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June 18th, 2012

Niver resigns from Big Run Borough Council; Rick Rinehart appointed as replacement

June 18, 2012

BIG RUN — Big Run Borough Council accepted the resignation of Councilman John Niver and appointed a former council member to take his place at Monday's meeting.

Former council member Rick Rinehart was appointed in a motion by council to replace Niver on borough council and as a member of the Big Run Area Municipal Authority (BRAMA).

Nick Lantz, council president, said Niver submitted his resignation from both boards for personal reasons.

Young Township audit continues after discrepancies found in May

June 18, 2012

WALSTON — The audit and investigation into the Young Township sewage and general accounts discrepancies continues, after it was revealed at last month's meeting that discrepancies were discovered when a sewage customer disputed and produced his receipts to prove that he was not delinquent.

At the May 9 meeting, Carl Vulcan, CPA, and forensic accountant of the Cantanese Group, planned to report his findings when township Solicitor Kipp Lukehart, advised the Board of Supervisors to enter an executive session before making any of the findings public.

Two vehicles collide along Route 119, 436 intersection

June 18, 2012

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — No injuries were reported in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Route 119 and Route 436, Young Township.

One of the vehicles involved in the accident, a Dodge Neon, appeared to have sustained disabling damage, and a Jeep Wrangler sustained front-end damage in the crash. Both were towed from the scene by Rebuck's South Side Service.

No further details regarding the accident were available at Spirit press time.

Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police were on scene and investigating the accident.

June 17th

July trial set for alleged shooter

June 17, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The trial of a Pittsburgh man who allegedly shot two Punxsutawney men last September has been set for the middle of July in Jefferson County Common Pleas Court.

Jury selection for the trial of Christopher L. Thornhill, 24, is scheduled for Monday, July 9, with the trial scheduled to begin Thursday, July 19, at the Jefferson County courthouse, said Amanda Marley, Jefferson County President Judge John Foradora's law clerk.

Always be prepared

June 17, 2012

Area first responders participated in a mass casualty drill Saturday behind Smith Hauling in Oliveberg. In the mock crash, a school bus, car and sprayer truck were involved in a three-vehicle accident that involved toxic chemicals. Central, Lindsey, Oliver, Perry, Summerville, Knox and McCalmont fire companies, along with Jefferson County EMS, Summerville Ambulance and StatMedeVac participated in the drill, which was hosted by Oliver Township Volunteer Fire Company and Jefferson County Emergency Services.

Way Back When

June 17, 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
(July 22, 1896)

HANGED HIMSELF
An Aged Man Ends His Life Through Sickness and Despondency

James Buckley, a coal miner at Shawmut, committed suicide by hanging on Sunday morning. He had been in poor health for a year or more, and it is thought became despondent over his condition and while in that frame of mind ended his life.

June 15th

Bass season opens; licenses up, anglers expected to surge, too

June 15, 2012

BELL TOWNSHIP — With license sales up 11 percent from last year, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) expects the state’s most popular bass fishing spots to see a surge in use as the season kicks off today.

According to Rick Vlazak, Jefferson County waterways conservation officer, as of midnight Friday, it became legal to catch and keep largemouth and smallmouth bass in Pennsylvania, as long as they are 12 inches long, unlike trout season.

Guild’s summer show to entertain whole family

June 15, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Two of the most popular figures in children’s literature, Mr. Frog and Mr. Toad, will come to life with all of their woodland friends when the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild presents “A Year with Frog and Toad.”  

The Tony-nominated musical will be staged at the Punxustawney Area Middle School auditorium at 7:30 p.m. June 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30. A special family matinee has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 24.
 

June 14th

Board shoots down proposal to hike costs for athletic events

June 14, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite looking for ways to chip away at expenses in its budget, Monday, the Punxsutawney Area School Board defeated a motion on a recommendation from its Athletic Committee to raise admission fees for sporting events.

The board approved Penny Pifer’s recommendation to award bids for fall/winter sports, but defeated a motion to increase ticket prices for admission to athletic events with a 5-4 vote.

FLAG DAY MUSIC

June 14, 2012

VFW Post 9044 changed up its annual Flag Day observance in a number of ways Thursday evening at the War Memorial. First of all, the American Legion Montgomery Post 17 Band, under the direction of Captain Jack Averill, performed a number of patriotic and concert band standards, such as pieces by Irving Berlin, Robert Smith and George Cannon, as well as two pieces, “God of Our Fathers” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic” in tribute to Post 9044’s late past commander, James Soliday.

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