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February 26th, 2013

Report: Police charge another man in Devan Knapp's death

February 26, 2013

CLARION COUNTY — After a 29-year-old man was charged Monday with third-degree murder in the January death of 19-year-old Devan Knapp of Brookville, a second man, 32-year-old Joel Tanner Stark of Rimersburg, has been charged with several criminal conspiracy counts — including abuse of a corpse and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence — surrounding Knapp's death and the moving of her body, WJAC-TV reported Tuesday.

February 25th

Are you a ‘Phan’ of the arts? P.A.A.I.’s latest draw is international club

February 26, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — When one thinks about the art in the town of Punxsutawney, the images of the infamous "Phantastic Phil" statues are one of many things that may come to mind.

And while it is true that the town has combined the world of art with its famous groundhog, Punxsy Phil, what you may not know is that Phil — beloved as he is — is actually an artist himself.

In 2007, he created his own work of art titled "Cabin Fever Chaos," which was done solely for the Punxsutawney Arts Association, Inc.

Indiana Co. man killed by falling tree

February 26, 2013

INDIANA — The Indiana County Coroner’s office is investigating the Sunday afternoon death of an Armstrong Township man.

Coroner Michael Baker said 30 year-old Jason William Drew was killed while clearing trees from the edge of a field on land leased by the Reeger Farm just off Anthony Road in Center Township.

The victim was using an extended chain saw to cut a large branch from a tree about 18 feet overhead, when the saw became pinched in the branch.

Man charged with murder in death of 19-year-old Brookville woman

February 25, 2013

CLARION — Pennsylvania State Police have charged a 29-year-old man with the alleged murder of a 19-year-old Brookville woman.

Shawn Ryan Carr has been charged with third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, drug delivery resulting in death, criminal use of a communication facility, aggravated assault, abuse of a corpse, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault in the death of Devan Cathlene Knapp.

February 24th

WAY TO GO, D-IX WRESTLING CHAMPS!

February 25, 2013

This trio of Punxsy grapplers (from left), Joel Bowers, Kaleb Young and Perry Arrington, represented the Chucks well at the D-IX AAA championships Friday and Saturday at Clarion University.

Arrington was the runner-up in the 138 bracket, while Young (126) and
Bowers (120) brought home first-place plaques.

Read the full story online in our Sports section.

County libraries offer e-book services through Axis 360

February 25, 2013

BROCKWAY — Libraries in Jefferson County are now offering residents a new way to enjoy books through the use of modern technologies, as e-books are now available to be borrowed through the recently implemented Axis 360 platform.

"It's the future, and it's where it's going, and people want them, so we need to have them," said Leslie Barr, assistant director of the Mengle Memorial Library in Brockway, which has spearheaded the forays into e-book services in Jefferson County.

Way Back When

February 25, 2013

(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
February 10, 1897

Furnishing Liquor to Minors
John Steahle, of Harmony, had Scott George, resident of the same place and teacher of the White school in Young township, arrested for furnishing liquor to minors.

February 22nd

Spirit/Neighbors staff completes membership directories for Brookville Area Chamber, donates $1,000 to benefit community’s development

February 22, 2013

The staff of the Punxsutawney Spirit/Jefferson County Neighbors recently completed a community profile and membership directory for the Brookville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Copies were turned over to the chamber on Thursday, along with a donation of $1,000 of the proceeds from their production.

Pictured (from left) are: Tracy Smith, Spirit/Neighbors publisher; Melanie Darrin, executive director of the Brookville Area Chamber of Commerce; Heather Kurtz, Spirit/Neighbors ad representative; and Bridey Shawgo, Spirit/Neighbors composing/print shop manager.

Safety first! Local officials preparing for Tuesday’s Public Forum on School Safety

February 22, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you're interested in school safety, then you'll want to attend a community forum dealing with that topic to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Punxsutawney Area High School Auditorium.

The meeting is a combined effort between the Punxsutawney Area School Board and Punxsutawney Borough Council.

"Following the tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, we received numerous phone calls from concerned citizens and parents regarding the district's safety plan," said Dr. Keith Wolfe, Punxsutawney Area School District superintendent.

THEATRE ARTS GUILD OFFERS FUN WITH SHAKESPEARE

February 22, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Ever been “in a pickle”? Felt like “a laughing stock”? Looked like a “sorry sight”?

If you have ever had occasion to use those words — or worse yet, have had someone use them about you — you may not realize you have been involved with the wit and wisdom of William Shakespeare, who is credited with being the man who added those words to the English language.

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