February 28th, 2012
William E. Beezer, 82, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at Tidewell Hospice in Port Charlotte, Fla.
He was born Jan. 16, 1930, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Edward and Caroline (Lamison) Beezer.
He moved to the Punta Gorda area a year ago from Thomasville, Ga.
Mr. Beezer worked in pharmaceutical sales before retiring.
He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Mr. Beezer was Protestant by faith.
Eleanor Joan (Clinger) Kent, 82, Punxsutawney, formerly of Clarion, died Feb. 27, 2012, at her home.
She was born July 23, 1929, in Corsica, a daughter of the late George Leo and Alice Ethel (Snyder) Clinger.
Oct. 14, 1959, she married her husband of 43 years, Ralph Owen Kent, who preceded her in death Oct. 14, 1993.
Mrs. Kent worked at the Brookville Glove Factory as a seamstress; the O-I Glass plant in Clarion; Clarion University; Clarion Hospital; and Clarion Area Schools as a cook and dietary aide. She was a member of the O-I Auxiliary.
In Monday's edition of Spirit Sports, the two Punxsy wrestlers who won the District-IX title in their respective weight classes Saturday at Clarion University â Seth Spack at 152 pounds and Perry Arrington at 138 pounds â were highlighted, but a record number of Chucks' wrestlers advanced to the regional tournament this weekend in Altoona.
Two drivers were sent to the hospital following a three-vehicle accident around 7:20 p.m. Monday at the intersection of North Findley and East Mahoning streets. According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, a vehicle traveling west on East Mahoning Street drove through a red light and struck a Chevrolet Blazer on the driverâs rear left side, which was in the intersection, causing the Blazer to roll over.
BROOKVILLE â No. 1 Brookville Chevrolet Buick has a more than 80-year history with the local business community.
And with all of that experience, the dealershipâs current owner, Ralph Gamble, is confident his business will be able to bounce back from a devastating weekend.
Around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, a fire broke out in the second floor of the dealershipâs showroom, which is located on East Main Street in Brookville.
According to Brookville Volunteer Fire Company (BVFC) Chief Jim Lipuma, the fire originated from the furnace.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ Even though Punxsy hasnât seen a lot of snow this winter, there were many children seen as âWhiter Than Snowâ during a recent photo exhibition/fund-raiser for the Punxsutawney Christian School at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library recently.
The exhibition is called âWhiter Than Snow: A Prayer in Pictures,â said Karissa Spencer, childrenâs ministries director for the First Church of God in Punxsy.
Spencer said as part of the childrenâs ministries, the Sunday School staff taught youngsters the salvation message and what it means to be âWhiter Than Snowâ in a spiritual sense.
Ronald Newcome, Jr., 70, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at Dubois Regional Medical Center.
He was born June 11, 1941 in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Ronald W. Newcome, Sr. and Mabel (Dinger) Newcome.
Sept. 8, 1962, he married Donna Belle Smith, who survives.
He was the Pastor of the Maple Grove Church of God.
He loved his family, his church family, hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He spent a lot of his time at the church.
He was a loving caretaker to his wife and a loving father to his children.
He was an equipment operator for the P&N Coal Company.
GASKILL TOWNSHIP â Just for proof that winter is not over, there were numerous accidents over the weekend, many dealing with snow-covered and icy road conditions.
A Punxsutawney man had to be extricated from his vehicle following a one-vehicle accident that occurred at 3:35 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Cloe Lake Road and Lipp Road, Gaskill Township.
Seth Spack (top) attempts to pin Clearfleld's Mike Beck in the District-IX Class AAA semi-finals Saturday in Clarion. Spack then moved on to the finals to face Mike Kennelly, of DuBois, and with a 12-3 major decision, Spack earned the 152-pound title.
(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.)
(April 29, 1896)
Coming to Punxsutawney
Mention has been made in these columns of the effort being made to induce Prof. W. Irving Colby, the noted teacher and author, to give a five weeks' course in German here. The number of names required to insure his coming have been secured, and the following letter from Prof. Colby explains itself: