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EWCTC JOC, JAB boards reorganize; feasibility study planned

The Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center (EWCTC) Joint Operating Committee (JOC) reorganized for 2019 on Wednesday, tabbing Kevin Mack of the Ligonier Valley School District as president.  Bill Palmer of Greater Latrobe was elected More...

Unity Light-up Night set for Friday

Unity Township is set to usher in the holiday season with its annual Light-up Night at the township municipal building on Beatty County Road.  The event begins at 6 p.m. More...

Man released from county prison carjacks woman in parking lot

A Philadelphia man released from the Westmoreland County Prison Tuesday evening didn’t even make it out of the parking lot before allegedly committing another crime.  More...

General News

Truck collides head-on with Illinois school bus; 2 dead

DOWNS, Ill. More...

Pilot pleads not guilty to indecent exposure at airport

DENVER (AP) — A United Airlines pilot accused of indecent exposure says he did not willfully expose himself when he stood naked at the window to his 10th-floor hotel room at the Denver International Airport.  The Denver Post reports 54-yea More...

For-profit college closes operations, surprising students

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — One of the nation’s largest for-profit college chains announced Wednesday that it was abruptly closing in dozens of locations nationwide, after its accrediting agency suspended approval. More...

Editorial

Off The Wall

Move on

Human beings are complex organisms. I state this because of human nature. We all have different backgrounds, raised according to traditions and fed knowledge that has stimulated cellular activity.  More...

Political Cartoons

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Honoring 41: A president, the father of a president, a patriot and a decent man

GUEST EDITORIAL

President George Herbert Walker Bush died last Friday at his Houston home at age 94. The late president laid in state at the U.S. Capitol rotunda until 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. A state funeral was held that day at the Washington National Cathedral. More...

Lifestyles

Sarah Haenel weds Nicholas Winebrenner

Lingrow Farm, Leechburg, was the setting Oct. 27, 2018, for the wedding of Sarah Haenel and Nicholas Winebrenner, who are currently living in Unity Township and planning a March honeymoon in Costa Rica.  More...

Alexander / McGaughran

The engagement of Braise Alexander and Samuel McGaughran is announced by the couple’s parents, Michael and Michelle Alexander of Oxford, Pennsylvania, and Alan and Joy McGaughran of Derry Township.  Braise is a 2015 graduate of Oxford Area More...

Remembering 41: A Quiz on George H.W. Bush

America is saying goodbye to George Herbert Walker Bush. A generation has passed since he left the Oval Office, providing fresh perspective on the 41st president. More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Latrobe man arrested for suspicion of DUI  Latrobe police report Robert Kloos, 60, of Latrobe was arrested for suspicion of DUI after a routine traffic stop on the vehicle Kloos was driving near the intersection of Ligonier and Depot streets in More...

LVSD approves agreement on Antiochian Village tax status

Ligonier Valley School District will see a slight increase in revenue after reaching an agreement with the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America regarding the tax status of Antiochian Village properties in Fairfield Township. More...

Officials tout proposed Westmoreland mini-casino at hearing; others oppose plan

The reaction from Westmoreland County officials and residents Wednesday regarding the proposed mini-casino at Westmoreland Mall was decidedly — and perhaps expectedly — mixed. More...

Derry Area Historical Society hosting Old- Fashioned Christmas Party

The Derry Area Historical Society is hosting its annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Party from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Fulton House in Derry Township. The party is open to the public. More...

Current, former county deputies testify against Sheriff Held

The second day of testimony in the public corruption trial of Westmoreland County Sheriff Jonathan Held brought testimony from six current and former deputies.  More...

Route 711 bridge reopening delayed

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) said the reopening of the Route 711 (North Market Street) bridge, spanning Mill Creek in Ligonier Township, has been delayed.  Construction began in early April and was expected to be compl More...

Local & State News

Lawmaker questions governor’s drive for new voting machines

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Atop Republican state senator is drafting legislation to prevent Gov. More...

29th Annual Holiday Wish Program supports families in need

Representatives from the departments of Aging, Human Services, and Labor and Industry and the Pennsylvania National Guard this week gathered to support the 29th annual Holiday Wish Program gift drive, which provides donated gifts to about 200 familie More...

US appeals court upholds New Jersey limit on ammunition

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A split U.S. More...

World News

Austria to ban most plastic bags starting in 2020

BERLIN (AP) — Austria’s Cabinet has approved a ban on most plastic bags, set to take effect at the beginning of 2020. More...

Amazon workers treated after bear repellant releases fumes

ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say 24 workers at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey have been taken to the hospital, at least one of them in critical condition, after bear repellant fell off a shelf and released fumes.  More...

UN-sponsored peace talks for Yemen start in Sweden

RIMBO, Sweden (AP) - Representatives from Yemen’s warring sides sat in the same room in Sweden on Thursday as U.N.- sponsored peace talks for the war-torn Arab country got underway, aimed at halting a catastrophic three-year civil war. More...

Sports

Smetanka named SVC’s new head football coach

Aaron Smetanka, a St. Vincent College graduate and one of the top football players to ever suit up for the Bearcats, has been named the school’s new head football coach. More...

With three returning starters from district championship team, Rams eager to get going

Berger back at alma mater for second time as head coach

At this point, it hard to tell who’s more excited about the start of basketball season — the players or John Berger. The last time Berger coached the Ligonier Valley boys’ team, he pretty much had to resign after only two seasons. More...

Bearcats hold off late rally by Thiel

St. Vincent College utilized 16 blocked shots, including six each from Ryan Dutton and Tom Kromka, for a 70-60 win over visiting Thiel in Wednesday’s Presidents’ Athletic Conference matchup. More...

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