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Punxsy district is back to school!

August 26, 2014

It was back to “teachers’ dirty looks” — though the teachers in our district don’t have any dirty looks! — on Tuesday, as most area students returned to class following summer vacation.

Students from West End Elementary School are pictured boarding the bus on their way home.

For more photos, see Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

Library welcomes new director

August 26, 2014

Jessica Lasher, the new Punxsutawney Memorial Library director, is pictured in the library’s upper loft.

Read all about Lasher in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

Busy afternoon for local emergency responders

August 25, 2014

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — A two-vehicle coal truck accident on Route 119, Young Township, sent one of the drivers to the hospital and closed the road for more than three hours on Monday afternoon, leading to a major traffic tie-up.

Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit, and see more photos in our Photo Gallery http://www.punxsutawneyspirit.com/gallery

Summer (vacation) is over!

August 25, 2014

The students of SS.C.D. officially bid farewell to summer, as they went back to school on Monday.

Pictured are some of the students heading home after a long but eventful first day.

Tuesday, students in the Punxsutawney Area School District will begin classes.

PAHS homeroom assignments

August 25, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area High School has announced the following homeroom assignments for the 2014-15 school year:

Seniors:
• 111, Mrs. Green, A-Cam;
• 114, Mr. Young, Car-Fen;
• 115, Mrs. Pack, Fer-Hi;
• 120, Mrs. Williams, Ho-Ma;
• 122, Mrs. Cesario, Mc-P;
• 124, Mr. Hockenberry, R-Sta;
• 126, Mrs. Weaver, Ste-Z.

Juniors:
• 130, Mr. Long, A-Coo;
• 131, Mrs. Lainey, Cou-G;
• 132, Mrs. Burkett, H-Li;
• 133, Mr. Eddy, Lo-Pa;
• 134, Mrs. Smith, Pe-Ste;
• 241, Mrs. Young, Sti-Z.

Sophomores:
• 224, Mr. Ambler, A-Ce;
• 225, Ms. Miller, Co-F;

Route 119 Travel Advisory

August 25, 2014

PennDOT announced at approximately 2:40 p.m. on Monday that Route 119 is closed in both directions in Young Township, Jefferson County, between Yates Road and Cunningham Road due to a crash involving two coal trucks. It has been reported that diesel fuel and coal debris are on the road.

The road is expected to reopen later today.

County avoids major damage in Thursday storm

August 24, 2014

According to Jefferson Co. Emergency Services, there were no funnel clouds that touched down in the county during Thursday's storms.

Pictured is a cloud formation near the East End of Punxsutawney that attempted to form funnel clouds with rotation, but to no avail.

Read the full story in Monday's Spirit.

DIAMOND RIO CLOSES COMMUNITY DAYS

August 24, 2014

Popular country band Diamond Rio closed out Brookville Community Days 2014 on Saturday with a performance at the Jefferson County Fair Grounds.

The four-day event was sponsored by the Brookville Volunteer Fire Company.

Way Back When

August 24, 2014

(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
August 29, 1888

Everhart's Trial Postponed

The Trial of John Everhart for complicity in the Lickingville murder, which has been in progress in the Clarion county court for several days, came to an abrupt termination last Saturday when the judge was informed by a physician that one of the jurors was sick.

Guess who's coming for Christmas?

August 22, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — While Punxsutawney is known by many as a small town, you wouldn’t know it to look at the list of musicians who have performed concerts here over the past few years.

Now, five-time Grammy winner and New York Times best-selling author Wynonna Judd will be added to that famed list.

Kane speaks at Clarion University forum on heroin crisis

August 22, 2014

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane gives her presentation about the heroin epidemic in Western PA to the board of The Center for Rural Pennsylvania at a forum held at Clarion University this week.

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

Public meeting to inform on Chronic Wasting Disease

August 22, 2014

DUBOIS — Those who want to learn more about chronic wasting disease, and the rules that apply within areas of the state where the disease has been detected can attend a public meeting to be held next week in
DuBois, Clearfield County.

The meeting, to be hosted by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and held Thursday, Aug. 28 in the auditorium at DuBois Area Senior High School, is slated to begin at 6 p.m. The high school is located at 425 Orient Ave. in DuBois. Doors will open at about 5 p.m.

For the full story, pick up Saturday's edition of The Spirit.

Travel Advisory: Closure on Route 3007 Summerville Bridge extended through weekend

August 22, 2014

SUMMERVILLE — The closure on the Route 3007 Summerville Bridge between Route 28 and Broad Street has been extended through the weekend and is expected to reopen before Tuesday, Aug. 26. The road remains open to local traffic.

A posted detour is in place using Route 3022 (Roller Coaster Road) to Route 3003 (Mount Pleasant Road) to Route 28. Work is being performed on a 24-hour schedule during the detour.

This $3,771,853 bridge replacement project is being constructed by Plum Contracting, Inc. The project is expected to be completed the end of October 2014.

Check out this Eagle Scout's community project

August 21, 2014

Boy Scout Seth Burkett was awarded a certificate of recognition from the Jefferson County Housing Authority Thursday morning for building a bus shelter for the residents of the Beyer Avenue Apartment Complex.

Familiar Faces Friday!

August 21, 2014

(Editor’s note: This piece is one in a series of “Familiar Faces Friday” features to be written by Spirit reporter Destiny Pifer.

The point of the project will be to highlight a member of the
community who may be recognizable to many and tell his or her story.

Today’s familiar face is Kelly Porada.)

By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Kelly Porada is a familiar face. You may recognize her as the artist of a few of the Phantastic Phil statues in town.

Or perhaps you have seen her displaying her creativity throughout the community.

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