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Unity Twp. to seek bids for construction of new garage

Unity Township is a step closer to having a new building at the municipal complex along Beatty County Road on the site of the public works garage destroyed in a 2017 arson fire.  The supervisors at Thursday’s meeting approved advertising s More...

Truck driver arraigned in Route 22 crash that killed bus driver

The driver of a tri-axle truck that rear-ended a school bus slowing to pick up a student along Route 22 in Derry Township last year, killing its driver, wasn’t speeding at the time of the crash, according to state police, but witnesses said the More...

Police find $500,000 in hidden compartment during turnpike stop

State police discovered a secret compartment containing $500,000 in a vehicle traveling on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near New Stanton during a traffic stop Tuesday.  More...

General News

Two new exotic species identified in the Great Lakes

BRIDGEPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Two new exotic zooplankton species have crept into the Great Lakes, according to researchers.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Cornell University researchers confirmed the species are in Lake Erie. More...

Ex-student sues district over reaction to ‘Netflix n’ Chill’

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Melania Trump’s parents are sworn in as US citizens

NEW YORK (AP) — First lady Melania Trump’s parents have been sworn in as U.S. More...

Sports

Dino’s heats up late for Old-Timers win

Dino’s Sports Lounge got off to a slow start, but picked up the bats later on as it defeated Latrobe Center Distributing, 12-4, during a Latrobe-Derry Old-Timers League game Thursday.  Trailing, 1-0, after two innings, Dino’s scored More...

Steelers’ Bradley fondly recalls Sweeney’s time at Penn State

Apologies to the current and recent past members of the Derry Area football team.  But, Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive backs coach Tom Bradley wouldn’t reveal any old stories, juicy secrets, incriminating evidence or any additional i More...

Basketball coach pleads not guilty for punch that killed tourist

NEW YORK (AP) — A rising college basketball coaching star accused of throwing a punch that killed a New York City tourist who had apparently mistaken him for an Uber driver pleaded not guilty Thursday to an assault charge. More...

Lifestyles

Summer Chamber Music Series finale Aug. 23 at Unity Chapel

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra this week announced the Summer Chamber Music Series will present its final Thursday evening concert, featuring Beo String Quartet, on Thursday, Aug. More...

Red Cross urgently needs blood donations before summer ends

As summer winds down, the American Red Cross urges individuals to give blood and platelets now and help end an emergency summer blood shortage that began last month.  More...

Phipps Conservatory Botany Hall Kitchen opens; classes offered

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh, Thursday announced the opening of Botany Hall Kitchen with a wide range of hands-on culinary programs available to community members of all ages. More...

Presentation highlights scope, benefits of Ligonier Valley police merger

When John Berger became Ligonier Borough’s police chief in 2004, talk began of merging the department with that of neighboring Ligonier Township, but no solid plan ever materialized. More...

Former priest’s guilty plea a preview of looming grand jury report

HARRISBURG — When former Roman Catholic priest John Sweeney, of Greensburg, entered a child abuse guilty plea in Westmoreland Country Court last week he merely previewed a much greater drama about to play out across Pennsylvania and possibly the nati More...

Diamond Park Renaissance Project: On time, on budget

Officials from Ligonier Borough and Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce this week provided an update on the status of construction for the business district’s historic Diamond Park Renaissance Project, the park’s first major renovation in more than 5 More...

Jury finds Unity Twp. couple guilty on charges related to girl’s rape

A Westmoreland County jury convicted a Unity Township couple on charges related to the repeated rape of a young girl over the course of several years. Testimony in the trial began Tuesday in the Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas. More...

Local & State News

Diocese of Greensburg posts ‘Progress Update on Protection of Children’

The Diocese of Greensburg has posted a “2018 Progress Update on Protection of Children: Higher Standards of Today’s Catholic Church” to the diocese’s newly updated website at www.dioceseofgreensburg.org. More...

Westmoreland Chamber to honor businesses at October awards luncheon

A local business owner and a regional tourism organization are among the honorees tabbed for awards at the Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Awards Luncheon & Annual Business Meeting in October. More...

Mount Pleasant fire chief warns of misleading fundraising mailer

A familiar trick is targeting the Mount Pleasant area, asking residents to make donations to support local firefighters by sending money to another state, Mount Pleasant fire chief Jerry Lucia warns.  More...

World News

Tech billionaire Henry Nicholas facing drug counts in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tech billionaire and advocate of crime victims Henry T. More...

Florida officials want info about election hacking claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida officials want more information from the U.S. Senate supporting claims made by Sen. More...

South Korea: North Korean coal entered its ports illegally

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says a total of 35,000 tons of North Korean coal and pig iron worth $5.8 million illegally entered its ports last year, in possible violations of UN sanctions. More...

Education

Ligonier Valley High School Students of Month for April

Ligonier Valley High School’s Students of the Month for April included: Junior Mia Lynn, who was recognized as the academic Student of the Month; senior Robert Ray, vocational; junior Shannon McClain, citizenship; senior Maria Anto, Rotary Club More...

Opening day at R. K. Mellon Elementary School Aug. 27

The opening day of school for Ligonier Valley School District students will be Aug. 27. R. K. Mellon Elementary School’s doors will open each day at 8:55 a.m. More...

How to stretch summer job money

Toiling behind the ice cream counter or sweating on the lifeguard stand aren’t just rites of passage for college students. More...

Entertainment

Project Stand picnic Saturday at Legion-Keener Park

This weekend, a Latrobe-based organization is bringing those affected by substance abuse addiction together through the power of prayer and unity.  More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

New Derry man charged in alleged road rage attack   State police at Greensburg report Joel Roberts, 28, of New Derry, was charged with simple assault after allegedly getting out of his vehicle and punching a 19-year-old Greensburg man in the fac More...

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