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July 8th, 2014

Find out what changes are brewing downtown

July 8, 2014

At long last, construction began on Tuesday on the property where the Punxsy Hotel was located on North Findley Street before it was destroyed by fire.

Pictured is a worker from Yates Excavation digging up the dirt and old cement pads to make way for the new sports bar that is to be constructed on that site.

For the full story — including details on when the bar is scheduled to open — pick up Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

It's time for the Jefferson County Fair!

July 8, 2014

PINE CREEK TOWNSHIP — There’s something for everyone at this year’s Jefferson County Fair, so mark your calendars for July 13-19, and plan to take the whole family out to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, located on SR 28, to enjoy as much as you can.

This year’s fair includes the staples — rides, animals and plenty of food — as well as old favorite events and a couple of brand-new shows and activities. There’s lots going on for kids and adults of all ages.

For the full schedule of events, pick up Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

Police investigating wreck that sent Punxsy man, 26, to hospital with moderate injuries

July 8, 2014

PERRY TOWNSHIP — Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a one-vehicle accident that sent Jacob A. Hazlett, 26, Punxsutawney, to the hospital with moderate injuries and also caused minor injuries to his passenger, Dustin R. Passmore, 25, Valier.

Police said the incident occurred at 12:48 a.m. Monday along Route 3008, No. 8 Road.

Hazlett was traveling east along the road when he allegedly failed to negotiate a sharp, left-hand curve.

July 7th

County Commissioner McIntyre to retire at end of current term

July 7, 2014

BROOKVILLE — Jefferson County Commissioner Jim McIntyre announced on Monday that he will not be seeking re-election at the end of his current term in December 2015 and will be retiring.

He and his wife, Eileen, plan to relocate to Charlotte, North Carolina, to spend quality time with their daughters and family.

McIntyre acknowledged all the voters and his supporters over that past 10-and-a-half years and assures all that he will complete the job he was elected to do.

BWP a finalist for state award

July 7, 2014

At their most recent meeting, the Jefferson County commissioners gave a plaque to BWP Bats, LLC, celebrating its nomination for the Governor's Impact Award in the Pennsylvania North Central region.

Pictured (from left) are County Director of Community and Economic Development Brad Lashinsky; Commissioner Jeff Pisarcik; Josh Johnson, vice president of BWP Bats; Commission Chairman Paul Corbin; and Commissioner Jim McIntyre.

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

Punxsy Borough Police Department making good use of firing range

July 7, 2014

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — Ready, aim, fire! Those are the words that rang out recently at the Punxsutawney Borough Police Department's firing range in Young Township.

As required by code, the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission (MPOETC), police officers in the state are required to pass a firearms training course every year.

Carl Gotwald, Jefferson County Sheriff and firearms training officer, said officers are required to qualify on handgun, rifle and shotgun each year to stay up-to-date.

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

Police searching for missing Julian woman, 37

July 7, 2014

ROSE TOWNSHIP — DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police are searching for a missing 37-year-old woman from Julian, Pa., who jumped out of a moving vehicle at 8:19 a.m. July 4 along Interstate 80 at mile marker 77.6.

Susan L. Bachman of Eagle Valley Road, Julian, is described at 5-feet-4-inches tall and weighing 120 pounds, with red hair and green eyes.

She was last seen wearing a blue flannel shirt and blue jeans.

Police are classifying the incident as a "missing person — endangered," and a mental health warrant has been issued for Bachman to have her evaluated.

July 6th

WRAPPING UP ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL GROUNDHOG FESTIVAL

July 6, 2014

Rick Larrimore croons to the crowd Saturday during his Tribute to Rod Stewart, which helped close out another successful year of the Groundhog Festival in Barclay Square.

Way Back When

July 6, 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
July 27, 1888

Another Railroad

It is not pleasant for us to raise the hopes of our people by vain promises of coming railroads, of air lines and through lines, and then being forced in the end to admit that it was all gush.

Punxsy’s Devin Mesoraco named to NL All-Star team for first time

July 6, 2014

CINCINNATI — Punxsutawney's own Devin Mesoraco — the current starting catcher for the Cincinnati Reds — has been having a spectacular season, and as is the case with Major League Baseball players who are having such seasons, Mesoraco was named to his first All-Star Game as a representative of the National League when the rosters were announced Sunday.

Mesoraco's baseball career started right here in Punxsy, and his accolades to this point included being named a Baseball America Triple-A All-Star and a Futures Game participant while playing with the Louisville Bats in 2011.

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