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UTMA OKs payment for Route 981 project

The Unity Township Municipal Authority (UTMA) Board of Directors voted Wednesday to approve an approximately $186,000 payment to the contractor for the Route 981 sewer realignment project.  More...

Bishops visit Holy Family

The Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, JCL, Bishop of Greensburg, and the Most Rev. Lawrence E. More...

General News

WESTERN PA. BRIEFS

Single bed bug at 911 center costs Pittsburgh county $12,000   More...

Father of teen driver in fatal SUV crash to be sentenced

HONESDALE, Pa. (AP) — A suburban New York man faces up to 21 years in prison for allowing his unlicensed teenage daughter to drive an SUV that crashed in northeastern Pennsylvania last summer, killing three other teens.  More...

Poll: Majority in U.S. wants government to curb prescription costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Regardless of political affiliation, Americans strongly support government action to control prescription drug costs, according to a poll released Thursday.  More...

Editorial

Whose candidates? Big money looms larger in 2016 campaign

Skeptics of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010 warned that it would open the door to a handful of megawealthy donors to buy national elections. The consequences have been worse than anyone imagined.  More...

Off The Wall

Walked away

It doesn't take much to realize that things just aren't the way they used to be, say, 60 years ago.  More...

Rail safety a concern

Two years ago, an unmanned train pulling 72 tank cars of crude oil, its brakes unable to hold, began rolling downhill into Lac-Megantic, Quebec, reaching a speed of 65 mph.  It steamed into the center of the resort town, where it derailed, caugh More...

Lifestyles

SVC McCarl Gallery plans inaugural season of history dinner theater series

The Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery at St. Vincent College has announced the inaugural season of a new history dinner theater series sponsored by Green Mountain Energy Company and Chestnut Ridge Communication Services.  More...

Nikki Nikrooz, Matthew Melago

A honeymoon on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia and Sandals Resorts followed the May 30, 2015, wedding of Nikki Nikrooz of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Matthew Melago of Charlotte, formerly of Latrobe.  More...

Adams Memorial Library offering five activities in September

Adams Memorial Library, 1112 Ligonier St., Latrobe, will hold five events during September, according to Kara Baird, AML adult programming coordinator.  Craft Night  Thursday, Sept. 3, @ 6 p.m.  More...

DASD, education association to meet on Tuesday

The Derry Area school board and the district’s education association will try again and attempt to come together on a new contract before school begins.  More...

DBMA outlines goose management plan

Derry Borough Municipal Authority (DBMA) now has a plan in place to decrease the goose population at Ethel Springs Lake.  At a public meeting Wednesday, manager Amy Forsha outlined a management plan that includes harassment measures, followed la More...

HVAC renovation ahead of schedule

Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center (EWCTC) Joint Operating Committee (JOC) members received good news regarding the timeline of the ongoing HVAC renovation project during Wednesday’s regular meeting.  More...

County fair offers new acts, old favorites

When asked to judge a preliminary round of the Westmoreland Fair Idol contest, Allen Martello didn’t need much time to mull it over.  “I jumped in with both feet,” said Martello, the Greater Latrobe Laurel Valley Community Cham More...

Local & State News

Gov. Tom Wolf, lawmakers resume talks with GOP offer on school aid

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Top Republican lawmakers said Wednesday they will meet a key demand of Gov. More...

IRS reminds truckers: For most, highway use tax return due Aug. 31

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) this week reminded truckers and other owners of heavy highway vehicles that in most cases their next federal highway use tax return is due Monday, Aug. 31.  More...

Killer deal: ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ house up for sale

PERRYOPOLIS, Pa. More...

World News

Former Subway pitchman agrees to plead guilty to sex acts with minors, child porn charges

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Longtime Subway pitchman Jared Fogle capitalized on his business trips to New York City to arrange trysts with minors in luxury hotels, federal prosecutors said in charging the Indiana man in a case that also documented his More...

Report on secret Iran side deal angers GOP, but Pelosi pledges House Dems will back up Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican opposition to President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal is flaring over revelations of a secret side agreement involving Iranian inspections. More...

South Korean military says it returned fire after North Korea fired on S. Korean border town

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s military fired dozens of shells Thursday at rival North Korea after the North lobbed a single artillery round at a South Korean border town, the South’s Defense Ministry said. More...

Sports

Tuitt looking for big things this season for Steelers

It took nearly a full season for Steelers’ defensive end Stephon Tuitt to really get going in the NFL.  More...

Ligonier Valley passing attack

Defensive backs for the Ligonier Valley football team (above) begin practice by playing catch during Wednesday’s workout at Weller Field. The Rams kick off the season Sept. More...

Dupree, Steelers feisty at Steelers’ practice

a feisty practice at St. More...

Entertainment

‘Fear the Walking Dead’ shambles into view Sunday

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two crucial questions await “Fear the Walking Dead,” the spinoff to AMC’s monster hit “The Walking Dead.”  More...

Movie theater chain checking bags nationwide after shootings

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Movie theater chain Regal Entertainment Group has begun to check bags in response to shootings at theaters around the country, a procedure it acknowledged on its website was “not without flaws” and would inconveni More...

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