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March 17th, 2014

James G. Murray, 72

March 17, 2014

James G. Murray, 72, of San Clemente, Calif., passed away peacefully on Monday, March 10, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

James was born July 22, 1941, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Leslie J. and Marie (Smith) Murray.

On June 27, 1959, he married the former Juleann Sweeney, who survives.

He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in San Clemente.

Before retiring, Jim was a carpenter.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hiking, camping and traveling. He loved the ocean.

March 16th

Annual Peeper Banquet pays tribute to late Chuck & Sara D. Fox

March 16, 2014

S. Thomas Curry (left) gave a helping hand to Terry A. Fye, the guest speaker for the Big Run Spring Peeper Banquet that was held Sunday at the Big Run War Memorial.

Curry assisted Fye by leading the singing at the annual banquet with a parody of several songs, “Here We Go Round the Peepers Pond,” “The Peepers in the Pond,” “Peeper Bells” and “There'll Be Croaking From the Swamp Soon.”

The banquet honored the late Chuck and Sara Fox.

Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.

Rossiter teen suffers minor injuries in crash

March 16, 2014

A 17-year-old Rossiter teen suffered minor injuries after striking a drainage culvert along Snyder Hill Road on Saturday.

Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.

Way Back When

March 16, 2014

(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
March 21, 1888

School Report
Stephen Lewis, teacher of Russell school, Warsaw township, reports as follows for the month ending March 13: No. in attendance, males, 12; females, 20; total, 32. Per cent of attendance, 92.

ROTARY AUCTION NETS NEARLY $35,000

March 16, 2014

The 2014 Punxsutawney Rotary Auction was held from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m Saturday at BFG Manufacturing.

The day was certainly a busy one, with several volunteers on hand to answer the ringing phones.

According to Erin Cameron, Rotary Club vice-president, about $35,000 was raised.

Among the many items up for auction were dinner and a meet-and-greet for two at the upcoming Kenny Rogers concert, as well as two tickets to a Pittsburgh Penguins game.

March 14th

Public hearing coming on sign ordinance

March 14, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Call it a sign of the times, as Punxsutawney Borough Council will hold a public hearing regarding the changes to the borough's sign ordinance prior to the April 7 committee meetings.

Mary McHenry, Punxsutawney Borough code enforcement officer, said that the Planning Commission spent a significant amount of time discussing what to add to or remove from the existing ordinance.

For the full story, pick up Saturday's edition of The Spirit.

Camouflage Inn raises funds for Wounded Warriors

March 14, 2014

The Camouflage Inn and its patrons raised $5,064 in a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project last month.

Pictured (from left) are Angela Trumbette and Sherri King, event organizers; Gina Welsh, Army Veteran; and Megan Sonnie, event organizer.

For the full story, pick up Saturday's edition of The Spirit.

March 13th

For PACC’s new projector: “It’s showtime!”

March 13, 2014

If you ever wondered what a digital movie projector looks like, here's a sneak peek at the new NEC projector that was recently installed at the Jackson Theater in the Punxsutawney Area Community Center (PACC).

Pictured (from left) are Rob McCoy, PACC executive director; Teresa Neal, secretary, PACC Board of Directors; and John Test, PACC projector operator.

McCoy said they've shown two digital movies already, but this weekend is the actual grand opening.

DA plans to seek death sentence in Michael Shugars case

March 13, 2014

BROOKVILLE — Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett has filed a notice of aggravating circumstances against Michael Christopher Shugars, Punxsutawney, the defendant in the case of the alleged murder of Chet
Allen Haddow, Punxsutawney.

The notice of aggravating circumstances means that, in the event that Shugars is found guilty of murder in the first-degree, the commonwealth intends to seek the death penalty.

The district attorney’s office confirmed on Thursday that it had filed the notice, a copy of which was submitted to The Spirit by the prothonotary’s office.

Rotary Club Radio Auction coming Saturday

March 13, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Rotary Club Radio Auction will be
broadcast live from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, courtesy of Renda Radio and WPXZ 104.1 FM.

The Rotary Auction will be broadcast from BFG Manufacturing and, according to Rotary Club President Courtney Cole, this year, the club has grossed $54,000 in merchandise.

For more details about the auction, pick up Friday's edition of The Spirit.

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