December 9, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

‘Operation Santa Claus’ delivers food, necessities to those in need

When Erin O’Donnell was hired as a teacher at Greater Latrobe Junior High School, she was happy to get involved with the annual food drive. More...

General News

Actor Steve Reevis of ‘Fargo,’ ‘Dancing With Wolves’ dies at 55

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Actor Steve Reevis, who had supporting roles in the movies “Fargo” and “Last of the Dogmen,” has died. More...

US flu season off to an early start; widespread in 7 states

NEW YORK (AP) — This year’s flu season is off to a quick start and so far it seems to be dominated by a nasty bug. More...

79-foot Montana Christmas tree lit outside US Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Christmas tree that was transported more than 3,600 miles (5,793 kilometers) from Montana’s Kootenai National Forest has been lit on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.  More...

Editorial

Westsylvania

Thoughts from the heart of hunting season

It was the heart of the Pennsylvania rifle season for deer, the best time of the year for most hunters, the annual event that vacates offices and classrooms statewide for two weeks.  Yet the parking lots at State Games Lands 42 near New Florence More...

Bulletin Board

Happy Hanukkah to all those who will observe the Jewish Festival of Lights starting at sundown Tuesday, Dec. 12, and ending the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 20.  * * *  The flag of our country is flying this month at Thomas B. More...

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Lifestyles

4-H leader lauded at state level with Clover Award

Westmoreland County 4-H Extension Assistant Lyndsey Androstic congratulates 4-H Leader Melonie Androstic, who received the 2017 Clover Award at the annual Pennsylvania Association of Extension 4-H Ag More...

Think outside the gift box: Donate blood, give more life

The best gifts can’t be bought in a store. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by giving blood this December.  More...

Symphony eyes Dec. 16 holiday concerts, projects

The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra issued an update about its Dec. 16 holiday concerts and other projects.  The JSO’s 3 p.m. matinee and traditional 7:30 p.m. More...

Ligonier Valley Middle School students participate in unique art project

A former Ligonier Valley Middle School teacher has returned to the classroom, but this time she is the one completing an assignment.  After retiring from teaching in 2011, Mary Ellen Raneri went back to college to pursue an associate’s deg More...

Prayer service for opioid crisis set for Dec. 14

The Greater Latrobe Ministerial Association (GLMA) is hosting a prayer gathering at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, to reflect on and offer hope about the area’s opioid abuse crisis.  More...

Local & State News

Circle That Date

MONDAY, DEC. 11  10 a.m., Ligonier Valley School Board, administration building (meeting to consider Act 39 energy savings)  6:30 p.m., Latrobe City Council, City Hall  7 p.m., Derry Borough Council, Derry Station  TUESDAY, DEC. More...

Sandusky’s son sentenced to prison for sexual abuse of girls

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Ason of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, serving decades for child molestation, was himself sentenced to prison Friday on child sexual abuse charges.  More...

Elderly man fights off intruders, fatally shoots one of them

ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. (AP) — An 84-year-old Pennsylvania man fatally shot a home intruder and successfully fought off another early Friday, police said.  Don Lutz was jolted awake around 1:15 a.m. More...

World News

Ex-aide: Rep. Franks offered $5M to carry his child

WASHINGTON (AP) - A former aide to Republican Rep. Trent Franks has told The Associated Press the congressman repeatedly pressed her to carry his child, at one point offering her $5 million to act as a surrogate mother. More...

Trump boasts of defeating ‘savage killers’ here and abroad

PENSACOLA, Florida (AP) - President Donald Trump on Friday touted his efforts to secure the homeland, telling a raucous rally crowd in the Florida panhandle that his administration is “taking care of our citizens at home” by defeating the More...

Moore accuser: Expert confirmed his 1977 yearbook signature

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An attorney for a woman who says Roy Moore assaulted her when she was a 16-year-old waitress says a handwriting expert has confirmed that his inscription in her 1977 yearbook is authentic.  More...

Sports

Shorthanded Ligonier Valley battles, but loses to Greensburg Salem

Without two key players and trailing by double digits in the first half of Friday’s season-opening Charles “Chuck” Smith Tipoff Tournament matchup with Greensburg Salem, a comeback didn’t appear likely for the Ligonier Valley More...

Derry Area leads nearly whole way in 71-59 victory against Frazier

Derry Area boys’ basketball coach Damon Rause didn’t have to call too many plays on Friday.  Sure, his Trojans lean on the young side of things, but Derry Area still has its leader, Conner Watt, an experienced four-year starter at po More...

’Cats outlast Trinity Area in tournament opener

CANONSBURG — For openers, this one felt more like a playoff game in February or March instead of a preholiday contest.  The Greater Latrobe and Trinity Area boys basketball teams put on a show in the opener of the Canon-McMillan Tipoff Tou More...

Entertainment

Kelly Marie Tran steps into Star Wars stardom in ‘Last Jedi’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kelly Marie Tran still can't quite believe she's in a Star Wars movie.  The 28-year-old was about to give up on her dreams of becoming an actress when she landed a breakthrough role in "The Last Jedi."  More...

Bada bing! New Jersey whacks ‘Sopranos’ strip club

LODI, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey strip club that served as a favorite hangout for fictional mobsters in HBO’s “The Sopranos” has been ordered to shut down as authorities investigate possible real-life crimes.  More...

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