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August 16th, 2011
BIG RUN â€” 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.
Gracelyn Kirkpatrick makes a new friend Friday afternoon as she pets a horse at the Dayton Fair.
BIG RUN â€” 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 â€” who police charged last week with arson and other offenses â€” had belonged to the Big Run Fire Company at the time of his alleged crimes.
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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€“ It's not quite the parking lot at Mel's Diner in the George Lucas film â€śAmerican Graffiti,â€ť but itâ€™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 â€“ and the open membership club â€“ is a work in progress,said club founder Doug Hollenbaugh.
â€śWe just like to keep it open to everyone and have a good time,â€ť he said.
(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.)
(March 25, 1896)
DEADLY AFTER DAMP
It Causes Horrible Disaster
at Adrian Mines.
TWO MEN PERISH FROM
And Half a Dozen Others Resuscitated
After Life Seemed Extinct
Editor's Note: Sources close to Kadie Stonebraker's family reported that Kadie passed away earlier this morning, Saturday, Aug. 13.
MARION CENTER â€” She has a guitar pick and a bracelet from her idol â€” 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.
BROOKVILLE â€” 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.
Neal: Charges are not an indictment of firefighters
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
The Del Sinchak Band â€” (from left) Ron "Austie" Austalosh, Joe Colapietro, Sinchak, Alan Koss and Bob Smrecansky â€” 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 â€” Rocky Top (classic country) next week and The LaVelles (swing/country rock) the week after â€” so donâ€™t put your lawn chairs away just yet.