February 15, 2018 RSS feed / Front Page

Mount Pleasant freezes extra spending, overtime

In an effort to keep a close eye on the budget, the Mount Pleasant Area School District School Board approved a freeze on all non-essential expenses at its Feb. 12 regular board meeting. More...

Laurel Highlands Destination Guide unveiled

The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau (LHVB) has announced the release of its 2018 Destination Guide to the tri-county region in southwestern Pennsylvania.  More...

General News

Traffic deaths fell slightly in 2017 after 2-year spike

DETROIT (AP) — Traffic deaths on U.S. roads fell slightly in 2017 after two straight years of big increases, but a leading safety organization that compiled the numbers says it’s no cause for celebration.  More...

McDonald’s slims down Happy Meal by banishing cheeseburgers

NEWYORK (AP) — McDonald’s will soon banish cheeseburgers and chocolate milk from its Happy Meal menu in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar that kids consume at its restaurants.  More...

Trump shows willingness to raise fuel taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday signaled his openness to a 25-cent fuel tax increase to help pay for his infrastructure proposal.  Sen. More...

Editorial

Another lesson in social media use to which we should all pay close attention

Parents, no doubt you’ve warned your kids about the dangers of social media. A photo or a thought, launched into cyberspace, can have the force of a SpaceX rocket — and can be even harder to retrieve.  More...

Political Cartoon

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Off The Wall

To most people, the abbreviation, “negs” means absolutely nothing. More...

Lifestyles

St. Vincent criminology symposium on school violence sign-ups underway

St. Vincent College Department of Criminology, Law and Society will present a symposium on school violence 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Fred M. Rogers Center on the Unity Township campus of St. More...

Events of Area Interest

Lenten Fish Fry series starts Friday More...

SVC criminology graduate featured on Marine Corps recruiting poster

MARINE CORPS 2ND LT. DREW MEEKER

U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Drew C. Meeker of Aliquippa, a 2016 graduate of St. Vincent College where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in criminology, law and society with a minor in psychology, and who completed training at the U.S. More...

New Alexandria council shifts stance on mini-casino

New Alexandria Borough Council has reconsidered its opposition to the borough being considered as a host for the new mini-casino recently approved in Westmoreland County.  After voting in December to opt out of consideration to host one of 10 sa More...

Accused cop killer takes the stand in his own defense

In a surprise move, Ray Shetler Jr. took the stand Wednesday in his own defense in his capital murder trial for the shooting and killing of a St. Clair Township police officer on Nov. 28, 2015, in New Florence. More...

Swing band holding dance Friday

Twin sisters Joy and Jill Procida founded the Glass City Swing Band in 2009 to bring to the area the nostalgic and now increasingly popular music from the big band sound of swing.  More...

Local & State News

DeVos donates salary to education, special needs charities

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokeswoman says Education Secretary DeVos will donate her nearly $200,000 salary to four charities focusing on education and special needs.  Department spokeswoman Liz Hill said in a statement Wednesday that DeVos&rsqu More...

Wedding dress returned 32 years after dry cleaner mix-up

WILLOWICK, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman had given up hope of seeing her wedding dress again after a dry cleaner mix-up three decades ago until her daughter’s friend saw photos of the dress on Facebook.  Michelle Havrilla was nearly spee More...

Woman says Florida mayor offered speed bumps for sex

LANTANA, Fla. (AP) — A woman has accused the mayor of a Florida town of promising to get speed bumps put on streets in her neighborhood in exchange for sex.  In a complaint filed Jan. More...

World News

Trump breaks silence, denounces domestic violence

WASHINGTON (AP) - Breaking his silence about abuse, President Donald Trump said Wednesday he’s “totally opposed to domestic violence.” He commented amid growing pressure to speak out after allegations that a top White House aide had More...

Porn star says she feels free to discuss Trump encounter

NEWYORK (AP) - Stormy Daniels, the porn star whom Donald Trump’s attorney acknowledges paying $130,000 just before Election Day, believes she is now free to discuss an alleged sexual encounter with the man who is now president, her manager told More...

EPA chief says he flies first class due to security concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has broken months of silence about his frequent premium-class flights at taxpayer expense, saying he needs to fly first class because of unpleasant interactions with other travelers. More...

Sports

LV boys, girls learn fate as district basketball playoff brackets released

The Ligonier Valley boys’ basketball team will be staying home, while the Lady Rams take to the road.  The District 6 basketball playoff brackets were released Wednesday and the Heritage Conference champion Ligonier Valley boys earned the More...

SVC men take down first-place Thomas More (Ky.), 65-50

The St Vincent College men’s basketball team defeated Presidents’ Athletic Conference first-place Thomas More (Ky.), 65-50, Saturday at home.  More...

LV wrestlers set for district tourney as Patrick goes for fourth title

As a highly-talented freshman wrestler, Robby Patrick had a very specific goal for not only his first year as a varsity wrestler, but for all four of his high school years: Win a state title.  More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Deer causes West Wheatfield Twp. crash, no injuries reported   More...

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