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February 28th, 2011

With new governor, county may house state inmates

February 28, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Jefferson County Jail Warden Tom Elbel was optimistic Monday that state inmate transfers could be possible in the future.

The county jail has long been interested in housing state inmates, because the jail receives $55 per day for each out-of-county inmate it houses. Currently, the jail has increased revenues by housing inmates from Elk, Cameron and McKean counties.

It's that time of year for cookie lovers

February 28, 2011

By Jennifer Barr
Of The Spirit

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For many, a magical time has arrived once again this year, as boxes upon boxes filled with the famous Girl Scout cookies have been delivered.

Girl Scout cookies are much enjoyed by the community. However, selling them also teaches the girls who are involved in Girl Scouts basic but essential life lessons.

By going door-to-door selling cookies, girls learn communication and people skills in greeting potential costumers.

Earlajane Burkett, 87

February 28, 2011

Earlajane Burkett, 87, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home.

She was born Dec. 31, 1923, the daughter of the late Howard A. and Edna (Nichols) Jones.

Jan. 6, 1943, she married Kermith F. Burkett, who preceded her in death July 26, 2000.

Mrs. Burkett was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Punxsutawney, and she was a retired employee of J.C. Penney of Punxsutawney.

Nancy L. McGaffic, 69

February 28, 2011

Nancy L. McGaffic, 69, New Castle and Jefferson County, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at Brookville Hospital after a short illness.

She was born Jan. 16, 1942, in New Castle, a daughter of the late Orloff D. and Garnet W. (Linton) Hoover.
June 8, 2001, she married Joseph McGaffic, who survives.

Mrs. McGaffic graduated from New Castle High School and later studied nursing.

She was employed as a hostess at the Meadows off-track racing center in New Castle for 15 years and retired in 2004.

February 27th

Young becomes 25th four-time District IX champ

February 27, 2011

CLARION — Punxsy senior Kody Young's 54-second pin of DuBois' Matt Bussatto during the 125-pound District IX Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championship match Saturday at Clarion University was a historic victory.

The momentous win put Young (29-2) in elite company, as he became the 25th wrestler in District IX history to finish his career as a four-time champion.

Young accomplished the feat a year after Ridgway's Garet Pisani became the 24th of that kind. Later in Saturday's Class AAA Championships, Bradford's Mark Havers became No. 26.

Eight Chucks earn trips to Altoona

February 27, 2011

CLARION — Saturday won't go down as one of Punxsy's finer District IX Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships, but the Chucks will still send eight grapplers to next weekend's regional tournament.

Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy expressed disappointment in just one district champion after the Chucks entered the tournament with four top seeds. But even if senior Kody Young was the only district winner, Punxsy will be sending more than half of its wrestlers to regionals.

Neal battles constant injuries, advances to regionals

February 27, 2011

CLARION — If one was to see Josh Neal during the fall and winter months the past two years, chances are he would be walking with a limp in his right leg.

The junior, who suffered a knee injury before the 2009 football season and foot injury prior to the 2010 football season, overcame the leg problems to accomplish something great Saturday at Clarion University: A berth in the regional wrestling tournament.

Headed to Regionals

February 27, 2011

Way Back When

February 27, 2011

(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
(February 5, 1896)

Death of Little Clara Wells

The papers last week told the sad fact but our hearts crave a few words of fond remembrance. 

Benjamin W. Kelsey, 31

February 27, 2011

Benjamin W. Kelsey, 31, of, Chicora, Bradys Bend Township, Armstrong County, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at Butler Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Kelsey was born Jan. 4, 1980, in Punxsutawney, the son of Bryan and Kim (Dinger) Kelsey of Chicora.

He was a 1998 graduate of Karns City High School. Mr. Kelsey attended the Chicora Christian and Missionary Alliance Church.  He loved the Lord and he would witness to those he talked to online. 

He enjoyed radio controlled vehicles, drawing, and the company of his family and friends.

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