Archive - News Article
May 20th, 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.)
(July 8, 1896)
DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS LOADED
A Hen Swallows a Fire Cracker Which Explodes and Kills Her.
BIG RUN â€” The 14-year-old driver and nine passengers in an Amish buggy escaped serious injury when the buggy was struck by a vehicle attempting to pass it at 10:54 a.m. Friday in Big Run.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a horse drawn buggy driven by a 14-year-old female juvenile was traveling north on Route 119 when Barbara A. Keller, Big Run, operating a 1993 Jeep Cherokee, tried to pass the buggy when the right front of her vehicle struck the left rear wheel of the buggy.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Thereâ€™s a lot going on within the Groundhog Clubâ€™s Inner Circle: A new member, a promotion, a retirement and a new take on a long-time, late-summer event.
Tom Dunkel is the Inner Circleâ€™s newest member, succeeding now-former Vice-President Mike Johnston, who has accepted emeritus status after 20 years with the club. Taking on the role of vice-president is â€śFair Weathermanâ€ť Jeff Lundy.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to table a vote overriding Mayor Jim Wehrleâ€™s veto of the change in Ordinance 1120.
The change would permit apartments in first-floor commercial establishments in the town center commercial district.
Council member Eric Story said a change to Ordinance 1120 has been
brought up three times, and there were some comments made at the last meeting that people who would live in first-floor apartments would sit on the sidewalk in lawn chairs, which wouldnâ€™t be attractive downtown.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” One of the smallest classes in the history of Punxsutawney Area High School â€” 164 students â€” celebrated big accomplishments during the annual Class Night event Thursday.
More than half of the members of the PAHS Class of 2012 received awards and scholarships Thursday, and they also celebrated that despite its small numbers, it hosted the highest-grossing, most-profitable Variety Show in the history of the event, raising $19,425.84 â€” of which half will benefit the Margaret C. Boles Scholarship Foundation, and the other half will go toward the seniorâ€™s post-graduation party.
BROOKVILLE â€” Wednesday, a Reynoldsville woman who struck a jogging Falls Creek woman and fled the scene July 19, 2011, was sentenced to time in the Jefferson County jail.
Felicia Marie Steele, 48, Reynoldsville, struck Cindi A. Lingenfelter, 32, Falls Creek, with her 2003 GMC Sierra pick-up while Lingenfelter was jogging south on Route 950.
Steele then fled the scene, police said.
Lingenfelter suffered severe injuries and was flown via medical helicopter to Altoona Hospital for treatment, police said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A number of dogs that were apparently abandoned last weekend were rescued by area residents in the woods near Stump Creek.
Last Sunday, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police called the Animal Hospital of Punxsutawney and asked if staff could keep a stray dog overnight, said Katelyn Hidinger, veterinarian technician at the hospital.
â€śBy the time it was all said and done, there were 16 dogs that are being kept at the animal hospital,â€ť Hidinger said.
The dogs that were taken in include a miniature pincher; two shih tzus; and 13 pomeranians.
BROOKVILLE â€” Wednesday, Judge John H. Foradora sentenced a former Big Run Volunteer Fire Department member to 19 1/2 to 40 years in a state correctional facility on numerous arson charges.
Anthony Overbeck, Big Run, was arrested Aug. 10, 2011, and charged with a number of crimes that included arson and related offenses in connection with a fire at a two-story unoccupied residence at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Union Street in Big Run. He also confessed to seven other fires that occurred in the Big Run area last year, including one that destroyed Big Run Carpet June 19, 2011.
BROOKVILLE â€” After two months, local police officials say the stateâ€™s new ban on texting is nearly impossible to enforce.
Locally, Brookville Borough Police and Punxsutawney Borough Police officers have not issued any texting-ban citations.
And statewide, the Pennsylvania State Police have issued only 44 citations since Gov. Tom Corbettâ€™s new law went into effect March 8.
REYNOLDSVILLE â€” As another school year is ending, some students at Jeff Tech are not wondering about their summer plans, but about what course of study to pursue next year.
May 3, the Jeff Tech Operating Committee voted unanimously to eliminate the marketing/retailing and lumbering programs offered at Jeff Tech.
This action affects 27 undergraduate students.