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September 9th, 2011
BROOKVILLE â It could have been a day like any other.
The sky was a beautiful clear blue, dotted with wisps of clouds.
The kind of sky that didnât expect what was handed to it that morning.
The kind of sky that didnât want anything or anybody to blot out its beauty.
But someone tried. Someone tried very hard.
Above everything that happened that day, and over the past 10 years, itâs what John Laursen remembers most.
âThe sky ... it was a beautiful, beautiful, blue sky, and Iâll never forget it,â he said.
UNIONTOWN â 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.
âI knew what was going on, because I had a experience with some other plane crashes in my career,â said Depp, who retired as the head of detectives at Troop Bâs Uniontown barracks, Fayette County.
That was around 10 a.m.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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 judgeâs office Thursday.
One of the shots struck her husbandâs car, while another struck a private residence along Pleasant Alley, police said.
REYNOLDSVILLE â Having recently viewed the Oscar-winning film âThe Kingâs Speech,â Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati told guests gathered at the Jefferson County Department of Developmentâs annual luncheon Thursday that what America needs now is âa Kingâs Speech.â
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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Dylan Hackbarth is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, but heâs deferring a graduate program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore for a year in order to take on a âonce-in-a-lifetimeâ experience.
The experience? Driving the legendary Oscar Mayer Wienermobile to locations between the East Coast and the Midwest for the next year.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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 â behind whose office the incident occurred â Thursday afternoon. He set Sprankle's bail at $1 million.
Shots were fired today in front of District Judge Douglas Chambers' office. See tomorrow's Spirit for more information.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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 Joyceâs Greenhouse along Route 119, North Mahoning Township.
âGordonâs in charge of procurement and resources,â Lyle said. âIâm in charge of engineering and tech.â
âIn other words,â Gordon added, âIâm the gopher.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Councilâs 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.
Hey groundhoggers, itâs 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 Gobblerâs 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.