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April 10th

Familiar Faces Friday!

April 10, 2014

(Editor’s note: This piece is one in a series of “Familiar Faces Friday” 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. Today’s familiar face is Don Byerly.)

By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit

ANITA — Don Byerly is a familiar face. You may recognize him as president of the McCalmont Township Fire Company. Or perhaps, you have seen him helping out his fellow firefighters.

Byerly was born in DuBois and raised in Punxsutawney.

Two Brockway residents arrested in Reynoldsville for meth labs

April 10, 2014

REYNOLDSVILLE — DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police, in conjunction with the Troop C Vice Unit and the Reynoldsville Borough Police Department, conducted a narcotics investigation on April 9 on Main Street in the Reynoldsville Borough.

On the aforementioned date, the Reynoldsville Borough Police Department found a vehicle disabled at the Uni-Mart in the Reynoldsville Borough.

Officers observed paraphernalia inside the vehicle and obtained consent from the accused — Jeffrey Scott Kline Jr., 32, Brockway, and Jessica Lynn Kline, 26, Brockway — to search the vehicle.

April 9th

Community pulling together for boy in need of heart transplant

April 9, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As a parent, one often feels helpless when a child is ill, but to be the parent of a child who is terminally ill or — in the case of one little boy — in need of a heart transplant, it is not only frustrating but also heart-wrenching.

However, as parents, we learn that when our children are faced with adversity, we must be strong, and for 5-year-old Brayden Wyant strength is a character trait both he and his parents must continue to display.

For Brayden's story, and to see how you can help, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.

April 8th

“If you had to change your name, what would you change it to, and why?”

April 8, 2014

This week, third-grade students at Parkview Elementary School shared with The Spirit’s Larry McGuire their answers to the question, “If you had to change your name, what would you change it to, and why?” in honor of Name Yourself Day, which is today.

Pictured are members of Mrs. Rake’s third-grade class (front, from left): Seth Moore, Ezekiel Bennett, Harley Wells, Ashlyn Christian; (middle row) David Hallman, Brice Rowan, David Dicello, Kayle Spade; (back) Zakkery Anderson, Bryce Horne, Easton Gula, Ryle Mennetti and Alex Novajosky.

Street cleaning underway in Punxsutawney Borough

April 8, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Now that spring has officially arrived, Punxsutawney Borough has begun the massive cleanup of the streets and alleys in the borough.

Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager, said at Monday's Public Safety
Committee meeting that he has also received several phone calls regarding the painting of crosswalks throughout town.

Read the full story in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

Library’s ‘Wee Ones’ Program starts kids early

April 8, 2014

The "Wee Ones," ages 18 months to 3 years, are seen making a paper umbrella as the theme for the day is rain at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library. (Above, from left) Kellan Cessna, Angel Smith, Geneva Stamler, Jennings Stamler, "Wee Ones”; Jen Soliday, children's activities director at Punxsutawney Memorial Library; and Anna Bishop, Cole Miller, Finn Merrow and Gavin Stiteler, "Wee Ones."

Read the full story in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

UPDATE: Missing Pine Creek Township woman returns

April 8, 2014

UPDATE: Police issued a release Tuesday stating that Jenkins had returned.

PINE CREEK TOWNSHIP — Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are seeking information regarding the whereabouts of a 32-year-old Pine Creek Township woman who was reported missing Monday.

Rebecca Marie Jenkins was last seen leaving her Lutheran Church Road residence in Pine Creek Township at 7:45 p.m. Monday and failed to return home.

Jenkins is 5-feet-6-inches tall and 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

She was driving a black 2007 Hyundai Accent with a Pennsylvania registration.

April 7th

McCalmont Twp., assisted by various other crews, battles Anita garage fire

April 7, 2014

Members of McCalmont Township Fire Department responded to a garage fire at 422 Main St. in Anita on Monday afternoon. Various other crews assisted at the scene.

Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.

Sign ordinance going back to Planning Commission

April 7, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Following a public hearing regarding the proposed new sign ordinance, the members of Punxsutawney Borough Council agreed to send the document back to the Planning Commission for further refinements.

Diane Wehrle, co-owner of Mahoning Valley Milling, was the first to speak regarding the ordinance, saying she believed it was concerning the
sign for her business that she co-owns with her husband, Barney Wehrle.

Police: Pine Creek Twp. woman, 32, missing

April 7, 2014

PINE CREEK TOWNSHIP — Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are seeking information regarding the whereabouts of a 32-year-old Pine Creek Township woman who was reported missing Monday.

Rebecca Marie Jenkins was last seen leaving her Lutheran Church Road residence in Pine Creek Township at 7:45 p.m. Monday and failed to return home.

Jenkins is 5-feet-6-inches tall and 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

She was driving a black 2007 Hyundai Accent with a Pennsylvania registration.

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