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September 13th, 2011

Junior squad loses muddy battle with Redbank

September 13, 2011

NEW BETHLEHEM — The A. J. Parise Youth Football junior team lost its third game of the season to Redbank Valley, 12-0 Saturday in New Bethlehem.

Both teams were hampered by a soggy field, but the Bulldogs were able to score on their first two possessions of the game and hold on for the victory.

The Chucks opened the contest with the ball, but fumbled on a second-and-long, giving Redbank the rock at the 38.

The Punxsy defense forced Redbank into a fourth-and-10, when the Bulldogs' Hunter Buzzard was able to break loose for a 24-yard score.

Hearing waived in case against Reynoldsville woman

September 13, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A preliminary hearing for a Reynoldsville woman charged with two counts of attempted criminal homicide and other charges was waived Tuesday, less than a week after she allegedly fired six shots from a .22 caliber revolver at her husband behind a district judge’s office last Thursday.

Judy L. Sprankle, 60, Summit Road, Reynoldsville, and her attorney, Toni Cherry, waived the preliminary hearing, which was scheduled to be heard Tuesday before District Judge Douglas Chambers, behind whose office the incident occurred last Thursday.

Potential witnesses attend Anthony Overbeck’s waived preliminary hearing

September 13, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A preliminary hearing for the former Big Run firefighter who was arrested and charged with setting numerous arson fires that occurred in the Big Run area within the past year was waived Tuesday at District Judge Douglas Chambers’ office in Punxsutawney.

Anthony Overbeck, 18, Big Run, and his attorney, Jefferson County Public Defender John Ingros, were in attendance Tuesday for his scheduled preliminary hearing.

Rotary Club’s replica project slowed, but not stopped

September 13, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Rotary Club received one of four Awards of Commendation presented Sunday during the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society’s annual banquet.

And even though the creator of the first piece — a replica of the former Punxsutawney Free Library — has passed away, the overall project of bringing a sense of Punxsy’s yesteryears to a new generation will not stop.

Mary Belle (Finch) Mottern Michaels, 82

September 13, 2011

Mary Belle (Finch) Mottern Michaels, 82, of Sprankle Mills, went to be with the Lord Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, while at home.

She was born July 16, 1929, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Martin E. and Pearl (Neville) Finch.

Mary Belle married Cloy “Joe” Mottern, who preceded her in death. 

Oct. 30, 2002, she married Joseph “Bert” Michaels, who survives.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be greatly missed. She enjoyed eating at Punxsy Phil’s and the Country Villa.

Margaret E. Smith, 95

September 13, 2011

Margaret E. Smith, 95, Marion Center, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born Sept. 25, 1915, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late William and Alice (Aber) Haag.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husbands, Earl Campbell, Harold Hetrick and Meigs Smith.

She was a member of the Marion Center Presbyterian Church and the New Salem Presbyterian Church in Ohioville. She was a member of the Mahoning Hills Senior Center and loved bingo and gardening.

September 12th

BREAKING NEWS: Mesoraco hits first career homer

September 13, 2011

Devin Mesoraco, a 2007 PAHS grad and a first-round, 15th-overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds, hit the first pitch of the sixth inning into the left field seats for his first career home run against the Chicago Cubs Monday night.

The Cubs downed the Reds 12-8.

See Wednesday's Spirit for more, or check back at punxsutawneyspirit.com.

Society salutes youth who help forward its mission

September 13, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society looked back on 2011, lauded the efforts of local students helping the organization through senior projects and saluted four recipients of its Awards of Commendation during its annual banquet Saturday at the Lattimer House.

This year’s event took on a different turn than previous ones, as PAHS senior Anna Monyak served as the guest speaker, displaying a PowerPoint presentation of her project, which was a film called “But … Is That It?”

Council: Light project should wrap up in two weeks

September 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council learned Monday that poles to be used for the traffic light replacement project at the intersection of North Findley and Pine and Torrence streets have been delivered, and the project should be completed within the next two weeks.

Council President Susan Glessner said it would be interesting to see what these poles look like, since they are identical to the ones set for placement as part of the downtown Punxsutawney traffic signal project.

End of talk, Wolfe says: Band is a curricular activity

September 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The battle of the band continues.

Monday, Cheryl Hollis and her daughter, Karah, addressed the Punxsutawney Area School Board during the 10-minute public comment portion of its agenda on the issue of why Karah cannot participate in the PAHS Marching Band.

At issue: Is marching band a curricular or an extra-curricular activity? The Hollises claim it is extra-curricular, citing after-school-hours, preparation and rehearsals, while Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe says it is a graded, curricular activity that is part of concert band.

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