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July 20th, 2011

Big Run council: Former store must come down in 60 days

July 21, 2011

BIG RUN — Big Run Borough Council passed a motion Monday to have the fire-ravaged Big Run Carpet building torn down within the next 60 days.

Council member John Niver said council needed a time frame, and that he consulted with Mary McHenry, the code enforcement officer for the Borough of Punxsutawney, as to how much time a property owner has to remove a fire-damaged structure in Punxsy.

Punxsutawney gives a property owner 90 days to either remove or repair a fire-damaged structure, Niver said.

Lawmakers learn first-hand the value of 4-H programs

July 21, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Wednesday afternoon, the Penn State Cooperative Extension welcomed state Representatives Sam Smith and Dave Reed to the Jefferson County Fair.

The lawmakers received an up-close and personal look into what the Jefferson County 4-H program is all about.

July 19th

Police seek driver who struck jogger, then fled the scene

July 19, 2011

FALLS CREEK — DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police are seeking the person driving a vehicle that struck a woman while jogging then fled the scene Tuesday night.

Police said the incident occurred around 8:04 p.m. Tuesday along Route 950, about one mile south of Falls Creek, Washington Township.

Police said the jogger, a 32-year-old woman who was unnamed in a police report, was jogging south on Route 950 and was struck by the southbound vehicle, which fled the scene.

The woman suffered moderate injuries and was flown via medical helicopter to Altoona Hospital for treatment.

Alliance Church hosts Firefighter Appreciation Day Saturday

July 19, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As an event in conjunction with its Firefighters Vacation Bible School, the Punxsutawney Alliance Church will host its first-ever Firefighter Appreciation Day this weekend.

The day-long event begins at 1 p.m. and runs until whenever Saturday at the church, located at the intersection of Route 436 and Alliance Drive.
Pam Smorey, who is coordinating the event, said the appreciation day is not just for children; it’s for everyone, regardless of age, and there is no charge to attend.

More from the Jefferson County Fair

July 19, 2011

Wearing matching outfits, sisters Adisen (right) and Reise Jackson (left), of Sigel, enjoy the Jefferson County Fair Tuesday night with their parents. The fair continues today, beginning with the horse halter and riding show at 9 a.m. and the special celebrity visitors judging contest at 1 p.m. The carnival opens at 5 p.m.

July 18th

Senior living complex may be open by year’s end

July 19, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Both construction and demolition continue to move along at a fast pace at the corner of Pine and North Gilpin streets at what is to be known as Grace Place, a senior living facility.

Demolition began Monday on a portion of the former Grube Hospital building. The portion of the building that is adjacent to Pine Street is being razed to make room for Grace Place, a 24-unit housing complex for moderate-income seniors.

The $6.5 million project is being constructed by the Jefferson Area Lutheran Social Ministry and Trek Development.

Jefferson County Fair Fun

July 19, 2011

Natalie Haney (right) visits the petting zoo at the Jefferson County Fair Monday night with her step-mom, Stacey Haney.

July 17th

Kevin Aul: Official birthday recipient at Relay for Life

July 18, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY – Some people groan about hitting the big 4-0, but Kevin Aul has scratched and clawed for 32 years of his life to hit it.

Aul – relaying with the Grace Gigglers of Grace United Methodist Church — was among those taking part in Punxsy's Relay for Life Saturday in Barclay Square.

The Relay for Life committee recognized Aul's 40th birthday with a park-wide sing-along of “Happy Birthday” and saluted him for his battle against cancer – which he has been waging for most of his life.

Way Back When

July 18, 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)

From the Transvaal

Jefferson County Fair Queen

July 18, 2011

This year’s Jefferson County Fair Queen is Logan Taylor Snell (left), 19, of Brookville. Logan sang the country song "Leave the Pieces" while also playing guitar. She is joined by Danielle Jean Troutman, who took second place in the pageant.

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