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Derry Borough seeks changes to animal control contract

Derry Borough officials appear prepared to go elsewhere for animal control services if the borough’s current provider doesn’t agree to an amended contract in short order.  During council’s work session Monday, councilman Grant More...

New natural gas-powered Westmoreland Transit buses hitting roads

The first of several new natural gas-powered vehicles being added to the Westmoreland Transit fleet will be hitting the roads today, Dec. 4, according to officials.  More...

Jury selected, Held corruption trial to begin

Opening statements in the public corruption trial of Westmoreland County Sheriff Jonathan Held are set to begin today, Dec. 4, after attorneys on Monday selected a jury.  More...

General News

South Florida girl in need of rare blood to fight cancer

MIAMI (AP) — A worldwide search is on to find blood donors with a rare genetic variation to help save a 2-year-old South Florida girl battling cancer.  More...

George H.W. Bush guided by concern for humanity

DALLAS (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush teamed up with the man who ousted him from the White House to help victims of natural disasters. He created a program that has honored thousands of American volunteers. He also sent U.S. More...

Case accusing Trump of profiting from his office moves ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland said they are moving forward with subpoenas for records in their case accusing President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency.  More...

Editorial

Insurance flip-flop hurts vulnerable senior citizens

Open enrollment for Medicare’s prescription drug benefit is underway. From now until Dec. 7, millions of seniors will search for and select a drug plan that best fits their medical needs and budgetary constraints. More...

Grammar Guy

The ‘b’ that ruined the spelling bee

Does it bother anyone else that the word “subtle” has a silent “b?” Is it ironic that the word subtle means “understated?” The “b” in subtle is, therefore, itself, subtle. Are you with me?  More...

About GM eliminating 6,700 workers

GUEST EDITORIAL

President Trump believes he can command markets like King Canute thought he could the tides. But General Motors has again exposed the inability of any politician to arrest the changes in technology and consumer tastes roiling the auto industry.  More...

Lifestyles

Westmoreland Symphony to present ‘Home for the Holidays’ Dec. 15

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra will present its annual “Home for the Holidays” concert of choral and instrumental holiday pops on Saturday, Dec. 15, in Palace Theatre, Greensburg.  More...

California University of Pennsylvania’s 187th commencement Dec. 14 and 15

The first graduates of California University of Pennsylvania’s Doctor of Health Science program in health science and exercise leadership will receive their degrees 7 p.m. Dec. More...

Millennial holiday shoppers: How to just say no to gift exchanges

Your college roommate. Your current roommate. Your book club. Your brunch crew. Your office secret Santa. Your cousins. Your siblings. Your parents. Your partner. Their parents. As your social circle expands, so does your holiday shopping list. More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Woman accused of assault after hunting dispute   More...

Krinock, Kozar earn DASD positions

The Derry Area School Board reorganized for 2019 on Monday, tabbing David Krinock as board president for the third straight year. Krinock was voted as president, 5-4, over longtime board member Steve Kozar. More...

County flags at half-staff today in memory of Derry Twp. WWII pilot

In recognition of the repatriation and interment of World War II pilot 1st Lt. Eugene P. Ford of Derry Township, flags at all Westmoreland County facilities will be flown at half-staff today, Dec. 4.  More...

Woman accused of driving onto airport, punching trooper claimed to be FBI agent

A woman who allegedly drove through a closing security gate and onto the airfield at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity Township Sunday before claiming to be an FBI agent and punching an off-duty state trooper is in Westmoreland County Prison. More...

Latrobe residents reminded about snow removal guidelines

City of Latrobe officials remind all residential and business property owners to refrain from blowing or placing snow directly onto roads, as it is an ordinance violation.  City officials said a small, clear path along the sidewalk is required f More...

Local & State News

Court sides with some priests in abuse report, shields names

HARRISBURG, Pa. More...

Get me out of here!

Santa was really nice but it didn’t make any difference for 16-month-old Penelope Lesko of Latrobe. She just wanted to get away. Santa visited with lots of children during the Holly Jolly Christmas in Latrobe on Saturday, Dec. 1, at James H. More...

Reminder: Letters to Santa being accepted

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...

World News

In Capitol, Bush remembered as ‘great man’ and ‘gentle soul’

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation’s capital embraced George H.W. More...

Media: French PM announces delay to fuel tax hikes

PARIS (AP) - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced a suspension of fuel tax hikes Tuesday, a major U-turn in an effort to appease a protest movement that has radicalized and plunged Paris into chaos last weekend, French media reported. More...

Honduras man flees violence for US, goes missing for 8 years

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) - Haydee Posadas had waited eight years for her son to come home. On the last night of her long vigil, she was too agitated to sleep.  More...

Sports

’Cats to rely on one of WPIAL’s best guard combos, at least early in season

All-Section players Fenton, Butler returning starters

The good news is, Greater Latrobe returns one of the best 1-2 guard combinations — seniors Reed Fenton and Bryce Butler — in the WPIAL. More...

Steelers blame themselves, not officials, for skid

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The excuses aren’t hard to find if the Pittsburgh Steelers were in the mood to look for them. The false start that wasn’t called on a play that ended with a Los Angeles Chargers touchdown . More...

Penguins send Sprong to Ducks for Pettersson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Daniel Sprong experiment is over for the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The Penguins sent Sprong to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday for defenseman Marcus Pettersson.  More...

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