Archive - 2013 - News Article
(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 28, 1897
A Day in School
Instead of two hundred there should have been five hundred visitors to the public schools last Friday.
Punxsutawney â€” This past month saw Punxsyâ€™s very own beloved groundhog, Phil, in the spotlight once again. With the harsh winter
dragging on, poor Phil became the target of a frustrated fan.
Though he had a suit tossed at him, he managed to make it through without any charges being pressed â€” with a little help from one of his closest friends, Bill Deeley, president of the Groundhog Club.
That time in the spotlight has garnered Phil a great deal of attention, and now he has a song and music video dedicated in his honor.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Police continue to search for the suspect in an assault that occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m Thursday along North Jefferson Street in Punxsutawney.
Police are searching for a white male, between the age of 20 and 30, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall, who was wearing a black leather jacket and blue jeans and possibly operating, or a passenger inside of, a gray vehicle with an unknown registration, said Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan.
BELL TOWNSHIP â€” Windy and dry conditions have prompted a red flag warning for brush fires across the Jefferson County Area.
The National Weather Service says gusty winds, along with humidity levels as low as 20 percent, mean there is a "great potential" for wildfires in the area throughout the day, along with the possibility that any blazes that do start could easily spread.
BIG RUN â€” First-year frogcaster Jeff London has reported that the tiny peeper frogs began to sing in the Big Run Swamp at 2:10 p.m. on Friday.
London said that was their first look through the ice, and they have two
more to go before spring settles in for good.
London had predicted earlier in the week that it wasn't going to occur until Friday or today.
Up until this year, April 2 was the latest the tiny frogs had peeped, but now, the new longest record is established
as April 5.
A Punxsutawney man was injured late Thursday afternoon after he lost
control of his 1987 Chevy S10 on Summit Road.
The vehicle rolled over on to its roof, causing disabling damage.
The man was transported via ambulance to the Punxsutawney Area Hospital, from which he was then flown via helicopter to a trauma center.
McCalmont Township Fire Department and Punxsutawney State Police responded to the scene.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police have released one name and filed charges related to a series of egging incidents that occurred between the dates of Nov. 17 and 18, 2012.
The incidents occurred in McCalmont Township, Young Township, Perry Township, Big Run Borough, Sykesville Borough, Reynoldsville Borough and Punxsutawney Borough in Jefferson County; Canoe Township, Banks Township, Montgomery Township and Burnside Borough in Indiana County; and DuBois City and Sandy Township in Clearfield County.
CLARION â€” Acclaimed film director Spike Lee delivered a presentation at Clarion University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday as part of the Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series Endowment of the Clarion University Foundation, Inc., established to provide the community with thought-provoking and
discussion-starting cultural experiences.
Lee is the award-winning, two-time Oscar-nominated director of such films as â€śDo the Right Thingâ€ť and â€śMalcolm X.â€ť He has also worked as a producer, a writer and, occasionally, an actor.
Read the full story in Friday's print edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area School Board voted to approve a resolution calling for reform of the Commonwealth's cyber charter school funding formula.
For a full recap of Dr. Keith Wolfe's comments on the resolution, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
Rehearsals have been ongoing over the past two weeks for the 2013 Variety Show, which will be held at 7 p.m. from Thursday April 11 through Saturday April 13 at the Punxsutawney Area High School auditorium. Pictured are the this yearâ€™s emcees performing a skit dealing with social media addiction (from left): Alex Anderson, Maija Carol, Trevor Peace, Sarah London and Caroline Dunkel. Tickets are available at the door or from a participant in the Variety Show.