December 15, 2018 RSS feed / Front Page

Ligonier Christmas tradition continues at HUMC cantata

Growing up in Ligonier and as a lifetime member of Heritage United Methodist Church, “Holy Child” was a song that was a part of Leah Wagner’s childhood Christmas memories. More...

General News

Obama-era rule leads to $150M in student loan forgiveness

The U.S. Education Department said it will forgive $150 million in federal student loans as part of a 2016 rule that Secretary Betsy DeVos previously tried to block.  More...

Woman punches bear, gets help from dog to survive attack

A woman survived a mauling by a bear by repeatedly punching the animal and crawling into a bush as her Chihuahua-mix distracted the attacker.  Melinda LeBarron has broken bones, cuts and bruises and multiple bites after the attack outside her ho More...

Woman run over at McDonald’s by man who snatched her purse

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities have jailed a man who they say snatched a handbag from an elderly woman at McDonald’s and then ran her over in the parking a lot.  More...

World News

Trump picks budget head Mulvaney to be next chief of staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump on Friday picked budget director Mick Mulvaney to be his acting chief of staff, ending a chaotic search in which several top contenders took themselves out of the running for the job.  More...

7-year-old girl in good health, border agents said; then she died

WASHINGTON (AP) - Just 7 years old, Jackeline Caal was picked up by U.S. authorities with her father and other migrants this month in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert. More...

As sentencing looms, Flynn is upbeat, has adoring fans

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Days away from being sentenced in the Russia probe, former national security adviser Michael Flynn is not exactly hiding his face in shame.  More...

Sports

’Cats feature mix of young, talented, experienced swimmers, divers

The Greater Latrobe swimming and diving teams are young this season.  But that’s OK with ninthyear head coach Grey Arrigonie.  The Greater Latrobe boys are young, but talented, while the Lady Wildcats enter the season with potential More...

Lady Trojans fall to non-section Serra Catholic

A slow start doomed the Derry Area girls’ basketball team Friday in a 58-36 nonsection loss to visiting Serra Catholic.  More...

Penns Manor Area overwhelms Lady Rams

Penns Manor Area showed Friday why it is considered the favorite to win the District 6 Heritage Conference girls’ basketball title.  The Lady Comets raced to a blistering first-period start against host Ligonier Valley and only kept things More...

Entertainment

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Movie review: Spit spot! Blunt’s a practically perfect Poppins

In the half-century since the original “Mary Poppins” debuted, we’ve learned a lot about refined sugar, frankly none of it good. More...

Mount Pleasant businesswoman makes hats for homeless

Community steps up to crochet items for those in need

A Mount Pleasant business woman has turned a passion for crocheting into an ongoing opportunity to provide warm outerwear for those in need.  More...

Letters to Santa accepted until Dec. 17

Hey kids, does Santa know if you’ve been naughty or nice?  Well, don’t take a chance that he will have the wrong information about you this Christmas season. More...

Local & State News

Circle That Date

MONDAY, DEC. 17  10 a.m., Westmoreland County Prison Board, prison  TUESDAY, DEC. More...

Lottery Results

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — These Pennsylvania lotteries were drawn Friday:  FRIDAY NIGHT  Pick 2 7-8, Wild: 7 (seven, eight; Wild: seven)  Pick 3 9-9-5, Wild: 7 (nine, nine, five; Wild: seven)  More...

Spreading Christmas cheer on a canvas

Art teacher Jenny Kemnitz moved to the area from Kentucky and likes to volunteer at the Latrobe Art Center. More...

Editorial

Westsylvania

Fine art can cure holiday season stress

It’s the hustle-bustle season. Events and activities are piling atop one-another. To-do lists are growing. Plans are coming together — and falling apart.  You can hear the tension in people’s voices. More...

Bulletin Board

Let’s start off with a communiqué from Dawn Hennessey and Joyce Sterling:  “Hello, Louise. We would like to post a thank-you note to our community in your column. Have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year:  More...

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Lifestyles

Area Church News

Blue Christmas service at Unity Chapel   A Blue Christmas worship service of remembrance and hope will be offered 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at Unity Chapel 130 Chapel Lane off Unity Cemetery Road in Unity Township.  More...

CAMPUS CORNER

GL graduate named ‘the top-ranked Army ROTC cadet in the nation’

Greater Latrobe graduate Alec Hoopes, a senior at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, recently was named “the top-ranked Army ROTC cadet in the nation” by Major General John Evans of the U.S. More...

Cooking, glazing a moist, cured ham? It’s in the bag

Heating and glazing a cured ham seems effortless, but many recipes yield leathery meat in an overly sweet glaze. We wanted to guarantee moist meat in a nuanced glaze.  More...

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