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January 15th, 2013

Big Brothers Big Sisters Event raises awareness for importance of mentors

January 15, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Who was your mentor growing up, and what did you learn from that mentor?

Those were the questions asked at the Big Brothers Big Sisters event held Monday night at the Punxsutawney Country Club.

With January being National Mentor Month, the program was aimed at raising awareness by joining together members of the community, as well as Big Brothers, Big Sisters, "Littles" and children on the waiting list.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters program is designed for kids five and older who reside in either Jefferson, Elk or McKean counties.

Missing Brookville woman found deceased in car

January 15, 2013

CLARION COUNTY — Clarion-based Pennsylvania State Police have reported that a 19-year-old woman reported missing over the weekend was found deceased inside her vehicle Tuesday morning at 7 a.m.

PSP report that the victim, Devan C. Knapp of Brookville, was discovered in the vehicle along Summerville Drive in Millcreek Township, Clarion County, by a passerby. Members of PSP-Clarion and PSP-Punxsy reported to the scene.

January 14th

No injuries reported in stoplight fender-bender

January 15, 2013

This Suburu driven by Curt Mertz of Punxsutawney was heading south on Elk Run Avenue when he entered the intersection of Graffius Avenue on a red light, according to Punxsutawney Borough Police.

A Nissan pickup truck driven by Larry Depp of Punxsutawney was traveling east on Graffius Avenue and entered the intersection legally on a green light, striking the right rear quarter panel of Mertz's vehicle.

There were no injuries, and police were assisted at the scene by Jefferson County EMS and the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company.

Brookville-based AGLogic releases Android version of its popular ‘swackett’ app

January 15, 2013

BROOKVILLE — Nearly two years after its debut, swackett, the popular weather app produced by the Brookville-based company AGLogic, has been made available to Android users.

"If you google 'swackett,' the first word that comes up in the auto-suggest is 'swackett Android,' which means a lot of people were looking for it," said C. Scott Gilbert, the founder and director of AGLogic.

Get Ready, get set, detour!

January 15, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you enjoy a challenge when you drive, you might be looking forward to the detours that are coming, as two bridges will be replaced in Punxsutawney Borough this coming summer.

Those two bridges are the Saw Mill Run Bridge and the Route 119 Bridge and Route 310 Intersection improvement project in Elk Run.

Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager said at Monday’s Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting that he is waiting for information from the contractor, Palo Construction Inc., to make some changes to the sanitary sewer line and manhole as requested by them.

Police: Brookville woman, 19, missing since Friday

January 14, 2013

BROOKVILLE — Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the case of a 19-year-old Brookville woman who has been missing since Friday.

Police reported that Devan Cathlene Knapp purchased a new, white 2013 Toyota Scion on Jan. 11, and told her mother at 6 p.m. that she was going to show her the new car.

However, police said Knapp has not been seen or heard from since.

Knapp is described as approximately 5'02" and 120 pounds, with red hair and blue eyes.

She was last seen wearing a blue, long-sleeve shirt, black leggings and black, Ugg-style boots.

PAH implements visitor restrictions due to flu

January 14, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In response to the widespread outbreak and severity of this year’s seasonal flu, Punxsutawney Area Hospital (PAH) has implemented restrictions on visitors to all clinical areas of the hospital, effective immediately.

“We are asking that visitors be free of a fever for at least 24 hours prior to visiting a patient, and that visitors who have respiratory issues or who are under the age of 18 not come to the hospital at all,” said PAH Infection Preventionist and Specialist Abby Kengersky. “If you are visiting, we ask that you wash your hands frequently and

January 13th

Police investigating Saturday burglary at Ragley’s True Value

January 14, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — At approximately 6:20 a.m. Saturday, an unknown white male entered Ragley’s True Value Hardware Store, located at 248 N. Findley St.,
through a window, according to Punxsutawney Borough Police.

Police said the male is seen on Ragley’s surveillance video as he is going through the store.

A store employee who was coming to work witnessed the male exiting the store through a broken window in the rear of the building, according to police.

Future of local tax collectors up for school board discussion

January 14, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Your friendly neighborhood tax collector may be going out of business, if the Punxsutawney Area School Board decides to change the manner in which tax collectors are compensated.

"We're going to discuss the tax collection commission analysis, which is something that can only be adjusted every four years," Susan H. Robertson, Punxsutawney Area School District business manager, said at last Tuesday's school board meeting.

Robertson said it has to be done in an election year for the tax collectors.

Way Back When

January 14, 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
January 13, 1897

Aged Lady Burned to Death
Mrs. Margaret Kunkle, of Washington township, Indiana county, aged eighty-seven years, was suddenly taken ill with heart failure, on Monday, and fell into the open grate and was burned to death before she could be rescued.

January 20, 1897
School House Entered

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