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December 21st

Jail Board agrees on further restraints for inmates during the booking process

December 22, 2010

BROOKVILLE — 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.

December 20th

Salvation Army seeking donations to help meet season’s goal

December 21, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Salvation Army in Punxsutawney is in need of much help, as it’s 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.

“Punxsy has always been a very generous community, and we thank them for all the help they’ve given us over the years,” he said.

Currently, the Salvation Army has raised $28,628.

Big Run council finalizes budget with no tax increase

December 21, 2010

BIG RUN — Big Run Borough Council gave final approval at Monday’s meeting to its 2011 budget with no tax increase.

Council president Nick Lantz announced at November’s 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:

December 19th

PennDOT still looking to close purchase of house for project

December 20, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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 month’s 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.

One injury reported in five points wreck

December 20, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Way Back When

December 19, 2010

(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
(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.

December 17th

Make-A-Wish improves on last year’s total during 2010 campaign

December 18, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After a week’s worth of wishing, the “Light Up a Child’s Life” campaign concluded with a $73,285 Friday finale.

The campaign’s 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 “generosity of the community.”

No injuries reported after patrol car wreck

December 18, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Historical society remembers 1949 with 2011 calendar

December 18, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Sure, the calendar for sale by the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society contains the calendar dates of 1949, but that’s fine, because the dates for 1949 and 2011 match exactly.

Plus, the Society is releasing the calendar to coincide with the re-release of “Punxsutawney Centennial: 1849-1949.”

December 16th

Ivy Kiesling wishes for own SpongeBob clubhouse

December 17, 2010

BROOKVILLE — Ivy Kiesling has always dreamed of living under the sea, just like Nickelodeon cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants, and a few months ago, her dream came true, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

It took quite a lot of time and concern, however, before her wish could come true, but today, she welcomes guests, such as younger sister Haley, to her Pineapple Clubhouse in her back yard.

When it comes to children riding in cars, safety always comes first.
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