June 6th, 2014
Thursday evening, PennDOT and consultants from HDR had public plans on display at the Big Run Fire Hall.
The plans were of the U.S. bridge replacements that will be McCracken Bridge, Rock Run Bridge and Big Run Bridge.
These bridges will be replaced in 2016, with a temporary Route 119 road being put in place to help with traffic flow.
For more details, read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
Harold O. "Hud" Wetzel, 90, of New Castle, passed away the afternoon of June 3, 2014, at Jameson Hospital.
Born Jan. 21, 1924, in Rossiter, Pa., he was a son of Ray and Mildred Cessna Wetzel.
Surviving at home is his wife of 30 years, Helen Waite Wetzel, whom he married Jan. 5, 1984.
Hud served his country in the Army as a sergeant with the 702nd Tank Destroyer Battalion, receiving the Purple Heart.
He was employed as a heavy equipment operator with Medure's Sand Company.
(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 Toie Neal.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Toie Neal is a familiar face. You may recognize her as one of the former owners of the gone-but-not-forgotten Punxsy Hotel. Or perhaps you have seen her in the community.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If you're curious as to what might be on the lunch menu for elementary summer school this year, how about some â€śGreen Eggs and Ham?â€ť
Yup, Dr. Seuss is the theme for summer school for grades K-2 following the 2013-2014 school year.
For details, see Friday's edition of The Spirit.
The Wolfs from Cub Scout Pack 245 recently participated in the Bucktail Council Cubmobile at Tri-County Church in DuBois.
They took third place in the push distance competition. Pictured (from left) are winners David Kunselman, Nicholas Motter, Philip Dunmire and Damien Slaughenhaupt.
REYNOLDSVILLE â€” While other school districts across the area graduated their outgoing seniors, the school that serves students from all of them â€” Jeff Tech â€” saw the remainder of the Class of 2014 out during a ceremony on Wednesday evening.
The main commencement address was delivered by Valedictorian Hannah Rummel, an IT Academy Digital Media Technology student.
For full details from the ceremony and from Rummel's speech, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
NORTH MAHONING TOWNSHIP â€” A garage machine shop and storage area was completely destroyed in a huge fire that could be seen in the skies of southern Jefferson County and downtown Punxsutawney prior to noon on Wednesday.
Perry Township, Lindsey, Marion Center and Plumville volunteer fire companies responded at 11:09 a.m. Wednesday to the Jared W. Clemmer residence at 2738 Beaver Road, North Mahoning Township, to a reported garage fire, which turned out to be a machine shop that was also used as storage for farm equipment.
For more details, check Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
On Wednesday, students across the area waved goodbye to the 2013-14 school year and welcomed summer vacation. Pictured above are Parkview Elementary Students waving as they leave school for the last time in the next few months. Pictured below are the teachers and staff members, who greeted the buses on their way around the building to wave goodbye to their students one last time this year.
Edna L. Shaum, 89, Oliveburg, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Penn Highlands Healthcare, DuBois.
She was born June 29, 1923, in Gaskill Township, a daughter of the late Grover C. and Larue (Cassiday) Rhoads.
She was married to Oscar Dee Shaum, who preceded her in death on Oct. 10, 2009.
She was a member of the Oliveburg Presbyterian Church.
She was a former employee of Stewarts Drug Store.
Surviving relatives include a sister, Mary Jordan of Oliveburg, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.
Raymond E. Raybuck, 75, of Kissimmee, Florida, formerly of Indiana, Pa., quietly passed away on May 4, 2014, due to complications from pneumonia and COPD.
He was born June 21, 1938, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Paul H. and Helen Mary (Sadler) Raybuck.
His mother survives and resides at the DuBois Village.
On Sept. 7, 1979, he married the former Deborah A. Vennard in Homer City. She survives.
Ray proudly served in the U.S. Army Combat Engineers for 11-1/2 years, serving three tours in Vietnam.
He was a member of the First Army Pistol Team, where he won several awards.