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February 26th

Report: Police charge another in Knapp's death

February 26, 2013

CLARION COUNTY — After a 29-year-old man was charged Monday with third-degree murder in the January death of 19-year-old Devan Knapp of Brookville, a second man, 32-year-old Joel Tanner Stark of Rimersburg, has been charged with several criminal conspiracy counts — including abuse of a corpse and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence — surrounding Knapp's death and the moving of her body, WJAC-TV reported Tuesday.

SS.C.D. STUDENTS TOUR THE SPIRIT WITH PLANS OF REVIVING THEIR SCHOOL NEWSPAPER

February 26, 2013

Members of the 4th-grade class at Ss. Cosmas & Damian School toured Spirit Publishing Co.’s facility Tuesday afternoon to get a feel for the daily operation of a paper and what goes into making a newspaper in hopes of bringing back the school newspaper, which has been out of print as of late.

Students — pictured here in front of the printing press with Tracy Smith (back, left), Spirit publisher, and Zak Lantz (back, right), Spirit editor — asked questions, some of which they had prepared in advance, of the staff members as the first step of putting together their own edition.

Local officials hold school safety forum

February 26, 2013

A Community Forum regarding school security and safety was held at Punxsutawney Area High School on Tuesday.

The forum was sponsored by the Punxsutawney Area School District and Punxsutawney Borough Council, and the panel consisted of members of various areas of law enforcement, as well as first responders and school administrators.

Report: Police charge another man in Devan Knapp's death

February 26, 2013

CLARION COUNTY — After a 29-year-old man was charged Monday with third-degree murder in the January death of 19-year-old Devan Knapp of Brookville, a second man, 32-year-old Joel Tanner Stark of Rimersburg, has been charged with several criminal conspiracy counts — including abuse of a corpse and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence — surrounding Knapp's death and the moving of her body, WJAC-TV reported Tuesday.

February 25th

Are you a ‘Phan’ of the arts? P.A.A.I.’s latest draw is international club

February 25, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — When one thinks about the art in the town of Punxsutawney, the images of the infamous "Phantastic Phil" statues are one of many things that may come to mind.

And while it is true that the town has combined the world of art with its famous groundhog, Punxsy Phil, what you may not know is that Phil — beloved as he is — is actually an artist himself.

In 2007, he created his own work of art titled "Cabin Fever Chaos," which was done solely for the Punxsutawney Arts Association, Inc.

Indiana Co. man killed by falling tree

February 25, 2013

INDIANA — The Indiana County Coroner’s office is investigating the Sunday afternoon death of an Armstrong Township man.

Coroner Michael Baker said 30 year-old Jason William Drew was killed while clearing trees from the edge of a field on land leased by the Reeger Farm just off Anthony Road in Center Township.

The victim was using an extended chain saw to cut a large branch from a tree about 18 feet overhead, when the saw became pinched in the branch.

Man charged with murder in death of 19-year-old Brookville woman

February 25, 2013

CLARION — Pennsylvania State Police have charged a 29-year-old man with the alleged murder of a 19-year-old Brookville woman.

Shawn Ryan Carr has been charged with third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, drug delivery resulting in death, criminal use of a communication facility, aggravated assault, abuse of a corpse, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault in the death of Devan Cathlene Knapp.

February 24th

WAY TO GO, D-IX WRESTLING CHAMPS!

February 24, 2013

This trio of Punxsy grapplers (from left), Joel Bowers, Kaleb Young and Perry Arrington, represented the Chucks well at the D-IX AAA championships Friday and Saturday at Clarion University.

Arrington was the runner-up in the 138 bracket, while Young (126) and
Bowers (120) brought home first-place plaques.

Read the full story online in our Sports section.

County libraries offer e-book services through Axis 360

February 24, 2013

BROCKWAY — Libraries in Jefferson County are now offering residents a new way to enjoy books through the use of modern technologies, as e-books are now available to be borrowed through the recently implemented Axis 360 platform.

"It's the future, and it's where it's going, and people want them, so we need to have them," said Leslie Barr, assistant director of the Mengle Memorial Library in Brockway, which has spearheaded the forays into e-book services in Jefferson County.

Way Back When

February 24, 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.)

Local Intelligence
February 10, 1897

Furnishing Liquor to Minors
John Steahle, of Harmony, had Scott George, resident of the same place and teacher of the White school in Young township, arrested for furnishing liquor to minors.

 

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