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Teen sons of Westmoreland County sheriff charged in Florida

Police in Florida this week charged the two teenage sons of Westmoreland County Sheriff Jonathan Held and another Florida teen with armed robbery and grand theft after the trio allegedly pointed guns at a man and demanded money Wednesday morning.&nbs More...

Liberty Bell to reopen for 3 days thanks to tourism group

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tourists in Philadelphia for the holidays will be able to see the Liberty Bell this weekend despite a partial federal government shutdown that closed many national parks throughout the country.  More...

Area nonprofits receive contribution from FLD, Inc.

Fort Ligonier Days (FLD), Inc. recognized its 2018 local charitable recipients on Dec. 10. More...

General News

Nation’s oldest World War II veteran dies at 112

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Richard Overton, the nation’s oldest World War II veteran who was also believed to be the oldest living man in the U.S., died Thursday in Texas, a family member said. He was 112.  More...

Nancy Grace Roman, involved with Hubble Space Telescope, dies at 93

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Florida school shooting voted top news story in AP survey

NEW YORK (AP) — The mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school — which killed 17 students and staff, and sparked nationwide student-led marches for gun control — was the top news story of 2018, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of More...

Sports

GL’s win over McLean (Va.) secondary to 1,000-point ceremony, Sobota’s return

Sure, Mark Burkardt and Jen Sobota want to win just like any other head coach.  But this game was more about girls’ basketball in general, and Greater Latrobe’s program and Sobota’s return to the school where — two decade More...

Three area football players earn All-State honors

Two players from Ligonier Valley and one from Greater Latrobe have been recognized with postseason All-State honors on Thursday. More...

Freeport Area defeats Lady Rams

Freeport Area defeated the Ligonier Valley girls’ basketball team, 54-29, during Thursday’s first day of the West Shamokin Tournament.  Ligonier Valley (1-5) will meet District 6 Heritage Conference opponent — and tournament ho More...

Lifestyles

Events of Area Interest

Open Hands Ministry bag sale Jan. 14-19   There will be a bag sale starting Monday, Jan. 14, through Saturday, Jan. 19, at Open Hands Ministry Boutique, located in the Cook Township Community Center, Route 711 near Stahlstown.  More...

ASWP: Bald eagle webcam installed at new nest site

Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania and its eagle cam partner, CSE, announced that the Hays bald eagle webcam was positioned Thursday morning to view the eagles’ nest site.  More...

CSC: The Art of the Brick exhibit open through Jan. 7

Time is running out for Pittsburgh region residents to build amazing memories at the world’s largest LEGO® art exhibition. More...

Lawmakers report $43M increase in unspent cash reserves

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DCNR to host First Day Hikes at Pa. state parks Jan. 1

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) officials will be joining hikers for free, guided hikes in 29 state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative.  More...

Westmoreland County drug court graduates fifth class

Four individuals were recognized Thursday during a ceremony at the Westmoreland County Courthouse as the fifth class of Westmoreland County Drug Treatment Court graduates.  More...

Woman gets prison time for threatening Westmoreland County judge

A Greensburg woman was sentenced to two to four years in state prison after pleading guilty Thursday to threatening to kill a Westmoreland County judge earlier this year.  Rebecca Elizabeth Gardner, 29, wrote in a letter addressed to Judge Chris More...

Brewpubs bracing for state to start collecting sales tax

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — For Pennsylvania residents, a glass of craft beer at the local brewpub could soon get a little more expensive.  Beginning in June, the state will start collecting 6 percent sales tax from brewers. More...

Local & State News

Groups try to save historic Philadelphia tree from removal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Environmentalists and residents are trying to stop developers from cutting down an estimated 300-year-old tree in Pennsylvania.  The Philadelphia Inquirer reports technology firm Susquehanna International Group (SIG) is More...

Lottery Results

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — These Pennsylvania lotteries were drawn Thursday:  THURSDAY NIGHT  Pick 2 9-8, Wild: 6 (nine, eight; Wild: six)  Pick 3 6-9-3, Wild: 6 (six, nine, three; Wild: six)  More...

Officer sings Christmas carol to suspect, ending standoff

POTTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania police department relied on a song by famed crooner Bing Crosby to end a Christmas standoff with a man accused of firing multiple shots at officers.  More...

World News

Magnitude 4.9 aftershock strikes near site of Alaska quake

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A magnitude 4.9 aftershock has shaken an area of south central Alaska near where a powerful temblor jolted the region last month. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. More...

Shipwreck revealed on New Jersey beach could be 1880s schooner

STONE HARBOR, N.J. (AP) — Shifting sands in Stone Harbor have uncovered what is believed to a wrecked ship from the late 19th century. More...

No solution to shutdown in sight before Democrats take House

WASHINGTON (AP) - It’s looking increasingly like the partial government shutdown will be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year - the first big confrontation between President Donald Trump and Democrats - as agreement elude More...

Education

Federal commission releases comprehensive resource guide for keeping students, teachers safe

After months of research, visiting successful programs around the nation and receiving testimony from experts and concerned citizens, the Federal Commission on School Safety recently released a 177-page report detailing 93 best practices and policy r More...

HS junior from Latrobe receives award after attending summit

Milton Hershey School (MHS) junior Mackenzie Lewis, who is from Latrobe, recently received an honorable mention for a weShare project that was part of a Global Leadership Summit in Berlin, Germany, this past summer.  Lewis’ project was tit More...

Farkleberry Fair fundraiser

Wearing their Farkleberry Fair T-shirts are William Feldbusch of the Derry Area school board; Rebecca Feldbusch, chair of the fair, and Cydney Wierzbowski, Emma Olexa and Savannah Harpster, student committee members. More...

Entertainment

‘Burning,’ ‘Cold War’ top AP’s best films of 2018

Associated Press Film Writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr name their choices for the best films of 2018.  JAKE COYLE  More...

2018’s top movie moments, from ‘Shallow’ to ‘The Shining’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A film doesn’t have to be great to have a great moment.  More...

The Daily Commuter Puzzle

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