Archive - 2013 - News Article
This Suburu driven by Curt Mertz of Punxsutawney was heading south on Elk Run Avenue when he entered the intersection of Graffius Avenue on a red light, according to Punxsutawney Borough Police.
A Nissan pickup truck driven by Larry Depp of Punxsutawney was traveling east on Graffius Avenue and entered the intersection legally on a green light, striking the right rear quarter panel of Mertz's vehicle.
There were no injuries, and police were assisted at the scene by Jefferson County EMS and the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company.
BROOKVILLE â Nearly two years after its debut, swackett, the popular weather app produced by the Brookville-based company AGLogic, has been made available to Android users.
"If you google 'swackett,' the first word that comes up in the auto-suggest is 'swackett Android,' which means a lot of people were looking for it," said C. Scott Gilbert, the founder and director of AGLogic.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â If you enjoy a challenge when you drive, you might be looking forward to the detours that are coming, as two bridges will be replaced in Punxsutawney Borough this coming summer.
Those two bridges are the Saw Mill Run Bridge and the Route 119 Bridge and Route 310 Intersection improvement project in Elk Run.
Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager said at Mondayâs Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting that he is waiting for information from the contractor, Palo Construction Inc., to make some changes to the sanitary sewer line and manhole as requested by them.
BROOKVILLE â Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the case of a 19-year-old Brookville woman who has been missing since Friday.
Police reported that Devan Cathlene Knapp purchased a new, white 2013 Toyota Scion on Jan. 11, and told her mother at 6 p.m. that she was going to show her the new car.
However, police said Knapp has not been seen or heard from since.
Knapp is described as approximately 5'02" and 120 pounds, with red hair and blue eyes.
She was last seen wearing a blue, long-sleeve shirt, black leggings and black, Ugg-style boots.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â In response to the widespread outbreak and severity of this yearâs seasonal flu, Punxsutawney Area Hospital (PAH) has implemented restrictions on visitors to all clinical areas of the hospital, effective immediately.
âWe are asking that visitors be free of a fever for at least 24 hours prior to visiting a patient, and that visitors who have respiratory issues or who are under the age of 18 not come to the hospital at all,â said PAH Infection Preventionist and Specialist Abby Kengersky. âIf you are visiting, we ask that you wash your hands frequently and
PUNXSUTAWNEY â At approximately 6:20 a.m. Saturday, an unknown white male entered Ragleyâs True Value Hardware Store, located at 248 N. Findley St.,
through a window, according to Punxsutawney Borough Police.
Police said the male is seen on Ragleyâs surveillance video as he is going through the store.
A store employee who was coming to work witnessed the male exiting the store through a broken window in the rear of the building, according to police.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Your friendly neighborhood tax collector may be going out of business, if the Punxsutawney Area School Board decides to change the manner in which tax collectors are compensated.
"We're going to discuss the tax collection commission analysis, which is something that can only be adjusted every four years," Susan H. Robertson, Punxsutawney Area School District business manager, said at last Tuesday's school board meeting.
Robertson said it has to be done in an election year for the tax collectors.
(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 13, 1897
Aged Lady Burned to Death
Mrs. Margaret Kunkle, of Washington township, Indiana county, aged eighty-seven years, was suddenly taken ill with heart failure, on Monday, and fell into the open grate and was burned to death before she could be rescued.
January 20, 1897
School House Entered
PUNXSUTAWNEY â When it comes to promoting the arts, both in and out of the classroom, Indiana University of Pennsylvania remains quite dedicated.
It currently offers art education through ArtsPath, the Lively Arts outreach program made possible through the AIE Partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
ArtsPath was formed twelve years ago and is a regional and professional arts program that brings in professional artists from outside the school.
These artists come in and perform a variety of different arts in a classroom setting.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Gustavo Franco, M.D., Punxsutawney Area Hospital's most recent addition to the position of general surgeon, has traveled a long road to end up in Punxsutawney, but since he took over for former general surgeon Dr. Kaufman, Franco says he's really starting to get the feel for the small-town life.