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February 3rd


February 3, 2014

It was a momentous occasion for two lucky little winners who took home the top hat and crown for the Little Mr. and Miss Groundhog competition at the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center.

Winning the title of Little Mr. Groundhog was Giovanni Gigliotti, son of Mike and Heather Gigliotti of Punxsy.

Winning Little Miss. Groundhog was Maggie Guidice, daughter of Mike and Melanie Guidice of Punxsy.

Giovanni and Maggie each received a $50 gift card for Walmart and took home a bag filled with goodies from the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center.

Let’s have another look — a ‘Phil’s-eye view’ of Gobbler’s Knob

February 3, 2014

This view of Gobbler’s Knob on Groundhog Day is not one that even faithful Phil followers have a chance to relish.

The sea of people you see is what Punxsutawney Phil sees when he emerges from his burrow every Feb. 2. The view is just too good not to share.

In fact, Groundhog Club Inner Circle President Bill Deeley said that in his 29 years of making the trek to Gobbler’s Knob, he thinks Sunday’s crowd “was the biggest yet.”

February 2nd

Groundhog Day 2014

February 3, 2014

For complete coverage of Groundhog Day 2014 - including the annual Groundhog Banquet, the 2013 Man and Woman of the Year and photos of Phil's annual prognostication at Gobbler's Knob - pick up Monday's print edition of The Spirit.

Coroner: Autopsy of Clymer woman, 66, reveals no physical trauma

February 2, 2014

CLYMER — An autopsy completed Saturday on a 66-year-old Clymer woman found dead outside her home Friday did not reveal any physical trauma, according to a release issued by Indiana County Corner Jerry L. Overman.

According to the updated release, issued Saturday, the final results on the cause and manner of death of Janice Marie Keith are pending toxicology testing.

Keith was discovered in the snow outside her Spruce Avenue residence in Clymer on Friday morning, nude from the waist down.

A call was placed to Indiana County 911 at 10:12 a.m. on Friday reporting the incident.

On Super Bowl Sunday, Punxsy Phil makes his call: Six more weeks of winter

February 2, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — This morning, I looked down and noticed something — I was wearing a press pass. Now, I know that it's part of my job to wear one, but it's not all that often — at least not in these parts — that I actually need one.

We're a pretty small town, and most places my reporters or I go, we're familiar faces who don't need a specific credential to show it. But today? Well, today is different.

February 1st

Krise, Test receive 2013 Man, Woman of the Year honors at Groundhog Eve Banquet

February 2, 2014

Punxsutawney’s 2013 Man and Woman of the Year were named at the Groundhog Eve Banquet on Saturday night at Punxsutawney Area High School. Tim Krise (left) was named the Man of the Year, and Catherine Wesdock Test — who was celebrating her 100th birthday on Saturday — was named Woman of the Year.

For full stories on both Krise and Wesdock, and a recap from the banquet — including information on Mike Gmoser, the Ohio DA who charged Phil last year — and Jen Carfagno of the Weather Channel, see Monday's print edition of The Spirit.

January 31st


February 1, 2014

All of us at The Spirit wish you a Happy Groundhog Day.

Check back for news from The Knob!

Trekking to see Phil? Keep traffic, safety in mind

February 1, 2014

Take the bus and leave the driving to the Groundhog Club's Inner Circle as you make the trek to Gobbler's Knob for the Groundhog Day festivities.
This year, the Groundhog Club Inner Circle has made some minor changes to the bus stops and scheduling.

Tom Dunkel, Groundhog Club Inner Circle Shingle Shaker and busing coordinator, said that there will be three main bus stops.

He said the first stop is at McDonald's on East Mahoning Street in downtown Punxsy, where there will be two ticket booths.

King & Queen for a (Groundhog) Day

February 1, 2014

Shane Beichner (front left) and Autumn Kunselman (front right) were crowned the 2014 Groundhog King and Queen at the annual assembly at Punxsutawney Area High School on Friday.

Pictured (back, from left)) are members of the Groundhog Club Inner Circle who were on hand for the ceremony: John Griffiths, Co-handler; John Prushnok, Coal Front; Ron Ploucha, Co-handler; and Bill Deeley, Groundhog Club Inner Circle President.

Woman's body discovered outside her Clymer residence

January 31, 2014

CLYMER — Friday evening, the Indiana County Coroner's Office reported a body found outdoors on Spruce Avenue in Clymer.

Corner Jerry L. Overman's office issued the release saying that a call was placed to Indiana County 911 at 10:12 a.m. on Friday reporting the incident.

The release identified the individual as Janice Marie Keith, 66, of Clymer and said she was discovered in the snow outside her residence nude from the waist down.

Chief Deputy Coroner Chad E. Dill pronounced Keith dead at the scene at 11:20 a.m.

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