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November 9th, 2013
Four fire companies battled a fully involved house fire at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday on Pine Street in Punxsutawney. Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.
Punxsutawney Mayor Jim Wehrle (third from left) presents a proclamation recognizing the contributions of Native Americans throughout the history of Punxsutawney.
Pictured (from left) are Santana Olp, DAR recording secretary; Connie Mateer, DAR Native American chairperson; Wehrle; and Joan Miller Olp, DAR regent.
The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center recently held a special ceremony to unveil a plaque in honor and memory of former Punxsutawney mayor, the late John Hallman, whose handprints were all over the planning and coming about of the center as it was.
Members of the centerâ€™s Board of Directors and Hallmanâ€™s family members were on hand, as well.
Pictured (from left) are Jack Lingenfelter, board member; Garry Hallman and Marcia Botelho, Johnâ€™s children; Nancy Hallman, Johnâ€™s wife; Janet Geer, Dennis Hallman and David Hallman, Johnâ€™s children; and Howard Beezer, board member.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Giving 41 years of one's life to anything these days stands out as a great achievement, and one local man â€” Punxsutawney's own Master Sgt. Bill Foster â€” recently retired after dedicating just more than 41 years of service to the military and the local community through his involvement in the Army and the Pennsylvania National Guard.
(Editorâ€™s note: This piece is one in a series of â€śFamiliar Faces Fridayâ€ť features to be written by Spirit reporter Destiny Pifer. The point of the project will be to highlight a member of the community who may be recognizable to many and tell his or her story. Todayâ€™s familiar face is Colleen Schott.)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Colleen Schott is a recognizable face. You may recognize her as a kindhearted volunteer who has rung the bell for the Salvation Army.
Though she may not work right in town, she certainly makes an impact on the lives of those who need guidance.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” There's soon to be a new mayor in town, as Republican Richard Alexander was elected mayor in Tuesday's general election.
Mayor-elect Alexander said in an interview that running for mayor has been a good experience for him.
Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Spirit.
A crane from Smith Hauling Inc. is pictured lifting up a hopper train car which had become derailed and lost its rear wheels after jumping the track on Tuesday evening.
For a full story, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Following what was a more-than-year-long investigation, the Punxsutawney Borough Police Department reported the arrests of numerous individuals who were allegedly involved in a series of burglaries that occurred in Punxsutawney Borough between May 2012 and April 2013.
The five who were arrested and charged were:
â€˘ Jason Robert Brownlee, 32, Punxsutawney;
â€˘ Ryan J. Brownlee, 26, Punxsutawney;
â€˘ Samantha Lynn Cochran, 18, Punxsutawney;
â€˘ Grayce E. Sutter, 20, Stump Creek;
â€˘ Mindy Murvine, 19, Nanty Glo.
BROOKVILLE â€” When the final precinct results were counted Tuesday night, the results showed that Punxsyâ€™s most interesting race â€” the one that would decide who would be Punxsyâ€™s next mayor â€”Â went to Richard Alexander.
A total of 7,948 votes were cast across the county in the unofficial results released by the county.
Alexander earned 55.08 percent of the votes in the mayoral race, with a total of 531. Dennis C. Rebuck ran on the Democratic ticket, earning 156 votes for 16.18 percent of the total.
The train car pictured here derailed near the intersection of Graffius Avenue and Elk Run Avenue Tuesday evening.
Read the full story in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.