February 16th, 2014
John Reed, 59, of Reynoldsville, passed away Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at his sisterâs home in Punxsutawney.
John was born in Kileen, Texas, on Jan. 13, 1955, the son of Frederick Maxwell Reed and Ruby Arlene Lougee.
As a steel block late-model racecar driver, he often found his way to the front of the pack among the roar of engines and cheering crowds.
For more than 40 years of being behind the wheel of the red, white and blue No. 9, John drew loyal fans to Hummingbird Speedway and Marion Center Speedway.
John was a shop foreman at Jefferson Paving Inc. for more than 20 years.
George L. Kunselman, 80, Hamilton, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born May 28, 1933, in Sprankle Mills, a son of the late Oral and Mary Edna (Black) Kunselman.
On April 26, 1957, he married Laura A. (Neville) Kunselman, who survives.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps and served during the Korean War.
He attended the Hamilton United Methodist Church.
He was a member of the Masons, the V.F.W. and the Perry Township Sportsmenâs Club.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing and also helped run the fish hatchery.
(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.)
February 22, 1888
Last Friday night while Miss Sadie McCloskey, of Rathmel, was ironing, she accidentally struck the lamp with the flat iron, knocking it onto the floor.
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HUSTON TOWNSHIP â DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police are seeking information about a 37-year-old Huston Township man who was last seen Friday, Feb. 14.
Police said Damion Rae Lipinski left his Bennetts Valley Highway residence Friday and has not been heard from since. He was reported missing today.
Lipinski was operating a maroon 2000 Buick Century with a PA license plate of JGX4717.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 814-371-4652.
BROOKVILLE â On Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners commended State Rep. and Speaker of the House Sam Smith for his 28 years of service to the 66th District after Smith announced that he would not run for another term.
Commission Chairman Paul Corbin spoke first, saying the county will "miss Sam's leadership and the returns he has brought to this county."
On Friday, Corbin said that he plans to run for the seat on the Republican ticket.
Corbin said an official announcement will be held in the near future.
The winners of the annual Punxsy Elks Hoop Shoot were honored at halftime of the girlsâ basketball game against Bradford on Friday night.
Pictured here are (from left) Cooper Hallman, 8/9 boysâ winner; Daren Byers, 10/11 boysâ runner-up; Zach Reitz, 10/11 boysâ winner; Kylee Lingenfelter, 12/13 girlsâ winner; Katelyn Griebel, 10/11 girlsâ winner; and Danielle Griebel, 8/9 girlsâ winner.
While most of the townshipâs residents have seen enough snow for a while, the students and teachers at Parkview Elementary School decided to make the most of the weather on Friday, as they took part in an afternoon of sled riding.
Pictured are Chris âCritterâ Porada from the McCalmont Township Volunteer Fire Department helps Caleigh Smelko, Lydia Gilbert and Riley Schaffer keep their sled in place as they pose for a photo.
For more photos, see Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
Vernon E. Neese, 60, of Dora, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at his home.
He was born Sept. 2, 1953, in Princeton, Ind., a son of the late Walter and Mary (Alcorn) Neese.
On June 21, 1997, he married Karen L. (Bevac) Neese, who preceded him in death on March 2, 2005.
Vern is a 1971 graduate of Princeton Community High School in Princeton, Ind.
He relocated to Pennsylvania in 1979 and started working in the coal mines, where he continued to work for the past 34 years.
Vern was an avid fisherman, but most of all, he loved riding his Harley.
This week, Spirit reporter Larry McGuire paid a visit to Parkview Elementary School, where Mrs. Kolodickâs first-grade class answered the following question for him: âWho is your Valentine this year?â
Pictured are (front, from left) Charity Cary, Gage Elliott, Hunter Dobson, Ava Bodenhorn, Ellie Skinner; (middle row) Claire Skarbek, Gavin Carrick, Magdalena Filippi, Milaydi Hilliard, Brianna Pennington; (back row) Kayley Shirey, Nathan Kendrick, Lilly Houser, Chase Uplinger, Jack Hilliard and Skielar Knox.
To read their adorable answers, pick up Friday's copy of The Spirit.