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August 16th, 2011

Big Run firefighters starting to heal after alleged betrayal

August 17, 2011

BIG RUN — While the community of Big Run breathed a sigh of relief, the fire department was left at a loss.

Aug. 10, Punxsy-based Pennsylvania State Police arrested Anthony Overbeck, 18, a former member of the Big Run Volunteer Area Fire Department with arson.

Jefferson County District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett said charges against Overbeck regarding a rash of other arsons in the area are likely forthcoming.

While the arrest may have put residents of the Big Run community at ease, it likely caused much sadness for the members of the fire department.

Why, Hello there

August 17, 2011

Gracelyn Kirkpatrick makes a new friend Friday afternoon as she pets a horse at the Dayton Fair.

August 15th

Big Run trying to recover after rash of arsons

August 15, 2011

BIG RUN — Big Run Borough Council, at Monday's meeting, congratulated members of the Big Run Volunteer Fire Company on a job well done, despite the adverse circumstances of dealing with the many arson fires that occurred throughout the area over the past year.

Big Run Borough Council President Nick Lantz congratulated the members of the fire company for continuing to do a great job even though Anthony Overbeck — who police charged last week with arson and other offenses — had belonged to the Big Run Fire Company at the time of his alleged crimes.

What a royal night in Reynoldsville

August 15, 2011

Emily Krivak (second from left), 16, was crowned the 2011 Reynoldsville Homecoming Queen during the opening ceremonies Monday night downtown. Also on hand for the crowning were (from left) 2010 Queen Mindy Hutchins, 16; Krivak; Brooke Godwin, 16, first runner-up; Miranda Meholick, 14, second runner-up; and Dakota Knarr, 16, third runner-up. The queen was chosen based on her essay, "What Reynoldsville Means to Me." All the girls attend DuBois Area High School.

August 14th

New club invites guests to display their vehicular pride and joy

August 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY – It's not quite the parking lot at Mel's Diner in the George Lucas film “American Graffiti,” but it’s close enough.

Friday, the Vintage Steel Car Club of Punxsy hosted its third drive-in of the summer at Advance Auto Parts, which drew 56 different classic, vintage and otherwise sweet vehicles from around the region.
The gathering – and the open membership club – is a work in progress,said club founder Doug Hollenbaugh.

“We just like to keep it open to everyone and have a good time,” he said.

Way Back When

August 15, 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 25, 1896)

DEADLY AFTER DAMP
It Causes Horrible Disaster
at Adrian Mines.
TWO MEN PERISH FROM
SUFFOCATION
And Half a Dozen Others Resuscitated
After Life Seemed Extinct

August 12th

Taylor Swift reaches out to a little girl fighting a big battle

August 13, 2011

Editor's Note: Sources close to Kadie Stonebraker's family reported that Kadie passed away earlier this morning, Saturday, Aug. 13.

MARION CENTER — She has a guitar pick and a bracelet from her idol — not to mention a dress just like the one in the music video, but this week, some of the pieces of the puzzle finally came together for four-year-old Kadie Stonebraker.

EMA, county: Don’t give up on Big Run fire department

August 13, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The following is a statement issued by the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Services, following the arrest of now-former Big Run firefighter Anthony Overbeck, 18, Big Run, on arson and related charges pertaining to an Aug. 9 fire along Pennsylvania Avenue in Big Run:

While most people in the Big Run area feel relieved with the recent arrest in the string of arsons, one group of individuals struggles to figure out why this happened.

This group, charged with saving lives and property, is the Big Run Area Volunteeer Fire Company.

August 11th

Police say suspect implicated in other Big Run fires

August 11, 2011

Neal: Charges are not an indictment of firefighters

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Thursday, state police formally announced charges against a teenage member of the Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company stemming from an Aug. 9 fire in Big Run, and said he has also been implicated in several other fires dating back to 2010.

Officials from PSP-Punxsutawney and the district attorney noted, however, that charges filed against Anthony M. Overbeck, 18, Big Run, are not an indictment of other firefighters.

Music in the Park

August 11, 2011

The Del Sinchak Band — (from left) Ron "Austie" Austalosh, Joe Colapietro, Sinchak, Alan Koss and Bob Smrecansky — performed polka and other favorites Thursday during the sixth installment of the Music in the Park Series in Barclay Square. Sinchak, now in his 61st year as a band leader, formed the group with drummer Smrecansky when he was in seventh grade, and Sinchak was in eighth grade. There are only two more Music in the Park shows left for the summer — Rocky Top (classic country) next week and The LaVelles (swing/country rock) the week after — so don’t put your lawn chairs away just yet.

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