Archive - Jan 2014 - News Article
On Saturday, the D-IX Cheerleading Championships were held at the DuBois Area High school, and the Punxsutawney Cheerleaders advanced to the next round, where they will compete for a State title in Hershey on Jan 24-25.
Pictured holding their Hershey Kisses are (front row, from left) Tiana Smith, Tessa Spearing, Morgan Smith, Kaili Wolbert, Haley Hartman; (back row, from left) Hailyn Fye, Shayne Dyson, Libby Anderson, Taylor Medsger, Chris Dyson, Amberley Spicher, Janell Burkett and Brittnee Tenon.
(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 12, 1898
A True Bill Found
Jefferson County District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett (left) and Capt. Bernard V. Petrovsky, commanding officer, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, are pictured holding a press conference at Troop C headquarters in Punxsutawney on Friday, where information was released relative to the arrest of three individuals who were allegedly manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine throughout the area.
For details, pick up Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
The Punxsutawney Salvation Army came up $20,000 short in its Red Kettle
Campaign and is looking at having to cut some programs.
Pictured is Captain Keith Jache (far right), co-commander of the Punxsutawney Salvation Army, assisting two students with homework, Heidi Stiles (far left) and Lillian Jache (center), during the after-school program â which is one of the programs that may be affected.
To find out how you can help, pick up Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
Josh Wachob (right) of the Lindsey Fire Company was sworn in at Monday's Punxsutawney Borough Council reorganization meeting by Mayor Richard Alexander as the Punxsutawney Fire Departmentâs chief for the next two years.
(Editorâs note: This piece is one in a series of âFamiliar Faces Fridayâ features to be written by Spirit reporter Destiny Pifer. The point of the project will be to highlight a member of the community who may be recognizable to many and tell his or her story. Todayâs familiar face is Jacque Perry.)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Jacque Perry is a recognizable face. You may recognize her as the owner of Jacque Perry Insurance, Inc., or perhaps you have seen her in the community.
Perry was born and raised in the outskirts of Punxsutawney.
Read all about Perry in Friday's edition of The Spirit.
WARSAW TOWNSHIP â Three area residents have been charged in relation to a methamphetamine investigation conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police Troop C Vice Unit and the Jefferson County Drug Task Force.
For details, see Friday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Thomas Andrew Demko, the former sheriff of Jefferson County, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital at the age of 75.
Sheriff Demko was known for many areas of service throughout the county, including being a former Pennsylvania State Parole Agent and a police officer with the Punxsutawney Borough. He was elected to three terms as sheriff.
His community involvement included being a member of the Eagles, Elks, Fraternal Order of Police, Knights of Columbus (past president) and the Sheriffâs Association of PA (past president.)
Following 34 years of service to the community, Punxsutawney Borough Public Works employee Olin Bartlebaugh (seated) retired on Wednesday. Pictured (middle, from left) are J.R. Overly, Ken Bishop, Scott Depp, Ken Krolick and Jim Phillips, Public Works employees; and (back) Bill Shiock, Public Works employee. Bartlebaugh received numerous farewell gifts, along with a pizza and cake reception. Bartlebaugh was normally seen taking care of the grounds and inside of the Mahoning East Civic Center.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Creativity is often the key to success and helps to make a business stand out from all the rest. One local business owner has used his creative thinking to make his establishment stand out.
Scott Anthony, owner of Fox's Pizza Den, has put his marketing and PR skills to good use, teaming up with a local business called Menu Systems to create a digitized window display.
For a full story on the display and where the displays are taking the businesses, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.