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May 13th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ The drivers in a two-vehicle accident were injured in a head-on crash that occurred at 7 a.m. Saturday along Route 119 in front of the Country Villa Motel and Wal-Mart in Young Township, police reported.
According to Punxsutawney-based State Police, a 2002 Nissan Sentra driven by Kristen M. Woods, 29, Big Run, was traveling north on Route 119 when she fell asleep at the wheel, causing her vehicle to drift through the center turn lane and into the oncoming southbound lane, striking a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado driven by John L. Parise, 60, Punxsutawney.
(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)
FIRE IN BIG RUN
A House Belonging to Henry Brown Destroyed
WALSTON ‚ÄĒ The Young Township Board of Supervisors is agreeable about adding more fire hydrants in the township, but seeks an official request from the chief of the Punxsutawney Fire Department.
Wednesday, Gary Godak, assistant chief of the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company but addressing the board as a township resident, said the department would like to place hydrants in two locations: One about a half-mile from the New Anchor Inn, along Harmony Road/Route 310, and further down the road just before Adrian/DeLancey.
INDIANA ‚ÄĒ Indiana University of Pennsylvania honored late Punxsutawney businessman and former IUP trustee Ralph F. Roberts with the establishment of a special-use learning area named for him at IUP‚Äôs Punxsutawney campus.
May 10, the IUP Council of Trustees approved the establishment of the Ralph F. Roberts Heritage Learning Commons.
‚ÄúThe Roberts family, and especially Ralph Roberts, have been longtime supporters of IUP,‚ÄĚ David Osikowicz, IUP Council of Trustees chairman, said.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. ‚ÄĒ Is there a modeling career in the works for two-year-old Hudson Miller?
The jury‚Äôs still out on that option, but he‚Äôs already made a bit of a splash, having been featured on the cover of a catalog for Rugged Butts (for boys) Ruffle Butts (for girls).
Hudson, the son of Deanna (Blose) and Garrett Miller, of Myrtle Beach, was set for some Valentine‚Äôs Day shots by an up-and-coming local photographer who thought he had what it took for child modeling.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Tuesday, Borough Manager Ben White presented Punxsutawney Borough Council with an estimated cost to pave and place new sewage lines along Dinsmore Avenue at half a million dollars.
A couple of months ago, council asked him to move forward with an estimated cost to upgrade Dinsmore Avenue, one of the last two brick covered streets in the borough. The other brick- covered road is Grace Way.
REYNOLDSVILLE ‚ÄĒ Thursday, Dr. J. Stephen Cleghorn staged a little rebellion of his own, but it was an emotional one.
‚ÄúNow I feel empowered by a bond of love,‚ÄĚ he said following an event he hosted Thursday on his Paradise Gardens & Farm. ‚ÄúNo drill will ever penetrate this land, and I‚Äôm prepared to stand behind that.‚ÄĚ
Cleghorn‚Äôs rebellion came with a declaration without weapons, and as well as with the spirit of his No. 1 confederate ‚ÄĒ his wife, Dr. Lucinda Hart-Gonz√°lez, who died of cancer in November 2011.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Wednesday, state police, federal and other officials announced the arrests of several local individuals stemming from an almost two-year investigation into the trafficking of both methamphetamine and Oxycodone.
Police affidavits said, "The source of this organized drug trafficking operation was based in Jefferson County, Pa."
The investigation targeted "high level, middle level and low level dealers/users in the Troop C area," and those arrested include:
‚ÄĘ Cindy D. Pifer-Collarini, 43.
‚ÄĘ Daniel A. Niver, 41.
‚ÄĘ Theodore D. Reagle, 44.
WALSTON ‚ÄĒ The chairman of the Young Township Board of Supervisors said officials will further explore issues pertaining to billing, bookkeeping and other items after a recent audit revealed some questions.
‚ÄúWe will further study some of the records before we conclude what has taken place,‚ÄĚ Chairman Andrew ‚ÄúButch‚ÄĚ Meterko said following the board‚Äôs meeting Wednesday. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs no evidence of anything yet.‚ÄĚ
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ The Pennsylvania Senate‚Äôs vote to approve a $27.65 billion spending plan Wednesday indicates a more hopeful outcome for the state‚Äôs human services field.
The budget bill, which was approved on a vote of 39-8, restores around $500 million in cuts to education, social services and other areas proposed by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in his $27.14 billion proposal.
The measure will now be sent to the state House.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs good to see from my perspective that negotiations have at least begun,‚ÄĚ Jefferson County Children & Youth Services Director Brian Mowrey said Wednesday.