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February 13th, 2011

Way Back When

February 14, 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 newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.

Local Intelligence
(February 5, 1896)

A SUDDEN DEATH

Mrs. John Hill, of Stanton, is Taken Away by Apoplexy

February 11th

Mayor lauds Punxsy libraries

February 12, 2011

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Mayor James Wehrle — who recently obtained a new library card as part of his commitment to read more books and spend more time at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library — has proclaimed February as “Library Lovers’ Month.”

Coral Ellshoff, director of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, said Punxsutawney has a rich history of libraries, such as the Tibby Library at the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society’s Lattimer House.

Jeanne Curtis, the librarian at the Tibby Library, said it is primarily used for research, especially genealogy.

Punxsy library keeping up with the times

February 12, 2011

It's not your father's Punxsutawney Memorial Library anymore.

"Unless you're bothering someone else, we won't shush someone," Library Director Coral Ellshoff said. "We hope that if someone hasn't visited the library in quite some time, they come visit and check out all of the changes that have taken place."

While there are many changes going on at the library, located at the Mahoning East Civic Complex, another thing that has changed is the public's perceptions of a library in the modern world.

Police seek man facing drug charges

February 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are seeking the public's help in locating a man facing drug charges.

PSP-Punxsutawney said between Jan. 6 and Feb. 3, the Troop C Vice Unit made multiple purchases of heroin from Timothy R. Shepler, 28, DeLancey.
Feb. 4, troopers executed a search warrant at a Liberty Street residence, where two of the purchases were conducted.

Police said they seized numerous items of drugs and drug paraphernalia from the residence, but Shepler was not there.

February 10th

County raises teen dating violence awareness

February 11, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners proclaimed February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in Jefferson County.
The proclamation came at the request of Punxsutawney Area High School senior Lisa Tinker, who, for her senior project, raised funds to increase awareness of teen violence.

Hospital to begin new collections program Monday

February 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Area Hospital (PAH) will begin a point-of-service collections program Monday which will require patients to pay a portion of their bill prior to leaving the hospital.

Punxsy native, police officer sentenced on heroin charges

February 11, 2011

PITTSBURGH — A Punxsy native who had formerly served as a police officer with three different municipalities will see jail time in a state correctional institution after he pleaded guilty to drug charges Monday.

Allegheny County Judge Joseph K. Williams III sentenced Charles "Chuck" Lindy Edwards III, 30, to four to eight years in state prison for a heroin delivery charge after a plea arrangement Monday.

February 9th

Group will host meeting over proposed 814 area code change

February 10, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Most people in the region are probably aware of a Public Utility Commission (PUC) plan to change area codes from 814 to 582, but one group is trying to alter the way that the change in enforced.

In December 2010, the PUC announced plans to divide the 814 area code, and the counties of Erie, Crawford, Warren, Venango, Forest, Clarion, Jefferson, Elk and McKean, as well as parts of Clearfield, Armstrong, Mercer and Indiana counties will switch to area code 582.

The changes are scheduled to take place Feb. 1, 2012, but there is growing opposition to the plan.

Ex-teacher pleads guilty in assault

February 10, 2011

BROOKVILLE — In a plea bargain negotiated by her attorney and the district attorney, a former Brookville Junior-Senior High School math teacher and coach pleaded guilty to three charges of aggravated indecent assault Monday.

Karin Hetrick, Summerville, submitted her resignation to the school board after the mother of the then-15-year-old girl Hetrick was allegedly molesting went to police March 25, 2010.

Borough eyes paving projects when weather breaks

February 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Phil’s forecast of an early spring has brought hope that winter is almost over. Another sign is the discussion of which roads should to be paved when spring does arrive.

Tuesday, Roger Steele, chairman of Punxsy Borough Council’s Public Works Committee, said until the snow and ice is gone, it will be difficult to determine the condition of many borough streets.

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