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April 19th, 2011

Rural Road Safety Week’s message: Be alert, slow down

April 19, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — That shortcut on a rural road to save time could cost you more than minutes if you don’t keep an eye out for horses, buggies and slow-moving farm equipment.

In an effort to reduce farm-related vehicle crashes and to bring awareness to farm safety, PennDOT, the state Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau joined together to promote Rural Road Safety Week at Fezell’s County Market Tuesday.

Shawn Houck, PennDOT press safety officer, said slow-moving vehicles fall under one category, which means they are generally traveling under the speed limit.

Board rep: IU will see budget shortfall

April 19, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The budget for Riverview Intermediate Unit No. 6 (RIU6) will be short about $177,000, according to the Punxsutawney Area School Board’s representative to the consortium, on account of Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget.

“Right now, with the budget that’s been proposed, they are not getting any money,” Punxsy school board member Penny Pifer told the board last week. “They will be short, about $177,000.”

April 18th

Coal truck overturns on Rt. 210

April 18, 2011

VALIER — A coal truck apparently lost its brakes, causing it to roll onto its side around 11 a.m. Monday at the Route 210 intersection with Route 4025 (Valier Drive), Perry Township.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, Joe Ryan, Summerhill, was traveling north on Route 210, and as he approached the 90-degree curve at the intersection with Valier Drive, his brakes locked up, which caused the truck to roll onto the driver's side and into the guardrail, spilling a portion of its load into an adjacent stream.

Recognizing the rights of victims

April 18, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Crime victims continue to strive for their rights, a struggle highlighted during National Victims' Rights Week.

This year's theme, "Reshaping the Future and Honoring the Past," honors and respects crime victims who have found strength to rebuild their lives one step at a time.

April 17th

Six inducted into Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame

April 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Featured speaker Les Shoop, a former Punxsutawney Area High School basketball coach, couldn't disagree more with the opinion of those who believe that sports aren't important.

After all, he said, if sports weren't important, Saturday's event at the PAHS cafeteria wouldn't have received such a welcome turnout.

Saturday, at the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2011 induction ceremony, more than 100 family members and friends reaffirmed the featured speaker's belief by showing their support for six men who were added to the town's elite athletic group.

Way Back When

April 17, 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 19, 1896

BALLOT FRAUDS CHANGED
The North Side Municipal Election Claimed to be Corrupt
There were charges of corrupt and illegal practices at the North Side Municipal election yesterday and preparations were being made to contest the election for borough constable.

April 15th

Errors, strikeouts lead to Punxsy's first loss

April 15, 2011

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Four errors, 10 strikeouts and 10 men left on base dropped the Punxsy baseball team to its first loss of the season Friday, 6-1, at Hollidaysburg.

The Chucks (4-1) fell behind 6-0 after four innings before they scored their only run in the fifth. While the Golden Tigers (5-1) were building their lead with two runs in the first and third innings and one run in the second and fourth innings, Punxsy was leaving multiple runners on base nearly every inning.

Of the 10 runners Punxsy stranded, five occurred during the first two innings.

REACT celebrates 35th anniversary

April 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It all began with CB radios, and now celebrating its 35th anniversary, the Punxsutawney Radio Emergency Associated Communications Team (REACT) has become one of the premiere volunteer safety organizations in Punxsutawney and around the world.

It has been 35 years since Ken Haynes and Bill Murray first established what was known back then as Punxsutawney Radio Emergency Services (PRES), which would later become REACT.

Charlie Hoeh, REACT member, said the club originally began in 1976 by monitoring Citizens Band (CB) Radio Channel 9 for motorist emergencies.

Police, DA: Suspects trafficked heroin along Interstate 80

April 15, 2011

CLARION — More than a year of investigations culminated Friday when Clarion County District Attorney Mark Aaron announced the arrest of 11 alleged heroin dealers.

The investigation involved anonymous informants, Clarion Borough Police, the Clarion Heroin Task Force, the Youngstown (Ohio) Police and the Mahoning Valley (Ohio) Crime Task Force.

Six of the alleged dealers are Clarion-area natives: Krystal Clark, Rimersburg; Nicholas Beichner, Rimersburg; Marla Forbes, Leeper; Sara Kirkpatrick, Leeper; Barry Beichner, Kossuth; and Thomas Novak, Marienville.

April 14th

Torrence project moving along well

April 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Brian Sekula, borough engineer from The EADS Group in Clarion, reported Monday that the Torrence Street widening project is going well, as the alley that runs between North Findley Street and North Jefferson Street is being widened with grant funding from PennDOT.
Public Works Committee Chairman Roger Steele asked about the drainage system for the Torrence project.

Sekula said Palo Construction is upgrading the existing drainage system that ran through the center of the alley.

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