World War II and Vietnam.
The incident occurred at the cemetery sometime between 7 a.m. Dec. 15 and 7 a.m. Dec. 25.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Pennsylvania American Water (PAW) is riding the wave of the future with its CNG vehicles.
Local officials joined with Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Sam Smith and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection officials Friday at PAW's Punxsutawney office to mark the companyâ€™s launch of a compressed natural gas (CNG) pilot program for its vehicle fleet.
Friday, the company displayed four new CNG-powered Ford F-250 trucks at its kickoff event â€” a fleet that will be piloted in Punxsutawney and Coatesville.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A fourth-grade student at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School (PAMS) finished third nationwide in the Samsung Superhero Contest.
"This is Madame Marie Curie, alias Lizzie Neal, a gifted student who used her technology skills, learned mostly in Scott Sallack's technology class, to enter the contest put on by Samsung," said Cindy Taylor, sixth-grade English and gifted teacher at the middle school, at Wednesday's Punxsutawney Area School Board committee meeting.
Taylor said the contest was open to all students across the United States, grades K-12.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The old saying goes that one life touches another, and that has proven true for a dearly departed student whose legacy continues to live on long after her passing.
In 1987, Polly Hallman was just beginning her sophomore year when she sadly passed away. Her classmates were stricken with grief, but also determined to do something in her memory.
Since Polly loved to volunteer and help out her community, her classmates decided to band together and establish a scholarship in her honor.