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September 9th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ That Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, some of them were in school, some of them were at home. Mostly, they didn‚Äôt understand why their parents were fixated on their televisions, which were showing images of crashing airplanes, smoke, fire and crumbling towers.
When they asked about what was happening, some of their parents delicately tried to explain how some bad people were trying to hurt their country. Other parents encouraged them to keep doing what they were doing, playing outdoors or elsewhere. Some parents didn‚Äôt say anything.
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ 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 didn‚Äôt expect what was handed to it that morning.
The kind of sky that didn‚Äôt 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, it‚Äôs what John Laursen remembers most.
‚ÄúThe sky ... it was a beautiful, beautiful, blue sky, and I‚Äôll never forget it,‚ÄĚ he said.
UNIONTOWN ‚Äď 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.
‚ÄúI knew what was going on, because I had a experience with some other plane crashes in my career,‚ÄĚ said Depp, who retired as the head of detectives at Troop B‚Äôs Uniontown barracks, Fayette County.
That was around 10 a.m.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ 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‚Äôs office Thursday.
One of the shots struck her husband‚Äôs car, while another struck a private residence along Pleasant Alley, police said.
REYNOLDSVILLE ‚ÄĒ Having recently viewed the Oscar-winning film ‚ÄúThe King‚Äôs Speech,‚ÄĚ Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati told guests gathered at the Jefferson County Department of Development‚Äôs annual luncheon Thursday that what America needs now is ‚Äúa King‚Äôs Speech.‚ÄĚ
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 ‚ÄĒ Dylan Hackbarth is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, but he‚Äôs deferring a graduate program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore for a year in order to take on a ‚Äúonce-in-a-lifetime‚ÄĚ experience.
The experience? Driving the legendary Oscar Mayer Wienermobile to locations between the East Coast and the Midwest for the next year.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚ÄĒ behind whose office the incident occurred ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚Äď 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‚Äôs Greenhouse along Route 119, North Mahoning Township.
‚ÄúGordon‚Äôs in charge of procurement and resources,‚ÄĚ Lyle said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm in charge of engineering and tech.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúIn other words,‚ÄĚ Gordon added, ‚ÄúI‚Äôm the gopher.‚ÄĚ
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Punxsutawney Borough Council‚Äôs 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.