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April 30th


April 30, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, in conjunction with Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett, announced Wednesday at a press conference the issuance of 18 drug-related arrest warrants for offenders from Jefferson County and the surrounding area.

Captain Bernard J. Petrovsky, Troop C Commanding Officer, said at the press conference that two suspects — Russ Edward Hayes, 36, Punxsutawney, and Mark Darren Shaffer, 45, Sykesville — were still at large as of 2 p.m.

The following 16 individuals were in custody:

• Scott Edwin Smith, 48, Brookville;

April 29th

Golden Gooden: Jeff Tech student places first in Skills USA competition

April 29, 2014

Jamie Rhed, Jeff Tech economics teacher and Skills USA advisor (left) and Justin Gooden, a criminal justice student, are pictured with the medals that Gooden won at this year's competition held in Hershey, Pa.

Read about Gooden's achievements in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

Rails to Trails running full steam ahead into ‘Revive Your Trail’ campaign

April 29, 2014

The Punxsutawney Area Rails to Trails Association held its annual spring clean-up day on Saturday. The event coincided with the kickoff of the association’s "Revive Your Trail" capital campaign — a fundraiser to help pay for the resurfacing of 14 miles of the community path.

Pictured (from left) are Susan Wolfe, Rails to Trails secretary; Dan McGinley, fundraising chairman; Dennis Fetterman of the Eagles; Bob Peace, Punxsutawney Eagles trustee; and Howard Glessner, Rails to Trails board member.

Weather center hosts storm chasers event

April 29, 2014

Storm chaser Ron Shawley demonstrates the remote control helicopter they send into storms to take pictures and video to a group of visitors at a Weather Discovery Center presentation on Saturday.


April 29, 2014

The students and teachers at Sunshine Square Pre-School at the First Baptist Church in Punxsutawney donned their safety vests and big work gloves last Friday before setting out to clean up the neighborhood as part of their observance of Earth Day.

Under the watchful eyes of Denise Manges (left, director) and Chrissy Bergreen (right, teacher-assistant), the energetic crew picked up litter and trash from the sidewalks and Harmon Field.

Sunshine Square offers fun-filled learning experiences for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children.

April 28th

Breaking News: Police arrest three in meth lab investigation

April 28, 2014

BROOKVILLE — Brookville Borough Police arrested three residents Monday evening following the investigation into a suspected methamphetamine lab at 74 Summit St.

All three occupants of the house, Eric Powell, 30, Emily Dixon, 27, and Jake Wilson, 29, all of Brookville, were arrested and transported to the Brookville Police Department. They were then transported and lodged in the Jefferson County Jail, with charges being sought through the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

Smith reads to Creative Garden youngsters

April 28, 2014

Representative Sam Smith was the guest reader at Creative Garden Childcare Center for Pennsylvania's early literacy initiative, One Book, Every Young Child.

This year’s book is "Stripes of All Types" by Susan Stockdale.

Representative Smith read to the children, asked them questions throughout the book and followed up by talking about each animal that was featured in the story.

Plow Days make it official: Spring has sprung

April 28, 2014

The Past to Present Machinery Association, Inc.'s annual Plow Days marked its 13th year in Henderson Township over the weekend.

Tractors of multiple types and hailing from many different eras, driven by young and old alike, took to the fields to officially kick off the spring season.

April 27th

Way Back When

April 27, 2014

(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
May 16, 1888

Almost a Murder
One day last week E.G. Stouffer, well known to many of our readers, got into a dispute with Ed. Walker, at Sykesville, about a cow, Stouffer claiming Walker had sold his animal and pocketed the money.


April 27, 2014

At Big Run VFW Post 9044's commemoration of Loyalty Day on Sunday, World War II veteran Wally Hurd (left) was surprised with a check for $250 from local Wendy's restaurants to finance his trip back to Normandy this year. Also pictured are Emily "Wendy" Gordon (center) and owner and operator Steve Buchanan.

For the full story, pick up Monday's edition of The Spirit.

PUNXSUTAWNEY — On Wednesday evening, the Punxsutawney Area School Board met and discussed a variety of topics. Included...
PUNXSUTAWNEY — One vehicle was towed from the scene in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 5:21 p.m. on Monday at...
PUNXSUTAWNEY — On Saturday evening, members of the 2015 class of the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame — joined by their...
On Saturday, April 18, the Susquehanna Valley Derby Vixens (SVDV) traveled to Clearfield to take on...
On Tuesday, the Chucks and Lady Chucks were the road warriors, with the junior high track team...


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