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February 12th, 2015

Punxsy man among two charged with arson in DuBois fire

February 13, 2015

DUBOIS — A 20-year-old Punxsutawney man and a 19-year-old Kersey man have been charged with arson and other related counts in connection with a DuBois fire that caused approximately $500,000 worth of damages to Gibby's Warehouse, according to a release on the Clearfield County District Attorney's website.

William A. Shaw Jr., the Clearfield County DA, identified the defendants as Zachary Thomas Coombs, 20, of Big Run Prescottville Road, Punxsutawney, and Timothy James Young, 19, of Kersey.

February 11th

Three airlifted in Route 119 two-vehicle accident

February 12, 2015

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — A two-vehicle accident sent several people to an area trauma center following a head-on collision that occurred at 4:52 p.m. on Wednesday on Route 119 at the intersection with Yates Road, Young Township.

According to PSP-Punxsutawney, a white 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Edward L. Wonderling III, 29, Punxsutawney, was traveling north on Route 119 and crossed into the south bound lane of travel and struck a silver 2012 Jeep Compass head on, driven by Phyllis L. Quick, 50, Punxsutawney.

Police said that both units came to rest in the south bound lane of travel.

February 10th

Punxsy firefighters respond to Albion car fire

February 10, 2015

ALBION — On Tuesday, the smoke from a car fire could be seen throughout the Elk Run area when the engine compartment of a vehicle on Clawson Street in Albion, Bell Township, caught fire.

The Punxsutawney Fire Department was called to the scene at 2:33 p.m. at 599 Clawson St. when the engine overheated and caught fire.

Firefighters from Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company utilized the Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) on Engine 30 to extinguish the stubborn blaze, which destroyed the vehicle.

There were no injuries, and Jefferson County EMS assisted at the scene.

Chucks wrestling honors seniors, downs Owls

February 10, 2015

The Punxsutawney Area High School wrestling team honored its seniors prior to Tuesday's match against Bradford — a match the Chucks won 53-18.

Pictured here are the seniors with their families (from left): Tristen Herndon, Walter Foster, Perry Arrington, Austin Covatch, Keegan Fisher and Travis Perry.

For a full recap, see Wednesday's print edition of The Spirit.

Tonight's PAHS schedule includes:

• JV/Varsity Boys' Basketball vs. DCC, 6/7:30 p.m. (Senior Night)

• JV/Varsity Girls' Basketball at Clarion, 6/7:30 p.m.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: A look back at Winter Queen's Court

February 10, 2015

Last Friday, the seniors at PAHS selected their Winter Sports Queen — Ivy Phillips. Pictured here is Phillips with her escort, Brandon Blose, reacting to the announcement that she had won.

February 9th

Fire dept. receives pet oxygen masks

February 10, 2015

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Fire Department was recently the recipient of a donation of pet-sized oxygen masks from an area group that specializes in taking care of people and animals.

Jerry Volpe, one of the founders of the DuBois Pennsylvania Humanitarian Riders/RG Bikers Against Animal Cruelty, said the kits come with three different sizes of pet masks and will fit from small to large dogs or cats.

Boil Water Advisory lifted after water main break

February 9, 2015

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Pennsylvania American Water said Monday that it is no longer necessary for customers living in parts of Young Township and Punxsutawney to boil water before use. Acceptable bacteria test results were obtained from samples collected on Feb. 8 and 9, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has authorized lifting of the precautionary advisory.

This notice applies only to affected customers in the following areas:
Punxsutawney
• Walston Road
• Wilson Road
• Mondi Road
• Church Road
• Ellermyer Road

Young Township
• Aspen Raod

College Basketball Weekend Round Up

February 9, 2015

Each week we will be taking a look at the best games around the country.
Arizona State (12-11) 81
(#6) Arizona (20-3) 78

The Arizona Wildcats traveled to Tempe to face in state rival Arizona State for what they expected to be an easy game. Arizona State came into the game at the bottom of the PAC 12 at 3-6 in conference play. The Sun Devils came out firing as they shot 50% from the field (26/52) and 46.7% from 3 (7/15). Guard Bo Barnes paced the Sun Devils with 18 points including a perfect 8 for 8 from the charity stripe.

(#8) Kansas (19-4) 62
Oklahoma State (16-7) 67

February 8th

Harmony Road accident reported

February 9, 2015

HARMONY — A two-vehicle accident occurred on Friday evening on Route 310 near Harmony Road in Young Township.

According to reports from the scene, the accident occurred when one of the vehicles pulled out in front of the other, causing the collision.

Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police were assisted at the scene by the Punxsutawney Fire Department, Jefferson County EMS and Rebuck's South Side Service.

No further details were available at Spirit press time.

February 7th

Sinkhole closes Route 36 near hospital entrance

February 7, 2015

PUNXSUTAWNEY — State Route 36 between Hillcrest Drive and Skyview Drive in Punxsutawney has been closed until further notice due to a sinkhole that formed near Hillcrest Drive early this morning.

Gary Lobaugh, External Affairs Manager for Pennsylvania American Water, said the main break occurred at approximately 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning and has caused a number of customers in the Walston area and other portions of Young Township to be without water services.

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