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County approves more than $150K additional funding for sheriff

After failing to address additional funding for the sheriff’s department several times previously this year, the Westmoreland County Commissioners unanimously approved more than $150,000 in overtime and part-time wages for the department on Thu More...

Westmoreland Fair to return classic attractions, introduce new features

The schedule was released on Thursday for the 61st annual Westmoreland Fair, including new attractions that could revitalize the event and appeal to a younger demographic.  This year’s fair will run from Aug. More...

General News

Ex-redevelopment chief convicted of extortion, bribery

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The former head of a western Pennsylvania city’s redevelopment authority has been convicted of two counts each of bribery and extortion.  More...

Fired Pennsylvania officer now faces excessive force charge

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Acentral Pennsylvania police officer, who has since been fired, is now charged criminally with using too much force to arrest an unruly man who has since been convicted of assaulting officers during the same incident. More...

Body pulled from Pennsylvania river is missing swimmer’s

MONACA, Pa. (AP) — A body pulled found near a dam on the Ohio River in western Pennsylvania has been identified as that of a swimmer reported missing last week. More...

Sports

Pevarnik continues to compete against, beat out older, more experienced golfers

14-year-old Unity Township resident to be freshman at Greater Latrobe

For a 14-year-old, Brady Pevarnik has a darn good attitude about the game he’s become quite adept at.  It’s a game that has turned the heads of men and women for centuries.  It has messed with the minds of great athletes through More...

Seton Hill athletic programs acheive highest GPA in PSAC again

Seton Hill University’s athletic teams achieved the highest grade point average among all schools in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference for the 2014-15 academic year — the second consecutive year the Griffins have attained this re More...

Cardinals’ Martinez shuts down Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Now, it’s up to the fans.  Carlos Martinez made his case for inclusion on the National League All-Star team by pitching 7 1-3 scoreless innings Thursday night, and the St. More...

Entertainment

Nielsen’s top programs for June 29-July 5

By The Associated Press  1. “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 10.74 million.  2. “World Cup Post-Game Show,” Fox, 10.16 million.  3. “Zoo,” CBS, 8.18 million.  More...

Cancer-stricken girl gets $50K from Taylor Swift

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona girl recently diagnosed with cancer has gotten a boost in the form of a $50,000 donation posted online in singer Taylor Swift’s name.  More...

Ringo’s jacket from ’Help!’ tops rock memorabilia auction

BOSTON (AP) — The dapper double-breasted jacket that Ringo Starr wore in the 1965 Beatles movie “Help!” is going on the auction block.  Boston-based RR Auctions says online bidding for the black woolen jacket featured in the Be More...

Unity Township Supervisors reject latest Speedway plan

There won’t be a Speedway in Unity Township — at least for now.  Township supervisors on Thursday unanimously shot down a proposed plan to build a gas station and convenience store near the Inn at Mountain View following months of te More...

Ligonier Borough engineering Diamond renovation

Engineers have begun drafting plans for the Diamond renovation in Ligonier Borough.  Consultant Greg Elliott of The EADS Group Inc. gave a rough summary of the project’s progress to council Thursday night.  More...

New Derry ready to celebrate 200 years

From the time the nine-person New Derry bicentennial committee formed last fall, the goal was simple: Bring the past to the present.  “We wanted anyone with a connection to New Derry to come home, and we wanted it to be a good, old-fashion More...

Local & State News

Gov. Wolf vetoes GOP-crafted pension bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. More...

Case to stop workers’ email deletions dismissed

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge is dismissing a case by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and several other news organizations seeking to force the state government to keep employee emails for two years.  More...

Gov. Wolf defends his death penalty moratorium

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. More...

World News

First electric plane flies over English Channel

CALAIS, France (AP) — A French pilot has flown across the English Channel in an electric-powered plane, a journey considered an important symbolic step toward making electric flight viable in the long term.  More...

Alexander Hamilton’s descendant rankled at $10 bill change

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Doug Hamilton is just fine with the plans to put a woman’s portrait on U.S. paper money. More...

2 teens accused of running down geese for video

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. More...

Lifestyles

Ligonier Valley BPW marks 15th, lauds ‘Member of Year,’ ‘Woman of Year’

The Business and Professional Women’s Club of Ligonier Valley celebrated its 15th anniversary at the June 23 dinner meeting in Ramada Inn, Ligonier.  Though the BPW organization began in 1919, it is customary for each club to celebrate its More...

WCCC issues spring dean’s list

Westmoreland County Community College this week released its spring 2015 president’s and dean’s lists.  Area students who attained spring dean’s list (requiring a 3.5 to 3.99 grade-point average) are as follows:  LATROBE&n More...

Church News

Ligonier   Heritage United Methodist Church on the Diamond, Ligonier, invites children ages 4 years to those who have completed fifth grade to participate in a week of Vacation Bible School.  The “G-Force: God's Love in Action” More...

Police Roundup

Two-vehicle collision in Unity Twp.

State police at Greensburg report that at 9:22 a.m. July 1, at Lincoln Highway and Village Drive, Unity Township, Derrek A. More...

Theft in Mount Pleasant Twp.

According to state police at Greensburg, at 5:30 p.m. More...

Harassment in Unity Twp.

At 8:36 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, on Johnson Road, Unity Township, a 69-year-old male and a 43-year-old female, both of Greensburg, engaged in a verbal argument that led to physical contact. More...

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