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HARRISBURG â Area code 582 is coming soon to a phone near you.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility said 582 will be the new area code for much of northwestern Pennsylvania starting in 2012, The Associated Press said.
Last week, the commission approved a plan to divide the 814 area code. The change will affect Erie, Crawford, Warren, Venango, Forest, Clarion, Jefferson, Elk and McKean counties.
Parts of Clearfield, Armstrong, Mercer and Indiana counties will also get the new area code, AP said.
The commission said Tuesday the new code is expected to take effect Feb. 1, 2012.
BROOKVILLE â The killing of a corrections officer in Crawford County two months ago prompted the Jefferson County Jail Board to approve a change in policy Monday.
According to Jefferson County Warden Tom Elbel, the Crawford County officer was killed while booking an incoming prisoner, who was unrestrained and attacked the officer without the use of a weapon.
To avoid such a disaster, Elbel and the jail board moved to install bull rings, to which the prisoner will be fastened during booking.
A change in policy Monday made it mandatory for the bull rings to be used.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Salvation Army in Punxsutawney is in need of much help, as itâs only a little over halfway to its goal of $50,000 in the final week of the Red Kettle Campaign.
Keith Jache, co-corp commander, said Punxsutawney is a very generous community, and the Salvation Army is confident that residents will help the organization meet its goal.
âPunxsy has always been a very generous community, and we thank them for all the help theyâve given us over the years,â he said.
Currently, the Salvation Army has raised $28,628.
BIG RUN â Big Run Borough Council gave final approval at Mondayâs meeting to its 2011 budget with no tax increase.
Council president Nick Lantz announced at Novemberâs meeting that there was a surplus of $57,635 from this past year.
He pointed out that once again, there would not be a tax increase for borough tax payers, and that the last tax increase in Big Run was more than 20 years ago.
The 2011 tax millage for Big Run is as follows:
PUNXSUTAWNEY â PennDOT District 10 has not closed the purchase of the house located adjacent to the Route 119 (Ridge Avenue) and Route 310 (Elk Run Avenue) intersection.
Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager, said at a recent borough council meeting that PennDOT is hoping to close on the property after the holidays.
Mark Rozich, PennDOT District 10 highway design engineer, said at last monthâs Route 119 committee meeting that the purchase of the brown house on the corner of the intersection for demolition became a really complicated issue from an appraisal standpoint.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â There was one injury reported in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 1:10 p.m. Friday at the five points intersection in Punxsutawney.
According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, a Chevrolet Sedan, driven by Stacey Lasher, Punxsutawney, was traveling north on West Mahoning Street and was making a left onto Route 436.
(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.)
(January 22, 1896)
Fractured His Skull
A.L. McQuilkin, a prominent West Mahoning farmer, was badly injured at Dayton, Armstrong County, last Thursday, and is still lying there in a precarious condition.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â After a weekâs worth of wishing, the âLight Up a Childâs Lifeâ campaign concluded with a $73,285 Friday finale.
The campaignâs contributions will be used by the Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia Make-A-Wish chapter to grant 21 wishes to area children facing life-threatening illnesses.
According to regional office assistant Kayla Danch, the final day of the annual week-long campaign, which wrapped up at the Pantall Hotel, was met with success due directly to the âgenerosity of the community.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â There were no injuries reported when Punxsutawney Borough Police patrol car No. 26 was involved in a two-vehicle accident at approximately 3:45 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Sutton Street.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Sure, the calendar for sale by the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society contains the calendar dates of 1949, but thatâs fine, because the dates for 1949 and 2011 match exactly.
Plus, the Society is releasing the calendar to coincide with the re-release of âPunxsutawney Centennial: 1849-1949.â