November 7th, 2013
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.
(Editorâs note: This piece is one in a series of âFamiliar Faces Fridayâ 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. Todayâs 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.
Eugene Smith, 77, of Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.
He was born on Christmas Day, 1935, a son of Clarence and Marion Patrick Smith of Punxsutawney.
Eugene was a 20-year U.S. Army veteran, a life member of the V.F.W., and he was retired from TVA at Sequoya.
He was first married to Joyce Davis, of Soddy-Daisy, the mother of their children.
He later married Eulene Mayberry, also of Soddy-Daisy.
He is survived by his wife, Eulene M. Smith, two children and two
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.
Kenneth Lee Anderson, Sr., 62, of Norfolk, Va., formerly of Punxsutawney, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Norfolk, Va.
He was born Jan. 17, 1951, in Niagara Falls, NY, the son of the late William and Lucille (Depp) Anderson.
He was an automobile mechanic and worked for many years at Midas Muffler in Norfolk, Va.
Byron E. Dinger, 96, of Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.
Mr. Dinger was born March 7, 1917, in Ringgold, the son of the late Ervin E. and Alberta (Shirey) Dinger.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Bertha Mae Dinger, on July 16, 2012.
He was a member of the Scotland Avenue Church of God. He and his wife helped to raise many foster children.
BROOKVILLE â When the final precinct results were counted Tuesday night, the results showed that Punxsyâs most interesting race â the one that would decide who would be Punxsyâs next mayor âÂ 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.