April 29th, 2013
INDIANA â Susan Kelly is a woman who knows that the worst kind of grief comes from losing a child. Even worse, perhaps, is losing that child to drugs.
That is exactly what happened to Kelly, when her beloved son, Daniel "Hat" Cernic, died at the age of 23 from a heroin overdose in 2005.
To this very day, Kelly grieves for the child she lost to something that has taken so many young lives.
Kelly, a mental health therapist and self-employed mental health consultant, worked for 22 years at the Indiana Guidance Center.
With plenty of other construction already underway in town, another project started Monday morning, as crews started to take down the former Rumors building on W. Mahoning Street.
Fortunately for locals, the new building (seen in background) opened a few months back.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Despite the fact that there won't be a carnival this year for the Punxsutawney Fire Department's Old Home Week, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Festival Committee and Tim Krise are pitching in to help.
Scott Depp, chief of Central Fire Department and a member of the Old Home Week Committee, said two days will be added to the schedule to help out the fire department, since the committee was unable to obtain a carnival service to replace J&J Amusements' services.
For the full story, see Tuesday's print edition of The Spirit.
REYNOLDSVILLE & FALLS CREEK â DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an incident of statutory rape and an incident of indecent assault in two separate cases.
According to police, around June of 2012, a known male who was then 19 allegedly sexually assaulted a female who was 15 at the time.
The incident occurred in Reynoldsville.
Police are also investigating an incident of indecent assault that occurred between January and March of this year in Falls Creek and involved a known male suspect and a female.
Karen Leigh Davis, 53, of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born July 3, 1959, in DuBois, a daughter of the late Edward Leo and Helen Marie (Carol) Mitcho.
On June 3, 1983, she married Kevin Charles Davis, Sr.
She was a member of Saints Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church.
Mrs. Davis was a home ec teacher for the Punxsutawney Area School District.
Her enjoyments were cooking, having a good laugh with her family and spending time with them, and the family dog, Tanner.
Bessie Magill, 88, of Brookville, died Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Jefferson Manor.
She was born March 14, 1925, in Ohl, a daughter of the late Jacob and Mary H. (Raybuck) Reitz.
She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
In 1970, she married Paul E. Magill.
He preceded her in death on May 2, 1989.
Bessie worked at Jefferson Manor until her retirement in 1979.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Clair, Charles and William Reitz; and a sister, Anna Reitz.
During Sundayâs Loyalty Day commemoration, Big Run VFW Post 9044 Adjutant Bob Lott (left) and Post 9044 Commander Jim Pallone (right) present area student Lana Malia with a certificate recognizing her for her efforts in creating a permanent record of veterans' graves at two area cemeteries as her senior project.
Rep. Glenn Thompson was the keynote speaker.
Read the full story in Monday's print edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ When most people think of McDonald's, they think of a place to grab a quick bite to eat. What they don't see or realize is that each person has a story to tell.
Everyone has something happening in their life that is affecting them.
Sherry Huber is one of those people.
She watched all three of her children get deployed to Afghanistan.
She felt the same angst and worry as many others who have a loved one fighting overseas.
It was while sending care packages to her children that she became aware of some fellow soldiers who never receive reminders from home.
(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.)
May 5, 1897
The lecture given by Chaplain Lozier in the Methodist church last Thursday night was one of the best entertainments ever held in this town.
After some very witty remarks concerning the unoccupied seats and the entertainment, the audience joined in singing "Home Sweet Home."
William D. âKellyâ Hetrick, 89, a resident of Union Township, died on Saturday afternoon, April 27, 2013, at the Jefferson Manor in Brookville following an extended illness.
His family was his life.
A resident of Brookville most of his life, he was born in Coolspring, Pa., on Dec. 19, 1923, a son of the late Everett T. Hetrick and Mary G. Alcorn Hetrick.
Williamâs entire 40-year career was spent in the coal mining industry.
He retired in 1984 from C & K Coal Company (formerly W. P. Stahlman Coal Company), where he worked for 31 years as a Coal Preparation Plant Manager.