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September 9th, 2011

CHUCK DEPP: Retired PSP trooper manned the inner perimeter of Flight 93 crash

September 9, 2011

UNIONTOWN – That sunny day in September 2011, retired Pennsylvania Police State Trooper Chuck Depp knew what had happened in New York City. He knew what had happened in Washington, D.C.

And at a certain point the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, he knew what had happened in Shanksville, about 60 miles away in Somerset County.

“I knew what was going on, because I had a experience with some other plane crashes in my career,” said Depp, who retired as the head of detectives at Troop B’s Uniontown barracks, Fayette County.

That was around 10 a.m.

September 8th

Police: Woman tried to shoot husband behind judge’s office

September 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Reynoldsville woman faces two counts of attempted criminal homicide and other charges after she allegedly fired about six shots from a .22 caliber revolver at her husband behind a district judge’s office Thursday.

One of the shots struck her husband’s car, while another struck a private residence along Pleasant Alley, police said.

Scarnati: America needs a ‘King’s Speech’

September 9, 2011

REYNOLDSVILLE — Having recently viewed the Oscar-winning film “The King’s Speech,” Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati told guests gathered at the Jefferson County Department of Development’s annual luncheon Thursday that what America needs now is “a King’s Speech.”

He described how the film, based on a true story, portrays King George IV who, despite a debilitating speech impediment, learns through unique and unorthodox techniques to find his voice, which he uses to inspire the pre-World War II United Kingdom.

Hotdoggers relish taking Oscar Mayer’s Wienermobile around America

September 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Dylan Hackbarth is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, but he’s deferring a graduate program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore for a year in order to take on a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience.

The experience? Driving the legendary Oscar Mayer Wienermobile to locations between the East Coast and the Midwest for the next year.

BREAKING NEWS — Bail set at $1M for woman who fired shots at husband behind judge's office

September 8, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Reynoldsville woman faces charges of two counts of criminal attempt/criminal homicide and other charges after she allegedly fired about six shots from a .22 caliber revolver at her husband behind a district judge's office Thursday.

Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police said July L. Sprankle, 60, Summit Road, Reynoldsville, was arraigned by District Judge Douglas Chambers — behind whose office the incident occurred — Thursday afternoon. He set Sprankle's bail at $1 million.

Shots Fired

September 8, 2011

Shots were fired today in front of District Judge Douglas Chambers' office. See tomorrow's Spirit for more information.

September 7th

Stuby brothers insist: Painting the U.S. flag on their barn has been years in the planning

September 8, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY – Brothers Gordon and Lyle Stuby divided their duties when it came to painting a huge U.S. flag on the southern-facing side of a large white barn along Stuby Acres, just past Joyce’s Greenhouse along Route 119, North Mahoning Township.

“Gordon’s in charge of procurement and resources,” Lyle said. “I’m in charge of engineering and tech.”

“In other words,” Gordon added, “I’m the gopher.”

Council will seek input on Indiana Hill speed limit

September 7, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council’s Public Safety Committee discussed the possibility of changing the speed limit on the Route 119 bridge to make it easier for traffic to slow down when traveling down Indiana Hill.

Borough Manager Ben White said PennDOT would be able to clarify a few ideas proposed by council, which include requesting that PennDOT install larger signs or large orange diamonds on signs such as those used on the Indiana bypass on Route 119.

TREKKIN’ TIME AGAIN

September 7, 2011

Hey groundhoggers, it’s that time again! No, not yet Groundhog Day, but the 113th Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Outing & Picnic, this year set for 1 p.m. until the lights are turned out Saturday at Groundhog Park and Gobbler’s Knob. In addition to a full New York strip steak dinner with all the trimmings at 4:45 p.m., the annual trek to give Punxsutawney Phil his life-extending elixir will be held around 3:30 p.m.

September 6th

Owner: Mary A.’s transformation to Graystone Court should be done by July

September 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Whatever happened to the former Mary A. Wilson Elementary School? It is transitioning into Graystone Court.

Jeff Long, owner of Graystone Court, purchased the empty school last year from the Punxsutawney Area School District and is converting it into independent living apartments for seniors 55 and older.

Long said there is a need to provide quality, affordable housing to those seeking a safe, maintenance-free home.

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