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March 16th, 2015

PSP: Knox Dale woman charged with homicide in shooting

March 16, 2015

KNOX DALE — Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police reported on Monday afternoon that a Knox Dale woman had been charged with criminal homicide in relation to an incident that took place between the hours of 10:40 and 11:52 p.m. on Sunday at a residence located on Markton Road in Knox Township.

Police said that at approximately 11:52 p.m. on Sunday, Trista E. Zickefoose, 31, Knox Dale, contacted 911 to report that she had just shot Gregory M. Zickefoose, 40, of Knox Dale, whom she had mistaken for an intruder in her home.

What is Happening in Punxsutawney and the surrounding areas

March 16, 2015

The following meetings and events will be happening this week in Punxsutawney and the surrounding areas:
• Monday—Sykesville Borough Council 7 p.m., Big Run Borough Council 7 p.m.
• Saturday—Punxsutawney Rotary Club's Annual Auction 8:50 a.m. to 5:50 p.m.

March 15th

In wake of recent tragedy, firefighter course puts spotlight on safety

March 15, 2015

BELL TOWNSHIP — In the wake of the death of Lawrence Township Volunteer Firefighter Jeffrey Buck Jr., safety is even more in the forefront at fire scenes.

Safety is nothing new when it comes to fighting fires or performing rescues at accident scenes.

Throughout the last few weeks, a large group of area firefighters have been learning the essentials of their craft from the ground up in the "Essentials of Firefighting" course, which is taught by William Startzell of the Big Run Volunteer Fire Company at the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company hall on Elk Run Avenue in Punxsutawney.

March 13th

Local first responders among those who make the trek to pay tribute to fallen brother

March 14, 2015

HYDE CITY — Mayday is the international call of distress, the call that no fire company wants to hear. Sadly, it was one heard on March 3 in Lawrence Township when the young 18-year-old firefighter Jeffrey Buck Jr. sustained injuries when a porch roof collapsed on him while he was fighting a fire. On Monday, Buck succumbed to the injuries he had suffered in that March 3 fire.

A memorial service in his honor was held on Friday at Clearfield Area High School, as first responders from great distances came to honor the young man.

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March 13, 2015

March 11th

Pantall Hotel carriage house collapses

March 11, 2015

This morning, the carriage house — the garage detached from the building — at the Pantall Hotel, collapsed. Spirit reporter Larry McGuire captured this shot on-scene, and more information will become available throughout the day.

March 9th

Board approves hiring of new head football coach

March 9, 2015

PUNXSUTAWNEY — At Monday evening’s Punxsutawney Area School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe gave his report, which included the hiring of the high school’s new head football coach.

"I'm recommending the hiring of (Brad Wright) as a teacher/head football coach," Wolfe said. "The teaching position wouldn't begin until the 2015-2016 school year, but the head football coach position would begin as soon as all the necessary paperwork and health screenings are submitted."

Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.

College Basketball Round Up — March 9, 2015

March 9, 2015

Saturday, March 7th 2015

(#1) Kentucky (31-0) 67
Florida (15-16) 50

Kentucky went about business as usual. They beat an in conference foe thoroughly as they should. Karl Anthony towns had 13 points and 9 rebounds as they Wildcats finished their first undefeated regular season in program history.

(#2) Virginia (28-2) 57
(#16) Louisville (24-7) 59

This Week's Happenings in Punxsutawney/Surrounding Areas

March 9, 2015

A schedule of this week's events include:
Monday
• School Board Voting Meeting—7 p.m.
• Punxsutawney Borough Council Meeting—7 p.m.
Tuesday
• Daughters of the American Revolution meeting—6 p.m.
Wednesday
• Athletic Committee Meeting—6 p.m.
• Young Township Meeting—7 p.m.

March 8th

One injury reported in Harmony Road accident; Third on road in two weeks

March 9, 2015

HARMONY — Only one minor injury occurred in a two-vehicle accident at a familiar spot along Route 310 (Harmony Road), Harmony, Young Township, on Saturday at 12:10 p.m.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2012 Ford Fusion, driven by Bethany Beatty, 22, Anita, was traveling south on Route 310 when it crossed over the double yellow center lines and into the opposing lane of travel, where a 2008 Nissan Xterra, driven by Johanna F. Brown, 52, Anita, was traveling.

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