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Memorial Day Happenings in Punxsutawney and Surrounding Areas

May 22, 2015

The following Memorial Day events will be taking place on Memorial Day in Punxsutawney and the surrounding areas:
10:30 a.m.—Punxsutawney Memorial Day Parade;
11 a.m.—Memorial Day Service at Barclay Square in Punxsy,
Big Run Memorial Day Service at Fairview Cemetery then move to Oaklawn Cemetery in Cloe.

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May 22, 2015

Throwback Thursday: This week in Punxsy — 20 years ago

May 21, 2015

With the Chucks baseball team set to face off against Bradford for the District IX title this evening, we felt it would be appropriate to flash back 20 years to this week in 1995, when the senior members of that year's Punxsy Chucks baseball team were honored with a dinner at Astorino's. Pictured are (from left) Doug Mankovich, Eric Miller, Brian Henretta, Bill Cuba, Brett Farmery, Jay Aldinger and Brandon Sprankle.

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May 21, 2015

Class Night held to honor seniors

May 20, 2015

On Wednesday, the members of Punxsutawney Area High School's Class of 2015 held the annual Class Night, where scholarships and other awards are issued. Jonathan Ingham (pictured here with PAHS principal Dave London) was awarded the 2015 Class Heart.

Primary elections in the books

May 20, 2015

In Tuesday's primary election, the most-contested race was that of the Republican bid to appear on the fall ballot for the position of county commissioner. Herbert L. Bullers received 2,041 votes, and John "Jack" Matson received 2,037, with the next-closest competitor being John Blazosky (1,279 votes).

A full list of the election results are available in Wednesday's print edition of The Spirit.

Morning Java: Waco has long history of memorable events

May 19, 2015

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Waco boasts some of the Lone Star State's most memorable recent history: the siege of the Branch Davidian compound, a tornado that leveled downtown and now a biker gang melee that left at least nine people dead and 18 wounded.

The city of 129,000 people, standing halfway between Dallas and Austin on the Brazos River, is the birthplace of comedian Steve Martin and Dr. Pepper, which is believed to have been developed in 1885 by a young pharmacist trying to bottle the collective scent of various carbonated drinks. It's also home to conservative Baylor University.

What's Happening This Week!

May 18, 2015

This week is a busy one with the following events and meetings taking place in Punxsutawney and the surrounding areas:
• Monday — Teacher of the Year Awards to be presented at the High School, Middle School and one of the area Elementary Schools; Sykesville Borough Council Meeting; Big Run Borough Council Meeting.
• Wednesday — Jimmy Stewart 107th Birthday Celebration in Indiana; Class Night at 7 p.m. at the PAHS Auditorium; Educational Improvement Meeting at 4 p.m.
• Thursday — Jeff Tech Awards Night at 7 p.m.; Final Questions for Kids for the 2014-2015 School Year.

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May 15, 2015

Falls Creek woman killed in two-vehicle Washington Township accident

May 12, 2015

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police reported a fatal accident that occurred on Monday morning at 7:28 a.m. on Stevenson Hill Road at its intersection with Airport Road in Washington Township.
Police reported that the crash occurred as a 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo operated by Holly D. Wray, 45, of Falls Creek, was traveling northbound on the road and allegedly failed to stop at a posted stop sign, proceeding onto State Route 830 in front of a 2002 Dodge Dakota driven by Jeanette E. Chestnut, 46, of Brookville.


May 11, 2015

Here are some of the things you can keep your eye out for this week in The Spirit!

• Borough Council & Punxsutawney School Board will both meet Monday at 7 p.m. to discuss a wide variety of topics.

• District IX Track Championships will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday at Brookville Area High School.

• Our weekly installment of Questions For Kids will be in Thursday's edition of The Spirit.

Brookville man killed in Barnett St. accident

May 11, 2015

BROOKVILLE — A fatal motor vehicle accident occurred at 10:46 p.m. May 9 on Barnett Street between Jefferson Street and Main Street in Brookville.

Brookville Police were flagged down by a male who was calling 911 to advise that a vehicle struck a utility pole near Main Street. Upon arriving on the scene, police observed a male, identified as Brenton Joseph Ruhlman, 29, Brookville, lying on the roadway near Cherry Alley.

Coroner confirms 1 dead at Belle Vernon auto parts shop

May 11, 2015

BELLE VERNON, Pa. (AP) — The county coroner says one person is dead at an auto parts shop in western Pennsylvania, and police were searching the surrounding area for the gunman.

The Westmoreland County coroner's office confirmed the shooting occurred at Minniti Motor Sports in Rostraver Township.

A county emergency official tells WPXI-TV that police have begun searching for the gunman in Rostraver Township, where the shop is located. That's about 25 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

Calls to the township police and the business have not been returned.

PAH kicks off Lilly Oncology on Canvas exhibit with meet & greet

May 10, 2015

May is Oncology Nursing Month, and last Wednesday evening, the PAH Oncology Department held a meet and greet in the front lobby to kick off the hospital's showcase of pieces from the Lilly Oncology on Canvas exhibit that will be on display until May 15. The Lilly Oncology on Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey is a biennial art competition that welcomes artwork and narratives from cancer patients, their families, friends, caregivers and healthcare professionals. Over 41,000 entries were received this year, and pieces like those in the PAH lobby are on display throughout the country.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Cutest celebrity mother daughter pairs

May 8, 2015

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