Neal D. Davis, 88, of Smithville, Pa., died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana, Pa.
The son of David and Blanche (Neil) Davis, he was born on June 4, 1925, in Canoe Twp., Indiana County.
Neal served in the U.S. Navy as seaman second class during World War II.
He had worked as a truck driver for Interstate Amesite and as a rock truck driver for Benjamin Coal Company.
Neal had hauled local coal for years, as well as driving truck for Murray âMurfâ Smith.
Neal enjoyed stock car racing.
JEFFERSON COUNTY â Persistent snow showers throughout the day on
Saturday appeared to be a contributing factor in at least one of a number of accidents that took place during the course of the day.
For a full report, see Monday's edition of The Spirit.
The Punxsutawney Masonic Lodge is sponsoring a blood drive to be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the cafeteria at SS. Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church.
The theme is "This Holiday Give Something that Means Something."
Pictured are members of the Masonic Lodge, (front, from left) Jerry Wright, past master; Pat Villella, Dick Fetterman, lodge members; (back) Ed Halo, Clifford Klinger, Robert Haag, lodge members; Chuck States, worshipful master; Roy Pate, lodge member; and James L. Shaffer, past master.
(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.)
December 1, 1897
Dr. Grube Will Wed
Mr. and Mrs. David Hutchison, of Pittsburgh, have issued invitations for the marriage of their daughter Miss Minnie Newkirk, to Dr. John Grube, of Braddock. The wedding will take place on Thursday, December 9, and the ceremony will be performed by Rev. Mansell, of Hazlewood.
Make-A-Wish will be broadcasting live on WPXZ 104.1 starting Monday.
To donate, call 814-938-8888.
The 2013 Make-A-Wish schedule is as follows:
â˘ Miller Brotherâs Furniture, West Mahoning Street Dec. 16-20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
â˘ Ragleyâs True Value Hardware, North Findley Street Monday, Dec. 16, 7 to 9 a.m.
â˘ Foxâs Pizza, North Findley Street, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 7 to 9 a.m.
â˘ Caterinaâs, North Findley Street, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 7 to 9 a.m.
â˘ Punxsy Area Middle School, Beyer Avenue, Thursday, Dec. 19, 7 to 8 a.m.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â There is a saying that âGod works in mysterious ways,â and we don't always know why things happen the way that they do, but He does.
For one brave little boy, the battle to survive began the moment he was born.
Mitchell Bartlebaugh was born with what the doctors diagnosed as Pierre-Robin Syndrome, a condition that left him with an underdeveloped bottom jaw and a tongue that fell back into his throat, causing him to be unable to breathe, accompanied by a cleft palate.
Now 3 years old, little Mitchell is a happy little boy, despite what he has had to endure.
The National Honor Society induction ceremony was held Thursday evening at Punxsutawney Area High School.
Three seniors and 22 juniors were inducted.
Pictured are the NHS advisors and officers: (front, from left) Tessa Spearing, vice president; Emily Travis, treasurer; Haley Hartman, president; Laura Chelgren, secretary; (back row) Mr. Jeff Long, assistant principal; Mr. Russell Bishop, teacher; Mr. Josh Conrad, teacher; Johnny Gigliotti, historian; and Mr. David London, principal.
Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Spirit.
(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 Shelly Bishop.)
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ Shelly Bishop is a familiar face. You may recognize her from the Punxsutawney Area Hospital, where she works in the lab. Or perhaps you have seen her throughout the community.
Bishop was born in Punxsutawney but raised in Ringgold.
The 30th annual Punxsutawney Fire Department boot drive to benefit area food banks will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in front of the fire halls.
Pictured above are a pair of Punxsutawney firefighters collecting money for last yearâs drive.
Firefighters raised $8,325.05 during the 2012 drive, which was an increase from $7,102 in 2011.
Punxsutawney Area Hospital (PAH) and its staff welcomed the AGH Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Clinic to the hospital with a breakfast on Wednesday.
Pictured (front, from left) are Paula Spack, vice president of PAH Patient Care Services; Matt Kengersky, PAH chairman of the board; Zuhdi Dajani, M.D. cardiologist; Mike Kacsmer, nurse practitioner; (back) Jack Sisk, PAH chief financial officer; Megan Clarke, pharmacist with the West Penn Allegheny Health System; Norm Fry, nurse coordinator; and George Sokos, D.O. cardiologist, AGH.