April 13, 2018 RSS feed / Front Page

Ligonier merchants feeling impact of Diamond renovation construction

Now that Ligonier’s Diamond Park renovation has entered phase two, local merchants are feeling the financial impact of major construction that has shut down parts of the town’s main thoroughfare. More...

Manor offering bonuses, incentives to help fill nursing shortages

The Westmoreland County Commissioners voted Thursday, April 12, to implement an incentive program that includes signing bonuses, salary increases for nursing supervisors and waiving of the county’s residency requirement in order to combat nursing sta More...

Class project gives GL students lesson in voter registration process

Students in Tom Pratt’s United States Government class at Greater Latrobe Senior High School are getting a firsthand look at the voter registration process and coming up with creative ways to get their classmates interested in exercising their right More...

General News

Maggots, aging corpses found in Mich. funeral home

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan funeral home and its manager are no longer licensed to operate after inspectors found decomposing corpses and unsanitary conditions at the facility. More...

IRS head sees huge task ahead to administer new tax law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting head of the IRS says the current tax-filing season has gone well, while acknowledging the tough challenge the cash-strapped agency faces of administering the new tax law that will affect 2019 returns. More...

Police probe ‘horrific’ death of teenage boy trapped in van

CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities pledged on Thursday to find out what went wrong in the death of a 16-year-old boy they say became trapped by a minivan bench seat in a school parking lot and whose body was found about six hours after he first called 911 More...

Sports

GL, DA roll to boys’ volleyball sweeps

Greater Latrobe and Derry Area both rolled to boys’ volleyball sweeps against Penn Hills and Obama Academy in respective WPIAL section matches played on Thursday.  Greater Latrobe took down Penn Hills, 25-8, 25-21 and 25-15 in Section 3-AA More...

’Cats can’t catch up to Gateway in section baseball loss

Gateway scored early and the visiting Greater Latrobe baseball team couldn’t catch up during an 8-1 defeat in WPIAL Class 5A Section 3 action Thursday. Gateway (3-1, 4-1) scored runs in each of the first five innings for an 8-0 lead. More...

Rams drop conference baseball game to H-C

Ligonier Valley fell behind early and couldn’t rally as Homer-Center defeated the visiting Rams, 5-1, in a District 6 Heritage Conference baseball game Thursday.  Homer-Center scored twice in the first inning and three more times in the th More...

Lifestyles

Ligonier man takes medical mission trip to Jamaica

William DeMayo of Ligonier, along with two other fourth-year medical students and a faculty member from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM), recently completed a medical mission trip to Mandeville, Jamaica.  More...

St. Rose Spaghetti Dinner April 14

Committee members (front row, from left) Judy Klosky, Chris Vitale and Ginny Brighenti; (middle row) Ron Everett, Bruce Klosky and Bev Spellman, and (back row) George Spellman, Sheri Vadas, Bob Brighenti and Reno Vitale are getting ready for the St. More...

WSO to present annual Cinco de Mayo Gala Party May 4

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra announces its second annual Cinco de Mayo party will be held May 4 at the Westmoreland Country Club.  More...

Police seeking missing Unity Twp. woman search boyfriend’s property

A state police search for information about the whereabouts of a Unity Township woman missing since Saturday afternoon led investigators to the property of a man a Pittsburgh attorney identified as Cassandra Edlyn Gross’ boyfriend. More...

Unity Twp. officials working out details for new garage

Unity Township officials are still working out details related to the construction of a new public works building.  Supervisors Chairman John Mylant said after Thursday’s regular meeting that the township doesn’t know what it will be More...

State program puts $100 in college savings accounts for Westmoreland County’s newborns

There will be approximately 2,500 babies born in the next two years in Westmoreland County. More...

Mount Pleasant Twp. man killed in mobile home fire

A Mount Pleasant Township man was killed Thursday morning in a fire that destroyed a mobile home in Mount Pleasant Township. Emergency responders were called to 467 McGinnis Road around 8 a.m. More...

Blaze torches woods above Ridgeview Park in Derry Twp.

Firefighters had to traverse rough terrain Thursday night to battle a brush fire that scorched dozens of acres on Chestnut Ridge in Derry Township.  The fire was reported at 9:49 p.m. More...

Local & State News

Pennsylvania asks counties to replace voting systems by 2020

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. More...

Pennsylvania Legislature roiled by sex misconduct claims

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Sexual misconduct allegations have roiled the Pennsylvania Legislature this past year, including the revelation that two cases resulted in sizeable payouts. More...

Conor Lamb sworn in to Congress after special election win

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrat Conor Lamb is taking office a month after winning a nationally watched special election by about 750 votes for a southwestern Pennsylvania congressional seat long held by a Republican.  More...

World News

Former FBI director Comey compares Trump to mob boss

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former FBI Director James Comey blasts President Donald Trump as unethical and “untethered to truth” in a sharply critical new book that describes Trump as fixated in the early days of his administration on having the FB More...

Trump flips on trade pact, weighs rejoining Pacific-Rim deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a striking reversal, President Donald Trump has asked trade officials to explore the possibility of the United States rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, a free trade deal he pulled out of during his first days in More...

Trump plans to talk to allies before Syria strike decision

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has put off a final decision on possible military strikes against Syria after tweeting earlier that they could happen “very soon or not so soon at all.” The White House said Thursday he would consu More...

Education

A hot topic: LES students create their own volcanoes

The sixth-grade students at Latrobe Elementary School (LES), including Carson Clark and Ryley Whitmer, created volcanoes as part of their “restless earth” science unit. The students worked in pairs or groups of three on their volcanoes. More...

Valley School wins Quiz Bowl

Valley School of Ligonier students display their first-place trophy, medals and ribbons after defeating competing schools in the 2018 Junior High Quiz Bowl on Thursday, April 5, including: Eighth-graders Melina Markantone, Maddie Gillner, Ella Wheele More...

Learning about architecture

Third-grade students at Christ the Divine Teacher School in Latrobe, including Morgan Skoloda, Gabby Amatucci, Richard Bidner, Sophia Detwiler, Samara Molans and Julianna Kozar, recently learned about Romanesque and Gothic architecture while studying More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Man charged with strangulation, assault of girl in Salem Township   More...

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