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May 7th, 2012

At 75, Buterbaugh has served as Big Run mayor for three decades

May 7, 2012

BIG RUN — If there's anyone who has been as consistent as the Big Run Peepers, it's Joe Buterbaugh, who has been the mayor of Big Run for the last 30 years and is currently the longest-serving mayor in Jefferson County following the death of Worthville Mayor Forest L. Mauer in 2009.

"I first became the mayor in 1982, and me and the Big Run War Memorial building still look basically the same," Buterbaugh laughed.

May 6th

PAHS 2012 Prom King and Queen

May 6, 2012

At the 2012 PAHS prom, “A Starry Night,” Landon Kauffman (left) and Sara Jane Depp-Hutchinson were named the Prom King and Queen, an annual tradition for Punxsy's senior class.

Police warn of thefts, scams

May 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Police are warning residents to keep their vehicles locked, as several vehicles were unlawfully entered within the past week.

Purses, wallets and cell phones, among other items, were removed, said Tom Fedigan, Punxsutawney Borough Police chief.

"The thefts have been happening throughout the borough," Fedigan said, adding that the most recent thefts occurred along 500 and 600 blocks of West Mahoning and Pine streets.

Fedigan is urging residents to lock their vehicles and store valuables, especially guns, in a secure location.

Way Back When

May 6, 2012

(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
(June 24, 1896)

A BROAD GRIN

May 4th

Write-in votes from Dems fall short for 66th challenger

May 4, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The count of write-in votes from Jefferson County’s April 24 general election has concluded, with a Republican challenger for the 66th Legislative District claiming 239 write-in votes.

Friday, Cris Dush, of Pine Creek Township, carried Jefferson County over incumbent Republican Sam Smith, but the 239 write-ins are not enough for him to challenge Smith in the fall election on the Democratic ballot.

Mock crash shows lives can be changed forever with one bad choice

May 4, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It was a beautiful sunny morning at Punxsutawney Area High School the day before the senior prom, and all was well, except for the rear parking lot, where two heavily-damaged vehicles could be seen as the result of the annual mock drunk driving crash.

PAHS’ SADD Club, Punxsutawney Borough Police, Punxsutawney Fire Department and Jefferson County EMS once again presented the pretend fatal traffic accident in which, as the story goes, two students lose their lives in a drunken-driving crash.

After fire, Big Run Carpet reopens

May 4, 2012

BIG RUN — A major fire that destroyed Big Run Carpet June 19, 2011, might have spelled the end to the long-time family-owned business, but thanks to the help of family and friends, the store rose from the ashes with a ribbon-cutting Friday for the new store.

The former building may have been destroyed in the blaze — which was later classified as arson — but not the spirit of the London family and area residents who pitched in to help keep the store open with two small portable buildings, a storage building and a small office, said owner Jeff London.

May 3rd

Maya Angelou describes ‘the rainbows in my clouds’ in Clarion event

May 3, 2012

CLARION — Dr. Brenda Dede, vice-president of Academic Affairs at Clarion University, said Wednesday evening’s speaker could be described by many adjectives.

She’s an author, a poet, a dancer and a Civil Rights activist — and Wednesday, Dr. Maya Angelou graced the stage of the Marwick-Boyd Theater on Clarion University’s campus, to an auditorium of 3,000 people.

“I’m here, and I’ve come to say something,” Angelou said. “And I won’t leave until I say it.”

IUP-Punxsy students put chalk to walk about several societal issues in annual event

May 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Instead of rain, student artists at IUP-Punxsutawney had to deal with the heat Thursday afternoon.

On the eve of finals, the students took chalk to the walk to draw different scenes portraying aspects of health, diversity, political and societal issues.

Seventeen students or student groups took part in the event, which was judged by members of the IUP-Punxsy staff and members of the community.

May 2nd

Driver suffers minor injuries in rollover

May 2, 2012

COVODE — It happened all over again — for the third time in three years — as another truck rolled over in the same exact location on Route 119 in Covode, when the driver of the tractor-trailer took the curve in Covode too fast and rolled up onto Randy Shultz’s front yard around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Shultz said he has lived on Route 119 at the curve for three years, and not only do the trucks roll over into his yard, the cars do, too.

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