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July 26th, 2011

No injuries reported in early-morning Big Run fire

July 27, 2011

BIG RUN — Area firefighters battled another structure fire in Big Run early Tuesday morning along Caroline Street, but this time, there was someone home when the blaze broke out.

Firefighters were called at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday to the home of Jim Stellabuto Sr. at 204 Caroline St., Big Run, which had flames coming from the garage and heavy smoke showing from the rest of the house when crews arrived.

Ban on burning goes into effect Thursday

July 27, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Due to the recent heat wave and lack of rain, the county has decided to take some preventative measures against fires.

Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners adopted a resolution imposing a 30-day ban on outdoor burning in the county, effective at noon Thursday.

The ban is in accordance with Act 1995-52 of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under the recommendation of Gary Frank, the district forester.

Juvenile driver treated for injuries after vehicle rollover

July 27, 2011

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — A 17-year-old girl was transported to the hospital for injuries she suffered in a one-vehicle accident on Young Road Tuesday.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, witnesses saw the female juvenile driving a 2004 Chevrolet Blazer around 5 p.m. west on Young Road at a high rate of speed.

Police said her vehicle struck the embankment on the west side of the road, which caused the vehicle to spin clockwise and roll onto the driver’s side.

July 25th

Police name victim in Sunday crash

July 26, 2011

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — Monday, police identified a Reynoldsville man as the victim in Sunday’s fatal crash at the intersection of Route 536 and Route 36 in Young Township.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, Gary Brian Travis, 48, Reynoldsville, was operating a 2006 Toyota Tacoma when he failed to stop at a posted stop sign on Route 536 and pulled out in front of a 2007 International tractor-trailer driven by Fredrick Rose, 55, Fort Wayne, Ind., which was traveling south on Route 36.

Local seniors enjoying new JCAAA center

July 25, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Senior Center isn’t gone; it’s just moved somewhere else nearby.

The building that housed the center was demolished last week to accommodate the construction of Grace Place, and the center is now located in the basement of the former Grube Hospital boiler room.

The center’s director, Tracy Miller, said she loves the new space, which has been open for two weeks and offers advantages over the former center.

Jail Board to examine possible policy review

July 25, 2011

BROOKVILLE — At the Jefferson County Jail Inspection-Intermediate Punishment Board meeting Monday, Jefferson County Jail Warden Tom Elbel asked the board to review some policies that must be updated.

According to Elbel, via a union contract, a committee meets several times a year to review polices to see where the jail is lacking and where it is not.

The committee met last week. Elbel believes that many revisions need to be made.

But because there are so many, he is asking the board to review them by next month’s meeting date, with the hope of voting on them Aug. 22.

July 24th

Driver killed in accident

July 25, 2011

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — A two-vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 10 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Route 536 and Route 36, Young Township, took the life of the driver of a pickup truck, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.

Road show highlights Civil War history

July 25, 2011

BROOKVILLE – John Seitter couldn't believe the conversation – or argument, as he thought it was – he heard at the Jefferson County Fair late last week.

The young girl was adamant – adamant enough that he could hear her sentiments – that Confederate Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart cost Gen. Robert E. Lee – and the Confederacy, in its first and only invasion of the North – the Battle of Gettysburg over those first warm three days of July 1863 in Adams County.

Way Back When

July 25, 2011

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th Century as originally reported in past issues of the newspaper. These reprinted stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

(Local Intelligence
March 18, 1896)

THOSE GOOD OLD TIMES

Everybody Was Honest, and Even the Saw-Mills Were Upright

July 22nd

Two Amish boys injured in buggy, vehicle crash

July 23, 2011

BANKS TOWNSHIP — A two-vehicle accident involving an Amish buggy and a pick-up truck caused injuries to two Amish boys, one of whom was flown to a hospital in Altoona for treatment of his injuries Friday morning.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, the accident occurred around 8 a.m., when an Amish buggy driven by a 14-year-old Amish boy was traveling south on Johnsonburg Road, Banks Township, when a pick-up truck driven by Charles Pennington, 63, Glen Campbell, also traveling south, came upon the crest of a hill behind the buggy.

Pictured here are members of the Catholic Daughters of America — a group celebrating its 95th anniversary this year.
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